Miles Harrison ran for 176 yards and three touchdowns, and the Clayton Valley Charter High football team played just enough defense to hold off Concord 49-48 on Friday to clinch a share of the Diablo Valley Athletic League championship.

It was more a battle of survival for the Eagles (8-1, 4-0), as Concord's hopes for a victory ended with an incomplete pass on a two-point conversion attempt with 20 seconds left.

Clayton Valley quarterback Gabe Taylor attempted just six passes, while Concord's Mitch Daniels passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns. The last, a 9-yarder to Mason Knight, pulled the Minutemen (6-3, 2-2) within 49-48.

The Eagles took a 20-16 lead into the third quarter, which turned into a 12-minute stretch of high-octane offense on both sides. Concord took the lead for the first time with two touchdowns in 15 seconds. After Daniels hit Donald Hollars for a 43-yard score, Ronnie Algood recovered the onside kick for Concord, and Malik Blackburn ripped off a 46-yard TD run for a 28-20 lead.

Daniels also threw a 59-yard TD to Knight with 4:35 left in the quarter.

But Concord had no answer for the Eagles, who also scored three times in the quarter. Tanner Wraa scored on an 18-yard run and a 41-yard catch, and Harrison scored on a 33-yard run.

But on a night of offensive superlatives -- Clayton Valley rolled up 562 yards of offense while Concord had 493 yards -- two Clayton Valley defensive backs showed off their stuff.


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Xavier Crawford intercepted two Daniels passes. His 67-yard touchdown on one return was nullified by a penalty, but it set up a touchdown. The biggest defensive stand came at the start of the second quarter when Shane Morris knocked down Daniels' third- and fourth-down passes into the end zone.

Blackburn ran for 158 yards and one touchdown, and Knight caught seven passes for 123 yards.

Northgate 49, College Park 14: Broncos running back Eric Haynes had 131 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the first half as host Northgate beat the Falcons to keep alive its hopes for a share of the DVAL title.

With the score tied 7-7 after the first quarter, Northgate scored the first 21 points of the second quarter to take control.

After Nick Mastrelli had a 14-yard touchdown run early in the quarter, Broncos quarterback Kyle Austin threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Jake Smith to give his team a 21-7 lead. Haynes then scored his second touchdown, an 11-yard run to give Northgate a 28-7 lead.

College Park running back Ray Jackson replied with his second touchdown of the first half, scoring untouched on a 77-yard run.

Northgate regained the momentum just before halftime, as Austin's 48-yard pass to Smith helped set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Haynes with 40 seconds left in the first half.

Haynes finished with 189 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries, and Austin completed 7 of 9 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson finished with 172 yards on the ground.

Northgate will get its biggest test of the year on Friday as it hosts Clayton Valley Charter in the regular-season finale for both teams.

College Park finishes against Ygnacio Valley at Diablo Valley College.

-- Nick Norvell, correspondent

EBAL

California 21, Livermore 3: The Grizzlies won their first outright East Bay Athletic League championship after beating the Cowboys, clinching the title in a game that was closer than some may have expected.

After scoring on the first drive of the game on a 9-yard pass from quarterback Cameron Owen to CJ Cornwell, visiting California (8-1, 6-0 EBAL) was held by a stout Livermore (2-7, 0-5) defense for the rest of the half.

Owen left the game late in the second quarter with an injury. Fellow senior quarterback Matt Lorenz finished the game. However, the Livermore offense failed to put together sustained drives, and the teams went into halftime with a score of 7-3.

That's when California head coach Eric Billeci said his team needed to "buckle down" and play to its potential.

"We had to look at ourselves in the mirror a little bit at halftime and realize we were underachieving," Billeci said.

The Grizzlies opened the second half with a 78-yard touchdown run by senior running back Blake Bierwith for a 14-3 lead. The California defense held, forcing two turnovers and making key stops to keep Livermore out of the end zone.

Bierwith finished with 165 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. For Livermore, junior James Silva carried 21 times for 111 yards. Cowboys quarterback Steven Chappell was picked off twice.

-- Wes Goldberg

San Ramon Valley 54, Foothill 42: Marcus De La Pena had in the first quarter what most would consider a great game, gaining 86 yards on the ground with three scores to help send the Wolves to the EBAL win over the Falcons.

De La Pena scored five times for the game and gained 162 yards.

The Wolves (5-4, 4-1 EBAL) shook off last week's loss to California.

"It was a big win, because we were a team that was a little deflated after last week," San Ramon Valley coach Mark Kessler said.

San Ramon Valley had won three straight before last week. The Falcons (7-2, 3-2) were done in by five first-half turnovers, four of them fumbles, and had seven turnovers in the game.

The sloppy ball protection overshadowed an 11-reception, 114-yard performance by Ryan Anderson.

-- Matt Smith, correspondent

Granada 42, Amador Valley 21: The Matadors' Javonn Williams scored a career-high three touchdowns, including a key 61-yard punt return in the second quarter when host Granada (5-4, 2-3 EBAL) took control.

"That was great blocking by everybody on my team," said the 6-foot-1 Williams about his punt return for a score. "One cutback, and I was gone."

The Matadors held a slim 14-7 lead before Williams' punt return for a score gave them a cushion.

Amador Valley (5-4, 2-3) drew to within two touchdowns late in the third quarter on a 27-yard pass from Ronnie Jones to Collin Miller.

It was the third time the two combo hooked up for touchdowns in the game, and Miller finished with nine catches for 120 yards.

Williams scored on a 44-yard reception from reserve quarterback Brian Barnett with 6:57 remaining for the final touchdown of the game. Williams also produced the first touchdown on a 9-yard pass from Tyler Offill. Williams finished with four catches for 68 yards.

-- Phil Jensen

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