The Bishop O'Dowd High football team took a big step toward a Hayward Area Athletic League championship against rival Hayward on Friday. A 21-point outburst in the third quarter was the difference as the Dragons defeated the Farmers 47-27 at Sunset Field in a pivotal HAAL contest.
With the win, the Dragons (7-1, 5-0) can win their first league title since 1999 with a win next Friday against San Leandro. Hayward (4-4, 3-2) fell to third place, behind second-place San Leandro.
Fullback Tyrone Ward scored four touchdowns and finished with 96 yards on the ground as the Dragons amassed 432 yards, including 288 on the ground. Ward scored twice in the third quarter as O'Dowd turned a 13-13 tie at the half into a 34-19 lead entering the final quarter.
On the second play of the second half, Ward took the handoff and bounced outside for a 56-yard touchdown to give the Dragons a 20-13 lead. A 55-yard kickoff return by the Farmers' Edward Fucles set up Hayward with a first-and-goal at the O'Dowd 9. Quarterback Rayshawn Martin scored from a yard out to cut the O'Dowd lead to 20-19 just 1:28 into the third.
On the Dragons' next offensive play, it was Trent Trammell's turn for O'Dowd, going 58 yards to the end zone for a 27-19 Dragons advantage.
Ward added a 4-yard run and a 2-yard reception from sophomore quarterback Dominic Miroglio for scores that extended the Dragons' lead to 41-19.
Trammell ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Miroglio shook off a shaky start to finish with 159 yards and two touchdowns on 9-of-19 passing. Miroglio's favorite target, Terrence King, went over the century mark for the third time this season, hauling down four passes for 120 yards.
The Farmers fell behind 13-0 after one quarter on Trammell's 22-yard run and a Miroglio-to-Ward 12-yard pass. But the Farmers fought back as A.J. Salary had a 46-yard run to get Hayward on the board, and Martin hit John Hughes for a 96-yard touchdown reception to knot the score 13-13. Salary led the Farmers with 92 yards on the ground.