The Foothill High football team had 221-23 advantage in yards gained in the first half of Friday night's East Bay Athletic League showdown against Granada. But when the second half started, the Falcons led by only seven points.
Granada led by four points after the third quarter, but Isaiah Langley's 36-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter helped the Falcons finally shake the visitors loose and pick up a 31-21 East Bay Athletic League win.
"This was a big win after a bad loss against Cal," Langley said of Foothills 24-7 loss to California on Oct. 11. "We made a lot of mistakes in the first half, but the key is to have a short memory and we got a big play when we needed it."
Langley provided the play to help Foothill (7-1, 3-1 EBAL) bounce back from its first loss of the season as the junior had 82 yards receiving and 73 on the ground.
He wasn't the only Falcons player to have a big game offensively as Kyle Kearns threw for 280 yards, hitting Ryan Anderson eight times for 138 yards, while Jamirr Holland two rushing touchdowns in the first half.
Despite that, Jacob Shinnick gave Granada (4-4, 1-3 EBAL) a 21-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter with a 1-yard plunge on fourth and goal.
Foothill took the lead back when Matt Luey scored from three yards out early in the fourth quarter, and the Falcons defense kept the Matadors at bay the rest of the way.
Monte Vista 16, Livermore 6: Quarterback Nikita Zamora completed 23 passes in 43 attempts, throwing for two touchdowns to lead the Mustangs (2-6, 1-4) to their first EBAL victory at the expense of the host Cowboys (2-6, 0-4).
Zamora came out throwing, completing 16 29 passes for 179 yards and a score in the first half.
He threw two interceptions, and the first one led to the Mustangs' first points.
Livermore defensive back Jacob Valasco intercepted a Zamora pass at thew Cowboys 1-yard line, but on the next play running back Tim Harris was tackled in his own end zone and Monte Vista led 2-0 with 3:17 left in the first quarter.
After the Livermore free kick, the Mustangs wet 46 yards in seven plays and Zamora threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Eric Dobberpuhl with 4.8 seconds left in the period.
Monte Vista upped their advantage to 16-0 in the third quarter when Zamora threw a simple slant to Marco Zamora (no relation) and he ran 63 yards for a touchdown with 2:35 left in thew third quarter.
The Cowboys' only score came with 1:56 left in the game when quarterback Travis Adams threw a short pass to Andrei Kasten who tight-roped down the right sideline
The Mustangs' defense pretty much bottled up the Cowboys offense in the first half, allowing just 90 yards.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent