Bay Area high school football roundup 2023: Best of Week 9 action

Menlo School wins the PAL De Anza. Las Lomas wins a wild game over Campolindo. Mitty completely ignores Bellarmine. McClymonds cruises to yet another OAL victory.

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Teams that have been ranked

No. 2 De La Salle 31, No. 6 El Cerrito 12

De La Salle scored the first 31 points on an emotional day following the sudden death of defensive line coach Steve Jacoby, including a scoop-and-score by linebacker/edge rusher Drew Cunningham. DLS increased its lead to 6-2. El Cerrito has a 7-1 record. The full story is available here, thanks to Darren Sabedra.

No. 3 San Ramon Valley 14, No. 7 California 0

In SRV’s comeback game after an overtime loss to De La Salle, Marco Jones ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown, blocked a kick, and played linebacker at a high level. In the fourth quarter, SRV quarterback Luke Baker threw a touchdown pass. Joseph Dycus was in San Ramon at the time and has the complete story.

No. 4 Pittsburg 56, Heritage 28

With three third-quarter touchdowns, the Pirates (8-0, 3-0 BVAL) blew open a close game. Leading 35-21 at halftime, Elijah Bow ran 68 yards for a touchdown before quarterback Marley Alcantara connected with Bobby Shaw and Jaydn Hudson for two more. Pittsburg was suddenly up 56-21. Shaw’s touchdown reception covered 25 yards, while Hudson’s was a 53-yard checkdown pass. Alcantara threw four touchdown passes, bringing his season total to 27. Bow crossed the goal line three times, twice on runs. With key interceptions, Josh Rodriguez and Samu Iosia thwarted Heritage drives. The Patriots (3-5, 1-2) are in the midst of their toughest stretch, with games against Pittsburg and Liberty coming up in two of their last three. Heritage is clinging to a D-II playoff spot, but it will be difficult with teams like Livermore and Berkeley in the rearview mirror. Heritage is 3-2 against D-II opponents and 0-3 against D-! teams. Jordan Kinnaird’s 99-yard kickoff return kept the Patriots in the game in the first half. Niko Zovich added a 65-yard scoop-and-score in the third quarter. – Michael Lefkow

No. 8 McClymonds 64, Skyline 0

Tajir Golden had 282 total yards and four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, and one on a punt return) in McClymonds’ Oakland Athletic League victory over Skyline. Redmani Albert passed for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and backup quarterback Jacob Wasso rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Both John “Sharky” Tamale and Adon Dent scored on the ground, and William Puamau scored on the ground. Jimmy Bush and Markus Thomas both had pass interceptions, and Troy Hill had two and a half sacks and four tackles for loss. McClymonds (4-2, 2-0) will travel to Oakland on Friday, while Skyline (1-5, 0-2) will visit Fremont-Oakland. — Dycus, Joseph

No. 9 Los Gatos 19, Burlingame 6

With a workmanlike victory at Burlingame on Thursday in Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division play, Los Gatos set up a road showdown with Wilcox next week. Scott Garwood’s 1-yard run in the first quarter put the Wildcats up 6-0. Los Gatos increased its lead to 12-0 just before halftime on a 6-yard run by Boxer Kopcsak-Yeung. The lead grew to 19-0 in the third quarter when Jaylen Thomas caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Shane Timmons. Burlingame’s score was accounted for by Eddie Gill’s 12-yard TD pass later in the quarter. Los Gatos improved to 6-2 on the season and 3-0 in league play. Burlingame has a 3-5, 1-3 record. On Friday, Los Gatos visits Wilcox, and Burlingame visits Menlo-Atherton. Darren Sabedra’s

No. 11 St. Francis 24, No. 14 Valley Christian 14

St. Francis safety Mack Mrowka had the game-changing interception as the Lancers defense held Valley Christian’s offense at bay. As the Lancers improved to 4-1 in the West Catholic Athletic League, running back Kingston Keanaaina ran for 118 yards and wide receiver Perrion Williams caught a touchdown from Aaron Knapp. From Mountain View, David Kiefer has the complete story.

