Rancho Cotate (4-1, 2-0 NBL) at Montgomery (4-1, 1-1 NBL)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Rancho Cotate defeated Ukiah, 28-0. Montgomery beat Cardinal Newman, 31-25.

Notable: Coach Dean Haskins is having the time of his life in his first year leading the Vikings' program. "It's been fantastic," he said. "The kids are a lot of fun to be around and have such a great attitude." … RJ Flores continues to shine while stepping in for injured quarterback Elijah Higgs (shoulder injury). In the upset of Cardinal Newman, he completed 12 of 16 passes. "He's improving every game and practice," Haskins said of the junior. "That's especially true for the way he's managing games." … Running back Logan Francavilla gained 162 yards against Newman and has 722 for the season. "He's a sturdy, tough kid," Haskins said. "He run the ball hard and has gotten stronger as the season has progressed." … Henry Stelzner has 57 tackles for the Vikings. That's more than twice as many as any of his teammates … Rancho is beginning a stretch of four road games in five weeks … Tight end/defensive end Danny Ngo is injured and will miss the game for the Cougars … This is Montgomery's homecoming.

The pick: Montgomery

Casa Grande (5-0, 2-0 NBL) at Maria Carrillo (3-2, 2-0 NBL)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Casa Grande beat Santa Rosa, 35-0. Maria Carrillo defeated Windsor, 21-14.

Notable: Both teams are sporting win streaks. After dropping its first two, Carrillo has won three in a row … Gauchos coach Trent Herzog expects his team will be in for a battle. "We'll need to play a complete game, not just a quarter or a half," he said. "Our defense will be tested by their wing T." … Casa allows opponents an average of 10 points per game … Herzog believes his team has an edge in size and power but that Carrillo's team speed could be the neutralizer … Casa is averaging 415 yards of offense … The Gauchos could be missing three starters. Wide receiver-corner back Jonathan Weber and nose tackle Nick Pleinnikul are questionable while guard Greg Poterake has been ruled out.

The pick: Casa Grande

Cardinal Newman (3-2, 1-1 NBL) at Santa Rosa (2-3, 0-2 NBL)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Cardinal Newman lost to Montgomery, 31-25. Santa Rosa lost to Casa Grande, 35-0.

Notable: Panthers quarterback Vince Jones (bruised knee) and receiver Alfredo Carretero (shoulder sprain) won't play because of injuries suffered in the Casa game. "Our two team captains went down within three minutes of one another," coach Dave Duncan reported. "We'll battle as best we can. Morale in practice was good this week." … After four turnovers in the Casa game, Santa Rosa has focused on ball security this week … Newman coach Paul Cronin on the after effects of his team's upset loss to Montgomery: "The reaction to a loss is always a great way to judge the character of a group and our players have had great character throughout the season." … Against the Vikings, Newman's Pat Evans had 12 solo tackles and got assists on seven others. Bryce McChinak was credited with 11 solos and six assists while Will Andrews came up with eight solos and six assists.

The pick: Cardinal Newman

Analy (5-1, 2-0 SCL) at Healdsburg (4-2, 2-0 SCL)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Healdsburg won at Petaluma, 46-15. Analy beat Piner, 53-6.

Notable: The last two teams in the SCL with unbeaten league records clash in this one … Tigers coach Dan Bourdon said one key to defeating the Greyhounds will be the ability of his defense to shut down running backs Trystan Cleaver and Jared Walker. Against Petaluma, Cleaver ran for 201 yards on 23 carries while Walker's seven touches netted 94 yards … Healdsburg gained 703 total yards in the win over Petaluma … Analy special teams scored three touchdowns in the Piner victory. The Tigers took the drama out of the game by scoring on their first three plays from scrimmage.

The pick: Analy

St. Helena (4-1, 2-0 NCL I) at Middletown (4-1, 2-0 NCL I)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: St. Helena beat Lower Lake, 44-6. Middletown defeated Fort Bragg, 42-0.

Notable: Something has to give in this game. The Saints score an average of 26 points per game and the Mustangs haven't allowed a point in 16 quarters … Running back Sebastian Segura, who is averaging 165 yards per game for St. Helena, is "iffy" for the game. "We're hoping he'll be able to play," coach Brandon Farrell said. "I'm just not sure." … Analyzing what makes the Mustangs defense so effective, Farrell said: "They're very aggressive to the ball. You have to earn everything you get." … Middletown running back Austin Benson ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns against Fort Bragg.

