Nsimba Webster threw for three touchdowns in the first half and ran for one as the host Deer Valley High football team reclaimed the Mayor's Cup with a 49-13 win over crosstown rival Antioch on Friday night in a Bay Valley Athletic League game.
Webster threw for 159 yards in the first half and finished with 214 yards for the Wolverines (5-1, 1-0 BVAL) who won their third straight game this season and avenged last year's 42-28 loss to the Panthers.
"I was trying to focus a lot on the pass early and trying to get my receivers involved," Webster said. "(Antioch) broke our streak last year, so we wanted to get the (Mayor's Cup) back. I love it."
Deer Valley was leading 21-7 in the second quarter, but Antioch drove the ball 77 yards to the Wolverines' 13 on 12 plays. On a third-down play, linebacker Alex Estrada picked off a Hunter Karnthong pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown as Deer Valley took a 28-7 lead and regained the momentum.
"I think he was surprised as anybody," Deer Valley coach Rich Woods said. "The ball came to him and off he went. That was a big-time turnaround play."
The Wolverines had a 35-7 lead at halftime, scoring on four of their first five possessions.
Karnthong scored Antioch's lone first half touchdown, plunging in from 1 yard out to cut Deer Valley's lead to 14-7 in the first quarter. The touchdown capped a 78-yard, 10-play drive. He finished with 94 yards rushing to lead the Panthers, adding a second 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Antioch had 37 yards passing and 114 yards running in the first half.
Antioch (5-1, 0-1) continues its BVAL schedule next week as it returns home next week to play Heritage. Deer Valley plays on the road against Liberty. Both Heritage and Liberty had byes this week.
Deer Valley 49, Antioch 13
DV 14 21 14 0-- 49
Antioch 7 0 0 6-- 13
DV -- Sturgis 55 pass from Ns. Webster (Quintanilla kick)
DV -- Ns. Webster 7 run (Quintanilla kick)
A -- Karnthong 1 run (Velasquez kick)
DV -- Iakopo 11 pass from Ns. Webster (Quintanilla kick)
DV -- Estrada 90 interception return (Quintanilla kick)
DV -- Nz. Webster 19 pass from Ns. Webster (Quintanilla kick)
DV -- Pooler 20 run (Quintanilla kick)
DV -- Ward III 55 pass from Ns. Webster (Quintanilla kick)
A -- Karnthong 1 run (Pass failed)
Rushing: DV -- Pooler 13-110, Ns. Webster 5-27, Malolo 1-21, Sturgis 1-6, McDonald 3-(-2). Totals 23-162. A -- Karnthong 20-94, Hamilton Jr. 13-77, Garner 3-9, Wall 1-4. Totals 37-184. Passing: DV -- Ns. Webster 7-9-1 214. A -- Karnthong 10-25-2 125. Receiving: DV -- Sturgis 2-70, Nz. Webster 2-63, Ward III 1-55, Malolo 1-15, Iakopo 1-11. Totals 7-214. A -- Jones 5-88, Hamilton Jr. 1-12, Papagni 2-11, Desrosiers 1-11, Garner 1-3. Totals 10-125. Fumbles/lost: Deer Valley 0/0, Antioch 3/0. Records: Deer Valley 5-1, 1-0 BVAL. Antioch 5-1, 0-1.