When the rain finally stopped, the Mt. Diablo High passing game opened up in a win over host Berean Christian in Walnut Creek on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils (2-2) broke a 14-14 tie in the fourth quarter, as senior Austin Hunt completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Daniyl Hawkins and a 49-yard scoring strike to Darneail Jenkins.
Hunt had three of his four touchdown completions in the second half. Mt. Diablo playmakers Hawkins and Jenkins each had two touchdown catches, and Michael Dukes ran for 155 yards. Jenkins, also a linebacker, had two big quarterback sacks to stymie the Eagles (2-2) on a last-ditch drive.
After a sloppy and rain-drenched first half, the Red Devils took an 8-7 lead to intermission.
"When the weather cleared up, it helped our passing game," Hunt said.
The Eagles began the game with a big splash. Cole Temple returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, and Temple followed with the extra point. But the Eagles squandered excellent field position throughout the first half against an erring opponent.
In the second quarter, Mt. Diablo safety River Fauser intercepted a Jax Cuddihy pass and returned it 66 yards to the Eagles 26-yard line, setting up a 13-yard touchdown completion from Hunt to Hawkins. Hunt completed a pass to Jenkins on the two-point try.
The Red Devils took a 14-7 lead on a 40-yard completion from Hunt to Jenkins, but the Eagles tied it on a 56-yard completion from Cuddihy to Hunter Lockhart, who caught the ball near the 20 and cut back to the middle and into the end zone.
After Mt. Diablo went ahead 20-14, the Red Devils' Hawkins recovered a fumble at the Eagles' 49. Two plays later, Hunt connected on a short pass over the middle to the 6-foot-4 Jenkins, who ran 49 yards for the touchdown.
Mt. Diablo 26, Berean Christian 14
Mt. Diablo 0 8 6 12-- 26
Berean Chr. 7 0 7 0-- 14
BC --Temple 94 kickoff return (Temple kick)
MD -- Hawkins 13 pass from Hunt (Jenkins pass from Hunt)
MD -- Jenkins 40 pass from Hunt (run failed)
BC -- Lockhart 56 pass from Cuddihy (Temple kick)
MD -- Hawkins 9 pass from Hunt (pass failed)
MD -- Jenkins 49 pass from Hunt (run failed)
Rushing: MD -- Dukes 20-155, Hunt 6-50, Jenkins 2-20, Hawkins 1-0. Totals 29-225. BC -- Herbert 3-25, Temple 12-81, Whaley 1-4, Ramos 5-8, Cuddihy 8-(-43). Summers 3-23. Totals 32-98.. Passing: MD -- Hunt 16-25-237 0. Totals 16-25-237-0. BC -- Cuddihy 13-24-237-2. Receiving: MD -- Hawkins 7-56, Jenkins 4-134, Jenkins 2-27, Gonzalez 3-20. Totals 16-237. BC -- Lockhart 7-143, Batz 1-22, Whaley 1-17, Billideau 2-14, Summers 1-5. Hodgins 1-36. Totals 13-237. Fumbles/lost: Mt. Diablo -- 4/2, Berean Christian -- 3/3. Records: Mt. Diablo 2-2, Berean Christian 2-2.