In a spectacular display, Pittsburg High senior Harris Ross ran for a school-record 464 yards and seven touchdowns in the Pirates' 49-29 win over host Monte Vista on Friday night.
Ross was too fast for the Mustangs. During a devastating second half, he scored six touchdowns and ran for 361 yards on only 10 carries.
The week before, Ross had 233 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-33 win over California, meaning the Pirates (2-1) have won two in a row against perennial East Bay Athletic League stalwarts.
Ross agreed that he took it to another gear in the second half as the Pirates erased a 14-7 halftime deficit in a competitive game.
"I had to put this game away for my team," Ross said. "If it wasn't for my line, then I wouldn't have been able to do anything."
Ross had touchdown runs of 94 yards, 74, 62, 59, 36, 17 and 15. Monte Vista quarterback Nikita Zamora passed for 349 yards and three scores, and his two running backs Matt Rood (89 yards) and Zach Cribb (101) had big nights.
But the night really belonged to Ross and the Pirates.
"He's pretty good," Pittsburg coach Victor Galli said with a sheepish grin. "He's a phenomenal back, I think he's one of the best in the state. I said that going in. He needs to keep doing it. He needs to get more scholarship offers on the table. Maybe this will open some peoples' eyes that were kind of sleeping on him to let them know he's for real."
The Mustangs took a 14-7 lead into halftime after a 17-yard touchdown completion from Zamora to versatile senior Ben Wensley. The first half settled down some after the teams exchanged touchdowns on their first possessions.
California 48, Castro Valley 31: The host Grizzlies (2-1) got back to their winning ways, using a potent running attack led by senior Blake Bierwith. California had 378 rushing yards and grabbed its second win.
The teams traded scores in the first quarter as Bierwith collected the first of his five touchdowns after Castro Valley's Namane Modise scored on a 3-yard run. Turnovers plagued both teams in the second quarter. A Cameron Owen incomplete screen pass was ruled a lateral, and Castro Valley returned it to deep its own territory. Demeryah Lane punched it in for a 1-yard touchdown, giving the Trojans a 12-7 lead.
After a CJ Cornwell touchdown, California recovered an onside kick. Four plays later, Owen scored on a 33-yard keeper making it 20-12 California.
In the second half, it was all Grizzlies as they continued to punish Castro Valley on the ground. Bierwith racked up four more touchdowns en route to 209 yards on 23 carries.
-- Erik Stordahl, correspondent
Foothill 31, Las Lomas 6: Isaiah Langley caught eight passes for 152 yards and a touchdown and added a terrific 5-yard rush for a score where he reversed field to help lead the host Falcons (3-0) over the Knights (2-1).
Langley's rushing touchdown was the final score of the game. On the play, he took a pitchout from quarterback Kyle Kearns and went to the right side. There, he found absolutely nothing. So, he stopped and ran the other way, beating everybody to the pylon on the far side.
"Man, that last touchdown, I was just trying to get something into the end zone so we could seal the deal," Langley said. "We were tired. A lot of people were cramping up."
Langley caught a 13-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the first quarter, but he also had four catches of 30 yards or more on the night. That helped Kearns, who completed his first eight passes, to finish 18 of 24 for 316 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Amador Valley 38, Skyline 0: The host Dons began the game by recovering their own onside kick, and the game was all downhill from there for Skyline.
The Dons scored on that opening drive on a 10-yard run by Michael White and never looked back. White also scored the first touchdown of the second half on a 15-yard run and ended the night with 85 yards in nine attempts. While White did the bulk of the carrying for the Dons offense, Amador Valley also benefited from rushing scores from Jacob Felix and Mitchell Copenhaver. The two-quarterback combination of Zeke Burgermeister and Ronnie Jones combined to throw for 129 yards and a touchdown.
Deer Valley 49, College Park 18: The Wolverines (2-0) scored 28 unanswered points in the second quarter and went on to a comfortable nonleague win over the Falcons (1-1-1) at Diablo Valley College.
Quarterback Nsimba Webster had touchdown runs of 32, 28 and 20 yards in the second quarter, with the last one coming with 2.3 second left in the first half as Deer Valley took a 28-6 lead. Webster also completed 5 of 6 passes for 132 yards in the first half. He finished with 189 yards passing and 84 yards rushing.
College Park's lone score came in the first quarter as quarterback Dimitri Salido found Timmy Jackson for an 8-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. Jackson finished with two touchdowns.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Campolindo 28, Washington-Fremont 24: Andrew Zolintakis threw three first-half touchdowns and Campolindo's defense produced one spectacular play after another in a 28-14 nonleague victory over visiting Washington.
Zolinatakis was playing with a stress fracture in his throwing arm but didn't seem bothered by it during the chilly, damp evening. His first pass was intercepted, but he went on to complete 11 of 15 for 188 yards. He opened the scoring with a 10-yard scoring strike to Justin Dunn, then Tyler Petite snagged scoring passes of 12 and 45 yards in the second quarter.
The Cougars (3-0) intercepted three passes in the first half, two by Nick Fadelli and the last by Tiger Garcia.
Washington (0-2) trailed 21-7 in the third quarter when it changed offensive schemes and pounded away at Campolindo on the ground. Nate Woudstra carried seven times for 38 yards and Mark Colbert added 15 yards on three carries as the Huskies drove from their own 28 to the Campolindo.
Woudstra swept to the left but was forced out of bounds by Fadelli at the 2-yard line. On third-and-goal from the 5, after a penalty, Emory Simmons of the Huskies caught Tylan Vinson's pass at the 1 but was knocked backward by Michael Samaniego, bringing up fourth-and-goal. Woudstra tried the middle, but Daniel Samaniega stopped him short of the goal line.The Cougars then sealed the game with a 99-yard scoring drive.
-- Steve Dulas, correspondent