San Ramon Valley (4-3, 3-0 EBAL) at California (6-1, 4-0 EBAL), Friday, 7 p.m. While there's still enough time for another team to work its way into the mix, there's also a good chance this game could decide the East Bay Athletic League champion. The Wolves and Grizzlies shared the EBAL title last season, though California won the head-to-head matchup 41-38. Because they've played one more league game so far than SRV, Cal can clinch a share of the EBAL title with a win Friday. The Grizzlies have just two total EBAL titles in school history. San Ramon Valley has a dynamic offense with QB Matt Winaker, a threat to run and throw, as well as running back Marcus de la Pena and wideout J.J. Koski. Cal features a methodical run game with Blake Bierwith getting most of the carries, but fullback Simi Hingano has also come on strong in recent weeks.
Pittsburg (5-2, 2-0 BVAL) at Freedom (3-4, 1-1 BVAL), Friday, 7 p.m. Two of the region's top running backs will be in action during this Bay Valley Athletic League game. Joe Mixon, an uncommitted five-star recruit, led Freedom to a 28-21 victory against Heritage last week with a last minute touchdown run and 143 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Pittsburg's Harris Ross, who recently committed to Oregon State, rushed for 173 yards and two scores in a 28-13 win over Liberty. Last season, Freedom earned a 49-48 win over the Pirates -- a key result in the Falcons' BVAL championship run. But this year it's Pittsburg who is unbeaten in BVAL play and tied at the top of the league standings with Deer Valley.
Castro Valley (2-5, 1-1 WACC-Foothill) at Encinal (6-1, 2-0 WACC-Foothill), Friday, 7 p.m. Encinal is looking like a legitimate contender in the West Alameda County Conference's Foothill Division thanks to an extremely stingy defense. The Jets, whose only loss came to Central Coast Section power Serra-San Mateo, have won four straight and haven't allowed a point in their last two games. Castro Valley snapped a five-game losing streak with a 43-14 win over Bishop O'Dowd last week. The Trojans' offense came alive after a couple slow weeks.
Washington (4-3) at James Logan (5-2) at, Friday, 7 p.m. With Logan in its second season playing an independent schedule, there are no league title implications as a result of this game. But for Washington, it will be a chance to gauge how much they've grown in the past month. The Huskies played a challenging nonleague schedule, but have won four straight blowouts in Mission Valley Athletic League play while giving up a grand total of 14 points. Logan, meanwhile, is licking its wounds after a 49-7 loss to De La Salle. The Colts defense did some good things despite the score, but their offense and punting game prevented them from staying competitive with the Spartans.
Granada (4-3, 1-2 EBAL) at Foothill (6-1, 2-1 EBAL) at, Friday, 7 p.m. Granada launched upset bids against the East Bay Athletic League's two top teams, San Ramon Valley and California, but fell just short each time. The Matadors lost to Cal 16-14 and SRV 31-26 last week. Can they finally break through against a Foothill team that won its first six games of the season? The Falcons are coming off a bye after suffering their first loss of the season to Cal 24-7 two weeks ago.