Just when Miramonte High seemed to have taken control of Friday night's season opener, Marin Catholic flipped the script.
The generally pass-happy Wildcats stopped trying to force the ball through the air, put their faith in bruising tailback Akili Terry and grinded away at the Matadors defense.
The result: Two methodical scoring drives, 21 unanswered points and a 31-14 nonleague victory.
"The plan was to play the first half, see what they were doing to defend us and adjust from there," Marin Catholic coach Mazi Moayed said. "(Miramonte) did a good job in coverage."
The Matadors took a 14-10 lead with less than eight minutes to play in the third quarter on a laserlike 18-yard slant pass from Drew Anderson to Zati Williams.
Then Terry went to work.
He carried six times on a 10-play, 79-yard drive, including a 6-yard scoring plunge to put the Wildcats up for good.
After a short punt by the Matadors, Terry got the ball on four of seven plays and put Marin Catholic up 24-14 with another straight-ahead blast into the end zone. He finished with 100 yards on 22 carries.
Despite a less-than-precise night, Wildcats quarterback Jared Goff finished 14-for-23 passing for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Anderson was 16 of 31 for 171 yards, including two scoring strikes to Williams and two interceptions, before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter.
Alhambra 38, College
Poyadue had a relatively uneventful 105 yards on 22 carries, not breaking the 100-yard mark until a 50-yard run against the grain midway through the fourth quarter. But he ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass -- set up by his 68-yard kickoff return to start the second half -- then ended the Falcons' hopes with an interception in the final minute.
College Park quarterback Timmy Jackson lost fumbles on his second and third snaps, and Alhambra converted both into touchdowns.
Zack Keever fell on Jackson's first fumble at the College Park 22-yard line, and the Bulldogs scored four plays later on Julian Archuleta's 1-yard run.
One play later, after a touchback on the kickoff, Jose Gonzalez picked up Jackson's fumble and went 20 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 9:25 left in the first quarter.
-- Steve Dulas, correspondent
Dublin 28, San Leandro 22: Ondre Rudolph rushed for 189 yards and three touchdowns to lead Dublin to a 28-22 come-from-behind victory.
Trailing 22-14 in the fourth quarter, Rudolph helped the Gaels pull even with a 14-yard touchdown run, followed by Josh Nobida's pass to Josh Yu for a two-point conversion to knot the score at 22-22.
After Tristan Elias' interception, Rudolph went to work again. He carried five times for 53 yards on the final drive that put Dublin ahead, including a 24-yard burst off tackle with 2:34 remaining that proved to be the difference.
The Pirates led most of the evening, jumping in front 8-0 early on Robert Aledo's scoring run and going up 16-7 on the first half's final play as Jose Ferriera hit Keone Foumai on a 15-yard timing route in the corner.
-- Matt Rempel, correspondent