Friday’s results put season into focus

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The fourth Friday of the high school football season told us more than the three previous weekends combined.

It was that kind of night.

From Clayton Valley Charter dominating previously unbeaten Antioch to Wilcox pounding San Benito, the forecast is starting to become more clear.

Here is what we learned:

— Clayton Valley Charter is back. After an 0-2 start, the Ugly Eagles not only squared their record at 2-2, but they also gained an inside track to one of the North Coast Section’s four Open Division spots.

Of course, Clayton Valley has to keep winning, but its schedule looks mostly favorable the rest of the way.

And given the result Friday — Clayton Valley 55, Antioch 22 — the Ugly Eagles now have a win that should give them an edge when the NCS selection committee hands out Open Division playoff bids in November.

— The East Bay Athletic League could be a three-team race — and two of the three meet Friday when California plays host to San Ramon Valley.

Here’s guessing Foothill will be cheering big time for the black and orange of California.

Without Fresno State-bound quarterback Ben Wooldridge (shoulder), Foothill was no match last week for SRV, losing 45-0.

Wooldridge returned Friday, and Foothill responded with a 42-14 victory over Monte Vista, the EBAL’s defending champion.

It’s a long season in the EBAL — nine league games — but SRV will be in great shape for the championship at the one-third pole if it beats Cal..

 

— Wilcox entered its game against San Benito needing something good to happen.

The Chargers opened the season with losses to Monterey Trail and Valley Christian and were playing host to an unbeaten opponent that just defeated one of Wilcox’s league rivals, Los Gatos, the previous week.

Well, give Wilcox a big check mark in the category of league championship contender.

The Chargers routed San Benito 35-0 in a game that was vintage Wilcox. The Chargers scored five touchdowns — all on the ground — and dominated on defense.

They play Los Altos in a Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division opener Saturday at Levi’s Stadium before playing host to the league’s defending champion, Los Gatos, on Sept. 29.

— Milpitas was dominate in its first twp games. Real dominant. But its level of competition — American and Berkeley — were far from elite.

The Trojans faced a better opponent Friday — Salinas, on the road — and emerged with a 27-0 victory that looks pretty good given that Salinas’ resume includes an impressive win over Oak Grove.

Milpitas should have little trouble in its next two games (Saratoga and Los Altos) but the schedule will toughen Oct. 6 when Wilcox pays a visit. Wilcox beat Milpitas 25-21 last season.

— There is no doubt the Peninsula Athletic League’s Bay Division is the toughest league this season in the Central Coast Section outside of the West Catholic Athletic League.

Three teams — Half Moon Bay, Burlingame and Aragon — are still undefeated. A fourth team — Terra Nova — most likely would be unbeaten had it not had to forfeit its opener against Gunderson because of a fight in a scrimmage against Moreau Catholic a week earlier.

A fifth team — Menlo-Atherton — just beat Los Gatos 56-41 on the road after a win at Palma the previous week.

That followed two narrow losses at home against Bellarmine College Prep and Archbishop Mitty of the WCAL.



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