No. 13 St. Ignatius 38, Sacred Heart Cathedral 14

In the second half of the annual Bruce-Mahoney game at Kezar Stadium, the Wildcats outscored winless Sacred Heart Cathedral 17-0. Cameron Jones and Jarious Hogan combined for nearly 200 yards rushing in the victory. Hogan had two touchdowns, and Jones added one with just over six minutes remaining, a 78-yard run that made the score 38-14. SI junior defensive lineman Harrison Luhning had two tackles for loss, a sack, and a forced fumble. With Mitty and Serra still on the schedule, St. Ignatius (5-3, 3-2 West Catholic Athletic League) has a good chance of making the CCS playoffs in Division I. Sacred Heart Cathedral is 0-8 and 0-5, but it will have a chance to snap its skid when it plays Bellarmine (1-7) on Friday night at San Jose City College. – Michael Lefkow

No. 15 Amador Valley 48, Granada 0

After routing Granada, Amador Valley is closing in on the EBAL Valley Division title. Quarterback Tristan Ti’a, who transferred from Granada, broke a scoreless tie against his former teammates with a 40-yard touchdown run. Midway through the second quarter, Ti’a threw the first of four touchdown passes to Nate Jetter, and the rout was on. Jetter scored touchdowns of 10, 63, 3, and 65 yards. Amador led 27-0 at halftime, thanks to touchdown runs by Sean Cervantes and Vincent Maiorana. The Dons defense, led by pass rusher Keaton Lai, handed Granada its first shutout since 2021. Amador Valley (6-2, 3-0) visits Dublin on Friday, and Granada (6-3, 2-1) visits Livermore on November 3. — Dycus, Joseph

No. 20 Liberty 49, Deer Valley 6

Sage Robertson threw four touchdown passes and Ryan McKendry caught two and ran for a third as the Lions advanced to the NCS division I playoffs. Next Friday, Liberty (6-2, 3-0 Bay Valley Athletic League) hosts Pittsburg in a game that could decide the league championship. Pitt is undefeated (8-0, 3-0). Liberty led 28-0 before Deer Valley (3-5, 0-3) broke through with a third-quarter touchdown. McKendry now has 20 touchdown passes on the season after four against Deer Valley. McKendry had seven catches for 130 yards. He gained 46 yards on the ground. Deer Valley dropped its third straight game after going 3-2 in non-league play. – Michael Lefkow

No. 23 Las Lomas 45, No. 12 Campolindo 42

With less than a minute remaining, Daniel Downes made a leaping catch over two defenders as Las Lomas defeated Campolindo for the first time since 2010. The Cougars had won 11 straight games against the Knights. The win puts the hoist Knights (8-0, 4-0) in a tie for first place in the Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. Las Lomas hosts Acalanes next Friday, while Campolindo (5-2-1, 3-1) hosts archrival Miramonte. In the game between the Knights and Campolindo, the lead changed hands ten times. Micah Parker scored for the Cougars on a 30-yard run, and Las Lomas tied the game on the first of four touchdown passes by sophomore quarterback Dylan Thomas. The ball was passed to Roman Mercado, who had more than 200 yards receiving. Daniel Soccol’s field goal put the Knights ahead for the first time, 10-7. From then on, Campolindo would score and Las Lomas would respond. Five of Campolindo’s six touchdowns came on the ground, with Parker and Sebastian Antonios-McCrea each scoring twice. Campo’s Crosby Kelly scored on a 35-yard run. – Michael Lefkow

