iner (3-2) at Analy (4-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Piner defeated Petaluma, 26-17. Analy beat Sonoma Valley, 44-14
Notable: The winner of this SCL marquee matchup will likely win the conference title &#8230; "I expect it will be a four-quarter battle," Tigers coach Dan Bourdon said. "In Noel Hernandez, they have one of the top two quarterbacks in the league." &#8230; The Prospectors prefer to throw the ball and that was Miramonte's game plan when the Matadors beat Analy on Sept. 13 &#8230; "This will be a good test," Bourdon said. "The key for us is to have an effective pass rush." &#8230; Piner coach John Antonio knows his team faces a tough task. "Analy's the best team we play this year, no doubt," he said. "They'll create some problems for us, especially on defense. We'll have to work our butts off." &#8230; Antonio said his team matches up well and they are healthy and ready &#8230; This is Analy's homecoming.
The pick: Analy
Montgomery (3-1) at Cardinal Newman (3-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Montgomery lost to Casa Grande, 30-12. Cardinal Newman beat Ukiah, 35-7.
Notable: Vikings first-string quarterback Elijah Hicks dislocated the shoulder on his throwing arm late in the first quarter of the Casa Grande game and will miss at least three weeks &#8230; R.J. Flores filled in last Friday (7-of-13 for 99 yards) and gets the call tonight &#8230; Montgomery faces the top three teams in the NBL on consecutive Fridays. Rancho Cotate is up next &#8230; "We're improving littleby little," coach Dean Haskins said. "We need to cut down on mistakes, especially assignment issues. We faced adversity for the first time this season in the Casa game and we responded. We played them even (6-6) in the second half." &#8230; Newman quarterback Keaton Dunsford has thrown 97 passes without an interception this season. The senior is 6-foot-5 and weighs 221. "Keaton's done a great job building his leadership skills," coach Paul Cronin said. "We are extremely proud of how he treats other teammates and helps them out. He's a great young man." &#8230; Sam Styles, a starting defensive lineman for Newman, will miss the game.
The pick: Cardinal Newman
Casa Grande (4-0) at Santa Rosa (2-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Casa Grande handled Montgomery, 30-12. Santa Rosa lost to Maria Carrillo, 42-21.
Notable: The Casa players can make history tonight. In the 39 years since the school opened, the Gauchos have never started a season 5-0 &#8230; Casa will be missing two starters. Offensive lineman Greg Poteracke had minor surgery on his knee and could be out a month while receiver Jonathen Weber re-aggravated a high ankle sprain and could miss two weeks &#8230; Coach Trent Herzog said the Gauchos continue to improve. "The defense is getting better and better and the same is true for all aspects of the kicking game. (JaJuan) Lawson is getting more and more comfortable with the new offense and is really starting to do great things with his reads and decision making." &#8230; Herzog also praised the Panthers, saying they are much better group than the school's teams the past six years.