The pick: Middletown

Windsor (2-3, 0-2) at Ukiah (2-3, 0-2)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Windsor lost at Maria Carrillo, 21-14. Ukiah lost to Rancho Cotate, 28-0.

Notable: If either team hopes to finish in the top tier of the NBL, they must win this game … "The guys haven't quit," Jaguars coach Vic Amick. "We put ourselves in this position (losing two league games) and now we'll have to get ourselves out."

The pick: Windsor

Petaluma (2-4, 0-2) at El Molino (2-3, 1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Petaluma lost to Healdsburg,46-15. El Molino beat Elsie Allen, 20-10.

Notable: With half the season remaining, the Lions have already surpassed their 2012 win total … The Trojans will keep the ball on the ground. They throw an average of three times per game … In Gabe Medina, Petaluma has one of the Empire's top runners. He averages 111 yards per game and nearly nine yards per carry.

The pick: Petaluma

Stellar Prep (1-4, 1-1) at Calistoga (5-0, 2-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Stellar Prep beat Upper Lake, 50-0. Calistoga did not play.

Notable: The Wildcats are averaging a shade under 40 points per game while holding opponents to 15 … Dylan Alvarado is the first Redwood Empire runner to reach the 1,000-yard mark this season. The senior has gained 1,098 on 98 carries … Timmy Montanez has intercepted seven passes.

The pick: Calistoga

Lower Lake (2-3, 0-2) at Clear Lake (4-1, 2-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Lower Lake lost to St. Helena, 44-6. Clear Lake beat Willits, 53-6.

Notable: Quarterback Adrian Adams completed only four passes against Willits but three went for touchdowns … Marty Sugimoto is coming off a big game for the Cardinals. He gained 125 yards on 10 carries against Willits … Eight Clear Lake players scored in the rout … Lower Lake will test the Cardinals' run defense. The Trojans rush for an average of 255 yards per game. Isazah King averages 115 yards, Eric Moreno 91 and Mason Sanders 66 … Ryan Dahneke anchors the Lower Lake defense. He has 26 solo tackles and assisted on 19 others … This is the Cardinals' homecoming game.

The pick: Clear Lake

Kelseyville (3-2, 0-2) at Fort Bragg (2-3, 1-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Kelseyville lost to Cloverdale, 23-22. Fort Bragg was beaten by Middletown, 42-0.

Notable: The Knights were penalized 14 times for 135 yards last Friday … Robert McLean had a big game as he ran for 263 yards … Fort Bragg is expected to have two of its front-line players in the line-up. Running back Zack Smith missed two games earlier in the season with a knee injury and quarterback Tyler Ashby was suspended for the Middletown game.

The pick: Fort Bragg

Willits (0-5, 0-2) at Cloverdale (1-4, 1-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Willits lost to Clear Lake, 53-6. Cloverdale beat Kelseyville, 23-22.

Notable: Cloverdale can surpass its 2012 win total with a victory tonight … The Eagles have shown improvement each week of the season culminating in the win over Kelseyville … It's been a rough year for Willits. The closest the Wolverines have come to winning was opening week when they lost 25-0 at El Molino.

The pick: Cloverdale

California School for the Deaf (3-2, 2-1) at Tomales (3-2, 0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: CSD defeated St. Vincent, 28-21. Tomales lost to Emery, 40-32.

Notable: After being hampered by nagging injuries early in the season, Anthony Feliciano had a breakout game against Emery. He rushed for 197 yards on 31 carries … CSD has won two in a row..

The pick: CSD

Rincon Valley Christian (2-3, 1-2) at Potter Valley (1-4, 0-3)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: RVC defeated Laytonville, 52-34. Potter Valley lost at Point Arena, 44-0.

Notable: This is the second time these teams have played this season. In Week 1, RVC handled the visiting Bearcats, 30-12 … "It was like David against Goliath," Eagles coach Robert Gray said after the game. "We were David and it turned out we were quicker." … Potter Valley has lost three straight while playing the best teams in league (Mendocino, Point Arena and Anderson Valley).

The pick: Potter Valley