No. 16 Menlo School 34, The King’s Academy 21

Menlo School won the PAL De Anza Division championship with a hard-fought victory over The King’s Academy on the road in Sunnyvale. The teams combined for 49 points in the first half, with Menlo leading 28-21, before the defenses took over in the second. Mikey McGrath’s quarterback sneak late in the second quarter was the game-winning play. TKA tied the game at 21-21 after Reid Black’s touchdown pass to Joshua Taylor and Black’s two-point conversion. Menlo won 21-13 thanks to Willis Johnson’s touchdown run. The Knights improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in De Anza League play. They finish the regular season at Half Moon Bay on Friday. On Friday, TKA (4-3, 2-1) will host Hillsdale. Darren Sabedra’s

Clayton Valley 39, No. 17 Monte Vista 35

The Ugly Eagles scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter after trailing 35-27 at the time. Tyson Lovett hit Daven Amos for a 25-yard touchdown pass with nine minutes left, then connected with Tony Keck for the game-winning score seven minutes later. Clayton Valley failed on two-point conversion attempts following both touchdowns. The Uglies (4-4, 2-1 East Bay Athletic League Mountain) will travel to California for a game that could determine who advances to the North Coast Section Division I playoffs. Because the NCS insists on determining divisions before the season rather than after, only eight of the 11 D-I teams will qualify for the postseason. Clayton Valley coach Nick Tisa believes his Eagles will be fighting for their playoff lives when they meet California. Justin Underwood rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Keck finished with four receptions for 127 yards, including the game-winning touchdown. Clayton Valley led 19-14 after one quarter and 27-21 at halftime. Monte Vista (4-4, 1-2) led 35-27 after two touchdowns in the third quarter but was unable to add on in the fourth. “We have to learn to finish,” Monte Vista coach Johnny Millard said via text message. “That has manifested itself in three of our losses this year.” We’ll get there.” Monte Vista’s final two regular-season games are against De La Salle and San Ramon Valley, so the Mustangs will need some help to make the playoffs. Julian McMahan rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns on Friday, giving him 1,027 yards on the season. Brayden Turner, the quarterback, threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Six of his passes were completed to Jacob Shehata for 117 yards and two touchdowns. – Michael Lefkow

No. 18 Archbishop Mitty 19, Bellarmine 0

Mitty, which was playing its only on-campus night home game of the season, got all the points it needed midway through the first quarter when Jonah Kroenung scored on a short run. The Monarchs led 7-0 at the half and 13-0 in the third quarter after Caden Allard caught a 34-yard pass from Joey Campagna. In the fourth quarter, Toju Maku returned an interception 58 yards for a touchdown to put the game out of reach. Mitty improved his overall record to 5-3 and his WCAL record to 2-3. Bellarmine dropped its seventh straight game, dropping to 1-7, 0-5. Mitty will visit St. Ignatius and Bellarmine will play Sacred Heart Cathedral at Kezar Stadium next Friday in San Francisco. Both Bellarmine and SHC are winless in WCAL play. Darren Sabedra’s

No. 19 Hillsdale 16, Palo Alto 13

Hillsdale came from behind to win the PAL De Anza Division match with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Erick Waugh to Kingston Hua. At halftime, the score was 7-7. Hillsdale (7-1, 3-1) scored on a 5-yard run in the first half thanks to Elliott Regan. Following a 13-7 lead by Palo Alto, Regan made a tackle in the end zone for a safety, bringing Hillsdale within 13-9. “We must have had six holding calls,” Hillsdale head coach Mike Parodi said. “We did everything in our power not to lose that game,” said Hillsdale OLB Tripp McCann. Hillsdale plays The King’s Academy on Friday. On Friday, Palo Alto (3-5, 1-2) visits Homestead. Glenn Reeves’

No. 21 Acalanes 42, Miramonte 0

Acalanes’ passing game was unstoppable in the Dons’ Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division rout of previously undefeated Miramonte. Sully Bailey threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns, and backup Jake Boselli added a 65-yard score. Trevor Rogers, a Cal commit, caught five passes for 133 yards and three touchdowns, while teammate Niko White had 110 yards and two touchdown catches. Acalanes’ touchdown passes were all longer than 20 yards. Bailey also rushed for 33 yards and one touchdown. Miramonte coach Jack Schram stated that his team had several drives that ended in the red zone. Carson Blair of Miramonte passed for 139 yards. Acalanes (5-3, 4-0) will play at Las Lomas on Friday, while Miramonte (6-1, 3-1) will play at Campolindo. — Dycus, Joseph

