Sulaiman Hameed ran for a 73-yard touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage and Derrick Dizon rushed for 167 total yards and four more touchdowns as the host Alameda High football team defeated Arroyo 54-24 prevailed in this regular-season finale at Thompson Field on Nov. 8.
Omar Badr added 148 rushing yards and two more scores as Alameda finished the regular season with a 6-4 overall record and 3-2 mark in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division. The Hornets are the No. 16 seed in the North Coast Section Division II playoffs and will travel to face No. 1 seed Casa Grande-Petaluma (10-0) on Nov. 16 for a 7 p.m. first-round game.
On Nov. 8, the Hornets amassed 443 yards on the ground and 514 in total offense. Arroyo (0-10, 0-5) tried its best to make a game of it by matching the Hornets touchdown-for touchdown for much of the first quarter.
After the Hornets opened a 6-0 lead on Hameed's touchdown, the Dons' Chris Harrison pulled the teams even at 6-6 with a 22-yard run at 10:05 of the first quarter. A 62-yard Dizon touchdown run put the Hornets ahead for good at 13-6, but Malcolm Hale's nice one-handed catch of a Devin Delatorre pass resulted in an 80-yard touchdown that pulled the Dons within a point.
However, Alameda scored the next two touchdowns --- a 23-yard reception by Keelan Doss and an 8-yard run by Dizon --- for a 27-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.
A third-quarter skirmish led to the ejections of seven Hornets and two Dons.
Encinal 41, Hayward 21: The Farmers didn't play like a winless team, as they put a scare into playoff-bound Encinal at Sunset Field on Nov. 8.
The Jets (8-2, 4-1 WACC-Foothill) are the No. 6 seed in the North Coast Section Division III playoffs and will host No. 11 Novato (4-6) on Nov. 16 for a 7 p.m. first-round game.
On Nov. 8, Hayward (0-10, 0-5) tied the game early in the third quarter and pulled within a touchdown late in the fourth before finally succumbing.
"We're still trying to figure some things out," Encinal coach Joe Tenorio said. "Offensively we're still looking for an identity and defensively we didn't play very well."
A 10-yard run by Dakarai Collington narrowed the score to 28-21 with 5:13 left in the game, but the Jets put the game away, for all intents and purposes, on the very next offensive play. Tyrell Carrigan scored on a 52-yard run, as he became the fourth Encinal player to score in the game. Jordan Parker, Derrick Purvis and Carlos McClure all had rushing touchdowns as Parker and Purvis both had a pair of scores.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent