The McClymonds High football team scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 20-14 win over Fremont on Friday in the Oakland Athletic League opener for both teams at Curt Flood Field.
Lavance Warren shook off a knee injury and entered the game in the fourth quarter, jumpstarting a Warriors' offense that managed just 25 yards in the first half. Warren had 46 yards rushing in the fourth quarter, and scored on a 2-yard run that helped tie the game.
"We weren't going to play him at all, but he told me 'Coach, I got it'," McClymonds coach Michael Peters said of Warren. "He came in and proved it. As he goes, we go."
With Warren in the game, McClymonds' passing game opened as Emoni Fountain found Anthony White for a 26-yard score that proved to be the game-winner. Before that pass, McClymonds had minus-2 yards in the air.
The Warriors (4-2, 1-0 OAL) trailed 14-6 entering the fourth quarter, with their only score coming on a 90-yard kick off return by Lavon Washington.
The Tigers (2-4, 0-1) found themselves up 14-6 after a 2-yard run by Moni Toli and two-point conversion by Mauni Pahulu. Pahulu had 113 yards in the game, including 54 on that drive. On his final carry of the game, McClymonds was able to stop him inside the five to preserve the win.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Skyline 21, Oakland Tech 8: The Titans rushed for 178 yards as they topped the Bulldogs for their first victory of the season.
"It's a nice win." said Skyline coach Edward Smith. "It gives us some confidence."
Running back Armand Shyne rushed for 106 yards for the Titans (1-5, 1-0 OAL) spoiled Oakland Tech's homecoming. After a botched snap on a punt early in the first quarter, Shyne scored on the Titans' first offensive play from scrimmage. Tech (2-4, 0-1) responded with a quick drive capped off by quarterback James Lewis' 2 yard sneak.
A 24-yard touchdown scamper midway through the second quarter by Shyme gave the Titans a 14-8 edge going into halftime.
The score would remain that way until senior linebacker Zerick Davis intercepted a Oakland Tech pass and returned it for a touchdown to give Skyline a 21-8 lead.
-- Logan Murdock, correspondent
Oakland 16, Castlemont 6: The visiting Wildcats opened OAL play with a win over the Knights, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Castlemont returns home next week to play Oakland Tech, and Oakland will host Fremont.