No. 22 Christopher 42, Lincoln-San Jose 0

Christopher cruised to another BVAL Mt. Hamilton league victory, its third by double digits in as many games. Jaxen Robinson, a dual-threat quarterback, threw two touchdowns and ran for another on Thursday. Terrence Barnes and Evan Vernon caught Robinson’s 14th and 15th touchdown passes of the season, respectively. Will Rizqalla rushed for two touchdowns, giving him 13 for the season, and Ben Quiroz also scored. Christopher (8-0, 3-0) will play at Leland on Friday, while Lincoln (3-5, 0-3) will travel to Santa Teresa. — Dycus, Joseph

No. 25 Antioch 44, Freedom 0

In Bay Valley Athletic League action, Antioch followed up a one-point loss to Liberty with a rout of Freedom. Larenzo Mayfield scored six touchdowns, three rushing and three passing, in Antioch’s third straight victory over Freedom by at least 30 points. Angel Buezo and Kha’mahri Jones each had one touchdown reception. Curtis Tucker, a junior running back, ran for a touchdown and caught one of Mayfield’s touchdown passes. On Friday, Antioch (6-2, 2-1) will host Deer Valley, while Freedom (1-7) will visit Heritage. — Dycus, Joseph

East Bay

Alhambra 65, Ygnacio Valley 0

With a win over Ygnacio Valley, Alhambra clinched the Diablo Athletic League Valley Division title. Beau Blau, the versatile quarterback, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more in the first quarter, and he finished the half with three rushing and three passing touchdowns. Mason Jones, Logan Thompson, and Louie Lakeman each had one touchdown reception. Elias Aleman scored twice on the ground. Alhambra (7-1, 4-0) travels to Northgate on Friday, while Ygnacio Valley hosts Berean Christian in an attempt to avoid a third consecutive 0-10 season. – Dycus, Joseph

James Logan 44, Tennyson 6

Quarterback Jonathan Craft scored six touchdowns to lead the Colts to their fourth straight victory after starting the season 0-4. Logan’s win sets up a big game against Bishop O’Dowd next Friday, which could decide the MVAL/WACC title. Logan and O’Dowd both have a 3-0 league record with two games remaining. Craft had four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. Danzel Mercado had two touchdown receptions. Tu’unahala Leao and the quarterback’s older brother, Jeremy Craft, each had one. When Logan and O’Dowd meet next week, the NCS playoffs could be on the line. Logan will almost certainly need to win the Foothill Division to qualify for the D-I playoffs. In D-III, Bishop O’Dowd could be in the same situation. Tennyson has had a disappointing season, finishing 2-6 and 1-2, and is most likely playing out the string. – Michael Lefkow

Livermore 45, Dublin 34

In 29 carries, Kamarri Robinson rushed for 534 yards and five touchdowns as the host Cowboys defeated Dublin in EBAL Valley Division action. According to Cal-Hi Sports records, Robinson’s rushing total ranks fifth all-time in state history. Mike Lefkow has more information here.

Moreau Catholic 35, San Leandro 0

Moreau rebounded from a tough loss to Bishop O’Dowd with a commanding road victory over San Leandro in MVAL/WACC Foothill Division action. The Mariners were led by Jayden Bryant, who ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, and Jeremiah Charles, who threw for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Jalen Arnold had four receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown for Moreau, and Lance Mitchell had a 13-yard scoring catch and a fumble recovery. Seth Evans and Arnold both had pass interceptions, and Mickael White had a sack. Moreau improved to 4-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play. San Leandro is 0-3 and 1-7. On Friday, Moreau will visit Tennyson, and San Leandro will host Castro Valley. Darren Sabedra’s

