The Pittsburg High football team took a 20-point lead at halftime and never looked back, topping visiting Liberty 29-8 on Friday night in the Bay Valley Athletic League opener for both teams.

The Pirates, who were coming off a thrilling 28-27 overtime win at Granite Bay last week, took control of the game in the first half. They took a 22-2 lead with 1:47 left in the second quarter on a 50-yard catch and run for a touchdown by Cameron Heath.

Pittsburg (4-2, 1-0 BVAL) opened the scoring early in the second quarter as Craijon Menefee scored on a 2-yard run to cap a 59-yard, seven play drive. After a blocked punt by Heath, the Pirates scored again, this time on a 23-yard run by Jamal Lockett.

Liberty's lone score in the first half came with 3:17 left in the second quarter, as the Pirates were forced to recover a bad snap in their end zone for a safety.

The Pirates and Lions (2-4, 0-1) have bye weeks next week, then resume BVAL play Oct. 12. Pittsburg hosts Freedom in what should be a key league game, and Liberty is home to Deer Valley.

Freedom 31, Heritage 24: A Joe Mixon touchdown run with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter helped give the host Falcons a BVAL win over the Patriots.

Darrell Daniels, who suffered a minor knee injury in the first quarter, gave Freedom a 24-17 lead with a 1-yard touchdown run with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.


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Mixon's touchdown in the fourth quarter gave Freedom a 31-17 lead. After Heritage scored to get within seven points, Mixon came up big again, this time with an interception in the end zone to preserve the win.

The game was tied 3-3 at halftime before Daniels scored on a 46-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, giving his team a 10-3 lead.

Freedom (4-2, 1-0 BVAL) and Heritage (0-6, 0-1) are both off next week and resume BVAL play Oct. 12. Freedom is at Pittsburg, and Heritage will be looking for its first win at Antioch.

-- Nick Norvell, correspondent

Antioch 48, Mt. Diablo 0: The Panthers took a 20-0 lead at halftime then scored 22 points in the third quarter to help earn a nonleague win over the host Red Devils (2-3) and improve their record to 5-0.

In the first half, Elbert Hamilton Jr. rushed for 160 yards on 14 carries and scored two touchdowns, and receiver Jordan Papagni caught four passes for 72 yards and scored a touchdown.

Quarterback Hunter Karnthong, who has been one of Antioch's main offensive weapons so far this season, completed 7 of 17 passes for 103 yards in the first half and also rushed for 37 yards.

Mt. Diablo moved the ball at times in the first half, as quarterback Austin Hunt completed 11 of 15 passes for 103 yards. His main target in the first two quarters was Daniel Jenkins, who caught four passes for 60 yards.

Mt. Diablo will try to stop its two-game losing streak next Friday as it begins Diablo Valley Athletic League play against College Park at Diablo Valley College.

-- Steve Dulas, correspondent

Deer Valley 55, Vacaville 35: The Wolverines scored 21 points in the first quarter and held off the visiting Bulldogs in a nonleague game.

The Wolverines had a 28-14 lead at halftime. Deer Valley's Shane Pooler rushed 80 yards for a touchdown on the Wolverines' first play.

Deer Valley gained 197 yards on its first eight plays. Quarterback Nsimba Webster had 101 yards on his first two carries. Both Webster and Pooler had 106 yards rushing in the first half.

Fullback Ben Malolo had a 1-yard touchdown run and a 6-yard touchdown catch in the first half for Deer Valley. Nzuzi Webster added a 66-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

-- Ken Silman, correspondent

Jesse Bethel-Vallejo 27, Ygnacio Valley 6: The visiting Jaguars (3-2) had only three offensive plays in the first 22 minutes of this nonleague game, but they scored on two of those and never trailed against the Warriors (1-4).

The Jaguars' Chad Miller scored on a one-play drive with a 51-yard run with 7 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Teammate Sean Cooper ended a two-play drive with a 2-yard run later in the quarter, and Bethel took a 14-0 lead into halftime.

Ygnacio Valley had three time-consuming drives in the first half, but the farthest the Warriors reached was the Bethel 17. The Warriors scored with 3:02 left in the game on a 17-yard pass from Jamari Pope to Ryan Rios.

Pope finished with 120 yards passing and a team-high 110 yards rushing. Bethel's Deon Beck, who set up Cooper's first-quarter touchdown with a 75-yard run, rushed for a game-high 134 yards and scored the Jaguars' final two touchdowns on a 65-yard pass from Miller and a 47-yard run. Beck caught three passes for 89 yards.

-- Phil Jensen

Pinole Valley 3, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 0: A first-quarter field goal by the host Spartans held up, as they beat the Bruins in a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game.

Pinole Valley (2-4, 1-1 TCAL Rock) had a 3-0 halftime lead thanks to a 21-yard field goal by Jonathan Bui in the first quarter. Teammate Isaiah Lewis had 34 yards rushing on four carries in the first quarter.

St. Patrick-St. Vincent quarterback Christian Bustamante passed for 99 yards in the first half. Teammate Tanner Bertuzzi had 50 of those yards (on two catches).

The Spartans, who came into Friday on a four-game losing streak, have next week off before they take on Berean Christian in another TCAL Rock Division game at Northgate High on Oct. 12. St. Patrick-St. Vincent (1-5, 0-2) plays at Salesian next Saturday afternoon.

-- Don August, correspondent

McClymonds 53, Kennedy-Richmond 0: The Warriors ended their two-game losing streak in emphatic fashion, as they ran away from the visiting Eagles in a nonleague game.

McClymonds' Jermaine McCann recovered a fumble on the first play of the game, and quarterback Keith Williams ended the ensuing drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, Williams also had a 59-yard touchdown pass in the first half to Jalen Thompson as part of his 132 yards passing in half, as McClymonds took a 35-0 lead into halftime.

Kenyatta Jackson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns for McClymonds in the first half.

-- Allen Gordon, correspondent