Backed by a big final 12 minutes from junior running back Kirk Johnson, Valley Christian defeated St. Francis 21-14 Friday night at Valley Christian High.

Johnson had runs of 40, 31 and 53 yards in the final quarter, including a 31-yard touchdown run up the middle off a double handoff.

Johnson finished the game with 247 yards on the ground off 28 carries.

After a combined 15 punts through three quarters and some change, each side found the end zone twice down the stretch.

A key member of the wild finish was St. Francis senior Landon Baty, who caught a 9-pass touchdown pass from William Fisher-Colbrie and took a kick back 90 yards to pull his team within one score.

An onside kick was recovered after the special teams score, but the Lancers drive stalled at the Valley Christian 40.

Both teams came into the matchup 3-2 in league play and played each other to a draw for the majority of the first half.

With less than a minute to play in the half, burly Warriors running back Johnson pulled off the run of the day in highlight reel fashion. Several defenders failed to bring the runner down as Johnson navigating his way towards the Lancers end zone on the longest play of the half — a 38-yard run.

One play later, quarterback Michael Machado hit sophomore Collin Johnson on a fade pass for the four-yard touchdown. The score with only 20 ticks left in the first half gave the home team a touchdown lead after one half.

St. Francis was held to only 28 yards of offense in the first half, all coming on the ground. The stingy Warriors defensive run bottled up the run and didn't allow quarterback Fisher-Colbrie to get settled in the pocket.

-- Greg Lydon, staff writer

St. Francis          0          "‚0          "‚0          "‚14--14

Valley Christian          0          "‚7          "‚0          "‚14--21

VC -- C. Johnson 4 pass from Machado (Kroening kick)

VC -- K. Johnson 31 run (Kroening kick)

SF -- Baty 9 pass from Fisher-Colbrie (Fordham kick)

VC -- McCloud 1 run (Kroening kick)

SF -- Baty 90 kick return (Fordham kick)

Records -- St. Francis 6-3, 3-3; Valley Christian 6-3, 4-2.

LOS GATOS 35, PALO ALTO 21

With Los Gatos up 28-14, Palo Alto lost Stanford-bound quarterback Keller Chryst to injury right before the half. Junior Joey Wood scored four touchdowns, three on runs of 3, 35 and 36 yards, as the visiting Wildcats won a SCVAL De Anza Division game at Palo Alto. Wood finished with 177 yards on 26 carries.

Los Gatos          14          "‚14          "‚0          "‚7--35

Palo Alto          14          "‚0          "‚7          "‚0--21

PA -- Frick 3 run (Fogarty kick)

LG -- Wood 31 pass from Bawden (Chapman kick)

LG -- Olivet 10 run (Chapman kick)

PA -- Johnson 30 pass from Chryst (Fogarty kick)

LG -- Wood 3 run (Chapman kick)

LG -- Wood 35 run (Chapman kick)

PA -- Pike 5 run (Fogarty kick)

LG -- Wood 36 run (Chapman kick)

Records -- Los Gatos 6-3, 5-1; Palo Alto 4-5, 3-3.

WILCOX 68, SANTA CLARA 10

Delshawn Mitchell rushed for three touchdowns and quarterback Kenny Dipko threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Chargers won a SCVAL De Anza Division game.

Wilcox          18          "‚36          "‚7          "‚7--68

Santa Clara          3          "‚0          "‚7          "‚0--10

W -- Finefeuiaki 12 pass from Dipko (kick failed)

W -- Mitchell 70 run (kick failed)

W -- Jones 53 pass from Dipko (conversion failed)

SC -- not available 16 FG

W -- Dipko 37 run (Mitchell run)

W -- Mitchell 40 run (Bowles kick)

W -- Mitchell 20 run (Bowles kick)

W -- Dipko 50 run (Bowles kick)

W -- Lux 15 run (Bowles kick)

W -- Hernandez 5 run (Bowles kick)

SC -- Garza 90 run (Hernandez kick)

W -- Wong 28 run (Bowles kick)

Records -- Wilcox 8-1, 5-1; Santa Clara 2-7, 1-5.

PIEDMONT HILLS 28, WILLOW GLEN 27

Senior wide receiver Joseph Romero caught three TD passes from senior quarterback Anthony McBride, including the one that preceded kicker Nick Paterniti's game-winning extra point with 6:50 remaining, as the Piedmont Hills Pirates edged the Willow Glen Rams 28-27in a BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division thriller.

Kenny Nguyen rushed for several fourth-quarter first downs to put Piedmont Hills in position to earn the win, which gives the Pirates a chance to earn a share of the division crown next week against Pioneer.

