WALNUT CREEK -- Eric Haynes ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns, the last breaking a 17-17 tie on fourth down with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the final quarter as the host Broncos won for the fourth straight time.

Haynes scored standing on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, as Northgate (4-0) secured its second straight win in the annual Battle of the Creek rivalry. Matt Huang's 34-yard kickoff return, and a 15-yard penalty on Las Lomas (2-2) for unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of the play, set up Northgate at the Knights' 36 on the tiebreaking drive.

Nick Mastrelli's 10-yard touchdown run with 1:37 left sealed it for the Broncos. Las Lomas quarterback Ben Wood completed four passes and drove the Knights to the Northgate 9 with under 1 minute left but lost a fumble on Las Lomas' final offensive play.

Wood passed for 220 yards, and nine of his 11 completions went to Johnny Marinchak. Wood and Marinchak teamed up for a 63-yard scoring completion in the second quarter to put Las Lomas ahead 14-3 with 10:06 left in the first half.

Zack Fulks ran for 51 yards on the Knights' first five offensive plays, capping his one-man drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge to give Las Lomas a 7-0 lead. But he ran just six times for 25 yards the rest of the way, and Northgate outscored Las Lomas 28-3 over the game's final 34 minutes.

Northgate 31, Las Lomas 17

Las Lomas 7 7 0 3-- 17

Northgate 0 10 7 14-- 31

LL -- Fulks 1 run (Bass kick)

N -- Dale 33 FG

LL -- Marinchak 63 pass from Wood (Bass kick)

N -- Haynes 1 run (Dale kick)

N -- Haynes 1 run (Dale kick)

LL -- Bass 23 FG

N -- Haynes 1 run (Dale kick)

N -- Mastrelli 10 run (Dale kick)

Rushing: LL -- Fulks 11-76, Wood 18-63, Bromstad 2-2. Totals 31-141. N -- Haynes 29-127, Mastrelli 6-31, Austin 3-7, Huang 2-5, Boukis 3-4, Muller 1-1. Totals 44-175. Passing: LL -- Wood 11-23-2 220. N -- Austin 9-17-0 146. Receiving: LL -- Marinchak 9-178, Fulks 1-29, Corbin 1-13. Totals 11-220. N -- Huang 4-37, Smith 3-66, Haynes 1-37, Mastrelli 1-6. Totals 11-126. Fumbles/lost: Las Lomas -- 1/1, Northgate -- 0/0. Records: Northgate 4-0, Las Lomas 2-2.