Jamal Lockett rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help lead Pittsburg High to a 42-14 Big Little Game victory over host Antioch on Friday night in the Bay Valley Athletic League finale for both teams.
Lockett opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run on the Pirates' first possession, then added an 80-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter. The Pirates (7-3, 4-1) finished the first half with 219 yards on the ground.
Lockett finished with 284 yards rushing and was pulled in the third once score was 42-7
Pittsburg led 28-0 when Antioch scored its first points, as quarterback Alex Obias found Elbert Hamilton for a 15-yard touchdown on a screen pass with 12 seconds left in the first half. On two other drives, Antioch had the ball inside the Pittsburg 20-yard line but turned the ball over on downs.
The Pirates have won the past six Big Little Game meetings with the Panthers (6-4, 1-4).
Pittsburg, which closed the season on a three-game winning streak, now looks forward to the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. The Pirates should receive one of the top eight seeds and is hoping to host a first-round game next week.
Antioch also is eligible for the Division I playoffs but probably will have to go on the road for its first game.
Freedom 41, Liberty 0: Looking to claim their first outright BVAL title, the visiting Falcons scored on the ground, through the
Quarterback Dante Mayes completed 10 of 13 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, as the Falcons (8-2, 5-0) took a 35-0 lead at the break and went pn to win the Bell Game for the seventh consecutive year.
Wide receiver Darrell Daniels caught one of those touchdowns, on a 27-yard reception, and also scored on a 15-yard rush two plays into the second quarter. He finished the first half with three receptions for 72 yards.
Running back Joe Mixon carried eight times for 56 yards and scored the game's opening touchdown, a 7-yard carry that capped a nine-play drive. He also intercepted a fourth-down pass from Liberty quarterback Ivan Oseguera and returned it 68 yards to the end zone.
-- Gabe Feletar, correspondent
Heritage 24, Deer Valley 21: The host Patriots scored 10 points in the second half and held on to beat the Wolverines (6-4, 2-3 BVAL) and become eligible for the NCS Division I playoffs.
Heritage led 14-7 at halftime as it held Deer Valley's explosive and versatile quarterback Nsimba Webster in check.
The Heritage secondary, which was decimated by injuries early in the season, limited Webster to 0-for-8 passing to start the game with two interceptions that led to explosive plays.
When D'Maree Lewis picked off Webster's pass with 6:30 left in the first quarter, Elijah Iakopo shoved Lewis after the play -- setting off a melee in which several punches were thrown and four players were ejected.
Iakopo and Ben Malolo were ejected for Deer Valley, while Nick Zalec and Nicolas Calegari were thrown out for Heritage (3-7, 3-2).
After the dust settled, the Patriots secondary made things exciting again, when Sam Hinn intercepted Webster's next pass and raced 42 yards to the end zone to put the Patriots up 14-0.
Webster rallied his team late in the first half, driving 87 yards on 14 plays. On fourth-and-goal, Webster hit Lee Ward for a 7-yard score with just 9.3 seconds left in the half.
-- Ken Silman, correspondent
North Coast Section football chat on Sunday
Visit contracostatimes.com/high-school-sports or insidebayarea.com/high-school-sports on Sunday at 3 p.m. and join staff writer Stephanie Hammon for a live chat on the North Coast Section football playoff seedings, which will be announced Sunday.