A large crowd was on hand to celebrate Northgate High's first football game under new permanent lights, but visiting Ygnacio Valley left Broncos supporters with very little to cheer about.
The Warriors tamed the Broncos prolific offense and rolled to a 55-14 victory on Friday night. It was Northgate's first loss of the season.
"We knew there would be a ton of people here for Northgate, and our plan was to just feed off their energy and take it the other way," said Ygnacio Valley senior Grant Jones, who had seven catches for 137 yards, including three touchdowns.
Ygnacio Valley (5-3, 2-1 DVAL) set the tone early, scoring on its first possession. The Warriors then turned three Northgate turnovers into 21 points and recovered an onside kick to lead 35-0 at the half.
Northgate (7-1, 2-1 DVAL) ran only 11 plays in the first half and had just 26 total yards.
"We all ran that offense (the double wing) two years ago, so our coaches knew how to stop it," Jones said.
Matt Butler scored both Northgate touchdowns on long passes from Alex Cost. The Broncos' Cameron Stover, the East Bay's leader rusher with 1,291 yards heading into the game, was limited by an ankle injury and carried the ball just three times for four yards.
Sophomore quarterback Jamari Pope kept the Warriors' offense rolling all night, completing 12 of 17 passes for 172 yards and four scores. He also ran for 60 yards and a touchdown.