Bay Area News Group prep football predictions: Week 6, Spring 2021

This is it, the final full weekend of the unprecedented spring 2021 high school football season, and we’re going out strong.

Mike Lefkow and I picked 21 games across the Bay Area, plus a bonus game, the Southern California showdown Saturday night between St. John Bosco and Mater Dei.

Watch the Week 6 preview video (below) to see what Lefkow thinks about those programs.

As for the picks competition, last weekend couldn’t have started better for yours truly. Tied with Lefkow at the start of play, I took an early lead when Los Gatos stormed back from 19 points behind Thursday to beat Wilcox 20-19.

But Lefkow, our defending champion, pulled even when Liberty edged Freedom on Friday and went ahead Saturday when Sacred Heart Prep scored in the final seconds to defeat Half Moon Bay and Oak Grove won a tight game at Silver Creek.

So we enter the final weekend of competition with Lefkow holding a two-game lead in the standings.

Here are the seven games this weekend that will decide our champion:

— Heritage-Liberty

— San Leandro-James Logan

— Menlo-Sacred Heart Prep

— Leigh-Branham

— California-Acalanes

— San Ramon Valley-Monte Vista

— St. John Bosco-Mater Dei

On to the details …

This week’s picks

Prospect (4-0) at Del Mar (2-1), Thursday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Prospect

Lefkow: Prospect

El Cerrito (4-0) at De Anza (3-0), Friday, 6 p.m.

Sabedra: El Cerrito

Lefkow: El Cerrito

Heritage (4-1) at Liberty (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Liberty

Lefkow: Heritage

Leland (2-2) at Oak Grove (2-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Oak Grove

Lefkow: Oak Grove

Las Lomas’ Lance Heinan, left, is congratulated by Nathan Balistrieri after scoring a touchdown against San Ramon Valley on March 13. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

Benicia (2-2) at Las Lomas (1-3), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Las Lomas

Lefkow: Las Lomas

The King’s Academy (1-2) at Menlo-Atherton (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: M-A

Lefkow: M-A

Mountain View (3-1) at Wilcox (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Wilcox

Lefkow: Wilcox

Los Gatos’ Tristan Knowlton (68) and his teammates celebrate after the Wildcats beat Wilcox 20-19 on April 8. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) 

Palo Alto (2-2) at Los Gatos (4-0), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Los Gatos

Lefkow: Los Gatos

San Leandro (2-2) at James Logan (3-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: San Leandro

Lefkow: James Logan

Valley Christian (2-1) at St. Francis (2-1), Friday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: St. Francis

Lefkow: St. Francis

Bellarmine (1-2) at Archbishop Mitty (0-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.

Sabedra: Bellarmine

Lefkow: Bellarmine

Serra’s Hassan Mahasin (3) scores a touchdown against St. Francis on April 3. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) 

Serra (4-0) at St. Ignatius (3-0), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Sabedra: Serra

Lefkow: Serra

Menlo (4-0) at Sacred Heart Prep (4-1), Saturday, 2 p.m.

Sabedra: Menlo

Lefkow: SHP

Pittsburg (4-0) at Antioch (1-3), Saturday, 3 p.m.

Sabedra: Pittsburg

Lefkow: Pittsburg

Leigh (4-0) at Branham (2-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Leigh

Lefkow: Branham

Independence (3-1) at Willow Glen (0-4), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Independence

Lefkow: Independence

Gunn (4-0) at Cupertino (2-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Gunn

Lefkow: Gunn

Foothill (4-1) at Amador Valley (1-2), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Foothill

Lefkow: Foothill

De La Salle (5-0) at Clayton Valley Charter (4-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: DLS

Lefkow: DLS

California (2-3) at Acalanes (4-1), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: California

Lefkow: Acalanes

San Ramon Valley (3-2) at Monte Vista (0-5), Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Monte Vista

Lefkow: SRV

Bonus game

St. John Bosco (5-0) vs. Mater Dei (4-0) at Santa Ana Stadium, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sabedra: Mater Dei

Lefkow: St. John Bosco

Last week’s picks

Los Gatos 20, Wilcox 19

Sabedra: Los Gatos (W)

Lefkow: Wilcox (L)

El Cerrito 48, Pinole Valley 7

Sabedra: El Cerrito (W)

Lefkow: El Cerrito (W)

Liberty 21, Freedom 14

Sabedra: Freedom (L)

Lefkow: Liberty (W)

Campolindo 38, Las Lomas 28

Sabedra: Campo (W)

Lefkow: Campo (W)

Bishop O’Dowd 20, James Logan 0

Sabedra: James Logan (L)

Lefkow: James Logan (L)

Burlingame 21, The King’s Academy 14

Sabedra: TKA (L)

Lefkow: TKA (L)

Oak Grove 19, Silver Creek 7

Sabedra: Silver Creek (L)

Lefkow: Oak Grove (W)

St. Francis 41, Archbishop Mitty 8

Sabedra: Mitty (L)

Lefkow: Mitty (L)

Piedmont 21, Washington-Fremont 0

Sabedra: Piedmont (W)

Lefkow: Piedmont (W)

Valley Christian 36, Bellarmine 0

Sabedra: Valley Christian (W)

Lefkow: Valley Christian (W)

Sacred Heart Prep 29, Half Moon Bay 26

Sabedra: HMB (L)

Lefkow: SHP (W)

Clayton Valley Charter 17, San Ramon Valley 14

Sabedra: SRV (L)

Lefkow: SRV (L)

De La Salle 48, California 10

Sabedra: DLS (W)

Lefkow: DLS (W)

Foothill 27, Livermore 14

Sabedra: Livermore (L)

Lefkow: Livermore (L)

Last week’s record

Lefkow: 8-6

Sabedra: 6-8

Season standings

Lefkow: 39-20

Sabedra: 37-22

Note: Given the fluidity with COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, matchups can be canceled or postponed at any time. Most schools are allowing some household family members to attend.

Schedule changes

If there has been a schedule change, please let us know at [email protected].

How to report results/game details

We encourage Bay Area coaches or team statisticians to email the final score and key scoring plays (a few stats, if you have them) to [email protected] right after each game. Please include the school names in the subject line.

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