Bishop O'Dowd High quarterback Dominic Miroglio lined up on fourth-and-21 planning on just finding a receiver for a first down inside the Acalanes 15-yard line.
But Kevin King kept going.
The Washington-bound receiver and defensive back held the right seam and Miroglio winged it in his direction. King caught the ball at the 1-yard line between three Acalanes defenders and lurched across the goal line for what would be the game-winning score of a 16-13 victory in the first round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs on Friday.
"King and I have a pretty good connection. I've been playing with him since we were freshmen," Miroglio said. "He just straight up caught it. I threw it. He caught it. That's about all you could say."
King's 32-yard touchdown came with 3:09 left in the game. Just 23 seconds later, he essentially seal the win for the Dragons (7-4) by intercepting Robbie Stern's pass at the Acalanes 43-yard line.
"We were in a Cover 2, and I think they thought I was gonna go with the slant guy," King said of the interception. "But I stayed back and read it all the way."
Acalanes (6-4) led 7-0 at halftime but lost the lead early in the fourth quarter when a 26-yard field goal by Dominic Gomes lifted the Dragons to a 9-7 lead. The Dons responded with an 82-yard drive and regained the lead on a 2-yard run by Peter Mitchell with 6:35 to go.
"I don't feel like we lost this game," Acalanes coach Mike
Campolindo 38, Terra Linda-San Rafael 19: Host Campolindo scored 17 second-quarter points, including a 95-yard kickoff return by Matt Yoklavich, en route to a win over Terra Linda in an NCS Division III first-round game.
Following a 7-yard touchdown catch from Terra Linda's Michael Verby that tied the game at 7, Yoklavich took the ensuing kickoff in to give the Cougars the lead with 7:22 left before halftime.
Verby finished with 10 catches for 146 yards.
Terra Linda had the ball longer than Campolindo in the game, and outgained the Trojans, but was unable to overcome five turnovers.
A second-quarter interception by Campolindo's Justin Dunn, his first of two in the quarter, gave the Cougars the ball at the Trojan 7. John Santaguida ran in for a touchdown on the next play.
The second set up a 40-yard field goal by Cristian Antezana to make it 24-7 at the half.
-- Paul Burgarino
Sir Francis Drake 18, Valley Christian 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.
Tyler Weeks completed only five of his 21 pass attempts, but all of his completions went for 20 yards or more, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Calderon that opened the scoring in the first quarter. After a bad snap, Drake kicker Kevin Miles connected with Calderon for a two-point conversion, and the Pirates never trailed after that.
Valley Christian quarterback Vince Volpatti ended a long Vikings drive with a 2-yard touchdown run one second before halftime, but his ensuing two-point conversion run failed.
Drake took the opening kickoff in the second half and drove 75 yards to score on a 3-yard run by Gavin Hallinan. A 27-yard field goal by Miles gave the Pirates an 18-6 lead with 6:54 remaining.
But the Vikings came storming back behind Volpatti. He completed four of his six passes on the next drive for 43 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Austin Simmons with 3:46 to go.
Valley Christian then recovered an onside kick, but three plays later Weeks intercepted a Volpatti pass on the Valley Christian 45. Drake got three first downs to run out the clock.
The Vikings' Howard Wikle, who rushed for 370 yards last week against Salesian, was limited to 51 yards on 24 carries by the Pirates.
In other Division IV games Friday, No. 9 St. Mary's beat eighth-seeded Middletown 36-23, and No. 5 Fort Bragg beat No. 12 Piedmont 14-0.
-- Phil Jensen