ALAMEDA -- In a back-and-forth matchup with West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division rival Castro Valley High on Friday night, the Encinal High football team got the last laugh in a 27-26 win.

Isaiah Hunter scored the go-ahead touchdown for the Jets (7-1, 3-0 WACC-Foothill) with 38 seconds left in the game on a 3-yard run.

"We knew that was a good team and we knew we had to gut it out," Encinal coach Joe Tenorio said. "That's the kind of team we are."

The Trojans (2-6, 1-2) gave Encinal trouble all game long. Castro Valley running back Demareyeh Lane ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns and also contributed a 20-yard fumble recovery for a score.

Castro Valley opened the game on a 13-0 run before two Encinal touchdowns by Jordan Parker.

Lane put the Trojans ahead 26-21 midway through in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard run. Later in the quarter, Encinal went on its final scoring drive with help from both Hunter and quarterback Taivale Tautalatasi, who each contributed key fourth down conversions.

San Leandro 56, Berkeley 24: The host Pirates used their offense to establish control in the first half, then saw their defense score three touchdowns after halftime in this one-sided WACC-Foothill Division game at Burrell Field.


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Luck appeared to go Berkeley's way when Lamont Smith threw a pass that deflected off a pair of Pirates and into the hands of Craig Fletcher for a 51-yard Yellowjackets touchdown and a 10-8 lead at the 10 minutes, 40 second mark of the second quarter.

Four minutes later, however, San Leandro's Ruben Garcia Ceja recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone, putting the hosts up for keeps at 15-10.

Stephen Johnson's 20-yard run and a 51-yard reception by Keone Foumai extended San Leandro's lead to 29-10 by the half.

Interception returns by Reuben Baker (95 yards) and Troy Hearne (55 yards) and a 39-yard fumble return by Finau Mata'afa highlighted the second half for the Pirates (4-4, 3-0 WACC-Foothill).

Smith threw for 162 yards and ran for 76 more for the Yellowjackets (3-5, 1-2). Berkeley's Michael Lazarus led all rushers with 101 yards.

-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent

Bishop O'Dowd 28, Hayward 15: The host Dragons got their first league win this season. O'Dowd quarterback Chris Hagmaier only threw for 76 yards, but two of his six completions went for touchdowns. Deshawn Brown had two catches for 48 yards and a score, and Greg Iglesias caught the other scoring pass, his one catch of the game.

Hayward had its chances. Marjani Ellison threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Amari Evans to get his team on the board. Ellison completed only four passes but threw for 102 yards.

A blocked punt early in the second half gave the Farmers a safety and made the score 14-9. Rodrigo Otormin ran it in for Hayward's second touchdown in the fourth quarter, but O'Dowd answered right back with its own run, a two-yard score from John Zelaski, icing the win.

The Dragons defense was impressive, forcing five fumbles and recovering three of them. Majied Bey had three interceptions, including a pick-six.

-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent

WACC-Shoreline

Tennyson 45, Piedmont 21: The Lancers unleashed a dominant rushing attack to come away with an impressive road victory in Piedmont.

Tennyson piled up 373 total rushing yards, including 287 in the first half. The Lancers scoring five of their six touchdowns via the ground and pulled away early, never allowing the Highlanders' energetic homecoming crowd to get into the game.

Tennyson (5-3, 2-1 WACC-Shoreline) led 15-0 after the first quarter on touchdown runs of 6 and 1 yard by Joshua Handy. Piedmont scored on its second possession of the game on a 74-yard pass from Spencer Kim to Atu Ohuafi, slicing into the Lancers' lead at 15-7 with 10:55 left in the second quarter.

The Lancers responded by outscoring Piedmont 20-7 during the remaining ten minutes of the second quarter for a 35-14 halftime lead. Quarterback Christian Silva gave Tennyson a three-touchdown advantage on an 11-yard run as the halftime buzzer sounded.

Handy rushed for a game-high 113 yards, while Silva rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns and passed for one score. Piedmont's (4-4, 2-1 WACC-Shoreline) big-play receiver Ohuafi added a 72-yard score to his earlier touchdown, finishing with 165 receiving yards.

-- Jim Bucci, correspondent