Nsimba Webster threw for three touchdowns in the first half and ran for one as the host Deer Valley High football team reclaimed the Mayor's Cup with a 49-13 win over crosstown rival Antioch on Friday night in a Bay Valley Athletic League game.
Webster threw for 159 yards in the first half and finished with 214 yards for the Wolverines (5-1, 1-0 BVAL) who won their third straight game this season and avenged last year's 42-28 loss to the Panthers.
"I was trying to focus a lot on the pass early and trying to get my receivers involved," Webster said. "(Antioch) broke our streak last year, so we wanted to get the (Mayor's Cup) back. I love it."
Deer Valley was leading 21-7 in the second quarter, but Antioch drove the ball 77 yards to the Wolverines' 13 on 12 plays. On a third-down play, linebacker Alex Estrada picked off a Hunter Karnthong pass and returned it 90 yards for a touchdown as Deer Valley took a 28-7 lead and regained the momentum.
"I think he was surprised as anybody," Deer Valley coach Rich Woods said. "The ball came to him and off he went. That was a big-time turnaround play."
The Wolverines had a 35-7 lead at halftime, scoring on four of their first five possessions.
Karnthong scored Antioch's lone first half touchdown, plunging in from 1 yard out to cut Deer Valley's lead to 14-7 in the first quarter. The touchdown capped a 78-yard, 10-play drive. He finished with 94 yards rushing to lead the Panthers, adding
Antioch had 37 yards passing and 114 yards running in the first half.
Antioch (5-1, 0-1) continues its BVAL schedule next week as it returns home next week to play Heritage. Deer Valley plays on the road against Liberty. Both Heritage and Liberty had byes this week.
El Cerrito 59, Berean Christian 6: The Eagles were no match for the Gauchos in a game between unbeaten teams in the Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division.
The Gauchos (7-0, 3-0 TCAL Rock) scored twice in the first 68 seconds of the game, including an 88-yard opening kickoff return by Marcellus Pippins, on their way to a 59-0 halftime lead. The second touchdown occurred when Marshon Ardoin scored on a 1-yard plunge after the Gauchos recovered a fumble inside the 1-yard line.
El Cerrito led 39-0 after the first quarter. In addition to offensive touchdowns, the Gauchos scored on two fumble recoveries and a 47-yard punt return by Keith Benjamin with 2:32 left in the first half that gave El Cerrito a 59-0 lead. At that point, both coaches agreed to start a running clock.
Ardoin added a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter with 3:21 left. Jalen Harvey recovered a fumble and rumbled for a touchdown, and also had a 56-yard touchdown reception and an interception.
Austin Harper's 7-yard touchdown run gave El Cerrito a 39-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. Berean Christian fell to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in TCAL-Rock action.
Berean Christian scored in the last six minutes of the game on a 1-yard run by Nick Umali.
According to El Cerrito coach Kenny Kahn, the Berean Christian coaching staff was going to forfeit the second half of the game unless El Cerrito did not play its starters in that half. El Cerrito complied.
El Cerrito, which had allowed just 42 points in its first six games coming into Friday, has a bye next week before it hosts Pinole Valley on Oct. 19 in a game between former Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League foes.
Berean Christian (3-4, 2-1) plays Pinole Valley next Friday at Northgate High in Walnut Creek.
-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent
Hercules 35, Albany 8: The host Titans took a 28-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, as they cruised to a TCAL Stone Division win over the Cougars.
Hercules running back Marquis Davenport rushed for 82 yards in the first half on just six carries, including a 21-yard touchdown run with 8:27 left in the second quarter that gave his team a 21-0 lead.
The Titans (3-2, 1-0 TCAL Stone) put an exclamation point on the first half when Damon Dixon threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Armani Reynolds with 20 second left in the second quarter.
Albany had 77 yards rushing in the first half on 19 carries, including 44 yards on seven carries by Michael Rabin.
Albany (0-6, 0-1) returns home next Friday as it hosts Kennedy-Richmond in its second TCAL Stone Division game. Hercules also plays next Friday at home against Richmond, as it will be looking for its fourth straight win.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Kennedy-Richmond 40, De Anza 7: The Eagles had a 32-0 lead after three quarter and went on to beat the Dons in a TCAL Stone Division game.
Kennedy (2-4, 1-0 TCAL Stone) took a 24-0 lead at halftime, as Ernie Timoteo led the Eagles with 77 yards rushing on nine carries in the first two quarters. Teammates NaGee Island and Jacob Qualls added 64 and 62 yards rushing, respectively, in the first half.
The Eagles opened the scoring on a fumble return by Raysean Walker. They also scored on a 3-yard run by Qualls and a 42-yard run by Island.
De Anza (2-3, 0-1) goes on the road next week, taking on John Swett.
-- Brett Abel, correspondent
John Swett 19, Richmond 0: Despite gaining just 13 yards in the second half, the Indians shut out the host Oilers to open the Tri-County Athletic League Stone Division.
The Indians had a balanced offense in the first half with 75 yards rushing and 74 yards through the air.
John Swett took a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter on a 33-yard pass from Vernon Bussey to Carlos Garcia. Alex Lazaridis added to the Indians' lead on the next possession with a 38-yard touchdown run to make it 12-0.
Richmond had only 62 yards in the first half, but Travon Clay provided the offensive spark with 62 yards on five carries in the second half. Unfortunately for the Oilers, their offense committed too many penalty-ending drives.
Defensively for Richmond, Devonte Anderson had two sacks.
The Indians' defense sealed the win with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter as Christian Ruaro returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown and a 19-0 lead.
John Swett (3-3, 1-0 TCAL Stone) entered Friday's game with two wins, which is already more victories than it had last year (zero) and matches the total of 2010. Richmond fell to 0-6 overall.
-- LeAnn Shea, correspondent