High school football Week 5 preview: Top Bay Area matchups, schedule

Top matchups

No. 6 Los Gatos (3-0) at No. 12 Wilcox (3-0), Thursday, 7 p.m.: The matchup of the week in the Bay Area could determine the champion of the Santa Clara Athletic League’s De Anza Division. No. 6 Los Gatos and No. 12 Wilcox have had similarly dominant starts to the season: The Wildcats have outscored their first three opponents 156-30, compared to a 150-42 margin for the Chargers of Wilcox. Both teams feature powerful rushing attacks that have averaged more than 10 yards per carry through their first three games. The Chargers’ option offense features four players with at least 10 carries and 100 yards through their first three games, led by junior Luther Glenn, who’s rushed 29 times for 324 yards; Wilcox has attempted only 11 passes all season. Senior Adam Garwood has led the way for Los Gatos, reaching the end zone 10 times in three games while totaling 467 yards on 34 carries. Wilcox had won just two of the teams’ previous 15 matchups prior to 2016, but the Chargers have taken the past three, including a decisive 37-0 win last season. — Evan Webeck

No. 10 Clayton Valley Charter (3-1) at No. 5 San Ramon Valley (3-1), Saturday 7 p.m.: San Ramon Valley’s wins have come by a combined total of 22 points. Clayton Valley Charter’s three victories are by a combined 16 points. Both were soundly beaten in their only defeats. What separates them is that SRV suffered its lone loss to De La Salle. Clayton Valley’s one loss was at home against Monterey Trail-Elk Grove. The calpreps.com computer is giving San Ramon Valley a two-point edge in a low-scoring match. Clayton Valley has struggled on offense, with its top-scoring output being 21 points last week against Monte Vista. Coach Tim Murphy introduced the spread offense to his Ugly Eagles this spring and now admits he probably should have waited until things return to normal. Running back Omari Taylor has been outstanding with 407 yards and five touchdowns, but CVC has had a hard time passing. Receiver Andrew Woolard Jr., a 6-3, 220-pound senior, has been the exception with 10 catches. San Ramon Valley has been hit hard by transfers and multi-sport athletes opting to play their spring sports. But this team also has the luxury of using this season as a sort of glorified spring practice with many of its top players returning. Quarterback Jack Quigley is a junior. So is leading rusher Za’Darion Nardi. The top two receivers, Caleb Padrid and Caden Ridley, are a sophomore and junior, respectively. The Wolves are led by 6-4, 230-pound tight end JP Murphy, a senior who has signed a letter of intent to San Diego State. — Mike Lefkow

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Week 5 predictions: Our guys pick 14 games, including Los Gatos-Wilcox

No. 1 De La Salle (4-0) at No. 23 California (2-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.: Top-ranked De La Salle hits the road for the first time this spring. The running back tandem of Nico Torrez and …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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