DANVILLE -- Marcus de la Pena ran for 204 yards and three third-quarter touchdowns and Matt
Winaker directed a back-breaking 99-yard touchdown drive as the Wolves pulled away from Livermore 41-10 in their EBAL opener.
The game turned for San Ramon Valley (2-3, 1-0 EBAL) when linebacker Mitchell Allen stopped Jacob House inches short of the goal line on fourth down with score 7-7 midway through the second quarter. Winaker completed six consecutive passes, including three to Carter Nichols -- the biggest being an 18-yard connection on third-and-16 from the Cowboys' 34. Winaker finished the drive himself with a 6-yard run with 1:03 left in the first half.
The Cowboys (2-4, 0-2) had knotted the score with 14 seconds left in the first quarter when Andrei Kasten got past San Ramon Valley's deep coverage and pulled in Travis Adams' pass for a 70-yard touchdown. They were knocking on the door when Christian Rabino intercepted Winaker at the Livermore 47. A 27-yard swing pass to Tim Harris gave Livermore first-and-goal at the 4.
Jacob House, stopped by Dominic Arotzarena for a 1-yard loss on first down, got to the 2 on second down. But Carter Allen held House to a 1-yard gain on third down, then Allen stopped him cold on fourth down.
The EBAL opener for San Ramon Valley came after a brutal nonleague schedule, which included losses to two of the state's top-ranked teams, De La Salle and Folsom. That seemed to be all behind them when de la Pena began to shred the perimeter of Livermore's defense in the third quarter, scoring on runs of 2, 27 and 17 yards.
The senior running back finished with four total touchdowns.
Winaker finished the scoring with a 51-yard pass to Christian Fuca.
San Ramon Valley 41, Livermore 10
Livermore 7 0 0 3-- 10
San Ramon Valley 7 7 20 7-- 41
SR -- de la Pena 37 run (Winaker kick)
L -- Kasten 70 pass from Adams (Wright kick)
SR -- Winaker 6 run (Winaker kick)
SR -- de la Pena 2 run (Winaker kick)
SR -- de la Pena 27 run (Winaker kick)
SR -- de la Pena 17 run (run failed)
L -- Weinstein 23 FG
SR -- Fuca 51 pass from Winaker (Winaker kick)
Rushing: L -- Harris 14-106, House 18-88, Adams 8-20, Collins 1-13, Cofer 1-3, Chappell 1-0, Kasten 3-(-3). Totals 44-227. SRV -- de la Pena 20-204, Winaker 7-20, Vargas 3-17, Baker 2-10, Alvera 3-(-1). Totals 35-250. Passing: L -- Adams 5-13-0 12. SRV -- Winaker 14-21-1 215, Baker 0-1-0 0. Totals 14-22-1 215. Receiving: L -- O'Dwyer 2-22, Kasten 1-70, Harris 1-27, House 1-3. SRV -- Nichols 4-61, Roberts 4-55, Fuca 2-58, Alvera 1-20, de la Pena 1-12, Wilson 1-5, Weinstein 1-5. Fumbles/lost: Livermore -- 3/2; San Ramon Valley -- 2/2. Records: San Ramon Valley 2-3, 1-0 EBAL; Livermore 2-4, 0-2.