Several East Bay athletes put on a show during the opening round of the North Coast Section football playoffs last weekend. Here's a look at some of the top individual performances from the first playoff football games of the season.
JOE MIXON, Freedom -- Mixon had his best game of the season, rushing for 281 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the No. 10 Falcons to an upset 55-17 win over No. 7 Foothill in Division I. Teams have stacked the box all year against the five-star running back recruit, but Mixon found a way to run wild against the Foothill, a team that held him to under 100 rushing yards when they met in nonleague play earlier this year. In the rematch, he had 208 yards and five TDs at halftime. Mixon also helped disrupt Foothill's passing game from his defensive back position.
NSIMBA WEBSTER, Deer Valley -- The Wolverines' dual-threat quarterback accounted for six touchdowns in a 49-21 victory over Castro Valley. He passed for 155 yards and rushed for 112, passing for three scores and using his feet to reach the end zone three times in the Division I win. That including a dazzling 51-yard rushing touchdown in which he eluded numerous tacklers in a tight space.
MATT WINAKER, San Ramon Valley -- The Stanford-bound baseball player guided the Wolves past WACC champion San Leandro 42-24 in the Division I tournament. The QB was 16 of 21 for 324 passing yards and five touchdowns. He was also a perfect 6-for-6 on PAT tries.
ERIC HAYNES, Northgate -- Haynes, a two-way force for the Broncos, rushed for 263 yards and four touchdown in a 41-29 win over DVAL rival College Park in Division II. He scored the Broncos' first three touchdowns of the night and had 172 yards at halftime. He then scored the go-ahead touchdown for Northgate early in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run.
MITCH DANIELS, Concord -- Daniels threw four touchdowns passes for the third straight game, helping the Minutemen top Newark Memorial 50-25 in Division I. He completed 14 of 23 passes for 304 yards to go along with his four TDs.
BRETT MERRILL, Acalanes -- Merrill made big plays on both sides of the ball in the No. 7 Dons' 49-10 rout over No. 10 Sonoma Valley in Division III. He had six receptions for 139 yards, including three touchdowns. On defense, he had an interception and forced a fumble.
ADARIUS PICKETT, El Cerrito -- Pickett returned the opening kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown and rushed for two more first-quarter scores in an easy 64-8 rout of Tamalpais in Division III.
THEMAN TAYLOR III, Valley Christian -- Taylor accounted for 262 yards of offense and five touchdowns to help the Vikings beat St. Bernard Catholic 50-18 in Division V. He was 6 of 10 for 160 yards through the air and rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries. Taylor passed for three TDs and rushed for two.
JASON HINTON, Moreau Catholic -- Hinton set a new NCS record with 473 rushing yards in a 54-50 loss to Piedmont. He carried the ball 51 times -- close to a NorCal record -- a scored five touchdowns.
ATU OHUAFI, Piedmont -- Ohuafi helped the Highlanders avenge a nonleague loss to Moreau Catholic by tallying 150 receiving yards and scoring five touchdowns in a 54-50 win over the Mariners in the Division IV playoffs. He scored on offense, defense and special teams -- two receiving, one rushing, one interception return and one kickoff return.