Sir Francis Drake 18, Valley Christian 13: The 15th-seeded Pirates (6-5) used a stout run defense and big plays from their passing game to upset the second-seeded Vikings (8-3) at Chabot College in a Division IV first-round game.
Drake's Tyler Weeks completed only five of his 21 pass attempts, but all of his completions went for 20 yards or more, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Calderon that opened the scoring in the first quarter. After a bad snap, Drake kicker Kevin Miles connected with Calderon for a two-point conversion, and the Pirates never trailed after that.
Valley Christian quarterback Vince Volpatti ended a long Vikings drive with a 2-yard touchdown run one second before halftime, but his ensuing two-point conversion run failed.
Drake took the second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards to score on a 3-yard run by Gavin Hallinan. A 27-yard field goal by Miles gave the Pirates an 18-6 lead with 6:54 remaining.
But the Vikings came storming back behind Volpatti. He completed 4 of his 6 passes on the next drive for 43 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Austin Simmons with 3:46 to go.
Valley Christian then recovered an onside kick, but three plays later Weeks intercepted a Volpatti pass on the Valley Christian 45. Drake got three first downs to run out the clock.
The Vikings' Howard Wikle, who rushed for 370 yards last week against Salesian, was limited to 51 yards on 24 carries by the Pirates.
Sir Francis Drake 18, Valley Christian 13
Drake 8 0 7 3-- 18
Valley Christian 0 6 0 7-- 13
SFD -- Calderon 25 pass from Weeks (Calderon pass from Miles)
VC -- Volpatti 2 run (run failed)
SFD -- G. Hallinan 3 run (Miles kick)
SFD -- Miles 27 FG
VC -- Simmons 7 pass from Volpatti (Marco kick)
Rushing: SFD -- Ruzzier-Gaul 15-41, Weeks 4-33, G. Hallinan 6-31, D. Hallinan 4-6. Totals 29-111. VC -- Volpatti 19-54, Wikle 24-51, O'Hare 1-6, Bamidele 3-4, Jung 1-(-1), Flynn 1-(-14). Totals 49-100. Passing: SFD - Weeks 5-21-0-143. VC - Volpatti 9-18-1-106. Receiving: SFD - Calderon 3-89, D. Hallinan 1-34, G. Hallinan 1-20. Totals 5-143. VC - Carter 4-72, Wikle 4-27, Simmons 1-7. Totals 9-106. Fumbles/lost: SFD - 2/1, VC - 5/1. Records: Valley Christian 8-3, Sir Francis Drake 6-5.