EL SOBRANTE -- El Cerrito High quarterback Keith Thomas threw for 179 yards and rushed for another 69, but the defending North Coast Section Division III champion Gauchos were overwhelmed 49-14 by Sutter on Saturday at De Anza.

After graduating 20 seniors, including three to the Pac-12, the new-look Gauchos struggled with mistakes and penalties. They also got off to a slow start, spotting Sutter a 21-0 lead.

"We're going to have a learning curve," El Cerrito coach Kenny Kahn said. "They made some mistakes but we made a whole heck of a lot of mistakes. When you're inexperienced and anxious to get out there you're going to make mistakes. But we're going to learn, watch a lot of film, go back to fundamentals."

Calvin Nunley hauled in touchdown passes of 59 and 27 yards from Thomas as El Cerrito pulled to within 28-14 with 2:04 left in the third quarter.

But Sutter, a top Northern Section team, quickly responded with a 1-yard scoring run by Alex Lopez on its next possession. El Cerrito faded from there, allowing two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

El Cerrito was whistled for 18 penalties and the defense allowed 459 total yards. Lopez accounted for 138 of them on the ground.

Sutter quarterback Randy Post, who was 8 of 15 for 136 yards. He tossed three touchdowns, two to Tyjuan Prince.

Sutter 49, El Cerrito 14


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Sutter          14          7          14          14--          49

El Cerrito          0          6          8          0--          14

S -- Torres 5 run (kick failed)

S -- Prince 9 pass from Post (Lopez run)

S -- Prince 31 pass from Post (King kick)

EC -- Nunley 59 pass from Thomas (kick failed)

S -- Dean 34 pass from Post (King kick)

EC -- Nunley 27 pass from Thomas (Powe pass from Thomas)

S -- Lopez 1 run (King kick)

S -- Chambers 29 run (King kick)

S -- Gildea 5 run (King kick)

Rushing: S — Lopez 11-138, Chambers 12-95, Torres 3-28, Dewitt 5-24, Gildea 3-22, Post 2-20, Prince 1-(-4). Totals 37-323. EC — Thomas 13-69, Dunbar 5-20, Washington 6-19, Washington-Davis 3-7, Nunley 1-4, Smith 1-3, Powe 1-3, Skinner 5-2. Totals 35-127. Passing: S — Post 8-15-1-126. EC — Thomas 8-19-0-179. Receiving: S — Dean 3-55, Prince 2-40, Jackson 1-16, Minton 1-9, Lopez 1-6. EC — Nunley 3-91, Washington 3-64, Caston 1-19, Powe 1-5. Fumbles/lost: Sutter 0/0; El Cerrito 2/1. Records: Sutter 1-0; El Cerrito 0-1.