Kenneth Olugbode rushed for 151 yards and scored twice in leading top-seeded Bellarmine College Prep past No. 8 Terra Nova 33-14 on Friday night in the first round of the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs at San Jose City College.
K.J. Carta-Samuels threw for one touchdown and ran for another as the Bells (10-1) won their 10th in a row to advance into the semifinals, where they will play WCAL rival Serra, a 52-35 winner over Palo Alto.
"Any team that steps in our way to a CCS championship, well, it's a little personal," Carta-Samuels said. "We have to come out and play like we did the first time against them. We hope that all the preparation and the hard work pays off."
Olugbode gained 119 of his yards in the second half, including a 62-yard romp on the first play of the half, set up by the blocking of Bells linemen Collin Burdsall, Daniel Fields and Justin Barreras among others.
"He's a workhorse," Carta-Samuels said. "I can't even begin to explain all the extra yards he gets for us. He just keeps getting first downs."
Tanner Piccolotti rushed for 100 yards on 19 carries for Terra Nova (6-5), which won its fourth consecutive PAL title. K're Span threw for 120 yards and an 8-yard scoring toss to Jaylen Jones. He also rushed for 59 yards and another score.
"This was a very strong effort on our part," Tigers coach Bill Gray said. "I'm proud of our guys. I'm not going to say it was a moral victory but I think we're getting closer to being able to play in the Open Division."
Olugbode's run early in the second half made it tough for the Tigers to mount any kind of comeback, especially after letting Joey Sanfilippo get loose for an 88-yard punt return toward the end of the first half.
"That opening play of the second half was a killer," Gray said. "That other scoring drive seemed like it took 20 plays. That offense wears you down."
The Bells rushed for 225 yards and threw for another 39. Carta-Samuels attempted one pass in the second half. The Tigers gained yards overall, 120 through the air.
Jared Vallner ended any hopes Terra Nova had of coming back with a leaping interception in the game's final two minutes.
Bellarmine got a few breaks in the first half, scoring its first touchdown after a series of misplays and a partially blocked punt gave the Bells possession at the Terra Nova nine. Olugbode bulled his way the final eight yards of the two-play drive.
The Tigers had Bellarmine in a third and long situation early in the second quarter but that didn't stop Carta-Samuels from finding Vallner at the back of the end zone on a 36-yard scoring toss.
Span scrambled 14 yards for Terra Nova's first touchdown, set up by a 41-yard gain from Piccolotti.
The Tigers actually outgained Bellarmine, 174-102, in the first half but the Bells took a 21-7 lead into halftime as Sanfilippo wove 88 yards on a punt return for another Bells' score with 1:15 left in the second quarter.
Terra Nova lost another chance to score when Bellarmine's Dominic Luca recovered a Tigers fumble at the Bells' 2-yard line.
BELLARMINE 33, TERRA NOVA 14
Terra Nova 0 "7 "7 "0--14
Bellarmine 7 "14 "6 "6--33
BCP-- Olugbode 8 run (Bush kick)
BCP-- Vallner 36 pass from Carta-Samuels (Bush kick)
TN -- Span 14 run (Grande kick)
BCP-- Sanfilippo 88 punt return (Bush kick)
BCP-- Olugbode 62 run (kick failed)
TN -- Jones 8 pass from Span (Grande kick)
BCP-- Carta-Samuels 1 run (kick failed)
Records -- Terra Nova 6-5; Bellarmine College Prep 10-1.
ST. IGNATIUS 49, PALMA 14
Elijah Dale rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats (8-3), who won the CCS Division III title in 2011, dispatched the Chieftains (8-3), last year's Division IV champion, at Salinas Sports Complex.
Quarterback Jack Stinn and receiver Andrew Vollert hooked up on two TD passes for St. Ignatius.
Senior defensive back Albert Walter returned an interception for another score to help SI improve to 7-1 in its last eight road games.
SEQUOIA 27, MENLO-ATHERTON 7
Visiting Sequoia kept the ball on the ground rushing for 334 yards in 62 carries as the Cherokees downed Menlo-Atherton.
