Kevin King rejuvenated the Bishop O'Dowd offense on Friday night, throwing two touchdown passes and running for one in a 34-20 West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division victory over visiting Castro Valley.
King entered the game in the second quarter, relieving Christopher Hagmaier, called up from the junior varsity squad after starting quarterback Dominic Miroglio suffered a shoulder injury during the week.
He made his impact immediately, finding Dominic Gomes for a touchdown pass and running one in himself to give the Dragons (6-1, 2-0 WACC-Foothill) a 27-7 lead at halftime.
Bishop O'Dowd also got a major boost from its special teams, as Wayne Thomas and Gomes each returned a first-quarter kickoff to paydirt.
"When Kevin comes in, he can scramble, so they've got to build around that," Gomes said. "Once they focus on that, we can get the ball to the guys that are open."
Thanks to 14 Dragon penalties, Castro Valley (3-4, 1-1) was able to stop the game from getting out of hand. The Trojans managed an efficient ground game, led by Nick Alfaro (19 carries, 130 yards, two touchdowns) and Demareyeh Lane (19 carries, 82 yards). Alfaro made it a 14-point game midway through the fourth quarter with a 2-yard touchdown dive, but Castro Valley was unable to put more points on the board.
Piedmont 24, Alameda 21: Junior linebacker Ted Adams returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown with 8:16 left in the fourth quarter and junior kicker Ale Chiodo kicked a tiebreaking 33-yard field goal roughly six minutes later to give the Highlanders an exciting victory in their homecoming game.
Piedmont won the WACC-Shoreline Division showdown despite big Alameda advantages in total yardage (415-193) and first downs (20-7). Piedmont improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in league.
Alameda quarterback Jesse Lewis completed his first nine passes and finished 20 for 31 for 265 yards, with 13 of the completions going to Chris Bussey (185 yards), and James Knight had 22 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. But when the 6-foot-2 Lewis hurt his wrist and missed two sequences in the fourth quarter, it ended up hurting the Hornets (2-5, 0-2), although not right at first.
The second snap after Lewis was sidelined went to Ernest Gardner, who kept the ball and bolted 70 yards for a touchdown to help put the Hornets ahead 21-14 early in the fourth quarter. But on the Hornets' next offensive play, after a Piedmont fumble at its own 13, Gardner lost control of the ball, and Adams was there to grab it and race 82 yards into the end zone.
In Piedmont's homecoming game two years ago, Adams' older brother, Jake Adams, pulled off a similar play, returning a fumble more than 80 yards for a win-preserving touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
In addition to Adams, Piedmont's homecoming heroes included Jake Pacheco, who scored touchdowns on a 55-yard reverse and a 25-yard reception, and Chiodo, whose field goal with 2:39 left in the game atoned for earlier misses from 39, 49 and 40 yards.
-- Andy Altman-Ohr, correspondent
Tennyson 17, Arroyo 10: Arroyo's defense was flawless in the first half, but the Tennyson offense scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Dons.
The Dons offense got it started in the first quarter, capitalizing on an interception thrown by Tennyson quarterback Gilberto Magallanes with a touchdown.
Malcom Hale caught a 42-yard pass from Arroyo quarterback Isaac Tapia and, dodging two tackles, ran it into the end zone to get his team on the board. Carlos Jimenez would add a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter, giving the Dons a 10-0 lead at halftime. But those were the last points they would get.
Tennyson running back Quinzell Moore found his stride in the second half, scoring both rushing touchdowns for the Lancers. He got his team on the board with a 20-yard run in the third quarter and gave them the lead with a 7-yard run in the fourth.
Jacob Brown tied the game in the third quarter on a 30-yard field goal. Tennyson's offense capitalized on Arroyo's mistakes, with their final 10 points coming off red-zone turnovers by the Dons offense.
-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent