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 Piedmont High football team a 24-21 victory over Alameda in its homecoming game.

Piedmont won the West Alameda County Conference-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.


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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.

Piedmont 24, Alameda 21

Alameda          7          0          7          7--          21

Piedmont          0          7          7          10--          24

A--Knight 9 run (Bliven kick)

P--Pacheco 25 pass from Kim (Chiodo kick)

P--Pacheco 55 run (Chiodo kick)

A--Knight 25 run (Bliven kick)

A--Gardner 70 run (Bliven kick)

P--Adams 82 fumble return (Chiodo kick)

P-- Chiodo 33 FG

Rushing: A -- Knight 22-105, Gardner 1-70, Awa 1-0, Lewis 7-(-20), Team 1-(-5). Totals 32-150. P -- Pacheco 2-56, Dalton 13-37, Tam 5-6, Ellis 1-2, Kim 4-1, Slabaugh 3-(-3). Totals 28-99. Passing: A -- Lewis 20-31-1 265. P -- Kim 8-15-0 94. Receiving: A -- Bussey 13-185, Fifer 4-52, Gardner 1-24, Knight 1-4. P -- Tuan 2-45, Pacheco 1-25, Slabaugh 2-16, Hanf 2-4, Tam 1-4. Fumbles/lost: Alameda 4/3, Piedmont 3/1. Records: Alameda 2-5, 0-2 Shoreline Division; Piedmont 5-2, 1-1.