Third-string quarterback Chris Hagmaier completed 10 of 18 passes and Antonio Burnette ran for two touchdowns to lead Bishop O'Dowd to a 16-0 win over host Encinal in the West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division opener for both teams on Oct. 5.
It was the second consecutive win for the Dragons (5-1, 1-0) with Hagmaier at quarterback. The sophomore started the season on the junior varsity but moved up after starter Dominic Miroglio suffered a shoulder injury and backup Kevin King suffered a concussion. He passed for 119 yards and had no interceptions.
"Our defense especially stepped up," Hagmaier said. "Seven points (on Sept. 29) against Arroyo and a shutout today. That takes a lot off of me. And having the weapons that we do and the line that we have, it makes it a lot easier for me."
Said Bishop O'Dowd coach Hardy Nickerson, "He's a great kid and he works his butt off. From the time we started in the summer to now, he's a different football player and that's because of his dedication and how hard he's worked. I'm so happy for that kid that I don't know what to say."
The Dragons again depended upon their defense to set the tone. Encinal finished the night with 104 yards on offense and just eight first downs. The Jets (4-3) did put together a 66-yard drive in the third quarter when they were trailing 3-0. However, facing a fourth-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line, quarterback Taivale Tautalatasi was stopped on a sneak.
San Lorenzo 21, Piedmont 16: Keenan Johnson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Mosi to lift the host Rebels in this WACC Shoreline Division opener for both teams at Arroyo High on Oct. 5. Johnson's touchdown catch came with 2:20 left in the third quarter, 2 1/2 minutes after the Rebels had relinquished the lead for the first time on a 66-yard punt return by Piedmont's William Meredith.
Mosi completed 11 passes for 132 yards, and Johnson had 36 receiving yards on a game-high four catches for the Rebels (2-4, 1-0). Piedmont (4-2, 0-1) hurt itself by losing fumbles on its first four possession and failing to score from the 1-yard line in the third quarter.
After a scoreless first quarter, Mosi got the Rebels on the board with a 7-yard touchdown run with 11:42 to go in the second. A 3-yard Charles Davis run opened a 14-0 lead at 9:04, but Piedmont quickly got back on its game, as Kyle Dalton's 8-yard run closed the deficit to 14-7 before the half. Dalton finished with 105 yards on 15 carries.
Meredith's 53-yard run put the Highlanders on the San Lorenzo 1 early in the second half. But two runs for no gain, coupled with an illegal motion penalty, forced the Highlanders to settle for a 27-yard Ale Chiodo field goal.
Piedmont will hold its homecoming game on Oct. 12 against Alameda at 7 p.m.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent