NOVATO -- The Encinal High football team's offense was held out of the end zone for four quarters.

But the Jets needed just one play in overtime to score, then got a blocked extra point from their special teams in the extra session to pull out a 22-21 victory over host and No. 6 seed Novato (7-4) on Saturday in the first round of the North Coast Section Division III football playoffs.

Austin Ve'e, who earlier had a 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown to help the Jets tie the score in the fourth quarter, bolted 10 yards up the middle in overtime to give No. 11 Encinal (6-5) a 21-15 lead. Emily Rentschler's extra point gave the Jets a seven-point lead.

The PAT kick became important when Novato countered with a 10-yard touchdown run by Herve Changeux. The Hornets' attempt to force a second overtime was stymied when Abraham Hill blocked the PAT attempt.

Miramonte 35, Tennyson 7: Zati Williams caught four first-half touchdowns passes from quarterback Drew Anderson, and the Matadors defense allowed 38 yards of total offense in the first half to beat the host Lancers in the opening round of the NCS Division III playoffs.

Williams caught touchdown passes of 52, 7, 71 and 5 yards as No. 7-seeded Miramonte (7-4) stormed to a 28-0 halftime lead over No. 10 Tennyson (9-2).

Williams finished with four catches for 135 yards and the four scores.


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In another Division III game Saturday, Marin Catholic beat Hercules 38-7.

-- Robert Jordan, correspondent

El Cerrito 56, Kennedy-Fremont 8: The host Gauchos (11-0) scored 21 points in both the first and second quarters to help beat Kennedy in the first round of the NCS Division III playoffs.

Marcellus Pippens had two punt returns for touchdowns, one for 82 yards and another for 70. Senior running back Austin Harper had rushing touchdowns of 65 and 14 yards. Kennedy finished the season at 4-7.

-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent

Salesian 16, Kennedy-Richmond 8: The No. 3 Pride (9-2) survived a gritty, physical contest against the Eagles (5-6) in the first round of the NCS Division IV playoffs, thanks in large part to strong play on defense.

The game played as a stark contrast to their Sept. 14 matchup, when Salesian won 42-0. Visiting Kennedy's speed and athleticism, led by linebacker Takkarist McKinley, helped bottle up Salesian's outside run.

The No. 14 Eagles took an 8-7 halftime lead, but allowed a safety on their first possession of the second half.

Pride quarterback Zack Boyett had 78 yards passing and two touchdowns, including a fourth-quarter throw on third-and-goal from the 15 to receiver Aaron Hayes.

-- Jeff Carillo, correspondent

California School for the Deaf 26, Tomales 6: Carlos Lopez had an efficient day on both sides of the ball as the host Eagles (10-1) set a school record for wins in a season with a victory over No. 7 Tomales in the first round of the NCS Division V playoffs. No. 2 California School for the Deaf previously had nine wins in a season in 2002 and 2009.

Lopez threw for 170 yards and four touchdowns and picked off Braves (6-5) quarterback Jacob Brady twice and also recovered a fumble that set up the Eagles' first score late in the first quarter.

In another Division V game Saturday, No. 5 Berean Christian lost to No. 4 St. Bernard Catholic 23-0.

-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent

McClymonds 36, Oakland Tech 14: The visiting Warriors (7-3, 5-0 Oakland Athletic League) broke the game open via the pass to win its third straight OAL title and the No. 1 seed in the Oakland Section playoffs.

Both McClymonds and the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-1) will host playoff games on Friday -- Fremont will travel to face the Warriors, and Oakland Tech will host Skyline.

On the third play of the second quarter with the game still scoreless, Warriors quarterback Keith Williams sent a sharp pass over the middle to Jailen Thompson for a 31-yard gain.

Two plays later, LaVance Warren rushed 3 yards for the touchdown.

On McClymonds' next possession, Wiliams threw a bullet pass to Thompson for a 20-yard touchdown. Williams, who completed five of his seven second-quarter passes for 105 yards, found LaVon Washington open for a 56-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 McClymonds lead right before halftime.

In other OAL games Saturday, Fremont beat Castlemont 46-8 and Skyline beat Oakland 14-6.

-- Phil Jensen

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Contra Costa 33, Los Medanos 14: Rashad Hall ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter to break open a tight game, as the visiting Comets clinched their first outright Bay Valley Conference title.

Contra Costa (7-3, 5-0 BVC) entered the showdown with a one-game lead over the Mustangs (6-4, 3-2) and Mendocino on the final week of the regular season.

"We just wanted to make history," Comets coach Alonzo Carter said. "That was our goal the whole year."

Contra Costa also earned a berth in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl on Nov. 17 at Cabrillo College in Aptos, and most likely will face Hartnell.

-- Matt Schwab