Unlike most teams in the East Bay, the James Logan High football squad can't rely on winning a league title to earn a berth into the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.
An independent team, the Colts will have to prove their worth against fellow Division I foes, then apply for an at-large berth at the end of the season.
As such, a huge opportunity for the Colts presented itself Friday night against visiting San Leandro, another Division I team. And for the second year in a row, Logan posted a shutout win over the Pirates, this time claiming a 14-0 victory.
"Every game is going to be a dogfight, and we're getting closer to where we want to be," Logan coach George Zuber said.
The Colts, who have now beaten the Pirates by a combined score of 43-0 in back-to-back years, set the tone from the get-go Friday with a touchdown on their first set of offensive plays.
It was a seven-play, 73-yard drive that culminated with an Amari Davis 2-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. The big play of the drive was a 27-yard pass from Victor Fualaau to Ahki Muhammed that set up a first-and-10 at the 25.
Fualaau was 3 of 7 for 86 passing yards and ran for 116 yards on 15 carries. Muhammed had three receptions for 86 yards.
The biggest defensive series for the Colts came early in the fourth quarter while holding a 14-0 lead. San Leandro marched down to the 10 for a first-and-goal after going 49 yards on seven plays. Not only was San Leandro held out of the end zone, but the Pirates also lost 13 yards after getting that first-and-goal and then turned the ball over on downs with 6:44 left in the game.
College Park 21, Dougherty Valley 10: The Falcons rode the Jackson Express to a come-from-behind nonleague win over host Dougherty Valley.
The Falcons (1-0-1), who also rallied for a 41-41 tie against Alhambra in their season opener, took a 14-10 lead after a 77-yard run on a pitch left by speedy Ray Jackson III.
Then Timmy Jackson -- no relation -- ran 29 yards to clinch the victory on a fourth-and-1 play with 1:28 remaining. Jason Johnsonbaugh's third extra point of the night followed the score.
Dougherty Valley (1-1) had a chance to deliver a knockout blow when Ajani Spicer Grose recovered a fumble at the Falcons' 8-yard line with 11:11 remaining. But the Wildcats fumbled it right back to College Park on the second play from scrimmage as Cory Caldwell recovered.
Dougherty Valley's chances took a blow when starting quarterback Umar Farooq suffered a shoulder sprain midway through the second quarter.
-- Matt Schwab
Monte Vista 20, Berkeley 6: Led by the rushing attack of Matt Rood and Zach Cribb, Monte Vista powered its way to a win over the host Yellowjackets.
Rood reached pay dirt twice for the Mustangs, and Cribb contributed a long touchdown run in the third quarter. Rood finished with 91 yards on 17 carries, and Cribb ran for 143 yards on 11 carries.
Monte Vista (1-1) put up 56 points in the season opener against Castro Valley but lost by one. The Mustangs needed less than half of that total to break into the win column against Berkeley (1-1).
Monte Vista struck first, on a 1-yard run by Rood in the second quarter. Rood added to the Mustangs' total after halftime with another short touchdown jaunt.
Shortly before the start of the fourth quarter, Cribb wove through the Yellowjackets defense for a 35-yard scoring run.
Monte Vista quarterback Nikita Zamora finished 10 for 15 for 89 passing yards.
Berkeley quarterback Noah Suszckiwicz had a solid night in a losing effort, going 16 for 27 with 192 yards and one touchdown -- to Travis Dennis in the fourth quarter.
-- Justin Lafferty, correspondent
Amador Valley 31, Concord 14: The host Dons (2-0) got a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown from Patrick Pipitone and three rushing touchdowns to beat the Minutemen (0-2).
Pipitone's play was a backbreaker. Amador Valley had just lost a fumble on the second play of the fourth quarter, holding a 17-8 lead.
On the next play, Mitch Daniels dropped back, but his pass was tipped. Pipitone caught it and ran down the right side for the touchdown.
Daniels, a junior, completed 27 of 43 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown against the one interception. He showed flashes of brilliance, firing a couple of fastballs that his receivers simply couldn't handle.
Meantime, the Dons continued to rotate quarterbacks Ronnie Jones and Zeke Burgermeister. Jones completed 7 of 9 passes for 83 yards, and Burgermeister completed 5 of 11 passes for 46 yards with an interception. Neither threw a scoring pass. Jones did score on a 1-yard run.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Deer Valley 56, Rodriguez-Fairfield 13: Paced by a quick-strike offense and two kick returns for touchdowns by Nzuzi Webster, host Deer Valley ran away with a nonleague win.
Nsimba Webster led Deer Valley (1-0) with 111 passing yards on just three completions -- all of them touchdowns. He also ran for team-high 77 yards and a score.
The Wolverines scored on back-to-back three play drives to open the game. After Deer Valley forced Rodriguez-Fairfield (0-1) to punt, Nzuzi Webster took the kick on two bounces and ran down the left sideline for a 47-yard return to make it 21-0 with 1:17 left in the first quarter.
Rodriguez got on the board just before halftime, as defensive lineman Miles Perry snatched a bobbled snap out of the air and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown.
-- Paul Burgarino
Acalanes 13, Castro Valley 7: Peter Mitchell ran for 127 yards and one touchdown as the visiting Dons dominated most of the play in this nonleague contest.
Jared Finney put Acalanes ahead with a 3-yard run at 8:45 of the second quarter. Still leading 7-0 at halftime, the Dons (2-0) recovered a fumble of the second-half kickoff and marched 48 yards in five plays. Mitchell's 16-yard run capped the drive for a 13-0 lead.
Castro Valley (1-1) tried to make a game of it late in the contest thanks to the passing of Kevin Galvan and the running of Demeryah Lane, who scored from 1 yard out with 2:13 left.
Cristo Collett gobbled up the ensuing onside kick for Acalanes. Two Mitchell runs netted a first down, allowing the Dons to run out the clock after three additional snaps.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent
Regional roundup and summaries. Page 10.