NOVATO -- Fullback Matt Luey scored three touchdowns as the Falcons blasted the host Hornets in the season opener for both teams.

Luey scored both of Foothill's touchdowns in the first quarter, including one on a 4-yard run that gave his team a 13-6 lead as the Falcons scored 45 unanswered points to close the game. Foothill sacked Novato quarterback Robby Cassee on three consecutive plays to end one drive, then forced a fumble and had an interception to end two more.

"We play Novato fairly often," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said. "Usually up here it's a dog fight. ... It's just one of those things where it got away from them. We know Novato's tradition and we have the utmost respect for them.

Foothill rushed for 256 yards to Novato's 67, with Jamirr Holland accounting for 123 of those yards. Falcons quarterback Kyle Kearns completed 11 of 17 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

"Our quarterback has 12 games under his belt now so its a bit slower for him," Sweeney said. "We've got some talented skill-position guys but we're a bit green up front. This was a good way to start."

Foothill 51, Novato 6

Foothill          13          21          14          10--          51

Novato          6          0          0          0--          6

F--Luey 11 pass from Kearns (kick failed)

N--Alyas 8 pass from Cassee (kick failed)

F--Luey 4 run (Rodriguez kick)

F--Anderson 16 pass from Kearns (Rodriguez kick)

F--Luey 1 run (Rodriguez kick)

F--Holland 20 run (Rodriguez kick)

F--Langley 10 run (Rodriguez kick)

F--Connolly 47 run (Rodriguez kick)

F--Rodriguez 37 FG

Rushing: F -- Holland 9-123; Connolly 2-55; Langley 9-46; Luey 7-20; Gates 1-20, Floyd 3-19; Kearns 1-11; Mercado 1-2. Totals 33-256. N -- Barkus 6-40; O'Neil 4-26; Dreher 4-11; Randel 3-10; Alvarez 6-6; Cassee 6-(minus-27). Totals 29-67. Passing: F -- Kearns 11-17-0 138. N -- Cassee 7-13-1 86. Receiving: F -- Anderson 4-85, Langley 4-36, Luey 2-14, Reni 1-3. Totals 11-138. N -- Herrera 1-52; Alyas 2-13; Poels 1-11, Alvarez 1-5; Putman 1-4; Barkus 1-1. Totals 7-86. Records: Novato 0-1, Foothill 1-0.