OAKLEY -- A sound defensive game plan and solid execution of it keyed the Foothill High football team to a convincing 32-6 victory over host Freedom on Friday night.

Foothill was especially dominant in the second half when the offense came alive and the defense held the defending Bay Valley Athletic League champions and their five-star running back recruit, Joe Mixon, to just 18 yards of offense.

Foothill (2-0) limited Mixon to just 66 rushing yards on 17 carries, avenging last year's 41-28 loss to Freedom in a battle of Falcons.

"We had eight in the box and fortunately we have very athletic corners that can play man defense out there on the edge and kept a couple extra guys in the box," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said. "The whole defense did a phenomenal job defending consistent run lanes."

After leading just 13-6 at halftime, Foothill created some separation in the third quarter. On its first possession of the second half, Foothill marched 67 yards, chewing up more than seven minutes of time, capped by Jamirr Holland's 12-yard touchdown run.

Speedy Isaiah Langley made the score 30-6 when he broke free for a 28-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

It was Langley's second touchdown of the night. In the second quarter, he caught a pass from Kyle Kearns, eluded his defender and raced into the end zone for an 87-yard touchdown reception.

Kearns was 10 of 18 for 201 yards and a touchdown.

Mixon rushed for 48 yards in the first half and only carried five times after the break as Foothill put together long, time-consuming drives that kept Freedom's offense off the field.


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The senior star, who is being pursued by big name colleges from across the country, did help set up Freedom's lone touchdown. He caught a short pass from quarterback Joe Sweeney and took it 47 yards before being stopped just short of the goal line.

Sweeney found Nick Garcia in the corner of the end zone three plays later. Sweeney passed for 162 of his 170 yards in the first half.

The second half was a different story.

"When the wheels fell off, they just fell off," Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig said. "The kids played hard, though. We got better from last week."