It became evident early in the Concord High football team's 50-7 victory over host Arroyo that the Minutemen would not be one-dimensional offensively.
Concord quarterback Wyatt Morrow completed passes on the first two plays of the game and ended up with 13 completions in 17 attempts for 178 yards and four touchdowns. Minutemen backup quarterback Mitchell Daniels added seven completions in 12 attempts for 86 yards and a TD.
"We've got to get better at every phase of the game," Concord coach Brian Hamilton said about his team's passing Friday. "It's something we worked hard on this week. I thought we threw the ball relatively efficiently."
Concord star running back Olito Thompson was also, as usual, a force. He finished with 170 yards rushing on 25 carries and two touchdowns in three quarters of action.
The game was deadlocked at zero until late in the first quarter until Thompson ended a 68-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run. His two-point conversion run gave Concord (3-0) an 8-0 lead.
Concord broke open the game in the second quarter with three passing touchdowns by Morrow. Two of those passes went to Jacob Daynes, who finished with four receptions for 99 yards and three touchdowns. Arroyo (1-2) scored its touchdown in the second quarter on a 36-yard pass from Isaac Tapia to Ryan Gordan.
Piedmont 42, Albany 14: The Highlanders put their game against host Albany in the hands of quarterback Spencer Kim,
Kim completed 11 of his 14 pass attempts for 154 yards and two touchdowns to lead Piedmont (2-1). Albany fell to 0-3.
The game looked as if it would be a battle of running attacks as both teams tried to establish dominance on the ground. Piedmont scored on the first play of the game when Kyle Dalton rambled 68 yards for a touchdown.
Trailing 7-0, Albany drove 30 yards on nine plays -- eight on the ground -- and took six minutes off the clock. Albany tied the game in the second quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Sternad to running back Michael Rabin.
Piedmont scored on its next drive, a 34-yard strike from Kim to Jake Pacheco. After an interception, the two hooked up again, this time on a 9-yard scoring strike. Piedmont took a 21-7 lead into the half and proceeded to put the game away in the third quarter.
Piedmont's William Meredith returned a punt 70 yards for a score after Albany's first possession of the half. The Highlanders followed that up with touchdown runs by Michael Tam on their next two drives to go up 42-7 after three quarters. Albany scored late in the fourth on a 24-yard run by Brandon Stephens.
-- Don August, correspondent
El Cerrito 64, Kennedy-Richmond 8: Quarterback Keilan Benjamin completed 14 of 18 passes in the first half for 229 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Gauchos drubbed the Eagles.
Benjamin also had eight carries for 45 yards and a touchdown as El Cerrito improved to 3-0.
Kennedy (0-2) fumbled eight times in the first half, turning it over four times.
Friday night marked the first time the two rival programs had played each other at night at Kennedy, after the installation of permanent lights at the school became complete.
Kennedy won the last meeting between the two teams 20-15 in 2010.
El Cerrito plays at Campolindo next Friday in a game between North Coast Section Division III contenders. Also that night, Kennedy hosts Salesian.
-- Brett Abel, correspondent
Deer Valley 35, College Park 6: The host Wolverines took a 21-6 halftime lead and shut out the Falcons in the second half to earn the nonleague win.
In the first half, quarterback Nsimba Webster had a 14-yard touchdown pass and a 72-yard scoring run. He finished the half with 84 yards rushing. Shane Pooler, who also had a rushing touchdown, had 50 yards on the ground in the first half for the Wolverines.
College Park possessed the ball for most of the first half, but fumbles halted two drives. Falcons kicker Tanner Utler accounted for all of his team's points, kicking field goals of 39 and 30 yards.
Deer Valley's next game is at Folsom next Friday. The Wolverines lost to Folsom 49-46 last season.
-- Paul Burgarino
Windsor 35, Heritage 31: The Jaguars scored 21 unanswered points en route to a victory over the host Patriots. Heritage had a 31-21 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Heritage took a 31-14 lead early in the second half. Running back Nick Zalec had 109 yards on 14 carries after three quarters.
Heritage had a 17-14 lead at halftime as Julian Johnson has two touchdown runs and Anthony Carter intercepted a pass at the goal line just before halftime to keep Windsor from retaking the lead.
-- Ken Silman, correspondent