Harris Ross ran for 269 yards and four touchdowns as Pittsburg High walloped host Monte Vista 55-29 on Friday night in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I football playoffs.
In the rematch, the Mustangs were no match for the Pirates.
Monte Vista defeated Pittsburg 44-14 two months ago. This time the No. 9-seeded Pirates offensive line and an array of running backs battered the No. 8 Mustangs from start to finish.
Pittsburg, which ran for 427 yards and had eight rushing touchdowns, will travel to play No. 1 De La Salle on Friday in the second round.
Ross stepped in strongly for injured standout back Jamal Lockett, who limped off the field following an 8-yard run in the first quarter.
"Oh man, awesome," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli said of Ross. "He's been coming and coming. He's just a junior. I'm really excited to see what he's gonna do next year."
The Mustangs, after trailing 33-7 at halftime and 39-7 in the third quarter, scored two quick touchdowns to make a game of it. Jalen Avery scored on a 54-yard interception return, and then the Mustangs recovered an onside kick. Zack Chang cut the deficit to 39-21 on a 4-yard touchdown run.
The Pirates upped the lead to 45-21 on a game-clinching 51-yard run by Ross.
The Mustangs, who finished the season on a four-game losing streak, got another strong game from Mason Melin, who had eight receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown. Avery also scored on a 34-yard reception from Nikita Zamora, who was picked off three times.
Pittsburg rushed for 224 yards and five touchdowns in the first half. Ross had touchdown runs of 80 and 54 yards in the first half alone, and Craijon Menefee scored on runs of 1, 7 and 10 yards.
The Pirates scored on their first two possessions, then things quickly starting getting out of hand when Cameron Heath intercepted Zamora and returned it to the Mustangs' 1-yard line. Menefee scored on the next play.
Monte Vista was held to a first down on its next possession before the Pirates' Nehemiah Lopez blocked a punt.
Four plays later, the score was 26-0 on Menefee's 7-yard run. Monte Vista cut the deficit to 26-7, but the Pirates struck again on a devastating 80-yard run by Ross.
San Ramon Valley 66, Antioch 0: The host Wolves scored 42 points in the second quarter to rout Antioch in the first round of the NCS Division I playoffs.
Thirteenth-seeded Antioch (6-5) trailed just 9-0 after the first quarter, but quarterback Cameron Birse threw for 255 yards and four scores before halftime as San Ramon Valley took a 51-0 lead at the break.
The Wolves now take on the winner of Saturday's game between Castro Valley and Amador Valley in the quarterfinals next week.
"After the first quarter we just got in the flow of the game," San Ramon Valley coach Mark Kessler said. "We kinda hit the bricks in the first quarter with a turnover, but the kids battled back and did a great job."
The Wolves (6-5) did it with big plays in the air during the first half. Justin Bangay was responsible for two of those big plays, one of them a 96-yard touchdown catch early in the second quarter that made it 30-0. His only other catch was a 40-yard score.
Ryan Dunn also had two touchdowns in the first half, doing it on both sides of the ball with a 20-yard interception return and an 18-yard reception for a score.
For San Ramon Valley, which made the NCS Division I finals a year ago, it's the seventh time in the last eight years it has won at least one postseason game. The only year in that span the Wolves did not make it out of the first round was 2009, when they lost to Pittsburg in the first round of the Division I playoffs.
This was Antioch's second straight appearance in the postseason. Last year, the Panthers lost 19-13 to rival Pittsburg in the first round.
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James Logan 56, Irvington 8: Warren Miles Long had a huge night as the No. 3 Colts opened the North Coast Section Division I playoffs in impressive fashion with a win over No. 14 Irvington at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
"We came out and did a tremendous job on both sides of the ball," Logan coach George Zuber said. "We wanted to give Long more reps on offense tonight and he had a phenomenal game for us."
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.
Long ran for 211 yards on just 10 carries and scored four touchdowns. He set the tone early for the Colts, scoring on a 67-yard run on Logan's first play from scrimmage just 2 minutes and 16 seconds into the game.
Quarterback Jeffrey Prothro then hit Amalani Fukofuka for touchdown strikes of 32 and 30 yards as the Colts opened up a 21-0 first quarter lead.
Fukofuka finished with six receptions for 176 yards and four touchdowns.
Irvington (4-7) broke the shutout when Mahmoud Eldesouky bulled his way from 1 yard out with 2:52 left in the game.
This was James Logan's first NCS win since 2007. The last four seasons, the Colts lost their first postseason game.
The Colts received the No. 2 seed for the Division I playoffs last season and a first-round bye but lost in the quarterfinals to San Ramon Valley.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent