The first round of the North Coast Section prep football playoffs pretty much went according to form Friday night, with just one of the 15 first-round games featuring a real surprise ending.
In fact, other than Bishop O'Dowd High's 16-13 win over Acalanes in Division III, the other 10 playoff games played by teams in the top three divisions Friday night produced an average score of 44-12.
From San Ramon Valley's 66-0 win over Antioch, to James Logan's 56-8 victory over Irvington, to Concord's 50-6 win over Mt. Eden, the numbers just didn't add up for the lower seeds.
The one big upset came in Division IV action at Chabot College, where second-seeded Valley Christian-Dublin was beaten 18-13 by 15th-seeded Drake of San Anselmo.
Here's a closer look at Friday's NCS playoff results:
No. 7 Foothill 28, No. 10 Deer Valley 17: The Falcons (6-5) earned their first postseason win since 2009 in beating the Wolverines (6-5). Senior Griffith Gates rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 10 minutes, 50 seconds left, and sophomore Isaiah Langley had a game-clinching interception with three minutes left to key Foothill's win.
The No. 7 seeded Falcons will play at No. 2 California (8-2) in next Friday's quarterfinals. The Grizzlies had a first-round bye.
No. 4 San Ramon Valley 66, No. 13 Antioch 0: The host Wolves (6-5) scored 42 points in the second quarter to rout the Panthers (6-5) as quarterback Cameron Birse threw for 255 yards and four touchdowns before halftime.
The Wolves now take on the winner of Saturday's game between Castro Valley and Amador Valley in the quarterfinals next week.
No. 3 James Logan 56, No. 14 Irvington 8: Warren Miles Long had a huge night, rushing for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries as the Colts rolled past the Vikings (4-7).
With the win, the Colts (10-1) will host the winner of Saturday's Freedom/Berkeley game in the second round on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
No. 9 Pittsburg 55, No. 8 Monte Vista 29: Harris Ross ran for 269 yards and four touchdowns as the Pirates (8-3) rushed for 427 yards and eight touchdowns in all while routing the Mustangs (6-5). Pittsburg, which avenged a 44-12 loss to Monte Vista two months ago, will travel to play No. 1 De La Salle on Friday in the second round.
No. 8 Dublin 40, No. 9 Livermore 21: Josh Nobida threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score to help lead the Gaels (6-5) over the Cowboys (2-9) to advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight season.
The Gaels will play at top-seeded Clayton Valley next Friday night.
No. 7 Las Lomas 31, No. 10 Washington 14: The Knights (5-6) picked a good time to put together perhaps its most complete game of the season, methodically grinding down the visiting Huskies (6-5) as Kyle Hill rushed for 104 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown.
The No. 7-seeded Knights (5-6) advance to take on No. 2 seed Rancho Cotate (10-0) next Friday.
No. 5 Concord 50, No. 12 Mt. Eden 6: Minutemen quarterback Mitch Daniels threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns and star senior running back Olito Thompson ran for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns as Concord (9-2) scored 44 first-half points on its way to an easy win over the Monarchs (6-5).
Concord travels to play No. 4 Casa Grande in Petaluma next Saturday. The Minutemen defeated Casa Grande two years ago 26-21 in an NCS semifinal on their way to the Division II crown.
No. 6 Newark Memorial 40, No. 11 American 0: Marty Leggett scored three touchdowns, two on runs from scrimmage and another on an interception return, and Riley Pivin passed for two more as the host Cougars (9-2) never trailed while defeating the Eagles (5-6).
Newark advances to take on No. 3 Northgate (8-2) next Saturday.
No. 9 Bishop O'Dowd 16, No. 8 Acalanes 13: The Dragons' Dominic Miroglio threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Kevin King on a fourth-and-21 play with 3:09 left in the game for the game-winning score as O'Dowd (7-4) outlasted the Dons (7-4). Just 23 seconds later, the Washington-bound King intercepted a pass to seal the Dragons' win.
O'Dowd will play next week against the winner of Saturday night's El Cerrito vs. John F. Kennedy-Fremont game.
No. 4 Campolindo 38, No. 13 Terra Linda 19: The host Cougars (10-1) scored 17 second-quarter points, including a 95-yard kickoff return by Matt Yoklavich, en route to a win over Terra Linda (6-5).
Campolindo will host a playoff game next Friday night against the winner of Saturday's Analy (10-0) vs. Tamalpais (6-4) game.
No. 3 Cardinal Newman 44, No. 14 Sonoma Valley 7: Cardinals quarterback Keaton Dunsford went 19-for-28 passing for 303 yards and four touchdowns in a lopsided win over Sonoma Valley (7-4).
Cardinal Newman (10-1) will have a home game next Saturday against the winner of Saturday's game between Encinal (6-5) and Novato (7-3).
No. 15 Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo 18, Valley Christian-Dublin 13: The 15th-seeded Pirates (6-5) used a stout run defense and big plays from their passing game to upset the second-seeded Vikings (8-3) at Chabot College.