Northgate 31, College Park 27

The Broncos came back from a 10-point deficit with two touchdowns in the final five minutes to earn their first victory in seven games. R.J. Anderson ran 45 yards for a touchdown, and Lucas LeSieur’s extra point cut College Park’s lead to 27-24. Kawika Boyd then flipped a screen pass to Bo Molinelli for a 40-yard touchdown and the win. College Park would have needed a touchdown to go ahead after LeSieur’s PAT made it 31-27. Northgate has had one of the toughest schedules in the Bay Area. The Broncos’ seven opponents during their 0-7 start have a combined record of 41-14-1. Boyd completed 8 of 15 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Four of those passes were caught by Blayne Ballard for 88 yards and a touchdown. Northgate finishes the season at home against Alhambra and Benicia. College Park (2-6) faces the same two opponents in the final two games. The Broncos and Falcons will not be able to win the Diablo Athletic League Foothill. – Michael Lefkow

Piedmont 35, Kennedy-Fremont 29

Piedmont, which has about 20 varsity players, entered a three-way tie for first place in the MVAL/WACC Shoreline Division after defeating league opponent Kennedy-Fremont. Highlanders WR Sam Shelby, who entered the game with 900 yards rushing and 12 total touchdowns, had over 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving against Kennedy. Shelby rushed for three touchdowns and caught a 60-yard pass from Markos Lagios. In addition, the junior dual-threat scored his ninth touchdown of the season. Piedmont (5-3, 3-1) will visit American on Friday, while Kennedy will visit Alameda. – Dycus, Joseph

South Bay/Peninsula

Aragon 42, Terra Nova 13

Ivan Nisa rushed for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns, including a 97-yard run early in the third quarter that put Aragon ahead. Sean Hickey’s 9-yard pass to Eric Laguna resulted in a touchdown. Aragon improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the PAL Ocean Division with rushing touchdowns from Spencer Unga, Amaziah Tanielu, and Pau’uvale Hokafonu. Its game against Capuchino at home next Friday should decide the division title. On Friday, Terra Nova (3-5, 0-4) travels to Milpitas. Glenn Reeves’

Branham 52, Independence 38

Branham was led by Jack Lewis’ three touchdown passes and Elias Antillion’s two touchdown runs. After trailing 17-7 after one quarter, Branham scored 18 points in the second to take a 25-17 lead into halftime. Lewis completed 17 of his 27 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to Antillion, Miles Scott, and Sebastian Golden. Antillion rushed 18 times for 197 yards and caught seven passes for an additional 76 yards. Branham (6-2, 3-0) now shares first place in the BVAL Santa Teresa-Foothill Division with Silver Creek. On Friday, the Bruins travel to Silver Creek. On Friday, Independence (4-4, 2-1) travels to Piedmont Hills. Glenn Reeves’

Fremont-Sunnyvale 31, Santa Clara 24

Fremont rallied from a 24-10 deficit after three quarters to keep its PAL El Camino Division championship hopes alive. After closing to within 24-17, Fremont appeared doomed when Santa Clara lined up for a three-minute field goal attempt that would have extended the lead to ten points. However, Finely Ireland blocked the kick, and Don Martinez returned the ball 87 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 24-24. Martinez then intercepted a pass, allowing Fremont to score on an eight-play, 60-yard drive. Fremont won with a 1-yard touchdown run by Henry Buenrostro with 14 seconds remaining. Martinez had two interceptions, one in each half. Jordan McKinney rushed for 120 yards on eight carries, and Buenrostro finished with 56 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Fremont improved to 6-2 on the season and 3-1 in league play. On Friday, the Firebirds will travel to Carlmont. On Saturday, Santa Clara (2-6, 1-3) will host El Camino. Darren Sabedra’s

Leigh 23, Overfelt 14

Tyler Donaldson, the quarterback for Leigh, threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury. Running back Shayan Shariat took over at quarterback and scored the game-winning touchdown for Leigh in BVAL Santa Teresa-Valley action. Glenn Reeves has the complete story from San Jose.