Willow Glen was driving to score in the game's final minute before an illegal participation penalty thwarted the Rams' momentum. "I didn't know the rule well, but the refs caught it and my staff caught it," Piedmont Hills coach Matt Kiesle said. After the penalty, the Pirates forced a turnover on downs and then took a knee.

Junior running back Hakeem Mays led Willow Glen with 368 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries. He also had an interception on defense. "He was unbelievable tonight, but we managed to keep him out of the end zone enough and score enough," Kiesle said.

Willow Glen          14          "‚6          "‚7          "‚0--27

Piedmont Hills          14          "‚0          "‚7          "‚7--28

WG -- Mays 48 run (Guardanapo kick)

PH -- Romero 32 pass from McBride (Paterniti kick)

PH -- Butler 26 pass from McBride (Paterniti kick)

WG -- Mays 73 run (Guardanapo kick)

WG -- Mays 5 run (pass failed)

WG -- Landers 28 run (Guardanapo kick)

PH -- Romero 24 pass from McBride (Paterniti kick)

PH -- Romero 17 pass from McBride (Paterniti kick)

Records -- Willow Glen 4-5, 3-3; Piedmont Hills 7-2, 5-1.

MILPITAS 55, MOUNTAIN VIEW 7

Milpitas jumped out to a monster lead in the fist half in a one-sided effort. The Trojans ran for seven touchdowns and passed for one. Squally Canada added three more touchdowns to his team-leadinf total, giving him 12 on the year. Tre Hartley caught the lone touchdown on a 34-yard pass from Ronnie Reed.

Mountain View          0          "‚0          "‚0          "‚7--7

Milpitas                    21          "‚28          "‚6          "‚0--55

MV -- Kim 1 run (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Canada 9 run (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Hartley 34 pass from Reed (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Canada 1 run (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Canada 49 run (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Black 50 run (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Ralph 1 run (Gonzalez kick)

MV -- Barnes 43 run (kick failed)

Milpitas -- scoring not available

Records -- Mountain View 1-8, 1-5; Milpitas 8-1, 6-0.

EVERGREEN VALLEY 16, SAN JOSE 13

Wilson Borden kicked three field goals to lead Evergreen Valley past San Jose.

Evergreen          7          "‚3          "‚3          "‚3--16

San Jose          6          "‚0          "‚0          "‚7--13

EV -- Wilkins 49 pass from Verango (Borden kick)

EV -- Borden 42 FG

EV -- Borden 38 FG

EV -- Borden 35 FG

SJ scoring not available

Records -- Evergreen Valley 1-8, 1-5; San Jose 0-8, 0-5.

LIVE OAK 35, GUNDERSON 14

Senior running back Trevor Bearden added to his Central Coast Section career rushing total with 130 yards and 3 TDs on 20 carries as the Acorns clinched a share of the BVAL Santa Teresa Division title. Sophomore quarterback Erik Ornduff was 14-of-17 for 169 yards and one touchdown pass, a 25-yarder to Jesse Martinez, while junior wide receiver Cole Campi had five catches for 99 yards.

Live Oak          0          "‚14          "‚14          "‚7--35

Gunderson          0          "‚6          "‚0          "‚8--14

LO -- Bearden 11 run (Martinez kick)

LO -- Bearden 1 run (Martinez kick)

LO -- Bearden 14 run (Martinez kick)

LO -- Martinez 25 pass from Ornduff (Martinez kick)

LO -- Lomanto 2 run (Martinez kick)

G -- scoring or scoring not available

Records -- Live Oak 8-1, 6-0; Gunderson 2-7, 2-4.

INDEPENDENCE 42, SOBRATO 13

Seniors Karl Frost and Dorel Booker combined for four touchdown runs in Indepence's rout of winless Sobrato. Dorel's brother Nate also tacked on a touchdown run, which proved to be the game winner, in the second quarter. Offensive lineman Darrion Talalele made his season debut after a coumpound fracture in his leg during the offseason. He helped spur Independence to 253 yards rushing, and kept their playoff hopes alive. Christian Jones had a solid day on defense with seven tackles, a sack and made a 45-yard catch on offense as a tight end.

Independence          7          "‚14          "‚7          "‚14--42

Sobrato          0          "‚0          "‚7          "‚6--13

I -- Frost 8 run (Tovar kick)

I -- Nate Booker 10 run ( Tovar kick)

I -- Frost 12 run (Tovar kick)

I -- Norel Booker 55 run (Tovar kick)

I -- Norel Booker 5 run (Tovar kick)

I -- Lara 6 run (kick failed)

S -- scoring not available.

Records -- Independence 4-5; Sobrato 0-9.

PIONEER 27, OAK GROVE 6

Anthony Logan scored three of Pioneer's four touchdowns in the game --two by ground and one through the air on a 15-yard screen pass. Pioneer racked up 332 yards rushing on 28 carries, Logan accounted 131 yards rushing on 18 totes. Isaiah Mailo put constant pressure on the quarterback and finished with two sacks and four tackles.

Pioneer          0          "‚13          "‚7          "‚7--27

Oak Grove          0          "‚6          "‚0          "‚0--6

P -- Logan 2 run (Orozco kick)

P -- Iniguez 49 run (kick failed)

P -- Logan 33 run (Orozco kick)

P -- Logan 15 pass Silva (Orozco kick)

OG -- scoring not available

Records -- Pioneer 6-3, 5-1; Oak Grove 4-5, 3-3.

HOMESTEAD 42, CUPERTINO 3

Homestead quarterback Jarome Holloway threw for one touchdown, and rushed for two more as the Mustangs downed host Cupertino in an SCVAL El Camino Division matchup. Brian Erickson led the Mustangs in receiving with five receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Allemandi, Joseph Faria, and Mateo Manjarrez also scored touchdowns for the Mustangs.

Homestead          7          "‚21          "‚7          "‚7--42

Cupertino          0          "‚3          "‚0          "‚0--3

H -- Allemandi 26 run (Rak kick)

H -- Holloway 74 run (Rak kick)

H -- Faria 40 pass from Holloway (Rak kick)

H -- Holloway 9 run (Rak kick)

C -- Silva 22 FG

H -- Erickson 15 pass from Arfman (Rak kick)

H -- Manjarrez 74 run (Rak kick)

Records -- Homestead 8-1, 4-1; Cupertino 7-3, 3-3.

HILLSDALE 66, THE KING'S ACADEMY 14

Hillsdale (7-2, 5-0) won the Peninsula Athletic Lake Division championship with the win and earned the division's automatic berth into the Central Coast Section playoffs. Cole Carrithers threw six touchdown passes to lead the way as Hillsdale opened a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and was up 32-7 at the half. Shawn Charan and Brandon Butcher had two touchdown receptions apiece. John Paran had two interceptions.

ANDREW HILL 49, JAMES LICK 7

Senior wide receiver Gabe Flores caught three TD passes from senior quarterback Alex Moreno and junior running back Jamar Pierce as the Falcons captured a share of the BVAL West Valley Division title by winning their annual Bell Game matchup with the Comets. Andrew Hill, which has won seven straight after an 0-2 start and averaged more than 59 points in its past four games, can clinch the division outright against Overfelt next week.

Andrew Hill          15          "‚7          14          "‚13--49

James Lick          7          "‚0          "‚0          "‚0--7

AH -- Pierce 12 run (Mancilla kick)

AH -- Flores 42 pass from Moreno (Mancilla run)

AH -- Flores 15 pass from Moreno (Mancilla kick)

AH -- Pierce 15 run (Mancilla kick)

AH -- C. Rodriguez 7 run (Mancilla kick)

AH -- Flores 66 pass from Moreno (Mancilla kick)

AH -- Pierce 32 run (conversion failed

JL -- scoring not available

Records -- Andrew Hill 7-2, 6-0; James Lick 4-5, 3-3.

BRANHAM 55, YERBA BUENA 12

Mitchell King rushed for three touchdowns and junior quarterback Luke Morin passed for three more as the host Bruins handed the Aztec Warriors a BVAL West Valley Division defeat. Victor Nonga ran for a TD and also caught a TD pass from Morin.

Yerba Buena          6          "‚6          "‚0          "‚0--12

Branham          14          "‚26          "‚7          "‚7--45

B -- Rajeah 15 pass from Morin (Elliot kick)

B -- King 5 run (Elliot kick)

B -- King 3 run (kick failed)

B -- King 1 run (Elliot Kick)

B -- Nonga 18 run (Elliot)

B -- Cook 30 pass from Morin (Elliot Kick)

B -- Nonga 3 pass from Morin (Elliot kick)

B -- Atkins 5 run ( Elliot Kick)

YB -- scoring not available

Records -- Branham 5-4, 5-1; Yerba Buena 0-9, 0-6.

DEL MAR 27, OVERFELT 18

A pair of touchdown pass from Robert Collins to Anthony Carini allowed Del Mar to retake the lead and widen it late in the game. The teams traded the lead back and forth in the first half.

