Rashad Hall ran for 224 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter, to break open a tight game as the visiting Contra Costa College football team clinched its first outright Bay Valley Conference championship Saturday with a 33-14 win over Los Medanos.
Contra Costa (7-3, 5-0 BVC) entered the showdown with a one-game lead over the Mustangs (6-4, 3-2) and Mendocino on the final week of the regular season.
Jubilant Comets players dunked ice water over coach Alonzo Carter as the final seconds ticked away.
"We just wanted to make history," Carter said. "That was our goal the whole year. All year we kept talking about making history. We just played hard and stuck to our game plan. It was a good game, and they're a good team."
Contra Costa also earned a berth in the Living Breath Foundation Bowl on Nov. 17 at Cabrillo College in Aptos, and most likely will face Hartnell.
Saturday's game had a scary moment. Standout Los Medanos wideout Terrence Brooks suffered a blow to the neck in the fourth quarter making a punt return. Brooks was immobilized and taken by ambulance to Mt. Diablo Medical Center as a precautionary measure.
Mustangs coach Chris Shipe said on Saturday evening that Brooks checked out fine at the hospital and was quickly released.
The Mustangs also lost starting quarterback Mike Behr to a hand injury in the first half. Devyn Parsons replaced Behr and led the Mustangs to a touchdown in the third quarter that cut the deficit to 19-14. Shawn Vasquez, who had 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns, capped the drive with a 36-yard run. But Hall, who entered the game ranked 10th in the state in rushing, tacked on scoring runs of 15 and 29 yards to clinch the win.
Contra Costa's Lamar McKnight completed touchdown passes of 35 and 42 yards to speedy Ronald Butler to give the Comets a 19-7 lead. Later, with LMC trailing 19-14, Brooks nearly made a juggling catch on a deep pass from Parsons, but the ball landed in the hands of the trailing Malique Earl for an interception and a touchback.
Earl also intercepted Behr's first pass attempt, on the first offensive play of the game, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Juawan Ferguson. The Mustangs responded with a touchdown march on their second series, capped by a 6-yard run by Vasquez.
Laney 24, Sacramento City 13: Quarterback Charles Cobbs threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Holden and Chris Lee returned an interception 18 yards for another score as the Eagles (5-5) ended their regular season with a victory over the host Panthers (5-5).
Down 13-7 at the half, Edgar Puliudo kicked a 22-yard field goal with 10:44 left in third quarter to cut the Sacramento lead to 13-10.
Cobbs, who accounted for 283 yards in total offense (11-22-1, 223 yards passing) threw the touchdown pass to Holden with 8:52 left in the quarter to give Laney a 17-13 lead.
Lee, with 1:25 left in the game, leapt up and tipped a pass back into his own hands, running the ball in from the Panthers' 18 for the clinching score.
The Eagles, after a sloppy first half, finally scored when Cobbs threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Virgil Bridges with 1:24 left in the first half.
Laney dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone, had another called back on a holding call, had an interception returned 71 yards (no score resulted), lost two fumbles and still was only down 13-7 at the half.
Laney started the season with an 0-3 record, but finished strong with four wins in its last five games. The Eagles' only loss was a 37-36 overtime defeat at home to Chabot College on Oct. 19.