Sophomore Gabe Watson electrified the home crowd at Piedmont High by returning consecutive kickoffs for touchdowns and continued to impress by scoring four more touchdowns via breakaway runs in a 44-16 victory over Albany on Sept. 13.
Watson took the game's opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. After an Albany safety, the sophomore returned the Cougars' free kick 75 yards for his second touchdown. Piedmont led 16-0 with 11:09 left on the first quarter clock and Albany had yet to run an offensive play.
The next time Watson touched the ball, he ran 27 yards for another touchdown.
Watson scored twice more before the half ended, hauling in a 33-yard pass from Spencer Kim and sprinting for a 68-yard touchdown run.
Piedmont (1-2) led 37-8 at the half, as Watson racked up five-first half touchdowns. Watson finished his night with six touchdowns and 333 all-purpose yards (135 rushing yards).
The Highlanders will now travel to face Healdsburg in a 7 p.m. game on Sept. 20.
Oakland Tech 49, Balboa-San Francisco 6: Senior Eric Thomas scored five touchdowns and rushed for 150 yards in the Bulldogs' victory over visiting Balboa.
Thomas broke a 6-6 tie in the second quarter with a 41-yard run off tackle run to put the Bulldogs ahead 12-6. Tech ended the first half leading 24-6 following two touchdown passes from quarterback James Lewis to Thomas and Kenyon Jackson, who finished with 79 yards passing. Lewis threw for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Thomas would rush for three more second-half scores on four carries.
The Bulldogs defense played their best game of the season so far, holding the Buccaneers to 32 second-half yards of total offense and recovering four fumbles.
Bulldogs defensive back Datoine Attaway had the highlight of the game when he stripped Buccaneers running back Jeremiah Iuli of the ball and raced 57 yards to the end zone.
Tech will travel to face 3-0 Pitman-Turlock on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
-- Allen Gordon, correspondent
Valley Christian-San Jose 38, Bishop O'Dowd 10: The host Warriors (1-1) rushed for 422 yards, including four touchdowns, in the win on Sept. 13. They held a 14-3 first-quarter lead and a 24-10 halftime lead. The Dragons (0-3) have a bye this week before hosting Arroyo on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
Amador Valley 38, Skyline 0: The host Dons began the game by recovering their own onside kick, and never looked back in a nonleague win over Skyline (0-2) on Sept. 13.
The Dons (3-0) scored on that opening drive on a 10-yard run by Michael White. White also scored the first touchdown of the second half on a 15-yard run and ended the night with 85 yards in nine carries. Amador Valley took 10-0 first-quarter lead and 17-0 halftime lead.
Skyline continues its tough schedule by traveling to 2-0 St. Francis-Mountain View for a 7:30 p.m. game on Sept. 20.
-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent