RICHMOND -- Keilan Benjamin threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead the visiting El Cerrito High football team to a 40-14 Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division win over host Salesian on Saturday afternoon.

"You have to give your hats off to the home team," El Cerrito coach Kenny Kahn said, adding that said Salesian coach Chad Nightingale, "had his team prepared. For our second game in league, I'm obviously happy with the result. But we have to go back to the drawing board and get prepared for Berean Christian."

The Gauchos (4-2, 2-0 TCAL-Rock) lost a fumble on their first possession and Salesian (3-3, 0-2) then cashed it in when Charles Hillary busted loose for a 43-yard touchdown run. El Cerrito didn't panic -- it marched right back down the field on a four-play, 53-yard drive to tie the score on a 10-yard pass from Benjamin to Jalen Harvey.

That started a run of 34 consecutive points for the Gauchos as they took control of the game. Benjamin also connected on a 58-yard touchdown pass to twin brother Keith and a 51-yard touchdown pass to Harvey.

El Cerrito 40, Salesian 14

El Cerrito 14 12 8 6-- 40

Salesian 7 0 7 0-- 14

Sal -- Hillary 43 run (Stern kick)

EC -- Harvey 10 pass from Keil. Benjamin (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Keith Benjaim 58 pass from Keil. Benjamin (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Keith Benjamin 51 run (kick failed)

EC -- Harvey 51 pass from Keil. Benjamin (pass failed)

EC -- Pickett 26 run (Houston run)

Sal -- Shepard-Creer 18 pass from Parella (Stern kick)

EC -- Harvey 50 fumble return (kick failed)

Rushing: EC -- Pickett 13-76, Keith Benjamin 2-56, Houston 3-11, Jones 2-2, Keil. Benjamin 7-(-2). Totals 27-143. S -- Hillary 19-83, Toailoa 10-45, Hernandez 1-3, Conner 1-0, Carr 3-(-3), Parella 5-(-16). Totals 39-112. Passing: EC -- Keil. Benjamin 10-15-0 177. S -- Parella 5-14-1 63. Receiving: EC -- Keith Benjamin 3-71, Harvey 3-66, Pippins 3-35, Pickett 1-5. S -- Shepard-Creer 4-58, Hillary 1-5. Fumbles/lost: EC -- 1/1, Salesian -- 2/2. Records: El Cerrito 4-2, 2-0 TCAL Rock; Salesian 3-3, 0-2.