PLEASANTON -- The Amador Valley High football team has had some quality squads in recent years, but the Dons had been unable to post a North Coast Section victory since 2004.
That drought came to an end Saturday in the first round of the Division I playoffs, as host Amador Valley lit up the scoreboard in a 45-27 win over No. 12 Castro Valley (5-6).
The last time the Dons won a playoff game was in 2004 in the NCS 4A East Bay semifinals -- a 35-14 victory over James Logan. The Dons (7-4) would go on to suffer a 41-0 loss to De La Salle in the finals.
On Saturday, the fifth-seeded Dons had five offensive touchdowns, one defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown.
The Dons now play at No. 4 San Ramon Valley in the quarterfinals next Saturday at 7 p.m.
Amador quarterback Kyle Moreno was 12 of 19 with 193 yards passing and two touchdowns. His first throw was intercepted, but then he completed his next seven passes.
Moreno's top target was Grant Miller, who caught three passes for 101 yards -- including a 73-yard touchdown reception with 8:08 left in the second quarter that gave the Dons an 18-7 lead.
Freedom 63, Berkeley 7: Joe Mixon scored four touchdowns and ran for 120 yards on 13 carries in the first half as the host Falcons overwhelmed the No. 11 Yellowjackets (5-5) in first round game. Sixth-seeded Freedom advances to the quarterfinals next Saturday against No. 3 James Logan in Union
Quarterback Dante Mayes threw for two touchdowns and ran for two as the Falcons (9-2) won their eighth straight game.
"They're obviously a tough opponent," Mayes said of James Logan, "but we're going to prepare and get ready and just do what we can."
Late in the first quarter, Mayes scored on a 53-yard run to give Freedom a 21-0 lead. The Falcons then scored touchdowns on all five of their possessions in the second quarter.
-- Gabe Feletar, correspondent