Football: Saturday's high school football playoff previews

TAMALPAIS (6-4) at
ANALY (10-0)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Tamalpais lost at Marin Catholic, 42-3. Analy had a bye.

Notable: Both schools played road games against San Marin. Analy came away with a 35-7 win. Tam lost 30-24 … En route to the perfect regular season, the Tigers have outscored opponents by an average score of 52-12. Their closest game was a 41-34 victory at Miramonte … Analy hasn’t played since clinching the Sonoma County League title outright 15 days ago …Coach Dan Bourdon said his team’s bye week came at a good time. “The first week off, we got back to basics which you don’t have time to do if you’re preparing for a game the upcoming weekend. Also, we brought up a few players from the junior varsity and had the time to teach them the varsity system. Finally, the extra week got us healthier.” … One player that benefited from the bye week was Kyle Lewis, the team’s leading rusher. He’d been bothered by a bad ankle sprain and even missed a game. The senior has picked up 756 yards and scored nine touchdowns … The passing game gives Analy a dual threat, QB Darin Newman has thrown for 1,889 yards and 29 TDs. Aaron Maher has been on the receiving end of 13 scoring passes … “We’re not changing our offensive game plan, just adding a few wrinkles,” Bourdon said. “Defensively, we’re focusing on stopping Tam’s running game.” … The Tigers are the No. 5 seed in the Div. 3 bracket, the Red Tailed Hawks are No. 12.

The pick: Analy 42, Tamalpais 14

CALISTOGA (6-4) at
ST. VINCENT (8-2)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.


Last week: St. Vincent won at Calistoga, 47-21

Notable: The trends sure favor St. Vincent … The Mustangs have won the last 10 in the series going back to 1999 … In the past three, including last Friday’s NCL II finale, the combined score was 141-27 … Last Friday, the St. Vincent defense intercepted four passes … The Mustangs’ Mitch Sheppard needs 48 passing yards to reach the 2,000 plateau … The senior has thrown at least one TD pass in 21 straight games … Wide receiver Arman Yektaparast has caught a scoring pass in every game this year … Mustangs running back Derek Murphy can reach the 1,000 mark if he gains 159 yards today … No matter how this game turns out, props to Calistoga. What a rebound season after going 0-10 in 2011 … St. Vincent has the No. 3 seed in the Div. 5 bracket while Calistoga was pegged No. 6.
The pick: St. Vincent 55, Calistoga 21

TOMALES (6-4) at CALIFORNIA
SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (9-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Tomales defeated Upper Lake, 36-8. CSD got a forfeit win over St. Elizabeth.

Notable: A revenge game for Tomales. When the schools met at CSD on October 5, Tomales suffered its first league loss (17-14) in six years. In that game, the Braves missed five scoring opportunities in the red zone … Tomales is coming into the game beat up. At least five players won’t play because of injuries. “I’ve been coaching here for 17 years and we’ve never had this many injuries,” Leon Feliciano said. “In one game, we only suited up 14 players.” … Anthony Feliciano, the coach’s son, is the leading rusher in Marin County with 1,531 yards … CSD runs a balanced offense. QB Carlos Lopez passes for an average of 130 yards per game and running back Brian Freeman has rushed for 1,327 … CSD is the third seed in Div. 5 and Tomales is No. 7.

The pick: CSD 35, Tomales 14

UPPER LAKE (5-5) at
FERNDALE (9-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Upper Lake lost to Tomales, 36-8. Ferndale won at St. Bernard’s, 41-20.

Notable: Upper Lake is the only team with a win (20-3 on September 21) over California School for the Deaf. However, the Cougars ended the season with a thud as they lost three straight and didn’t score more than eight points in a game … Ferndale, from the Humboldt Del Norte- Little 4 League, has won four straight … The Wildcats are the Div. 5 top seed and Upper Lake is No. 8.
The pick: Ferndale 40, Upper Lake 14

— Howard Senzell,
for The Press Democrat