The Washington High football team stayed in first place and clinched at least a share of the Mission Valley Athletic League title Saturday with a 30-20 win over visiting Newark Memorial.
The Huskies (5-4, 5-0 MVAL) will host Irvington on Friday at 7 p.m. with the league outright title and the automatic berth for the North Coast Section playoffs at stake.
Huskies quarterback Tylan Vinson had 170 of his 183 passing yards in the first half and used his legs during a pivotal drive in the second half to give Washington some breathing room.
Trailing 23-13, the Cougars (5-4, 3-2) pulled within three when Kenneth Beck scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Reggie Miccoli late in the third.
After both teams traded punts, the Huskies took over at their own 42 with 9:22 remaining. Vinson marched Washington down the field, and Nate Woudstra capped the drive with a 1-yard dive as the Huskies regained a two-possession lead. Vinson had three first downs on the ground on the drive.
El Cerrito 43, St. Mary's 7: Two electric plays early in the third quarter ignited a stagnant offense, and the Gauchos turned an otherwise close game into another Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division rout at De Anza High.
Senior quarterback Keilan Benjamin raced 66 yards for a touchdown at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter, and cornerback Jalen Harvey sprinted 23 yards to score on an interception return 18 seconds later as El Cerrito (7-2, 5-0 TCAL-Rock) beat the Panthers (5-4, 2-3), who trailed just 14-7 at halftime.
-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent
Salesian 49, Berean Christian 6: Bolstered by a stingy defense and big-play offense, the Pride (5-4, 2-3 TCAL-Rock) defeated the host Eagles (2-8, 0-6).
Salesian's De'Angelo Hernandez had 179 total yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles rushed 18 times for just 3 yards.
-- Wes Goldberg
North Central II
Emery 52, California School for the Deaf 8: Junior receiver Dante Johnson caught four passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the host Spartans handled the Eagles in a North Central II game. Quarterback Nate Walker completed 13 of 21 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns for Emery (6-3, 3-2 NC II), which has won three of its last four. The Spartans held CSD (4-5, 2-4) to 141 yards of offense.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Contra Costa 48, Mendocino 19: Davonte Sapp-Lynch had 192 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 16 carries as the Comets (6-2, 3-0 Bay Valley Conference) blasted the host Eagles (1-7, 0-3). Sapp-Lynch scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter, then had a 60-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Comets a 26-7 lead. Mendocino was held to 230 yards of offense.
Los Medanos 42, Redwoods 19: The Mustangs scored 35 unanswered points after they fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter and went on to top the Corsairs (3-5, 1-2 BVC). Robert Ortiz and Demetrius Williams each ran for two scores for Los Medanos (5-3, 2-1).