The Las Lomas High football team used a big play defense to make up for three costly turnovers in its 45-23 win over Alhambra in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League opener for both teams.
Alhambra quarterback Josh Evans was 14-of-29 for 183 yards, completing passes to nine different receivers, but threw two second-quarter interceptions during the Sept. 27 game.
The Knights' Mingo Flatly and Zack Fulks hauled in the interceptions, which set up touchdown passes from Shawn Hessler to Greg Corbin and Fulks in the final 2:45 of the first half.
Las Lomas (3-2, 1-0) need to come back from a 15-10 deficit for a 24-15 halftime lead.
Alhambra (1-3-1, 0-1 DFAL) has a bye this week to regroup before facing Dougherty Valley on Oct. 11.
Hessler threw for 186 yards and four scores against Alhambra, with Johnny Marinchak catching seven passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns.
Evans' third touchdown pass for Alhambra, a 15-yarder to Grant Hill, pulled the Bulldogs to within 31-23 late in the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, Corbin blocked an Alhambra field goal attempt, and three minutes later he returned an Alhambra fumble 40 yards for a score.
Las Lomas ran for 173 yards, led by Fulks with 96 yards on 16 carries, but the offensive numbers were skewed by two big turnovers. A 30-yard loss on a bad punt snap led to Alhambra's final touchdown -- a 15-yard pass from Evans to Hill -- and Hassler had a 16-yard loss while trying to recover a loose ball.
The Knights were helped repeatedly by having a short field. Alhambra attempted onside kicks on all five kickoffs, recovering two, and punted only twice. Three Las Lomas scoring drives were 55 yards or shorter.
College Park 32, Hayward 20: Quarterback Dmitri Salido completed all five of his first half passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Falcons (3-1-1) past the Farmers (0-4) in a nonleague game at Diablo Valley College.
Salido opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run and connected with Timmy Jackson for a 47-yard score for College Park's first two TDs.
After the Falcons recovered an onside kick, Ray Jackson scored on a 43-yard run to give College Park an 18-7 lead with 7:05 left in the second quarter.
Ray Jackson scored again just before halftime, catching a 61-yard touchdown pass from Salido with 2:21 left in the second quarter. After a two-point conversion, College Park had a 26-7 lead at halftime.
On the first possession of the third quarter, the Farmers looked to bounce back thanks to a Hayward fumble recovery on the Falcons' 7-yard line. Farmers running back Dakarai Collington then found the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run to cut College Park's lead to 26-14.
The Falcons regrouped on their second possession of the third quarter when Ray Jackson took a pitch to the left side and scored on a 9-yard run, capping an eight-play, 87-yard drive to lengthen the Falcons' lead to 32-14.
With 4:16 remaining in the third quarter, Farmers playmaker Amari Evans took a hook-and-ladder play 69 yards for the last points of the game. Evans finished with nine attempts and 103 yards with two rushing touchdowns.
Salido finished the game completing 6 of 7 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Salido also gained 93 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown.
"Our blocking scheme went well, everyone blocked aggressively from our offensive line to our receivers," Salido said.
Ray Jackson who finished with 104 yards and two touchdowns and a receiving touchdown catch of 61 yards.
"It was a big pick-up game for us this week" Ray Jackson said. "We have a bye and start league (Diablo Valley Athletic League) in two weeks against Clayton Valley, who is usually a big team with smart coaching. The game will be a good match-up for us."
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent