BENICIA -- Livermore High running back Jacob House felt right at home at Drolette Stadium on Friday night, but it was Benicia quarterback Jared Hanson who had the biggest run of the night for the home team in a 27-24 overtime win for the Panthers in the season opener for both teams.
Benicia trailed in its first possession of overtime when Cowboys kicker Dominic Foscolini kicked a 14-yard field goal for a 24-21 Livermore lead. Hanson ran in the winning touchdown on a 10-yard quarterback keeper on the Panthers' first play of overtime.
It was a game of contrasting styles with Benicia's quick-strike offense and Livermore leaning on House and a punishing run game. House finished with 150 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries for Livermore.
Hanson went 10 of 19 for 141 yards and threw for three touchdowns. He also ran in a touchdown.
The Panthers jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter when a Livermore turnover led to a 57-yard touchdown pass to James Hyde Jr. Benicia missed the extra point, but when Hanson connected with Hyde Jr. again on a two-point conversion to make it 14-0.
Hanson, an all-Solano County Athletic Conference wide receiver last season, took over the quarterback duties from Ryan Bohnet this season. Bohnet, the Times-Herald Male Athlete of the Year in 2013, threw for 2,845 yards and 26 touchdowns last year.
Livermore came back in the second quarter on a Travis Adams' 5-yard quarterback keeper then House tied it up on a 12-yard run to tie it up at 14-14.
Hanson hit Derek Johnston in on a five-yard pass in the third to break the tie in the third then Adams ran it in from 27-yards out tie it.