The Fort Bragg High football team drove nearly the length of the field on its opening possession, but didn't score. St. Mary's took it from there.
The host Panthers countered with 48 unanswered points and went on to throttle Fort Bragg 48-13 in the opening round of the North Coast Section Division IV playoffs Saturday in Berkeley.
St. Mary's (7-4) will now travel to face No. 4 St. Helena on Friday in the quarterfinals.
Senior running back Lorenzo Logwood carried the ball 17 times for 156 yards and one touchdown, and contributed excellent middle of the field defense as St. Mary's limited the Wolves to 92 yards on the ground.
Sophomore running back Tamarick Pierce was just as effective, finishing with 126 yards on 11 tries and a pair of touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Ian Bonde completed eight of 12 passes for 191 yards and two first-quarter TD passes, one to Liam Godfrey for 55 yards and the other to junior receiver Eric Phillips on a 36-yard strike.
Defensive back Nelson White hauled in a 40-yard interception return for a score and kicker David Hernandez converted back-to-back field goals to give the Panthers a 41-0 advantage.
Fort Bragg (5-6) scored twice late on pass plays. But the opening drive that failed to produce points was the catalyst for an offensive explosion by the Panthers.
Phillips had four catches for 116 yards. Godfrey added 67 yards on two receptions for St. Mary's.
Piedmont 54, Moreau Catholic 50: The 10th-seeded Highanders topped the host Mariners in a wild affair to advance to the second round of the NCS Division IV playoffs.
Piedmont (6-5) trailed 16-13 at halftime before the offensive fireworks began for both teams. No. 7 Moreau Catholic (5-6) held a 30-27 lead at the end of the third quarter before the Highlanders scored 27 points in the final 12 minutes to pull out the win.
Piedmont will play at No. 2 Fortuna on Friday in the quarterfinals.