September football games don't get much bigger than two on the schedule Friday night.

On the south side of San Jose, the Oak Grove Eagles, well rested after edging St. Francis two weeks ago, play host to Los Gatos.

On the north end of Santa Clara County, top-ranked Palo Alto returns home from a season-opening win at San Benito to face sizzling Archbishop Mitty.

Call it Heavyweight Friday. Four teams, all among the top 8 in this week's Mercury News rankings.

And adding to the drama: Both are rematches from tight games last season.

Behind Andrew Barna, who threw a tiebreaking 72-yard touchdown pass to Cail McClenahen in the fourth quarter, Mitty outlasted then-reigning state champion Palo Alto 27-21.

Los Gatos, meanwhile, got 225 yards rushing and three TDs from Garret Zeiter in a 20-13 victory over Oak Grove.

Barna, McClenahen and Zeiter have moved on, but their former teams have retooled.

Mitty opened this season with a 28-20 win at Los Gatos and a 34-7 rout of Leland. Los Gatos bounced back from its opening loss to Mitty to roll over Menlo-Atherton 42-6.

Wyatt Hansen, Mitty's new quarterback, has thrown three touchdown passes and had a clutch 76-yard scoring run against Los Gatos. The Monarchs also have received big offensive contributions from fullback Chandler Ramirez.

"We have to play discipline defense," Palo Alto coach Earl Hansen said. "No question about that, or we won't stop them."


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Mitty will try to keep Palo Alto quarterback Keller Chryst from lighting up the scoreboard. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound junior threw four touchdown passes in last week's opener, from 58, 36, 19 and 25 yards.

The Monarchs will seek to put pressure on Chryst, but as their coach, Matt Haniger, said, "He's pretty tough to bring down."

Oak Grove, ranked fourth, will have its eyes on Los Gatos' new big-play threat, Kyle Kevorkian, who returned a kickoff and punt for touchdowns against Menlo-Atherton.

Of course, Oak Grove presents challenges for No. 8 Los Gatos with its speed and size. Los Gatos coach Butch Cattolico was particularly impressed with the Eagles' secondary and defensive ends/outside linebackers.

"It doesn't get any easier," he said. "They're as fast as Mitty and as big as Menlo-Atherton."

  • Judging by the early results, Palo Alto and Los Gatos could have their hands full when SCVAL De Anza Division play starts in two weeks.

    Santa Clara, Homestead, Saratoga and Milpitas are a combined 7-0, and Wilcox's loss is to No. 2 Serra.

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