FREMONT -- Dougherty Valley (2-1) is off to its best start since 2010 with a nonleague win over American (2-1) at Tak Fudenna Stadium.

American closed to within 14-13 on a 4-yard touchdown run by Drew Lyell with 1:58 left in the game. Rather than going for the tie, American coach Bret Casey went for two and Lyell was held out of the end zone on a run up the middle, all but securing the victory.

"I'm playing for the win, not the tie," Casey said.

The win marks the second of the season over a Mission Valley Athletic League opponent for Dougherty Valley, which claimed a season-opening win over Newark Memorial. The Wildcats played without quarterback Umar Farooq, who separated his shoulder in last week's loss College Park.

The Wildcats also lost a key running back Friday when Afolabi Adeoti injured his right ankle just before the half on a 4-yard run.

"I think he'll be OK," Dougherty Valley's second-year coach Nick Tisa said.

Adeoti had 63 yards rushing on eight carries.

The Wildcats tied the game at 7-all on a 32-yard fumble recovery touchdown by Jacob Padrid. They took the lead for good on a 5-yard touchdown run by Julian Williams for a 14-7 lead just before the half.

"We grew as a program tonight," Tisa said.

Lyell had 148 yards rushing on 31 carries and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Eagles.

Dougherty Valley 14, American 13

Dougherty          7          7          0          0--          14

American          7          0          0          6--          13

A -- Lyell 7 run (Armenta kick)

DV -- Padrid 32 fumble return (Ferber kick)

DV -- Williams 5 run (Ferber kick)

A -- Lyell 4 run (run failed)

Rushing: DV -- Adeoti 8-63, Pangelinan 10-22, Montano 5-15, Prendez 8-14, Ruckman 3-14, Williams 3-9. Totals 37-137. A -- Lyell 31-148, Luty 10-61, Jones 8-39, Mayfield 6-23, Barker 3-10, Howard 1-4, Brooks 1-(-1). Totals 60-284. Passing: DV -- Montano 2-6-2 20. Totals . A — Barker 4-8-1 34, Mayfield 1-2-1 5. Totals 5-10-2 39. Receiving: DV -- Padrid 1-15, Do 1-5. Totals 2-20. A — Cox 3-18, Knox 1-13, Luty 1-8. Totals 5-39. Fumbles/lost: Dougherty -- 1/1, American -- 3/1. Records: Dougherty Valley 2-1, American 2-1.