El Cerrito (2-1) at Campolindo (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

  • Two of the top North Coast Section Division III teams continue a nonleague series that has produced some excellent games over the last few years. Campolindo will host the game for a second straight year due to renovations to El Cerrito's field, but the Gauchos have shown they can win on the road. Last year, they edged the Cougars 16-14 after falling 16-13 at home the year before. Both squads feature potent passing games led by returning quarterbacks. Campolindo's Andrew Zolintakis has returned from a stress fracture to throw for 460 yards and seven touchdowns the last two weeks. El Cerrito's Keilan Benjamin passed for 265 yards in an impressive 35-7 win over Cardinal Newman last week. El Cerrito has more star power with linebacker D.J. Calhoun, wide receiver/defensive back Jalen Harvey and cornerback Adarius Pickett all committed to Pac-12 schools. But Campolindo coach Kevin Macy always seems to have a sound game plan up his sleeve, especially for the Gauchos.

    Las Lomas (2-1) at Northgate (3-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

  • The road team has won the The Battle of the Creek each of the past four years, proving the rivalry game is far more evenly matched than it used to be. Northgate won 29-19 a year ago and will be aiming to start a rare winning streak in the Battle of the Creek series. The Broncos look capable of it after rattling off victories in their first three games. First-year coach Mike Downing has Las Lomas off to a good start, despite falling to Foothill 31-6 last week for the team's only loss. Quarterback Ben Wood has played well for the Knights.

    Pittsburg (2-1) at Berkeley (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.


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  • North Coast Section seeding will be on the line when these two Division I teams meet up. After a dud of a loss to Analy in its season opener, Pittsburg has posted impressive wins over California and Monte Vista of the East Bay Athletic League the past two weeks. Pirates running back Harris Ross has enjoyed a whirlwind week. After rushing for seven touchdowns and an East Bay and North Coast Section record 464 yards against Monte Vista last week, Ross committed to Hawaii on Wednesday night. Berkeley also played Monte Vista this season, losing 20-6 in Week 2. Linebacker Michael Lazarus will try to keep Ross in check.

    Folsom (3-0) at San Ramon Valley (1-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

  • Folsom, the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division II champion and a participant in last year's NorCal Open Division championship, visits Danville for a game that should feature plenty of offense. The Wolves, led by running back Marucs de la Pena and quarterback Matt Winaker got off to a hot start, scoring 67 points in their season opener but were held in check by James Logan last week. Folsom and its prolific spread offense have averaged 47 points in an undefeated start and quarterback Jake Browning has passed for 1,029 yards and 16 touchdowns in three games.

    Del Oro (1-1) at De La Salle (3-0), Friday, 7:30 p.m.

  • The perennial power from Loomis has had two weeks to prepare for De La Salle after a 1-1 start to the season. The Golden Eagles beat James Logan 27-14 in their opener, but lost to Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks 41-24 in Southern California the next week. The Golden Eagles, who represented Northern California in the 2011 Division II state bowl game, feature strong line play. De La Salle has never lost to a Sac-Joaquin Section opponent, though. The Spartans are coming off a 40-13 victory over St. Mary's-Stockton, during which safety Jerek Rosales intercepted three passes in the first half.