Behind an offensive line nicknamed "The Union," bruising back Matt Jenkins gained 158 yards in 23 carries, while teammate Dylan Anderson had rushing touchdowns of 19 and 35 yards for fifth-seeded Sequoia.
Menlo-Atherton was held to six yards on the ground, with Tasi Teu scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run with 1:43 left in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 10-7 before halftime.
But one of four second-half sacks forced a fumble that Sequoia linebacker Gabe de los Reyes returned 42 yards to set up a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Mike Taylor to seal the win with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter. Taylor rushed for 72 yards in 23 carries.
Sequoia 0 "10 "10 "7--27
Menlo-Atherton 0 "7 "0 "0-- 7
S -- Anderson 19 run (Sehl kick)
S -- Lopiparo 35 FG
M-A -- Teu 8 run (Olsen kick)
S -- Anderson 35 run (Sehl kick)
S -- Lopiparo 32 FG
S -- Taylor 1 run (Sehl kick)
Records -- Sequoia 9-2; Menlo-Atherton 6-5.
MILPITAS 56, SILVER CREEK 7
Milpitas built a 49-0 halftime lead on its way to a dominant victory over visiting Silver Creek in an opening-round Division I game.
Ronnie Reed threw two touchdown passes, and CJ Reyes scored on runs of 17 and 16 yards for the top-seeded Trojans, who advanced to the semifinals next weekend against fifth-seeded Sequoia.
Milpitas also returned two interceptions for scores, one from 38 yards by Tre Hartley and the other from 65 yards by Eric Palomo.
Silver Creek 0 "0 "0 "7--7
Milpitas 21 "28 "0 "7--56
SC-- scoring unavailable
M -- Reyes 17 run (Gonzalez kick)
M -- Chu 15 pass from Reed (Gonzalez kick)
M -- Hartley 38 interception return (Gonzalez kick)
M -- Vea 10 run (Gonzalez kick)
M -- Sualua 20 pass from Reed (Gonzalez kick
M -- Reyes 16 run (Gonzalez kick)
M -- Palomo 65 interception return (Gonzalez kick)
M -- Chu pass from Keller (Bunyard kick)
Records -- Silver Creek 5-6; Milpitas 8-3.
SALINAS 49, FREMONT 0
High-scoring junior running back Keenan Smith managed just 36 yards and never found the end zone as the Firebirds (8-3) made an early exit from the playoffs.
Fremont managed just 57 yards on the ground and 52 through the air. The Firebirds' defense also struggled, allowing 452 yards.
Salinas' Everett Ball rushed 21 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while teammate Jordan Torres had 14 carries for 113 yards and two TDs and also returned a fumble 33 yards for a score on defense.
SAN BENITO 28, ALISAL 0
San Benito ended Alisal's season in a CCS Division I playoff opener, setting the tone for the night with two first-half interceptions.
An opportunity presented itself early in the first quarter for Alisal after it recovered a fumble in San Benito territory. However, the Trojans could not capitalize, and this would be as close to the end zone as they would get all night.
After a scoreless first quarter, San Benito's Guillermo Regalado intercepted a pass that set up their first touchdown, a 2 yard run by quarterback David Stanton, his first of three scoring runs.
LOS GATOS 38, PIONEER 12
Sophomore tailback Joey Wood had 190 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries as the reigning Division II champion Wildcats won the rematch of last year's title game.
After senior Brent McCoy opened the game with a 98-yard kickoff return, Nico Aimonetti recovered a fumble caused by fellow defensive lineman Bailey McNally to set up a 23-yard field goal by Logan Chapman that staked Los Gatos to a 10-0 lead. The Wildcats never looked back after that.
"We talked to the kids about (Pioneer) being really fired up after us being down by 14 in the championship game last year (and coming back to win)," Los Gatos coach Butch Cattolico said. "We wanted to establish ourselves early and take the fire out of them."
Senior linebacker Tyler Perkins led Los Gatos' defense with 14 tackles.
