Shawn Vasquez broke the 200-yard mark for the first time, and the host Los Medanos defense forced four turnovers in a 25-10 victory over Yuba.
The win sends the Mustangs (6-3 overall, 3-1 Bay Valley Conference) into a showdown for the conference title against first-place Contra Costa on Nov. 16.
On Saturday, Los Medanos turned the ball over four times themselves on offense, but the Mustangs defense stood tall all game, intercepting Yuba quarterback DaTwan Melvin three times and recovering a fumble. The lone blemish was a 68-yard touchdown pass from Melvin to Alex Henderson in the third quarter.
"(The defense) stepped up big time," Vasquez said. "They stuck to their assignments and got a lot of turnovers."
Vasquez did the rest for Los Medanos in the biggest yardage total of his career with 201 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. He broke the 200-yard mark on a clinching 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, his last touch of the game.
After missing the Mustangs' 42-19 win over Redwoods on Nov. 2 after being ejected on Oct. 26 for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, Vasquez was hungry to get the ball and improve on his standing as the No. 3 rusher in the state of California in yards per game.
"I felt fresh," Vasquez said. "I had an idea I was going to have a big game."
Vasquez entered the game averaging 137.6 yards per game. He had 125 yards on just 11 carries late in the first half, including two touchdowns that gave the Mustangs a 12-0 lead at half.
Antioch High alum Jeremy Bittle intercepted Melvin win the final two minutes to seal the victory for the Mustangs. Former Deer Valley standout Shecari Johnson snagged the other two interceptions for Los Medanos.
Contra Costa College 30, Redwoods 0: Davonte Sapp-Lynch rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns and the Comets defense was dominant as host Contra Costa (7-2, 4-0 Bay Valley Conference) cruised to victory over the Corsairs (3-6, 1-3).
The Comets will host Los Medanos on Saturday for a chance to win back-to-back BVC titles.
"We know what we've got to do," Sapp-Lynch said. "We've just got to stay focused and finish this season strong."
Contra Costa played a terrific game on defense, holding Redwoods to 138 yards of total offense and forcing five turnovers. The Comets sacked Will Hissong five times and intercepted him four times.
"They always tell me, 'Hey, we're going to get you that ball back,' and they did a lot of that tonight," Sapp-Lynch said. "A goose-egg. I love it."
The defense came up huge on the Corsairs first possession. Contra Costa quarterback Malik Watson was intercepted by Eric Rossman near midfield to start the game. Redwoods marched down to the Comets 31, but Contra Costa forced two Hissong incompletions to take over on downs.
Sapp-Lynch pulled off a tremendous 53-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, when he went right and appeared to be stopped at the line by Kaden Zanone. But Sapp-Lynch stayed on his feet and cut back to the middle of the field where he just abused the rest of the Corsairs defense.
"Never give up, don't take no plays off," Sapp-Lynch said. "You can't give up on any play. Some people are going to miss you but it's up to you to take advantage of your abilities and talents and make that play."
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Chabot College 49, West Hills 16: The Gladiators (6-3, 3-0 Golden Gate Conference) took a 28-9 second quarter lead at Coalinga High School and didn't look back. Chabot quarterback Zach Lujan completed 17 of his 24 passes for 215 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Two of those touchdowns went to Jake Isabel, who had five catches for 72 yards in the game.
Diablo Valley 27, Sacramento City 8: The Vikings improved to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-Empire Conference with a road victory over Sacramento City (1-8, 0-4).