Arroyo High's Carlos Jimenez took the SAT test Saturday and didn't arrive at the Dons' football game until the second quarter.
But he was there when the Dons needed him, as he booted a 30-yard field goal in the third overtime to lift host Arroyo to a 31-28 West Alameda County Conference Shoreline Division victory over Mt. Eden.
"That last one, I knew I had to do it for my team," said Jimenez, who had not converted three previous field goal attempts in the game. "My team didn't keep their heads down; neither did I."
Arroyo (3-3, 1-0 WACC Shoreline) trailed 7-6 until Ryan Gordon scored on an 11-yard run with 7 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. A two-point conversion run by DeJon Savage gave Arroyo a 14-7 lead.
But Mt. Eden (3-3, 0-1) answered with an 80-yard drive, which was capped by a 58-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Sturholm to Curtis Keeling Jr. Miguel Estaban's point-after tied the game at 14 with 4:36 left in regulation.
Both teams scored touchdowns on their first two overtime drives, and the score was tied at 28 heading into the third OT. Mt. Eden had the ball first in the third overtime, and Arroyo's defense came up big with sacks by Ben Sira and Jimenez. After a penalty against Mt. Eden, Estaban missed a 52-yard field goal try.
Arroyo had negative-three yards on its first three plays of the next series before Jimenez kicked his game-winner.
Gordon rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a key fourth-quarter interception. Mt. Eden's Devante McGowan had 108 yards rushing, inclduding on a 10-yard touchdown run in the first overtime.
St. Mary's 35, Valley Christian 28: Quarterback Kevin Flemer threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns, and the host Panthers held on for a Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division win over the Vikings.
All five touchdowns came in the first half as St. Mary's built a 35-21 lead.
Lorenzo Logwood caught four passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Liam Godfrey also caught four balls for 115 yards and a touchdown.
The Vikings (4-2, 0-2 TCAL Rock) were able to contain the Panthers (3-3, 1-1) in the second half. Valley Christian piled up 292 yards on the ground and after Howard Wikle scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, the score was 35-28.
The Vikings got the ball back with 3:07 to play at the St. Mary's 41 after the Panthers failed on a fourth down. A 24-yard run by A.J. Harris gave the Vikings a first down at the 18. St. Mary's defense held and when Vince Volpatti's pass to Demaurier Blackwell fell incomplete in the end zone, the game was sealed.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Salesian 40, St. Patrick's-St. Vincent 0: The host Pride stumbled in the early going but quickly got back on track and ran away from the Bruins in a TCAL Rock Division game.
Salesian (6-1, 2-1 TCAL Rock) scored only once in the first quarter but scored four touchdowns in the second to lead 34-0 at the break.
Running back De'Angelo Hernandez had 21 carries for 121 yards. He scored on an 8-yard run with 3:22 left in the first quarter to put Salesian up 7-0.
Trevor Thomas, who scored two touchdowns, had four carries for 106 yards for the Pride. Quarterback Christian Bustamante led the Bruins (1-6, 0-3) with 72 yards rushing on eight carries.
-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent
American 26, Irvington 13: American's Kyle Barker threw for 220 yards and three touchdowns in a Mission Valley Athletic League game at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
Barker's top target was Segun Giwa, who caught five passes for 97 yards -- including a 6-yard touchdown reception that gave American (4-2, 1-1 MVAL) a 12-7 lead late in the first half.
American ran the ball 58 times for 211 yards. Jesus Romero led the way with 71 yards on 15 carries.
Irvington (3-3, 1-2) took a 13-12 lead on Ariel Hercik's 45-yard touchdown run with 10:55 left in the third quarter. But American responded with a methodical 12-play, 72-yard drive that culminated in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Barker to Anthony Young for a 20-13 lead with 6:31 left in the quarter.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent
Siskiyous 41, Laney 14: Laney (1-4) fell behind by 31 points after three quarters and turned the ball over three times in a nonconference loss to host Siskiyous (5-1). Quarterback Kent Austin completed 13 of 28 passes for 136 yards with two touchdowns for Laney.
Diablo Valley 47, Monterey Peninsula 3: Diante Jackson caught four touchdown passes to help lead the Vikings (3-3) past the host Lobos (1-4) in a nonconference game.