Akil Bordelon caught a short pass from Lamont Smith and ran 15 yards to put the Berkeley High football team ahead with 52 seconds left in its game against Bishop O'Dowd on Oct. 26.
Then Berkeley's defense did just enough to stop a late Dragons rally and help the Yellowjackets remain unbeaten in West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division play with a 17-14 victory.
Berkeley (4-4, 4-0 WACC-Foothill) will try to win the outright division title on Nov. 2 when it hosts Castro Valley at 7 p.m. The Trojans are alone in second place in the WACC-Foothill Division with a 3-1 record (5-4 overall).
Bordelon's run-and-catch score capped a Yellowjackets' 12-play, 80-drive that began with 5:04 left in the game. The senior wide receiver also kept the Berkeley drive alive on a third-and-5 play, breaking two tackles in the backfield and registering a 9-yard gain with 1:39 remaining.
Bishop O'Dowd (6-3, 2-2 WACC-Foothill) forced Berkeley's hand after scoring on a fourth-and-18 play in which quarterback Kevin King found De'zhon Grace for a 38-yard touchdown pass with 5:04 to play.
The Dragons had one last chance after Bryce Grandison's 15-yard run finished inside Berkeley's 25, but even with a dead ball flag on Berkeley after the play, the referees ruled that with no time remaining on the clock and Bishop O'Dowd out of time outs, the game was over, Dragons coach Hardy Nickerson said.
El Cerrito 57, St. Mary's 6: Austin Harper scored on runs of 57 and 58 yards, and the visiting Gauchos jumped to a 28-point lead in the first quarter and went on to clinch a share of the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division title on Oct. 27. El Cerrito can claim the outright championship on Nov. 2 at St. Patrick-St. Vincent.
Harper scored on his 57-yard run on the game's first possession. Then, after a three-and-out by St. Mary's (4-5, 2-3 TCAL-Rock), Jalen Harvey took a sweep 80 yards for a 14-0 lead.
Derik Calhoun scored the first of his three touchdowns on the day on a 6-yard run, and Keilan Benjamin connected with his twin brother, Keith Benjamin, on a 41-yard pass for a 28-0 lead for El Cerrito (9-0, 5-0) before the Panthers could even manage a first down.
St. Mary's will finish its regular season on Nov. 2 when it travels to face Pinole Valley. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Albany 22, De Anza 13: Led by the running of Brandon Stephens and the passing of quarterback Nick Sternad, the visiting Cougars got their first win, leading from start to finish on Oct. 26.
Stephens led Albany (1-8, 1-3 TCAL-Stone Division) with 71 yards on 13 carries. He rushed for three yards in the first quarter for Albany's first score. The two-point conversion gave the Cougars an 8-0 lead, which turned to 8-7 after Jordan Cowart scored for De Anza (2-6, 0-4) in the second quarter. Stephens rushed for 55 yards on eight carries as Albany had a 14-7 lead at halftime.
Sternad completed 4 of 6 passes for 64 yards in the first half, including a 21-yard touchdown toss to Jarin Panigbatan.
Cowart had six rushes for 24 yards and a 14-yard touchdown run.
Albany will close its regular season on Nov. 2 at John Swett. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
-- Don August, correspondent