OAKLAND -- With standout performances from its defense and special teams, the McClymonds High football team captured its fourth straight Silver Bowl on Friday with a 44-16 victory over Oakland at Laney College.
The Warriors returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and recovered a muffed punt, and their defense intercepted two passes and held the Wildcats offense in check for most of the day.
"Our defense and special teams did a tremendous job for us when our offense struggled early on," McClymonds coach Michael Peters said. "When we needed that momentum change, they responded."
Lavance Warren ran for a game-high 142 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries as the Warriors (10-2) finished with 238 yards of offense, 207 of them on the ground. McClymonds outscored Oakland 30-7 in the second half, becoming the first team to win four straight Silver Bowls since Skyline (1994-1997) did it.
McClymonds now waits to see if it is picked to play in the California Interscholastic Federation Northern Regional Division IV championship bowl game for a second straight year. The matchups will be announced Dec. 8.
Playing in its first Silver Bowl since 1994, Oakland was looking for its first Oakland Section championship since 1993.
"We will try to use this as a stepping stone for this program," Oakland coach Jayce Goree said. "We played them tough in the first half, but couldn't stay disciplined in the second half."
After Warriors quarterback Emoni Fountain scored on an 8-yard keeper, Oakland sophomore Jose Rivas kicked his second field goal of the game, a 40-yarder, to pull the Wildcats (4-8) to within 8-6 with 3:40 left in the first half.
Daishawn Shannon returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards to extend the Warriors' lead to 14-6.
Rivas answered with a 25-yard field goal with 8.6 seconds left in the half.
Louis White gave the Warriors a huge momentum push when he returned the second half's opening kickoff 91 yards to the end zone.
Warren then added touchdown runs of 14 and 60 yards before Marcel Jackson scored on a 58-yard run to push the Mack advantage to 44-9 early in the fourth.
The Wildcats' Kesomi Mafi had 153 yards and a touchdown on 10 for 27 passing. He also rushed for 120 yards.