The College Park and Dublin high football teams waged a thrilling battle at Diablo Valley College in the second round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs Saturday. The Gaels prevailed in the second overtime on a 6-yard touchdown run by quarterback Edward Achziger for a 49-42 win. Dublin's Jabari Davis ended College Park's final possession with an interception.
In both overtimes each team received one series on offense beginning from the 10-yard line. College Park struck first in the first overtime on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Louis to Daivon Ballard, who fought into the end zone. Dublin also scored on a 5-yard run by Achziger -- two plays after Dublin received a disputed first down on a pass interference call in the end zone on fourth-and-18.
Thus No. 5 seed Dublin (8-4), guided by first-year coach John Wade, advances to the semifinals in its first section appearance since 2005. The Gaels will travel to No. 1 seed Windsor on Friday.
The teams combined for 46 points during a wild first half, and the fast pace continued in the third quarter at Diablo Valley College. The Falcons went ahead 28-25 on an 87-yard run down the sideline by Rhyan Hughes with 10:58 left in the third quarter.
College Park upped the margin to 35-25 on a 1-yard Ballard plunge after a Dimitri Salido interception of Achziger and a 30-yard return to the Gaels 30.
Dublin cut the deficit to 35-28 on Alex Marshall's 30-yard field goal with
The Gaels led 15-0 in the first quarter before College Park scored three straight touchdowns, but Dublin surged again to lead 25-21 by halftime.
The Gaels' Jabari Davis had a big first half. He opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Achziger, and then blocked a punt as Josh Vu recovered the ball in the end zone to give Dublin a 12-0 lead. Davis also put Dublin back ahead 22-21 with 5:52 left in the half, catching a deflected pass and dashing the final 55 yards into the end zone on an 80-yard touchdown play. Alex Marshall's 21-yard field goal, his second of the half, upped the lead to 25-21.
Salesian 35, Valley Christian 7: After being shut out for nearly 21/2 quarters, the host Pride scored five quick touchdowns for a resounding win over the Vikings in the NCS Division IV quarterfinals.
Marcial Malic broke free for a 46-yard touchdown with 6 minutes, 20 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-7. On Salesian's next possession, Malic scored on a 3-yard run to give Salesian (11-0) the lead for good.
Malic's 41-yard scoring run with 9:04 left was the final score of the game and gave him the last of his 216 rushing yards on the day. In between Malic's scoring runs, Des Lyles returned a fumble for a touchdown and Michael Page caught a 50-yard score from Nick Boyett.
Those scores came after Valley Christian had stopped Salesian less than 10 yards from the end zone on three drives.
Valley Christian (9-3), the No. 9 seed, led its Bay Football League foe 7-0 at halftime on Alex Wozniak's 19-yard quarterback keeper. The top-seeded Pride will host No. 4 Healdsburg next Saturday at 1 p.m. in the semifinals.
Palo Alto d. San Ramon Valley: The Wolves remained competitive with the top-seeded Knights but were unable to avoid a sweep as host Palo Alto earned a 25-20, 25-23, 25-13 victory in the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Northern California Division I playoffs.
Erin Sherwood, the East Bay Athletic League's most valuable player, finished with 13 kills, 10 digs and four aces for San Ramon Valley, which won the NCS Division I title and finished the season 35-9. Sarah Board had 24 assists and four digs in the loss, and teammate Emily Reder had nine kills and five digs.
Palo Alto (34-3), the defending state champion in Division I, will play the winner of Saturday's late match between Menlo-Atherton and St. Francis-Sacramento in Tuesday's Northern California final.
Albany d. Vista del Lago-Folsom: The Cougars advanced to the CIF Northern California Division III championship match with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-23 win over the host Eagles. Albany (35-6) will play at Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco in the NorCal final on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Newark Memorial 74, Deer Valley 58: In the fifth annual NorCal Tip Off Classic, Newark (1-0) had a strong start in its win over visiting Deer Valley (0-1).
Newark's Paramvir Singh, who scored 17 points, was named the game's MVP.
"He had a lot of energy points, and he hit some shots," Newark coach Craig Ashmore said.
Teammate Casey Norris also scored 17, and Damien Banford poured in nine.
Deer Valley's Olajuwon Garner scored 18 points, and Kendall Smith added 15.
Newark went on an 8-2 run to end the first quarter to take a 21-13 lead. The Cougars broke open the game in the second quarter with a 13-0 run.
Norris hit a 3-pointer with 1:57 left in the third quarter that gave the Cougars their biggest lead at 56-32.
Deer Valley made a run in the fourth quarter and cut Newark's lead to 65-53 with a 3-pointer by Garner. But Newark responded with a 9-3 run.
-- Steve Waterhouse, correspondent