Junior tight end Joseph Londre caught a 23-yard pass from senior quarterback Drew Fryhoff in the third quarter for Pioneer's lone touchdown. Oswaldo Orozco kicked two field goals for the Mustangs.
Pioneer 0 "3 "9 "0--12
Los Gatos 17 "0 "7 "14--38
LG -- McCoy 98 kickoff return (Chapman kick)
LG -- Chapman 23 FG
LG -- Wood 1 run (Chapman kick)
P -- Orozco 32 FG
P -- Orozco 42 FG
LG -- Wood 6 run (Chapman kick)
P -- Londre 23 pass from Fryhoff (kick failed)
LG -- Bawden 2 run (Chapman kick)
LG -- Herman 15 run (Chapman kick)
Records -- Pioneer 4-7; Los Gatos 7-4.
ST. FRANCIS 42, OVERFELT 0
Alex Andrighetto and Austin Guibor each scored two first-half touchdowns as the Lancers cruised.
One of Guibor's TDs came on a 24-yard pass from senior quarterback Mike Lauck, who went 7-for-16 for 168 yards, all in the first half. Senior linebacker Eddie Wadors returned a fumble nine yards for a score to lead a defense that held the Royals (6-5) to eight total yards -- four passing, four rushing.
"Overfelt played well in the first half," St. Francis coach Nick Navarro said. "They didn't give up. Things just started going wrong for them -- fumbles and stuff like that."
Overfelt 0 "0 "0 "0-- 0
St. Francis 14 "14 "14 "0--42
SF -- A. Andrighetto 2 run (Fordham kick)
SF -- Guibor 1 run (Fordham kick)
SF -- A. Andrighetto 4 run (Fordham kick)
SF -- Guibor 24 pass from Lauck (Fordham kick)
SF -- Wadors 9 fumble return (Fordham kick)
SF -- Hurtado 11 run (Quinn kick)
Records -- Overfelt 6-5; St. Francis 6-5.
ARAGON 35, LELAND 21
Seniors Kyle Kaye and J.D. Elzie each caught a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Nathaniel Blood and also rushed for one TD apiece as the Dons earned their first road playoff win since 1998.
Aragon (8-3) never trailed, but Leland (6-5) did make things close in the fourth quarter. Kenny Portera scored on an 18-yard run and Matt Mohs caught a 5-yard TD pass from fellow junior Matt McLaughlin to narrow the score to 28-21.
Elzie responded by hauling in Blood's second TD pass of the game to put the Chargers away.
"We turned the ball over a bunch, and that'll kill you every time against a team solid as (the Dons)," Leland coach Mike Carrozzo said. "We just didn't execute -- our defense didn't make stops when it needed to. They executed better and won the game."
Aragon got 21 tackles from versatile senior David Manoa, who lined up at both defensive end and linebacker.
Aragon 7 "7 "14 "7--35
Leland 0 "7 "0 "14--21
A-- Jackson 20 run (Garcia kick)
L -- Portera 1 run (Newkirk kick)
A -- Kaye 5 run (Garcia kick)
A -- Kaye 25 pass from Blood (Garcia kick)
A -- Elzie 80 run (Garcia kick)
L -- Portera 18 run (Newkirk kick)
L -- Mohs 5 pass from McLaughlin (Newkirk kick)
A -- Elzie 17 pass from Blood (Garcia kick)
Records -- Aragon 8-3; Leland 6-5.
WILCOX 38, SOUTH S.F. 14
Junior Delshawn Mitchell (23 carries for 182 yards) scored a 54-yard touchdown run and senior Roland Luke (20 carries for 118 yards) chipped in with scoring runs of 10 and 1 yards to lead Wilcox to the second round of the playoffs.
Sione Finefeuiaki (five tackles) returned an interception for 71 yards in the fourth quarter.
On the defensive end, Kanaloa Joy had 9 tackles, Alex Ortiz had 8 tackles, and Corbin Jackson had 6 tackles and an interception.
