San Ramon Valley High's football team lost to crosstown rival Monte Vista in a wild game to cap the regular season two weeks ago, but the Wolves got revenge Saturday night on an even bigger stage.
The Danville rivals tangled again in a North Coast Section Division I quarterfinal, and this time the No. 6 seeded Wolves led the entire way in a 27-16 win over the host No. 3 Mustangs.
"This time they were a better team," said Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman. "There's no secrets when we play each other, we see each other enough. We didn't make the big plays and they did. They did a better job executing than us."
San Ramon Valley (7-5) got some early momentum when Kyle Egan stepped in front of a Jeff Lockie pass on the Mustangs' first series and returned the interception to the Mustangs' 18-yard line. Nick Eckel scored on the next play and the Wolves then forced another turnover by Monte Vista (8-4) on the ensuing kickoff to rattle the Mustangs.
"Our line did an amazing job tonight blowing people up," said Wolves junior Jordan Weiss, who finished with 137 yards rushing, including a 2-yard touchdown. "We just had a better defensive game (than last time) and shut down their No. 1 player, Bryce McGovern, who had four touchdowns against us last time."
McGovern, Monte Vista's standout receiver, did catch five passes for 138 yards, but the Mustangs' usually high-powered offense had several drives stall and scored just two touchdowns -- their lowest output in seven weeks.
Monte Vista got as close as 13-10 on its first drive of the second half when Lockie connected with McGovern for a 56-yard score, but San Ramon Valley responded on its next possession with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by Zach Kline.
The Wolves made it 27-10 early in the fourth quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kline to Michael Tagliaferri.
Both Kline and fellow junior quarterback Lockie of Monte Vista passed for over 200 yards. Kline was 15 of 26 for 201 yards, and Lockie completed 15 of 27 passes for 250 yards and both Monte Vista touchdowns.
The Wolves play at No. 2 California next Saturday at 7 p.m. in a semifinal game.