Senior quarterback Kevin Flemer completed 11 of 18 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and the St. Mary's High football team beat host Pinole Valley 28-17 in the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division finale for both teams.
Flemer threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Caleb Coleman for the game's first score, then fired two touchdown passes to Liam Godfrey in the second quarter as St. Mary's (5-5, 3-3 TCAL Rock Division) held a 21-3 lead at the intermission.
Flemer finished with 19 of 25 passes for 219 yards.
Pinole Valley (3-7, 2-4) fought back in the second half and scoring on a 85-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter by 5-foot-5, 140-pound junior running back Isiah Lewis. The Spartans scored again in the quarter when receiver Max Lovelle connected with fullback Josh Powell on a 15-yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.
St. Mary's put the game out of reach on a 1-yard plunge by Aiden Shockley midway through the fourth quarter. The Spartans tried to rally, but St. Mary's utilized the clock well and held off the host team.
Coleman led all receivers with seven catches for 103 yards. Godfrey had three receptions for 73 yards.
Pinole Valley was led by sophomore running back Javari Shepherd, who had 141 yards on 20 carries.
Pinole Valley had beat St. Mary's to get to .500 in the TCAL Rock Division and become eligible for next week's North Coast Section Division II playoffs. The Spartans entered Friday's game on a two-game losing streak, including last week's stunning 22-21 loss to Valley Christian.
St. Mary's should safely be in the Division IV field, although it may have to go on the road for its first playoff game. The Panthers lost to Valley Christian in the first round of the Division IV playoffs last season.
St. Mary's 28, Pinole Valley 17
St. Mary's 7 14 0 7-- 28
Pinole 0 3 14 0-- 17
SM -- Coleman 14 pass from Flemer (Richards kick)
PV -- Bui 35 FG
SM -- Godfrey 14 pass from Flemer (Richards kick)
SM -- Godfrey 47 pass from Flemer (Richards kick)
PV -- Lewis 85 kickoff return (Bui kick)
PV -- Powell 15 pass from Lovelle (Bui kick)
SM -- Shockley 1 run (Richards kick)
Rushing: SM -- Logwood 15-92, Phillip 11-70, Shockley 11-41, Abrahms 1-5, Flemer 2-(-9). Totals 40-203. PV -- Shepherd 20-141, Lewis 6-55, Davis 8-24, Powell 4-16, Dickson 1-10, Brown 2-(-4). Totals 41-241. Passing: SM -- Flemer 14-25-0 219. PV -- Davis 2-5-0 15, Lovelle 1-1-0 15, Brown 0-2-0 0. Totals 3-8-0 30. Receiving: SM -- Coleman 7-103, Godfrey 3-73, Phillip 1-20, Brostrom 1-10, Logwood 1-8, Shockley 1-5. PV -- Lovelle 2-15, Powell 1-15. Fumbles/lost: St. Mary's 2/1; Pinole Valley 4/2. Records: St. Mary's 5-5, 3-3 TCAL-Rock; Pinole Valley 3-7, 2-4.