For two quarters Saturday, the Miramonte High football team outplayed the defending North Coast Section Division III champions from Marin Catholic-Kentfield.
The Matadors were making big gains on offense and getting key stops on defense to take a halftime lead against the same team that ended their 2012 season.
Then the Matadors simply ran out of gas on a hot afternoon in Kentfield. Marin Catholic scored 42 unanswered points to close out both teams' season opener with a 45-14 win.
"Right now we look like we're 24 minutes worth of a football team, and we've gotta step up to 48," Miramonte coach Jack Schram said.
Quarterback Drew Anderson had Miramonte clicking, slinging the ball all over the field as the Matadors took a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Anderson had 230 passing yards in the first half, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to Will Fuller.
But momentum began to shift when the Wildcats' dynamic Drew Celis wove through the Matadors to score on a 60-yard punt return near the end of the half.
The Matadors suffered another big blow when a Marin Catholic punt pinned them on their 1-yard line in the third quarter. A play later, Anderson was intercepted by Riley Sell in the end zone and the Wildcats had their first lead.
Miramonte's defense didn't get another stop after that and the offense didn't fare much better. After his monster first half, Anderson was sacked five times and completed just 6 of 16 passes for 40 yards to finish the game.
Berkeley 41, Washington-San Francisco 8: Jakari Simpson and Omari White each returned an interception for a touchdown, and Noah Suszckiwicz threw three touchdown passes to lead the visiting Yellowjackets over the Eagles.
Suszckiwicz completed 12 of 15 passes for 173 yards against an overmatched Washington team. Lamont Smith caught six passes for 69 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown on the game's first series.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Foothill 51, Novato 6: Fullback Matt Luey scored three touchdowns as the Falcons blasted the host Hornets in the season opener for both teams.
Luey scored both of Foothill's touchdowns in the first quarter, including one on a 4-yard run that gave his team a 13-6 lead as the Falcons scored 45 unanswered points to close the game.
Foothill rushed for 256 yards, with Jamirr Holland accounting for 123 of those yards. Falcons quarterback Kyle Kearns completed 11 of 17 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
-- Ian Ross, Marin Independent-Journal
San Lorenzo 18, Kennedy-Fremont 13: San Lorenzo scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat Kennedy at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
Trailing 13-6, the Rebels, starting at the Titans' 32-yard line, converted a third-and-15 on a 29-yard connection between Kevin Mosi and Keenan Johnson. Ramiah Marshall then scored to cut Kennedy's lead to 13-12.
San Lorenzo's next possession started at Kennedy's 34 and the Rebels would only need three plays to take the lead, as Mosi found an open Hamilton To'o over the middle for a 21-yard strike with 2:16 left. San Lorenzo's Bejour Wilson would seal the game with an interception shortly after.
-- Matt Rempel, correspondent
American 47, Arroyo 6: The Eagles used a no-huddle offense to rack up 422 yards rushing in the season opener for both teams at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
The Eagles' Drew Lyell rushed for a game-high 169 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore teammate Jared Luty added 97 yards rushing and also scored two touchdowns.
Arroyo had minus-five yards of total offense. Its lone score occurred in the fourth quarter on a 92-yard kickoff return by Chris Harrison.
-- Phil Jensen