Overfelt          6          "‚6          "‚6          "‚0--18

Del Mar          14          "‚0          "‚0          "‚13--27

DM -- Tuatoo 3 run (Ayala kick)

O -- Puntes 60 run (kick failed)

DM -- Couch 56 run (Ayala kick)

O -- Tirado 19 punt return (conversion failed)

O -- Cano 7 run (conversion failed)

DM -- Carini 18 pass from Collins (kick failed)

DM -- Carini 54 pass from Collins (Ayala kick)

Records -- Overfelt 2-7, 2-4; Del Mar 2-7, 2-4.

LOS ALTOS 30, LYNBROOK 0

Senior quarterback Christopher Lanman threw four touchdown passes, all to Victor Ruiz as the Eagles won an SVAL El Camino Division game.

Los Altos          0          "‚14          "‚3          "‚13--30

Lynbrook          0          "‚0          "‚0          "‚0--0

LA -- Ruiz 62 pass from Lanman (Schonher kick)

LA -- Ruiz 21 pass from Lanman (Schonher kick)

LA -- Schonher 33 FG

LA -- Ruiz 20 pass from Lanman (Schonher kick)

LA -- Ruiz 55 pass from Lanman (kick failed)

Records -- Los Altos 7-2, 2-2; Lynbrook 6-3, 1-3.

SARATOGA 45, FREMONT 22

Jonathan Walters threw four touchdown pass enroute to a big win for Saratoga. Three of the touchdown passes fell into the hands of Travis Stokes, who scored from eight, 10 and 39 yards out.

Saratoga          14          "‚14          "‚7          "‚10--45

Fremont          6          "‚0          "‚0          "‚14--22

S -- Medeiros 23 pass from Walters (Gragnola kick)

F -- Sanchez 4 run (kick blocked)

S -- Berryhill 1 run (Gragnola kick)

S -- Marr 1 run (Gragnola kick)

S -- Stokes 8 pass from Walters (Gragnola kick)

S -- Stokes 10 pass from Walters (Gragnola kick)

F -- Sanchez 10 run (two-point conversion)

S -- Stokes 39 pass from Walters (Gragnola kick)

S -- Gragnola 34 FG

F -- Teo 4 run (two-point conversion)

Records -- Saratoga 3-6, 2-4; Fremont 1-8, 1-5.

PROSPECT 48, MT. PLEASANT 14

Quarterback Angel Guillen completed 17 of 27 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns and also ran for a score as the host Panthers won a BVAL West Valley Division contest. Three of Guillen's TD passes went to fellow senior Daniel Newson, who finished with 128 yards on eight catches. Junior linebacker Raiden Sainz led Prospect defensively with 11 tackles, including a sack that caused a fumble. Kevin Moon excelled in multiple facets of the game: The senior returned a kickoff 71 yards for a score, had four catches for 59 yards and another TD, rushed six times for 44 yards and had an interception on defense. Junior linebacker Andrew Allsup also had a pick for the Panthers, returning it 96 yards for the game's final TD.

Mt. Pleasant          0          "‚7          "‚7          "‚0--14

Prospect          0          "‚21          "‚14          "‚13--48

P -- Guillen 1 run (Avdagic kick)

P -- Moon 40 pass from Guillen (Avdagic kick)

P -- Newson 17 pass from Guillen (Avdagic kick)

P -- Moon 71 Kickoff return (Avdagic kick)

P -- Newson 22 pass from Guillen (Avdagic kick)

P -- Newson 11 pass from Guillen (Avdagic kick)

P -- Allsup 96 INT return (no kick)

MP -- scoring not available

Records -- Mt. Pleasant 3-6, 1-5; Prospect 5-4, 5-1.

LEIGH 25, WESTMONT 20

Senior running back Tommy Druhan rushed for 236 yards and three TDs on 49 carries as the Longhorns withstood three second-half touchdowns by the Warriors in a BVAL Santa Teresa Division contest. Sean Cosentino added 117 yards and a TD on 12 carries, while senior linebackers Sam Cotton and Alec Smith combined for 12 tackles to lead Leigh defensively. Smith also had an interception, as did senior defensive back Brian Galvan. For Westmont, sophomore quarterback A.J. Mintz threw two TD passes and senior running back Mark DeRobertis raced 80 yards for the Warriors' other score.

Westmont          0          "‚0          "‚12          "‚8--20

Leigh          7          "‚12          "‚6          "‚0--25

L -- Druhan 3 run (Ramos kick)

L -- Druhan 3 run (pass failed)

L -- Cosentino 54 run (pass failed)

L -- Druhan 4 run (pass failed)

W -- De Robertis 80 run (run failed)

W -- Speciale 30 pass from Mintz (pass failed)

W -- Frazier 17 pass from Mintz (Primeaux pass from Mintz)

Records -- Westmont 5-4, 3-3; Leigh 7-2, 4-2.