Junior playmaker Isaiah Langley led the Foothill High football team to a 41-14 win against rival Amador Valley Friday night in the Battle of Pleasanton.
The 5-11, 175 pound running back and cornerback had 112 total yards of offense and four touchdowns to go with two interceptions on defense. Langley said it felt good to help get his senior teammates a win over their rival.
"Great to have this win. Last year they rocked us and it was good to get revenge," Langley said.
Amador Valley (5-5, 2-4) was able to move the ball against the Falcons (8-2, 4-2), but had trouble sustaining drives mostly because of a passing game that struggled. The Dons ran for 188 yards against Foothill but only connected on 8-of-21 passes.
With the game close at 14-7 in the second quarter, Langley scored twice and picked off a pass in a 94-second window that helped Foothill run away. After scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in the first half, Langley stopped the next Dons possession with an interception that he followed up with his third touchdown of the night on an 18-yard run.
Foothill junior quarterback Kyle Kearns finished with 76 yards on 7-of-11 passing for three touchdowns. His running game did most of the work, rushing 35 times for 232 total yards. Kearns contributed to the run game with his own 30-yard scramble.
Foothill students rushed the field after the win, which will send the Falcons into the playoffs on a winning note after dropping last week's game to San Ramon Valley. "Huge win," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said. "Playing Amador is always fun. It was just a great win for our guys."
San Ramon Valley 33, Monte Vista 23: Matt Winaker threw for 242 yards and kicked a game-clinching field goal to help lead the host Wolves (6-4, 5-1 EBAL) over the Mustangs (2-8, 1-5) before an overflow crowd.
Marcus de la Pena rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns for San Ramon Valley, which built a 23-7 lead in the first half only to see Monte Vista storm back to tie the game. Nikita Zamora's 10-yard pass to Eric Dobberpuhl followed by a two-point conversion involving the same two players tied the score with 23.8 seconds to go in the third quarter. The teams exchanged punts and the Wolves took over at their own 24. They promptly went the distance in six plays with de la Pena scoring on a nifty 27-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown.
The Mustangs went three-and-out and San Ramon Valley then went on the dagger drive, chewing up five minutes, three seconds of time before Winaker lined up for a 34-yard field goal with just 2:23 left on the clock. He drilled it and that pretty much was the game.
"He's the clutchest kid on our team," said receiver J.J. Koski of Winaker. "I wouldn't have anyone else to take that kick."
Koski was huge as well, catching seven passes for 157 yards and a 61-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent