The show put on by a couple of running backs from Washington and Irvington High at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Friday night was reminiscent of an old-school heavyweight slugfest title fight.
Washington's Nate Woudstra rushed for 247 yards on 26 carries, and Irvington's Jared Lozoya rushed for 194 yards on 30 carries.
When it was all said and done, it was Washington -- which also got 236 yards passing from Tylan Vinson -- that claimed a 40-34 win in the Mission Valley Athletic League finale for both teams.
With the victory, Washington (6-4, 6-0 MVAL) claims its first league crown since 2008, when it also finished 6-0.
Washington also nabs the league's automatic berth into the North Coast Section playoffs. It will compete in Division II.
Irvington (5-5, 4-2), which battled valiantly all night, will have to apply for an at-large berth into the Division I playoffs. It is very likely the Vikings will get in.
Washington finished off the regular season strong. Despite losing all four of its nonleague games and starting the season 0-3, the Huskies went on to dominate MVAL play.
They have won six of their last seven.
Woudstra scored three touchdowns, all in the first half. The most impressive was an 80-yarder that gave Washington a 26-14 lead with 7:50 left in the first half.
Through the air, Vinson was 14 of 25 and tossed three touchdowns. The third was a 7-yard strike over the middle to Sam Hodnett that gave Washington a 40-28 lead 1:31 left. Hodnett caught seven passes for 108 yards.
Irvington quarterback Jack Shank threw two touchdowns and rushed for one. Lozoya also added a touchdown.
Newark Memorial 33, Kennedy-Fremont 20: The Cougars closed out the regular season with an MVAL win over the visiting Titans. With the loss, Kennedy's season comes to an end, as it needed a victory to qualify for the NCS Division III playoffs.
Newark will wait and see where it falls in the Division II bracket when playoff seeds come out on Sunday.
"We knew Kennedy would come out and play us tough and we had to be ready," Newark coach Ralph Meredith said.
Franco Napal and Kenneth Beck came up big as the Cougars (6-4, 4-2 MVAL) rolled up 269 yards in the first half and 364 for the game.
Napal ran for 102 yards with two first-half touchdowns, and Beck pulled off the play of the game for the Cougars.
Beck took a handoff on a double reverse, running down the left sideline before cutting back across the field for a 69-yard run to the end zone to give Newark a 27-6 advantage heading into halftime.
Napal scored on a 2-yard touchdown on Newark's opening possession before later reaching the end zone from a yard out.
Kennedy (4-6, 2-4) was led by Derek Slater, who ran for a game-high 126 yards. Justin Binderup was 10 for 14 for 72 yards for the Titans, including a 24-yard touchdown to Jacob Murrieta. Thomas Stuart had four receptions for 130 yards for Newark.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
James Logan 71, Mission San Jose 0: The fifth-ranked Colts (8-2) tuned up for the upcoming NCS Division I playoffs by swamping the visiting Warriors (1-9).
James Logan led 52-0 at the half as Kavion Augustine scored three touchdowns. The Colts returned three pass interceptions for scores in the game.
Augustine had an adventuresome first half. The senior wide receiver caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Christian Leota for Logan's first score, then returned an interception 49 yards for the Colts' second score.
Late in the second quarter, Augustine had an 100-yard interception return wiped out by a personal foul penalty that put the ball on the Logan 8.
On the next play, Leota threw to Augustine, who ran the last 50 yards alone for a 92-yard scoring play.
-- Scott Strain, correspondent
Foothill 41, Amador Valley 14: Isaiah Langley led Foothill to a East Bay Athletic League win against rival Amador Valley in the Battle of Pleasanton.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior running back and cornerback had 112 total yards of offense and four touchdowns to go with two interceptions on defense. Langley said it felt good to help get his senior teammates a win over their rival.
"Great to have this win. Last year they rocked us, and it was good to get revenge," Langley said.
Amador Valley (5-5, 2-4 EBAL) was able to move the ball against the Falcons (8-2, 4-2), but had trouble sustaining drives mostly because of a passing game that struggled. The Dons ran for 188 yards against Foothill but connected on only 8 of 21 passes.
With the game close at 14-7 in the second quarter, Langley scored twice and picked off a pass in a 94-second window that helped Foothill run away. After scoring on a 16-yard touchdown run with 4:06 left in the first half, Langley stopped the next Dons possession with an interception that he followed up with his third touchdown of the night on an 18-yard run.
Foothill junior quarterback Kyle Kearns finished with 76 yards on 7-of-11 passing for three touchdowns.
His running game did most of the work, rushing 35 times for 232 total yards. Kearns contributed to the run game with his own 30-yard scramble.
Foothill students rushed the field after the win, which will send the Falcons into the playoffs on a winning note after dropping last week's game to San Ramon Valley. "Huge win," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said.
"Playing Amador is always fun. It was just a great win for our guys."
-- Wes Goldberg
San Ramon Valley 33, Monte Vista 23: Matt Winaker threw for 242 yards and kicked a game-clinching field goal to help lead the host Wolves (6-4, 5-1 EBAL) over the Mustangs (2-8, 1-5) before an overflow crowd.
Marcus de la Pena rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns for San Ramon Valley, which built a 23-7 lead in the first half only to see Monte Vista storm back to tie the game. Nikita Zamora's 10-yard pass to Eric Dobberpuhl followed by a two-point conversion involving the same two players tied the score with 23.8 seconds to go in the third quarter.
The teams exchanged punts, and the Wolves took over at their own 24.
They promptly went the distance in six plays with de la Pena scoring on a nifty 27-yard run for the go-ahead touchdown.
The Mustangs went three-and-out, and San Ramon Valley then went on the dagger drive, chewing up 5 minutes, 3 seconds of time before Winaker lined up for a 34-yard field goal with just 2:23 left on the clock. He drilled it and that pretty much was the game.
"He's the clutchest kid on our team," said receiver J.J. Koski of Winaker.
"I wouldn't have anyone else to take that kick."
Koski was huge as well, catching seven passes for 157 yards and a 61-yard touchdown to open the scoring.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
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