Folsom at De La Salle headlines Northern California’s 10 best football games to watch (September 22-24)

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Top 10 Northern California Football Games To Watch (September 22-24)

10. Amador Valley-Pleasanton (2-1) at Foothill-Pleasanton (2-2), 7 p.m. Friday: Not just an intercity rivalry, but two of the best East Bay teams in the Bay Area. Foothill, led by top sophomore rookie Chris Lawson, has won 11 of the last 16 games since 2004, but Amador Valley won last year’s game 21-17 and won four of the last six. The Dons are led by Colorado defensive end Brady Nassar. CalPreps.com Prediction: Amador Valley 21, Foothill 17

9. Lincoln-San Diego (4-1) at Garces Memorial-Bakersfield (1-3), 7 p.m. Friday: In the first of two rare Central Division matchups against San Diego, Lincoln possesses a UCLA-bound running back who, in consecutive games, has totaled 783 yards and 11 touchdowns. Garces has had a week to rest since a 28-6 loss to the San Joaquin Memorial.

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8. Archbishop Mitty-San Jose (3-0) vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco (2-1) at Kezar Stadium, 7:00 p.m. Friday: Mitty is the surprise of the West Catholic Athletic League with decisive victories over Palma-Salinas (29-7), Mountain View (48-7) and Santa Teresa-San Jose (31-0). SHC, under a freshman head coach, is the defending 5-A Division Champion in the state. The Irish are led by college linebackers Jerry Mixon (Oregon) and RL Miller (Arizona State). Score predicted by CalPreps: Mitty 28, SHC 10.

Jerry Mixon Jr. (6) is not only the best tackle in CHS, but also the best rusher on the team.

7. Los Gatos (2-1) at Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (3-1), 4 p.m. Friday: Two of the best teams in the Central Coast Section are fighting in a rare battle between public and private teams. The teams have shared two previous encounters since 2004, a 21-11 Los Gatos win in 2019 and a 28-21 SHP triumph in 2014. Both teams have reacted strongly since the opening game defeats, combining to beat their opponents 187-27. Los Gatos have recorded consecutive shutouts. CalPreps score: Los Gatos 22, SHP 8.

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6. Serra-San Mateo (3-0) at Saint Francis-Mountain View (1-2), 7 p.m. Friday: Another WCAL opener pits the two teams that fought for the championship last year with Saint Francis rolling to a 43-21 victory before Serra finished the Lancers’ season with a 16- 12 in the CCS Division I title game, skipping the Padres at the CIF Open Division Finals. Serra is ranked seventh in the state. CalPreps score: Serra 34, Saint Francis 6.

5. Glacier Peak-Snohomish, Washington (3-0) at Rocklin (3-1), 8 p.m. Friday: Always fun to play against an out-of-state stranger, but Rocklin should have a full hand with the Grizzlies, who outscored their opponents 118-55. Senior QB River Lien likes to throw the ball with 728 yards and 13 touchdowns already. Three different receivers have 11 receptions. Rocklin counters with 6-foot, 220-pound RB Elias Brown (548 yards, 11.9 yards per carry, six touchdowns).

4. St. Mary’s-Stockton (4-0) at Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: The visiting Rams could be the surprise team in the Sac-Joaquin section, having beaten their opponents 209-34, including a shocking 47-7 score over four-time state champion Central Catholic. Newman also easily won all three of them, 34-7, 27-8 and 49-20, but lost a tough 14-7 to fellow SJS foes Vacaville.

3. Menlo-Atherton (2-1) at Wilcox-Santa Clara (3-0), 7 p.m.: The visiting Bears were humiliated last week by Del Oro-Loomis 42-13, but have a chance to redeem themselves against a Wilcox team that outscored their opponents 115-41. MA features 5-star WR Jurrion Dickey (15 catches, 364 yards, 5 TDs) while Wilcox is led by senior RB Andrew Palacios (319 yards, 5 TDs).

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2. Liberty-Bakersfield (3-1) at Carlsbad (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: The host Lancers played four competitive games, winning all three games by 1, 6 and 6 points. They will host the debut of Michigan wide receiver Zack Marshall. Liberty, ranked 25th in the state, is coming off a resounding 35-10 victory over Fresno power Central. CalPreps.com Prediction: Liberty 31, Carlsbad 14.

Liberty's home hitter and top cornerback Kresean Krizzy.  Photo: Bobby Medellin.

Liberty’s home hitter and top cornerback Kresean Krizzy. Photo: Bobby Medellin.

1. Folsom (3-1) at De La Salle-Concord (3-1), 7 p.m. Friday: Rematch of Folsom’s stunning 28-27 win, also at Concord, for the Northern California Regional 1-AA title in December. The Spartans had defeated the Bulldogs 31-10 earlier in the season, their fifth in a row in the series. But this one ended De La Salle’s season. De La Salle, who is missing at least three starters on either offensive or defensive lines, is ranked 11th in the SBLive California standings. Folsom is No. 12. CalPreps.com Prediction: Folsom 24, De La Salle 23

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