HAYWARD -- The Mt. Eden High football team scored four straight touchdowns, bridging the second and third quarters, to break open a tight game and help earn a 57-42 win over visiting Arroyo on Saturday in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division opener for both teams.
The Dons took a 24-20 lead in the second quarter on Phillip Lagua's 2-yard run, and were in possession of the ball following a goal-line stand. But Dominic Williams put the Monarchs in front 27-24 at the half with a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
After half, Mt. Eden reeled off 23 straight points, with Jonathan Sturholm hitting both Ray Fat and Williams with touchdown passes that put the Monarchs up 50-24 late in the third quarter.
"Getting defensive stops and turnovers puts us in position to score," Mt. Eden coach Paul Perenon said. "Offensively, we can compete in our league, but on defense we have things to address."
Arroyo didn't go away quietly as Dons running back Chris Harrison started an comeback bid with a 68-yard burst down the sidelines.
The fourth quarter would see the Dons pull closer on scoring passes from Carlos Gomez to John Scherrer and Malcolm Hale, but Arroyo's defense couldn't come up with stops when needed to complete the bid.
The Monarchs were led by Sturholm's 186 passing yards and five touchdown passes, two of those each going to Williams and Fat, and Giovanni Remmen led the ground game with 129 yards.
Harrison led the Dons with 179 yards rushing and two scores and Hale had 125 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Gomez passed for 190 yards and three scores, but had two costly interceptions as well.
WACC-Shoreline Mt. Eden 57, Arroyo 42
Arroyo 16 8 6 12-- 42
Mt. Eden 20 7 23 7-- 57
ME -- Fat 33 pass from Sturholm (Fihaki kick)
A -- Harrison 1 run (Harrison pass from Gomez)
ME -- Sturholm 11 run (A. Williams kick)
A -- Malcolm Hale 53 pass from Gomez (Gomez run)
ME -- D. Williams 26 pass from Sturholm (pass failed)
A -- Lagua 2 run (Malcolm Hale run)
ME -- D. Williams 36 interception return (A. Williams kick)
ME -- Fat 8 pass from Sturholm (A. Williams kick)
ME -- Stevenson 1 run (A. Williams kick)
ME -- Safety, Gomez tackled in end zone
ME -- D. Williams 45 pass from Sturholm (A. Williams kick)
A -- Harrison 68 run (pass failed)
ME -- Fihaki 4 pass from Sturholm (A. Williams kick)
A -- Scherrer 19 pass from Gomez (pass failed)
A -- Malcolm Hale 26 pass from Gomez (pass failed)
Rushing: A -- Harrison 23-179, Malik Hale 4-15, Gomez 2-7, Lagua 1-2, Totals 30-203. ME -- Remmen 14-129, Stevenson 13-53, Sturholm 4-26, Soriano 3-12, Fat 1-(-3), Totals 35-217. Passing: A -- Gomez 6-14-2 190, Malcolm Hale 0-2-0. ME -- Sturholm 12-14-0 186. Receiving: A -- Malcolm Hale 3-125, Short 2-46, Scherrer 1-19. ME -- D. Williams 3-76, Fat 4-63, Fihaki 2-25, Remmen 3-22. Fumbles/lost: Arroyo -- 3/0, Mt. Eden -- 1/0. Records: Arroyo 0-6, 0-1 WACC, Mt. Eden 4-2, 1-0.