South S.F. 7 "0 "0 "7--14
Wilcox 7 "14 10 "7--38
W -- Mitchell 54 run (Bowles kick)
SSF-- Johnson 7 pass from Malvia (Jatta kick)
W --Luke 10 run (Bowles kick)
W -- Luke 1 run (Bowles kick)
W --Bowles 24 FG
W --Barraclough 15 pass from Dipko (Bowles kick)
W --Finefeuiaki 71 interception return (Bowles kick)
SSF-- Skuratov score (Jatta kick)
Records -- South San Francisco 7-4; Wilcox 8-3.
APTOS 28, SARATOGA 24
Aptos took a 28-0 halftime lead and held on to move on to the next round of the playoffs.
The Mariners were led by seniors Elijah Marta with two touchdowns on runs of 23 and 2 yards and Brodie Bennet with a 5-yard touchdown run.
Tight end Alec Bonsall caught a 9 yard pass from Alex Joh for the game winner. Aptos will face Monterey in the second round.
Aptos 14 "14 "0 "0--28
Saratoga 0 "0 "14 3--24
A-- Bennet 5 run (Nicholson kick)
A-- Marta 23 run (Nicholson kick)
S -- Kane 1 run (Feyzi kick)
A-- Bonsall 9 pass from Joh (Nicholson kick)
A-- Marta 2 run (Nicholson kick)
S -- Mederios 9 pass from Walters (Feyzi kick)
S -- Yates 1 run (Feyzi kick)
S -- Feyzi 29 FG
Records -- Aptos 9-2; Saratoga 6-5.
MONTEREY 41, SOLEDAD 0
Ambrose Chioini-Narvarez rushed for 128 yards in 18 carries as Monterey (9-2) downed Soledad (6-5) at Monterey Peninsula College.
The third quarter was all Monterey with a 49-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jimmy Hill, a 73-yard punt return touchdown by Donte Murphy, and a 46 yard touchdown run by Akiwi Jones.
The Toreadores finished the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run by Ambrose Chioini-Narvarez.
Jermiah Murillo rushed for 119 yards in 20 carries for Soledad.
SEASIDE 56, CAPUCHINO 21
Justin Ewing became the CCS' all-time rushing leader, but couldn't lead the Mustangs (6-5) to a playoff win over the No. 1-seeded Spartans (11-0).
The senior rushed for 184 yards, giving him 2,933 for his career. Ewing needed just 50 to surpass the old mark of 2,798, set by Burlingame's Onan Reyes in 1998.
SOQUEL 49, CARMEL 42
Soquel running back Fabiano Hale rushed for 375 yards and six touchdowns on 39 carries as the Knights overcame Carmel at Pacific Grove.
No. 3 Carmel (9-2) led 42-41 when Connor Marden found receiver William Kehoe in the corner of the end zone with 7:32 left in the game, but Soquel answered with a 10-play, 58-yard drive that was capped off by a 4-yard scoring run by Hale.
Carmel wide receiver Thomas Spanos had two touchdowns, a 39-yard rushing touchdown and a 92-yard kickoff return.
No. 6 Soquel (9-2) advances to face the winner of Saturday's game between Pacific Grove and Sacred Heart Prep.
MENLO SCHOOL 42, MONTE VISTA CHR. 14
Backed by four first half touchdowns from senior tailback Heru Peacock, Menlo School rolled past Monte Vista Christian at Sequoia High.
Red-hot from the start, Menlo scored touchdowns on all five possessions in the first half.
Quarterback Jack Heneghan threw for 310 yards and two touchdown passes, one to Peacock for 23 yards and nine yards to Connor Stastny.
Monte Vista Chr. 0 "0 "7 "7--14
Menlo School 21 "14 "0 "7--42
MS -- Peacock 6 run (Costa kick)
MS -- Peacock 3 run (Costa kick)
MS -- Peacock 23 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
MS -- Stastny 9 pass from Heneghan (Costa kick)
MS -- Peacock 2 run (Costa kick)
MVC -- Renteria 4 run (Renteria kick)
MS -- Jimenez 19 pass (Costa kick)
MVC -- Hightower 52 pass from Matiasevich (Renteria kick)
Records -- Monte Vista Christian 8-3; Menlo School 9-2.