The Contra Costa College football team beat visiting Foothill 35-28 on Saturday, coming back from a 15-point second quarter deficit to avenge a 20-point loss to the Owls last season.

Running back Davonte Sapp-Lynch, younger brother of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, scored two touchdowns in the second half to propel the Comets to the season-opening win.

Contra Costa fell behind 21-6 in the second quarter but Comets quarterback Malik Watson found Anthony Stewart for a 35-yard touchdown pass. The big momentum shift came with 35 seconds remaining in the first half as when Watson found Larry Cornish III for a 19-yard touchdown to bring Contra Costa within a point at halftime, 21-20.

Sapp-Lynch helped the Comets take a 28-21 lead with 8:21 in the third quarter on a 7-yard halfback blast, then running in the two-point conversion. On Contra Costa's next possession, Sapp-Lynch added another 7-yard touchdown run and finished with 135 yards.

"Great blocking up front, coach (Alonzo Carter) spoke to us at halftime about last year's game," Sapp-Lynch said of the 41-21 loss to Foothill. "As a sophomore this game meant a lot."

Owls quarterback Corey Babb gave plenty of problems to the Comets' defense, completing 19 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was Karim Jones, who had 166 yards receiving all three touchdowns.

Watson had a huge day for Contra Costa, completing 28 passes for 328 yards.


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"We had three division one offensive linemen leave from last year, the new guys responded great and blocked well," Watson said.

Next Saturday, Contra Costa will be on the road against De Anza at 1 p.m.

Chabot 32, San Joaquin Delta 17: Zach Lujan threw for 233 yards and three touchdowns as the Gladiators overcame a sluggish first half to pull away with a nonconference win over the visiting Mustangs in the season-opener for both teams.

Lujan hit Jake Isabel twice in the third quarter for scores as Chabot scored 26 points in the second half. The Gladiators finished with 463 total yards for the game.

Delta pulled within two on a Cody Weinzheimer quarterback keeper to the end zone with 10:30 remaining, however Jordan Ferguson gave the Gladiators momentum back with a 89-yard return for a touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

Jayde Rowe put the game away for Chabot with a 20-yard burst for a score with 3:50 left. Rowe finished with a game-high 116 yards on 11 carries as the Gladiators ran for 240 yards on the night.

Jake Isabel had a huge game for Chabot, hauling in nine passes for 130 yards, including touchdown receptions of 34 and 6 yards in the third.

Chabot overcame three fumbles in the first half and four for the game. The Gladiators will hit the road next Saturday for a 1 p.m. game at College of San Mateo.

Weinzheimer threw for 292 yards for Delta.

-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent

Hartnell 41, Los Medanos 7: Hartnell scored the final 20 points to beat the visiting Mustangs in the season-opener for both teams. Hartnell took a 21-0 lead at halftime before Los Medanos scored its only touchdown on its first possession of the second half.

-- Staff