The Piedmont High football team took sole possession of first place in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division, as the Highlanders topped host Alameda 35-27 in a wild game at Thompson Field on Oct. 18.

"We are perennial underdogs in this league and the kids know it," Piedmont coach Scott Coats said. "They came out like they had something to prove and did a great job of executing the game plan. This was definitely a step in the right direction."

The Highlanders (4-3, 2-0 WACC-Shoreline) led 28-27 with just over a minute left and faced a third down. Alameda was out of timeouts.

Gabriel Watson picked up the first down, and much more, as he scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game. Watson had 183 yards on the ground for the night.

The Hornets (4-3, 1-1) had a last shot at tying the game. Alameda was able to drive down inside the 10, but couldn't kill the clock in time to run one final play.

On Oct. 25, Piedmont will play its homecoming game against Tennyson. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Skyline 21, Oakland Tech 8: The Titans rushed for 178 yards as they topped Oakland Tech 21-8 for Skyline's first victory of the season on Oct. 18.

Running back Armand Shyne rushed for 106 yards as the Titans (1-5, 1-0 Oakland Athletic League) spoiled Oakland Tech's homecoming. After a botched snap on a punt early in the first quarter, Shyne scored on the Titans' first offensive play from scrimmage. Tech (2-4, 0-1) responded with a quick drive capped off by quarterback James Lewis' 2 yard sneak.


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A 24-yard touchdown scamper midway through the second quarter by Shyne gave the Titans a 14-8 edge going into halftime.

The score would remain that way until senior linebacker Zerick Davis intercepted a Oakland Tech pass and returned it for a touchdown to give Skyline a 21-8 lead.

On Oct. 25, Skyline will travel to face McClymonds and Tech will travel to play Castlemont. Both games are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

-- Logan Murdock, correspondent

Castro Valley 43, Bishop O'Dowd 14: The host Trojans (2-5, 1-1 West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division) showed its homecoming crowd a dominant display of ball-control offense in their victory over the Dragons (1-6, 0-2) on Oct. 18.

Demareyeh Lane rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown, and he also scored on a 27-yard fumble return for the Trojans, who rushed for 279 yards in the win. They scored 22 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 29-7 lead at halftime.

Bishop O'Dowd hosts Hayward on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

-- Allen Gordon, correspondent

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