Concord 48, Benicia 13: Quarterback Mitch Daniels threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns, and running back Malik Blackburn ran for three scores as the 14th-ranked Minutemen opened with a rout of the Panthers.

Blackburn ran for 106 yards on just 12 carries and scored on runs of 9, 6 and 2 yards for Concord, which rolled to four first-quarter touchdowns and never looked back. Blackburn also caught a touchdown pass.

Blackburn completed 30 passes to seven receivers, using the familiar spread attack that has helped define the program over the past decade. Ted Gwynn caught eight of Daniels' passes and scored once. Demaria Capers also caught a scoring pass for Concord.

Leading rusher Tristan Batten ran for a 44-yard touchdown for Benicia but gained negative-13 yards in his other four carries.

Quarterback Riley Pitkin, who won 18 of 19 games as a starter with Benicia's junior varsity program, was 11 for 24 for 107 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice.

-- Rick Hurd

Kennedy-Fremont 42, San Lorenzo 24: The visiting Titans' offense was effective both on the ground and in the air in its dismantling of the Rebels.

The Titans rushed for 385 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-high 136 yards by Kaleem Abubukari and 105 yards by Josh McKinnie. Both players scored a touchdown apiece and teammate Ryan Lord added 72 yards and two touchdowns.


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Yet it may have been a pass that was pivotal to Kennedy's victory.

On the last play of the first half, the Titans' Jacob Murrieta made a leaping catch of a Shane Sanute pass and ran for a 44-yard touchdown that increased Kennedy's lead to 28-18. The Titans led by double figures the rest of the way.

"I dropped a pass earlier in the game. I wanted a chance to make a play," said Murrieta, who finished with three catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Sanute also connected with Murrieta for a 35 yard touchdown in the third quarter to increase the Titans' lead to 34-18.

"All in all, I was very happy," said Kennedy coach Dave Damewood about his team's play. "We are building something here."

San Lorenzo's Bejour Wilson also had a fantastic game. He caught seven passes for 136 yards and three touchdowns. He grabbed a pair of 8-yard scoring passes from quarterback Kevin Mosi, and a 40-yard halfback touchdown pass from Ramiah Marshall. Mosi passed for 180 yards in the game.

-- Phil Jensen

Castro Valley 35, Monte Vista 28: The host Trojans held off the Mustangs in an epic nonleague battle.

After a scoreless first quarter, both offenses came alive, with the Trojans jumping out to a 14-0 lead on 4- and 71-yard runs by Namane Modise. But the Mustangs rallied before the half to tie the game when Jake Haener hit Zach Cribb for a 60-yard score and Cribb ran it in from 4 yards out with 36 seconds left before halftime.

Angelo Salazar 2-yard run gave Castro Valley back the lead on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Cribb once again tied the game with a 10-yard run of his own.

Modise, however, simply couldn't be stopped. With 9:36 left in the game and the Mustangs driving, Cribbs fumbled, Modise recovered, and ran the ball back 71 yards for the score.

Haener's quarterback sneak tied the game once more at 28, but Modise's 66-yard run with four minutes left gave the Trojans back the lead. Modise finished the night with 11 carries for 196 yards.

Monte Vista put together a solid drive in the final minutes, aided by a great night by Haener.

The sophomore quarterback threw for 331 yards, but the Castro Valley defense delivered a big fourth-down stand on their own 16 to preserve the win.

-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent

Kennedy-Richmond 17, Sir Francis Drake 7: The host Eagles put 14 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter and added a 31-yard field goal in the waning moments to begin the 2014 campaign with a victory.

Senior captain Ernie Timoteo provided much of the offensive punch for Kennedy, carrying the ball 20 times for 127 yards, but the bruising fullback was kept out of the end zone by the Pirates (0-1).

Fullback Jordan Mims scored on 2-yard run at the 10:06 mark of the second quarter and the Eagles added another touchdown when Jordan Winfield raced 16 yards with a fumble on a kickoff 12 seconds later.

Kennedy added a safety when Drake quarterback Kevin Miles kicked the ball out of the end zone after a snap sailed way over his head and toward the goal line.

Miles finally got Drake on the board with 3:12 left in the contest when he raced 13 yards and dived into the corner of the end zone. He then added the PAT kick.

Kennedy was stymied by 23 penalties for 185 yards.

-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent

McClymonds 71, Bradshaw Christian-Sacramento 14: Kevin Davidson threw five touchdown passes and LaVance Warren rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns as the host Warriors overwhelmed The Pride.

Davidson completed 9 of his 12 passes for 233 yards, including a 68-yard scoring strike to Shaquan Washington and a 50 yard touchdown to Kevin Shaa. Bomani Bassette also returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown, and teammate Taivian Foster had 11 tackles and two tackles for loss for McClymonds.

After allowing the opening score, McClymonds led 20-7 at the end of the first quarter and 40-14 at halftime.

-- Staff

Piedmont 24, Justin-Siena-Napa 14: The host Highlanders scored 17 unanswered points in the first half and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to help earn a nonleague win over the Braves.

With Piedmont trailing 6-0, sophomore Jacob Watson scored and the Highlanders took the lead after the extra point. After an Andrew Strauch field goal, Piedmont took a 17-6 lead near the end of the first half on a Conner Garret touchdown.

Justin-Siena scored with 38 seconds left in the third quarter to cut Piedmont's lead to 17-14. But Piedmont's Cole Gruendl scores with four minutes left in the final quarter for the final margin of victory.

-- Staff

Freedom 14, Tracy 6: A third-quarter touchdown was all the offense the Falcons needed as they topped the host Bulldogs. After a scoreless first half, Freedom got on the board as Joe Sweeney hit Brandon Birk for a touchdown. Tracy responded with a touchdown of its own but missed the conversion.

Freedom was able to get an insurance score on a Ronnie Rivers touchdown catch with 5:21 to go, giving the Falcons a 14-6 lead.

-- Staff

Bethel-Vallejo 30, Oakland Tech 21: Denage Wheeler rushed 13 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns in Bethel's victory over visiting Oakland Tech.

Wheeler's first touchdown pass was to a wide open Daimon Fergusan down the right sideline for a touchdown to make the score 7-0 for Bethel, then added a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 30 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 13-0.

In the second half, Wheeler had touchdown runs of 51 and 40 yards to put Bethel up 30-7 early in the fourth quarter.

-- Thomas Gase, Vallejo Times-Herald

Liberty 27, Central-Fresno 26: The visiting Lions' Willie Williams caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Joseph Tolentino on the last play of the game to lift Liberty past the Grizzlies in a comeback victory.

Williams earlier scored on a 90-yard kickoff return to cut Central's lead to 26-21. He also produced a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half. The Grizzlies led 20-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Liberty's other touchdown occurred on a 19-yard pass from Tolentino to Puente in a third-and-18 situation in the first half.

-- Staff

Valley Christian 34, Stellar Prep 24: Sam Marco scored on a 42-yard run in the third quarter a 40-yard run in the fourth quarter to lead the Vikings past the Thunder at Chabot College. Fullback Spencer Stillwell had two touchdown receptions for Valley Christian.

-- Staff

Albany 21, Washington-San Francisco 18: Uthman Sabir produced the final touchdown with less than a minute remaining to lift the host Cougars to a victory over Eagles.

Bobby Natsagdorj and Matthew Mini both scored touchdowns in the first half for the host Cougars. Mino's touchdown catch gave Albany a 7-0 lead.

-- Staff