Live Oak 35, Santa Teresa 0

The Acorns were led by Josh Gagni, who rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Luke Newell completed 11 of 14 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns to Christian Hauge and Robbie Rael. Zach Rocha’s end-zone fumble recovery resulted in a fifth touchdown. Coach Mike Gemo of Live Oak said the defensive shutout was a team effort. “A quality 11-man defensive effort,” . Gemo stated. “Everyone is flying to the ball.” Live Oak (7-0, 3-0 BVAL NMt. Hamilton Division) visits Oak Grove on Thursday. On Friday, Santa Teresa (3-5, 1-2) hosts Lincoln. Glenn Reeves’

Los Altos 48, El Camino 7

To highlight the Los Altos victory, sophomore Max Morelle rushed for 198 yards on 24 carries and scored five touchdowns. On 10 carries, Francis Ruan gained 88 yards and one touchdown. Noah Beedon scored on a pass to Arjun Sumanth, who also had two receptions for 56 yards. Drew Rafferty had an interception, and Miles Field blocked a punt, his second of the season. On Friday, Los Altos (4-4, 3-1 PAL El Camino) will host Woodside. On Saturday, El Camino (0-8, 0-4) travels to Santa Clara. Glenn Reeves’

Menlo-Atherton 33, Mountain View 14

On Thursday, the Bears outscored Mountain View 26-0 in the second half, effectively securing a spot in one of the Central Coast Section’s five playoff divisions. Menlo-Atherton (3-5, 1-2) still has PAL Bay games against Burlingame and Los Gatos, but even if they lose both, they can finish in a tie with Mountain View (3-5, 0-4). With their only league game remaining at Sacred Heart Prep next Saturday, the Spartans will almost certainly require an at-large berth. Jordan Masuisui, a 5-10, 265-pound RB/DE for Menlo-Atherton, rushed for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Teddy Dacey, a sophomore quarterback making his first varsity start, threw for 164 yards and a touchdown. Angelo Marin intercepted seven passes. – Michael Lefkow

San Mateo 30, Milpitas 27

With three minutes remaining in this PAL Ocean game, San Mateo coach Jeff Scheller had already planned his offense for the next time his team went on offense. “I was thinking about when we can start kneeling on the ball,” Scheller explained. The Bearcats were up 27-6. The score was 27-27 just over two minutes later. With seven seconds remaining, Jack Neciuk saved what could have been a nightmare ending for the home team with a 35-yard field goal, tying San Mateo’s record at 4-4, 2-2. Milpitas (4-4, 1-3) rallied behind a fumble recovery and two successful onside kicks. With one minute remaining, the tying touchdown was scored. On their possession, the Bearcats drove to the Milpitas 18, where they called on Neciuk. While the kicker/linebacker became the game’s star, San Mateo’s triple-option offense’s running backs Emmanuel Fitzgerald and Gabe Buenrostro put up big numbers. Fitzgerald gained 171 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He now has 1,124 yards on the season. Neciuk’s field goal was his first of the season. He had one last season as well. – Michael Lefkow

Sequoia 24, Capuchino 21

Sequoia built a 17-0 lead and held on to defeat Capuchino for the first time this season. Logan Kern scored on a 2-yard run and TJ Talisa scored on a 6-yard run. To account for Sequoia’s scoring, Angelo Garcia recovered a fumble in the end zone after it slipped out of the Capuchino quarterback’s hand, and Brody McKenna kicked a 27-yard field goal. Head coach Rob Poulos praised the play of Ryan Mendez, who started at safety for the first time, linebacker Mario Garcia, and linebacker Tony Veimau. On Friday, Sequoia (3-5, 2-2 PAL Ocean) will host San Mateo. On Thursday, Capuchino (7-1, 3-1) visits first-place Aragon. Glenn Reeves’