Valley Christian's Vince Volpatti threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Austin Simmons with 3:46 to go to close within 18-13. Valley Christian then recovered an onside kick, but three plays later Drake's Tyler Weeks intercepted a pass to seal the upset.
No. 9 St. Mary's 36, No. 8 Middletown 23: Quarterback Kevin Flemer threw three touchdown passes and the Panthers outscored Middletown 22-0 in the second half in rallying from a 23-14 halftime deficit to advance.
The Panthers (6-5) will play at No. 1-seeded Justin-Siena next Friday night.
No. 5 Ft. Bragg 14, No. 12 Piedmont 0: The fifth-seeded Timberwolves (10-1) got a pair of 45-yard touchdown passes from Tyler Ashby and piled up a whopping 480 yards of total offense on 68 plays to eliminate the Highlanders (5-6). Ft. Bragg running back Zach Smith carried 35 times for 255 yards.
The Timberwolves will take a nine-game winning streak into next Saturday's game against the winner of Saturday's game between No. 4 Arcata (9-1) and No. 13 Moreau Catholic (5-5).
No. 6 St. Helena 35, No. 11 Healdsburg 14: Sebastian Segura rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns and the Saints (10-1) scored 28 unanswered points to knock out the Greyhounds (4-7).
St. Helena will play the winner of Saturday's game between Salesian and John F. Kennedy-Richmond.
Here are your individual standouts throughout the East Bay from Friday night's playoff games:
GRIFFITH GATES, Foothill: The senior rushed for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Deer Valley.
ISAIAH LANGLEY, Foothill: The Falcons sophomore intercepted a pass with three minutes left to seal a win over Deer Valley.
SIMBA WEBSTER, Deer Valley: The Wolverines quarterback passed for 241 yards, including a 50-yard TD to his brother Nzuzi, against Foothill.
NZUZI WEBSTER, Deer Valley: He caught five passes for 140 yards and a TD against Foothill.
HARRIS ROSS, Pittsburg: The junior back rushed for 269 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Monte Vista, including scoring runs of 80 and 54 yards in the first half.
CRAIJON MENEFEE, Pittsburg: The Pirates' back ran for three touchdowns against Monte Vista.
JALEN AVERY, Monte Vista: He caught nine passes for 115 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns against Pittsburg, including one on a 54-yard interception return.
MASON MELIN, Monte Vista: Caught eight passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.
CAMERON BIRSE, San Ramon Valley: The Wolves' quarterback threw for 255 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of a win over Antioch.
JUSTIN BANGAY, San Ramon Valley: He caught a pair of touchdown passes in the first half against Antioch, both going for touchdowns, including one on a 96-yard scoring play.
RYAN DUNN, San Ramon Valley: Scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half, including one on a 20-yard interception return.
WARREN MILES LONG, James Logan: Carried 10 times for 211 yards and four touchdowns against Irvington.
JEFFREY PROTHRO, James Logan: The Colts' quarterback went 6-for-8 for 178 yards passing and four touchdowns against Irvington.
AMALANI FUKOFUKA, James Logan: Caught six passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns against Irvington.
JOSH NOBIDA, Dublin: The Gaels' quarterback threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a TD against Livermore.
JABARI JEFFERSON, Dublin: Caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns against Livermore.
LOUIE HERNANDEZ, Livermore: The Cowboys' back rushed 14 times for 113 yards, including a 48-yard scoring run, against Dublin.
MARTY LEGGETT, Newark Memorial: The Cougars' back scored three touchdowns, including one on an interception return against American. He also had scoring runs of 65 and 9 yards.
RILEY PIVIN, Newark Memorial: He threw a pair of touchdown passes in a win over American.
MITCH DANIELS, Concord: The Minutemen's quarterback threw for 234 yards and three TDs in a win over Mt. Eden.
OLITO THOMPSON, Concord: He rushed for 200 yards and scored three TDs against Mt. Eden.
DEVANTE MCGOWAN, Mt. Eden: The Monarchs' back rushed 32 times for 128 yards and a TD against Concord.
KYLE HILL, Las Lomas: The Knight's back carried 24 times for 104 yards and a crucial 4-yard TD in the fourth quarter against Washington.
NATE WOUDSTRA, Washington: The Huskies' back rushed 16 times for a game-high 120 yards against Las Lomas.
KEVIN KING, Bishop O'Dowd: The Dragons' star caught a 32-yard TD pass on a fourth-and-21 play with three minutes left and 23 seconds later sealed the win over Acalanes with an interception.
PETER MITCHELL, Acalanes: The Dons' back rushed 20 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns against O'Dowd.
MATT YOKLAVICH, Campolindo: He returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 17-point second quarter in a win over Terra Linda.
JOHN SANTAGUIDA, Campolindo: Rushed for a pair of touchdowns against Terra Linda.
ANDREW ZOLINTAKIS, Campolindo: The Cougars' quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes against Terra Linda.
JUSTIN DUNN, Campolindo: He had two interceptions in the second quarter and also caught an 11-yard touchdown pass against Terra Linda.
KEVIN FLEMER, St. Mary's: The Panthers quarterback threw three touchdown passes in a victory over Middletown.