PINOLE -- With two of three starters returning from serving one-game suspensions, the El Cerrito High football team (6-2, 4-0 Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division) remained the cream of the TCAL-Rock Division with a rout of the Spartans (3-5, 1-2).

Quarterback Keilan Benjamin, and wide receivers Keith Benjamin and Jalen Harvey missed El Cerrito's 41-0 shellacking of Berean Christian on Oct. 12 for conduct detrimental to the team, El Cerrito head coach Kenny Kahn said before Friday's game. Keith Benjamin will also miss next week's game, according to the coach.

Kahn declined to say what the players did to earn the suspensions.

Against Pinole Valley Friday, Keilan Benjamin connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to Harvey for the game's first score.

Senior Adarius Pickett, the talented UCLA-bound defensive back, added two rushing touchdowns and scampered 43 yards after picking off Pinole Valley quarterback Troyante McConico as the Gauchos took a commanding 28-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Gauchos' next scoring play pretty much sealed the game. Backed up on their own 1-yard line, Keilan Benjamin threw a perfect strike to lanky Marquis Pippins, who made a pretty fingertip catch and raced 99 yards for the score.

James Houston picked off another McConico pass and rambled 65 yards for the final touchdown.

Pinole Valley finally got on the board late in the third quarter when Desjon Daniels stepped in front of a pass from backup quarterback Jahkar Dickson and turned it into a 48-yard pick six.

McConico had five interceptions. El Cerrito's defense limited the Spartans to 80 yards of total offense. Pinole Valley's biggest play from scrimmage was a 37-yard fake punt by Isiah Lewis in the second quarter.

TCAL-Rock El Cerrito 41, Pinole Valley 7

El Cerrito 14 27 0 0-- 41

Pinole 0 0 7 0-- 7

EC -- Harvey 46 pass from Keilan Benjamin (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Pickett 9 run (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Pickett 18 run (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Pickett 43 INT return (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Pippins 99 pass from Keilan Benjamin (Gavaria kick)

EC -- Houston 65 INT return (kick blocked)

PV -- Daniels 48 INT return (Castillo kick)

Rushing: EC -- Keilan Benjamin 5-57, Pickett 5-32, Houston 3-20, Caston 3-2, Jones 1-0, Dickson 2-(-2), Hanley 1-(-5), Harrison 2-(-9). Totals 22-95. PV -- Lewis 13-41, Salmeron 5-13, Shepherd 3-11, McConico 3-(-19). Passing: EC -- Keilan Benjamin 2-6-145-0, Dickson 0-1-0-1, Totals 2-7-145-1. PV -- McConico 5-19-34-5. Receiving: EC -- Pippins 1-99, Harvey 1-46. Totals 2-145. PV -- Lewis 2-18, Dent 1-8, Daniels 1-8, Salmeron 1-(-2). Totals 5-34. Fumbles/lost: El Cerrito -- 0/0; Pinole Valley -- 0/0. Records: El Cerrito 6-2, 4-0 TCAL-Rock; Pinole Valley 3-5, 1-2.