Silver Creek 28, Gilroy 7

In a BVAL Santa Teresa-Foothill matchup on Thursday, Silver Creek rushed for 205 yards against Gilroy. On nine carries, running back Gabriel Lim led the Raiders with 94 yards and two touchdowns. Alonzo Hernandez, a 215-pound bruiser, added 44 yards and a touchdown to Lim’s ground game. Silver Creek’s defensive back Austin Price returned an interception for a touchdown, and Kyler Headley, Mathias McClain, and Aide Dunbar each had a sack. The Raiders (6-2, 3-0) will host Branham on Friday, while Gilroy (0-8, -03) will play Pioneer at home. — Dycus, Joseph

Sobrato 14, Willow Glen 11

Noah Taylor rushed for about 240 yards, passing 2,000 yards for the season, and scoring both Sobrato touchdowns. His 9-yard reception on a pass from sophomore quarterback Braydon Huighes provided the winning margin, erasing an 11-7 deficit. He also had a rushing touchdown early in the game, which put Sobrato up 7-0. Willow Glen responded with a 5-yard scoring run by QB Cedeno Chavez, who then threw a two-point conversion pass to Richard Pimentel for an 8-7 lead. Chavez’s 38-yard field goal made the score 11-7. For the Rams, Joe Dumas forced a fumble that Chris Amann recovered, Haas Perry had an interception, and Wyatt Walker had a sack and a forced fumble. “We put the ball on the ground, but our defense held tough,” Sobrato coach Jacob Rueda said, praising Taylor at inside linebacker and Luke Anderson on defense. On Saturday, Sobrato (5-3, 2-1 BVAL Santa Teresa-Valley Division) will host Leigh. On Friday, Willow Glen (4-3, 1-2) travels to Westmont. Glenn Reeves’

South San Francisco 25, Cupertino 6

South San Francisco won on the road in a battle for first place in the PAL Lake Division, led by Elijah Fields’ two touchdown runs. South San Francisco led 12-6 at halftime and extended the lead to 13 points in the third period. The Warriors improved to 7-1 on the season and 6-0 in league play. Cupertino was defeated 5-3, 4-1. The Pioneers and Mills are tied for second place. On Friday, South City will host Monta Vista. Cupertino will play Mills at home on Saturday. Darren Sabedra’s

Westmont 34, Mt. Pleasant 13

Westmont won the BVAL Santa Teresa-Valley Division thanks to Mason Pound’s three touchdown passes and one touchdown run. Pound connected with Mason Price for 45 and 16 yard touchdown passes. Cole Treleaven was the recipient of a 14-yard touchdown pass. Pound scored from 15 yards out, and Spencer Hoang scored from 2 yards out. Mt. Pleasant’s Apollo Braddock scored on a 6-yard run, and Felix Enow returned a fumble 39 yards for another score. Willow Glen (4-3, 1-0) visits Westmont on Friday. On Thursday, Mt. Pleasant (3-5, 0-3) travels to Overfelt. Glenn Reeves’

Woodside 48, Carlmont 28

Evan Usher rushed 29 times for 189 yards, breaking the 1,000-yard plateau for the season. He scored five touchdowns, four on the ground and one on the ground. Oliver Lyssand rushed for 88 yards on seven attempts. Gerardo Ibarra scored on a 27-yard run, and Tony Fumagalli added a 1-yard run. Carlmont’s Braedon Kumer gained 221 yards on 21 carries and, like Usher, has over 1,000 yards rushing on the season. Daniel Mattioli scored on a 90-yard kickoff return and a 31-yard TD pass from Carlo Campobello. Campobello’s 11-yard scoring pass was intercepted by Sean Chopoff. On Friday, Carlmont (2-6, 2-2 PAL El Camino) will host Fremont. Woodside (6-2, 3-1), which is tied for first with Fremont and Los Altos, visits Los Altos on Friday. —Glenn Reeves’

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