The Liberty High football team is forfeiting its wins over Concord and West-Tracy because of the use of an academically ineligible player.

The Lions, who were off to their best start since 1998, are now 0-2 after self-reporting the problem.

"Our head coach was doing a grade check and realized that one of the kids may have been out of compliance," Liberty athletic director Curtis Cunningham said. "We started investigating and realized that he was out of compliance. It's really important to us that we uphold the values of integrity, honesty and good sportsmanship, so we self-reported as soon as we could. It was just a clerical error, it kind of just slipped through."

After finishing 2-8 last season, Liberty was off to a strong start under new coach Jeff Walters, having outscored Concord and West by a combined 98-37. Instead, Concord and West will each be credited with a victory for those games.

Liberty's next game is at home against Hayward on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

"Everyone's disappointed, but I think Jeff is doing a good job of turning it into a rallying point," Cunningham said.

Granada 24, Golden Valley-Merced 14: The Matadors kicked a 27-yard field goal with 10:40 left to take the lead for good after recovering a fumble deep in host Golden Valley territory.

Jacob Shinnick's short touchdown run with about two minutes left allowed for some breathing room at the end for the Matadors (2-1).


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Casey Soltis scored on a 7-yard run on the Matadors' opening possession, but Golden Valley (0-3) evened the score on a long touchdown pass in the second quarter. The score remained tied 7-7 at the half.

-- Staff

Redwood 28, Richmond 0: Liam Bourke returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the Giants (1-2) scored 28 points in a three-minute span of the third quarter.

Navid Izadjou capped a 15-play, 79-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run with 3:12 remaining in the third to break a scoreless tie before Bourke came up big for Redwood.

Richmond (0-3) had a golden opportunity to score early in the second quarter, reaching the Giants 11, but fumbled away the ball.

The host Oilers were held to minus-15 yards in the second half and 79 for the game. Armoni Norton led Richmond with 61 yards on 23 carries.

-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent

Girls volleyball

Carondelet d. Northgate: The host Cougars won in three games, 25-9, 25-21 and 25-19, but it was anything but easy after cruising in the first.

The Cougars (7-1) did not lead in the second game until finally getting on top 16-15 and eventually pulled away from Northgate (2-6).

Carondelet scored three straight points to make the score 24-20, thanks to a big block by Allison Barry and a kill by Haley Rivera.

-- Matt Smith, correspondent