St. Mary's High School quarterback Kevin Flemer threw for 376 yards and five touchdowns and the host Panthers held on for a 35-28 win over Valley Christian-Dublin on Oct. 6.
All five touchdowns came in the first half as St. Mary's built a 35-21 lead.
"Their defense was set to guard our big playmaker, which is Caleb Coleman," Flemer said. "They put the safety over the top. So I was working one-on-one with all of the other receivers and trying to see what they could do. It worked out for us."
Lorenzo Logwood caught four passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Liam Godfrey also caught four balls for 115 yards and a touchdown. Coleman caught four passes for 37 yards and no scores.
The Vikings (4-2, 0-2 Tri-County Athletic League—Rock Division) were able to contain the Panthers (3-3, 1-1) in the second half. Valley Christian piled up 292 yards on the ground and after Howard Wikle scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter, the score was 35-28. The Vikings got the ball back with three minutes, seven seconds remaining at the St. Mary's 41 after the Panthers failed on a fourth down. A 24-yard run by A.J. Harris gave the Vikings a first down at the 18. St. Mary's defense held and when Vince Volpatti's pass to Demaurier Blackwell fell incomplete in the end zone, the game was sealed.
St. Mary's will face Salesian at Laney College on Oct. 12. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Berkeley 7, Hayward 6: The Yellowjackets recorded their first win of the season, but it wasn't pretty as Berkeley held on in a defensive struggle in the Western Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division opener for both teams at Sunset Field on Oct. 5.
Berkeley's Akil Bordelon had three interceptions and ran for 62 of his 77 yards in the second half as the Yellowjackets (1-4, 1-0 WACC-Foothill) controlled most of that half.
Dana Carter gave the Farmers one last chance to pull off the win, picking off an Xavier Williams pass and returning it 36 yards to the Yellowjackets 17 with 2:05 remaining. The Berkeley defense tightened up and Hayward's Thompson Pulu was wide right on a 31-yard field-goal attempt.
Carter got Hayward (2-4, 0-1) on the board with 27 seconds left in the opening quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run. The point-after-touchdown kick was blocked, leaving the score 6-0 Hayward.
The Yellowjackets scored with 2:02 left in the half when Williams scored on a keeper on a fourth and goal from the 1 and Sam Boyden nailed the point-after-touchdown kick.
Berkeley will host Encinal on Oct. 12. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
El Cerrito 59, Berean Christian 6: The Eagles were no match for the host Gauchos in a game between unbeaten teams in the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division on Oct. 5.
The Gauchos (7-0, 3-0 TCAL-Rock) scored twice in the first 68 seconds of the game, including an 88-yard opening kickoff return by Marcellus Pippins, on their way to a 59-6 victory.
The second touchdown occurred when Marshon Ardoin scored on a 1-yard plunge after the Gauchos recovered a fumble inside the 1-yard line.
El Cerrito led 39-0 after the first quarter. In addition to offensive touchdowns, the Gauchos scored on two fumble recoveries and a 47-yard punt return by Keith Benjamin with 2:32 left in the first half that gave El Cerrito a 59-0 lead. At that point, both coaches agreed to start a running clock.
Ardoin added a 73-yard touchdown run in the first quarter with 3:21 left. Jalen Harvey recovered a fumble and rumbled for a 10-yard touchdown, and also had a 56-yard touchdown reception and an interception.
Austin Harper's 7-yard touchdown run gave El Cerrito a 39-0 lead after the first 12 minutes. Berean Christian fell to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in TCAL-Rock action.
Berean Christian scored in the last six minutes of the game on a 1-yard run by Nick Umali.
El Cerrito, which had allowed just 48 points in its first seven games, has a bye this week.
-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent
Hercules 35, Albany 8: The Titans opened Tri-County Athletic League-Stone Division play on Oct. 5 with a win over the visiting Cougars.
The Titans (3-2, 1-0 TCAL-Stone) scored on their fifth play of their first possession, as running back Jordan Bustos took the ball to the left side on a sweep for a 25-yard touchdown run.
Hercules scored 21 points in the second quarter, starting with a 1-yard touchdown run by Damon Dixon that capped a six-play, 49-yard drive. Leading 21-0, Armani Reynolds caught a 31-yard touchdown from Dixon with 20 seconds to go in the second quarter.
The Titans' final points came in the third quarter when quarterback Louis Mitchell scrambled to his left and found running back Marquis Davenport cutting across for a 55-yard touchdown.
Albany (0-6, 0-1) quarterback Nick Sternad capped a 11-play, 67-yard drive by connecting with receiver Krishan Chada for a 7-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Senior running back Michael Rabin had 15 carries for 94 yards for the Cougars.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent