The Salesian High football team's dominating offensive line and two-headed rushing attack proved far too much for Berean Christian to handle, as the Pride earned a 46-18 victory in the season finale to capture its ninth straight Bay Football League title.
Berean Christian (7-3, 4-1 BFL) crowded eight defenders near the line of scrimmage for much of the contest, but it made no difference. Salesian's (8-2, 5-0 BFL) offensive line, led by junior Freddie Tagaloa, provided gaping holes all day for running backs Marcial Malic and Aaron Prier.
Malic led all rushers with 164 yards and three touchdowns, and Prier finished with 71 yards on 11 carries.
"We definitely give credit to (Berean Christian), they continued to play hard and challenge us. But our offense played very well," Pride coach Chad Nightingale said. "They put eight men in the box constantly against us, but we ran well and that was the difference."
Nightingale said the key play of the game was a 41-yard pass on third down early in the first quarter from quarterback Ikaika Woolsey to wide receiver Mark DeLuca, which set up the Pride's first touchdown.
"They scored the first touchdown in the game and that play was key for us to respond on our next drive," he said. "I think that play kind of broke their spirit and was the turning point in the game."
Interceptions proved to be costly for the Eagles as well. Quarterback Garrett Anderson threw three, one of which was returned for an 88-yard touchdown.
Kennedy-Richmond 34, Piedmont 28: It took big performances from two senior stars, a late goal-line stand, a timely special teams score and just about everything else the host Eagles had to pull out a Bay Shore Athletic League victory in a wild shootout with the Highlanders.
Piedmont (2-8, 2-5 BSAL) rallied from a 28-14 deficit in the final four minutes, scoring on a 45-yard TD pass from Steven Rowe to Peter Baldwin and on an 82-yard fumble return by Jake Adams.
That tied the game at 28, but Robert Mulder fielded the ensuing kickoff and did not stop running until he reached the end zone 96 yards later.
Trailing by six with two minutes to go, Piedmont drove as far as the Eagles' 4-yard line before fumbling, with Isaiah McClain recovering to secure the win.
In their final regular-season game as Eagles, McClain and Mulder took center stage. Mulder had a 59-yard rushing touchdown, a 90-yard interception return and his crucial kick return. McClain helped Kennedy (4-6, 2-5) control the clock with 175 yards on 26 carries, adding a pair of touchdown runs.
-- Ben Breiner, correspondent
Bishop O'Dowd 56, Castro Valley 14: The host Dragons, heading into the North Coast Section Division III playoffs as the Hayward Area Athletic League champion for the first time since 1999, demolished the Trojans in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Tyrone Ward scored the first two touchdowns for Bishop O'Dowd, which has won eight straight games.
After Ward's second touchdown, the Trojans got on the board with a 74-yard sprint by Damion Rosby. But the Dragons (9-1, 7-0 HAAL) responded with 21 unanswered points as Trenton Trammell scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards and Terence King, who had eight receptions for 116 yards, caught a 12-yard alley-oop pass to make it 35-7 at the half.
Castro Valley (4-6, 4-3 HAAL) had a nice drive to start the second half, culminating in an 18-yard touchdown run by Rosby, but the Dragons responded with a 48-yard run by Trammell, a 7-yard fade to the corner of the end zone to King and a 4-yard run by Ward put the game to rest.
-- Pete Elman, correspondent
Arroyo 42, San Lorenzo 19: Michael Young rushed for 153 yards on 21 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead the Dons to their fifth straight victory in the 16th annual Helmet Game between the two city rivals.
The Rebels (3-6-1, 1-6 HAAL) lost three fumbles deep in their own territory in the first quarter and Arroyo capitalized on each one to help build a 27-0 lead after one quarter.
Young scored on runs of 6, 2 and 54 yards and quarterback Nick Taylor threw a 1-yard scoring pass to Micah McMurray in the first quarter.
San Lorenzo scored the next three touchdowns to cut the lead to 27-19 at the end of the third quarter. Christian Batiste (21 carries, 126 yards) scored on a 9-yard run, quarterback Brandin Murphy threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Eric Johnson and Otis Hickman returned an interception 27 yards.
Arroyo (6-4, 5-2) scored the last two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Young runs of 1 and 15 yards.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent
American 62, Mission San Jose 0: Senior halfbacks Shawn Wong and Roderick Johnson combined for 410 rushing yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles (5-5, 4-2 Mission Valley Athletic League) routed the Warriors (1-9, 0-6) to clinch a NCS playoff berth.
Wong rushed for 200 of his game-high 241 yards and three of his four TDs in the first half. His second and third scores came on runs of 30 and 64 yards, respectively, while his first, a 1-yarder, came following a 58-yard run on American's first play from scrimmage.
Senior wide receiver Max Basilio caught two touchdown passes, a 10-yarder and a 51-yarder, from junior quarterback Tyrell Lockett, who finished 4-for-6 for 84 yards. Also scoring for the Eagles were senior quarterback Dennis Wheaton and senior offensive tackle Stephen Kay, who was used as a fullback for two plays in the third quarter.
-- Ray Hacke, correspondent
De Anza 28, Chabot 7: The Dons held the host Gladtiators in check to win the Golden Gate Conference and a berth in a post season bowl game.
Brian Jones ran for 147 yards for Chabot, but the rest of the offense tallied minus-20 yards on the night. Brian Mickel ran the opening kickoff back 97 yards for the Gladiators (6-4, 2-3 GGC) lone score on the night and the rest of the game belonged to the Dons.
Blaze booted a pair of field goals and Slota hit Shane Miller for a 18-yard strike to the end zone that gave the Dons (7-3, 5-0) a 13-7 lead with 44 seconds left in the first half.
-- Tony Gonsalez
Contra Costa 20, Yuba 19: Leroy Green's two-yard touchdown run with 5:58 left proved to be the decisive score as the Comets beat the host 49ers in the Bay Valley Conference finale for both teams.
Contra Costa (4-6, 2-2 BVC) got second quarter touchdowns from Lewis David on a 5-yard run and Keon Burden on a 4-yard pass from Jeffrey Anderson to take a 13-10 lead. Yuba (3-7, 1-3) took a 19-13 lead early in the fourth quarter before Green's touchdown capped a eight-play, 57-yard drive.
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