Kyle Kearns doesn't know a lot about passer ratings. So it might come as a surprise to the Foothill High sophomore quarterback that by the NCAA formula, his first game as a starter produced a rating of 406.60.
"No," Kearns said when asked if he knew what his number would be after a 52-9 win Friday over visiting Novato in the season opener for both teams. Kearns was more concerned with how his team played.
"I thought our defense made it easy on the offense, making all those turnovers," Kearns said. "The offense executed well, and we got the second stringers out there to get some reps late in the third quarter, so I thought we executed well."
The Falcons forced nine turnovers -- six fumbles lost and three interceptions. The Hornets' lone touchdown came on special teams, which means every offensive possession for Novato ended in a turnover except for the one that ended on downs.
Kearns was pretty good statistically as well. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 165 yards and six touchdowns. Yes, Foothill's defense made it easy on the offense. But Kearns and the passing game looked pretty sharp for August.
The highlights for the Hornets were few. Brandon Randal muffed a kickoff in the second quarter down 28-0. He then picked the ball up and ran 90 yards for a touchdown. Novato also scored a safety when Corey Inman sacked backup quarterback Parker Bryan in the end zone in the third quarter.
Herve Changeux rushed for 141 yards in 17
Granada 27, Heritage 24: The Matadors staged a furious rally in the fourth quarter, erasing a 24-7 deficit with three unanswered touchdowns, the last one coming in dramatic fashion.
The Patriots seemed to have a game-securing interception in the end zone with 24 seconds left. The ball instead went through the hands of the defender and landed in the arms of Granada's Alex Davis for a game-winning score.
After a 14-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Carter to Nick Zalec late in the third, Heritage led by 17.
But Granada scored on Tyler Offill's first touchdown of the game, a 5-yarder to Kyle Campiotti, then scored on a 2-yard run by Derek Granados.
Campiotti had eight catches for 102 yards while Granados rushed for 101 yards.
Carter led an efficient Heritage offense in the first half, connecting on a pair of scoring strikes on the Patriots' first two drives of the game.
Heritage took advantage of a turnover on downs, a fumble and two interceptions in the first half, keeping the Matadors off the board and converting the turnovers into points.
Carter found D'Maree Lewis on a 40-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, then Travon Covington-Zeno for an 8-yard score in the second quarter.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Buhach Colony-Atwater 28, San Ramon Valley 24: Leon Miles had a 13-yard touchdown run with 2:08 remaining to give the visiting Thunder a dramatic nonleague victory over San Ramon Valley.
Buhach Colony squandered a 21-0 lead when the Wolves stormed back with 24 unanswered points. Matt Turner's 10-yard touchdown reception from Cameron Birse capped an impressive San Ramon Valley drive that gave it a three-point lead with 6:56 remaining.
But the Wolves were unable to stop the Thunder's rushing offense, which ran for 336 yards. San Ramon Valley also committed two turnovers in the first quarter.
The Wolves lost two fumbles on their first five offensive plays, and Buhach Colony capitalized on both with touchdowns.
Wolves running back Marcus De La Pena had a 97-yard touchdown run and ended up with 167 rushing yards in just 14 carries. Birse threw for 179 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and completed 23 of 36 attempts.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent
California 40, Washington 7: The California rushing attack lived up to its preseason hype as the Grizzlies ran for 321 yards, including 172 on only eight carries from standout Karris Johnson, in a blowout victory against Washington.
Johnson set the tone early with an 86-yard touchdown run on the first Cal play from scrimmage. He added a 65-yard scoring rush on the first play of the Grizzlies' third drive to help his team build a 17-0 lead before the second quarter began.
"My offensive line blocked really well," Johnson said of his 86-yard opening play. "There was a wide-open opening right when I got to the sideline. It felt really good."
Johnson also added a touchdown on an 18-yard reception from quarterback Cameron Owen.
Washington's lone highlight came in the middle of the second quarter when the Huskies put together a 16-play drive that was capped by an 8-yard touchdown run from Eddie Adams.
The drive accounted for 80 of the Huskies' 165 total yards of offense.
-- Travis Summers, correspondent
Antioch 49, Franklin-Stockton 7: The host Panthers' season got off to a running start as they handily defeated Franklin.
The Panthers scored three touchdowns in the first six minutes, including two runs by Elbert Hamilton Jr. en route to the easy win.
Hamilton Jr. finished with 128 rushing yards despite not playing most of the second half.
Quarterback Hunter Karnthong threw for 225 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, while completing 14 of 16, and also ran for a touchdown as Antioch took a 42-0 lead at the break.
Karnthong added a 28-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, giving Antioch a 49-0 lead. He finished with 73 yards rushing.
Antioch coach John Lucido said the two are poised to be a "good 1-2 combination this year," adding the coaches are trying to put them in positions to "harness their skills."
The Panthers defense held Franklin to 51 yards and two first downs in the first half. The Yellowjackets' lone score came in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard strike from Anthony Schumake to David Martinez.
Antioch won all five of its nonleague games last season, which included victories over Clayton Valley, Mt. Diablo and Northgate that helped the Panthers make the North Coast Section playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Franklin is coming off back-to-back 1-9 seasons and hasn't had a winning campaign since 2004.
Antioch plays at Northgate next Friday, then travels to Merced to play Golden Valley on Sept. 7.
-- Paul Burgarino