Bishop O'Dowd High quarterback Dominic Miroglio lined up on fourth-and-21 planning on just finding a receiver for a first down inside the Acalanes 15-yard line.
But Kevin King kept going.
The University of Washington-bound receiver and defensive back held the right seam and Miroglio winged it in his direction. King caught the ball at the 1-yard line between three Acalanes defenders and lurched across the goal line for what would be the game-winning score of a 16-13 victory in the first round of the North Coast Section Division III football playoffs on Nov. 9.
Bishop O'Dowd, the No. 9 seed, will now face No. 1 seed El Cerrito at De Anza on Nov. 17 in a quarterfinal game. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"King and I have a pretty good connection. I've been playing with him since we were freshmen," Miroglio said. "He just straight up caught it. I threw it. He caught it. That's about all you could say."
King's 32-yard touchdown came with 3:09 left in the game. Just 23 seconds later, he essentially sealed the win for the visiting Dragons (7-4) by intercepting Robbie Stern's pass at the Acalanes 43-yard line.
"We were in a Cover 2, and I think they thought I was gonna go with the slant guy," King said of the interception. "But I stayed back and read it all the way."
Acalanes (6-4), the No. 8 seed, led 7-0 at halftime but lost the lead early in the fourth quarter when a 26-yard field goal by Dominic Gomes lifted the
McClymonds 36, Oakland Tech 14: The Warriors broke open their game on Nov. 10 against the host Bulldogs via the pass to claim their third straight Oakland Athletic League title and the No. 1 seed in the Oakland Section playoffs.
Both McClymonds (7-3, 5-0 OAL) and the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-1) will host playoff games on Nov. 16 -- Fremont will travel to face the Warriors, and Oakland Tech will host Skyline.
The first quarter on Nov. 10 was a 0-0 defensive struggle, as there was a total of just four first downs (all by McClymonds). But on the third play of the second quarter, Warriors quarterback Keith Williams sent a sharp pass over the middle to Jailen Thompson, who caught it in traffic for a 31-yard gain. Two plays later, LaVance Warren rushed 3 yards for the first touchdown of the game.
On McClymonds' next possession, Wiliams threw a bullet pass to Thompson for a 20-yard touchdown. Williams, who completed five of his seven second-quarter passes for 105 yards, found LaVon Washington open for a 56-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 McClymonds lead right before halftime.
McClymonds held a 28-0 lead entering the fourth quarter before Oakland Tech came back. Quarterback James Lewis threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Kenyon Jackson, and after a 2-yard TD run by Jeremiah Varnedoe and a point-after-touchdown kick by Zachery Spindle, the Bulldogs were within two touchdowns of the lead with 4:42 to play. But McClymonds iced the game when it drove 62 yards to score on a 1-yard run by Williams with 1:28 left.
Lewis passed for 119 yards for Tech.
-- Phil Jensen
Skyline 14, Oakland 6: The Titans (6-4, 3-2) secured the No. 3 seed in the Oakland Section playoffs with a close win over host Oakland on Nov. 10
The Titans' first big play came on the last play of the first quarter when quarterback Gabe Richard threw a perfect pass down the left sideline, connecting with receiver Kendrick Payne for an 81-yard touchdown for the first points of the game. On the Wildcats' ensuing possession, Titans defensive back Kevin Parker recovered an Oakland fumble, and a play later Richard ran a quarterback keeper for a 25-yard touchdown.
Oakland (3-5, 1-4) looked to bounce back in the second half on its first possession when Kesomi Mafi took a reverse handoff to the right side for a 51-yard touchdown run for the first and only points for Oakland. But Oakland only had three more possessions in the second half, the last ending when Skyline's Kendrick Payne recovered a fumble.
Richard completed 9 of his 15 passes in the game for 151 yards. He also gained 91 yards on the ground.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Fort Bragg 14, Piedmont 0: The fifth-seeded Timberwolves (10-1) outlasted the visiting Highlanders (5-6) in this first-round NCS Division IV playoff game. Fort Bragg held only a 7-0 halftime lead, but converted a third-and-long play to score towards the end of the third quarter.
"We played hard," Piedmont coach Kevin Anderson II said. "It was an evenly-matched game."