Fittingly, the Amador Valley High football team clinched a 21-13 win over Dublin on Friday night with an interception.
Jimmy Ferrara dived into the end zone after running 41 yards on an interception return with 42 seconds to play. Kevan Knaggs' extra point upped the lead to eight points.
The injury-plagued Dons picked off Gaels quarterbacks Josh Nobida and Miguel Arroyo five times overall, including three by Ferrara.
The Gaels got another big night from senior Ondre Rudolph, who carried 29 times for 212 yards and two touchdowns, giving him back-to-back 200-plus yard games. He has 621 yards rushing and seven TDs for the season.
Amador Valley (2-1) broke a 7-7 tie on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Moreno to Justin Cruz on a slant pattern that popped wide open with 9:55 left in the third quarter.
The Gaels (1-2) cut the deficit to 14-13 on a 1-yard Rudolph run with five minutes left in the third quarter but couldn't convert the extra point thanks to a bad snap.
A dramatic 29-yard completion from Nobida to Cory Thurman, on fourth-and-21 preceded the touchdown
Dublin appeared to catch a break when Kevin Kelly blocked a Moreno punt with 8:30 to play, giving Dublin the ball on the Dons' 16-yard line. But Amador Valley's resilient defense stiffened, and Joey Martin blocked a 24-yard field goal attempt by Andrew Totaro with 6:36 remaining.
The Gaels went ahead 7-0 on a 12-yard run by Rudolph, followed by Totaro's
The Dons spent much of the first half trying to stop Rudolph, who had 118 yards on 15 carries in the first two quarters.
California 42, Castro Valley 34: Just as in last week's nonleague win over Pittsburg, Cal needed a defensive stop in an otherwise offensive-filled game.
Leading by as many as 15 points early in the second half, Cal (3-0) watched Castro Valley (1-2) battle back with 15 straight points to strike a 28-28 tie with 1:03 left in the third quarter.
Cal took a 35-28 lead early in the fourth on a Blake Guardino 23-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Owen.
Castro Valley countered with a 23-yard TD run by Robert Taylor. But a missed extra point left Cal with a 35-34 lead.
The Grizzlies added another touchdown -- a 3-yard run by Blake Bierwith for a 42-34 lead.
The Trojans had one more shot, but on fourth down, Zac Guardino intercepted a Luke Huerta pass late in the fourth quarter.
Owen finished with 114 yards passing. Bierwirth scored two rushing touchdowns. Cal's Karris Johnson had 74 yards and two TDs on 13 carries.
The Trojans got 172 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown from Demareyeh Lane.
Teammate Nick Alfaro added seven rushes for 119 yards and a score, and Robert Taylor scored two TDs with 94 yards on 12 carries.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent
Foothill 35, Las Lomas 21: Despite an overwhelming statistical advantage, the Falcons (2-1) were unable to put away the host Knights (1-2) until Ray Hudson stepped in front of an Adam Wood pass with 2:00 to play.
Foothill outgained Las Lomas 372 yards to 211 in total offense, but it had a couple of critical turnovers in the first half that could have seen it with a 35-7 lead.
Instead, the Falcons went into the break up 21-7. And though Isaiah Langley returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards for a score to give the Falcons a 21-point lead, the Knights dug their heels in and would not go away.
Las Lomas answered Langley's return with a methodical 12-play, 68-yard scoring drive, capped by Wood's 1-yard plunge.
Wood scored again when Greyson Bromstad came clean off the left edge to block Hudson's punt. Wood caught the blocked punt on the fly and rumbled 40 yards to paydirt.
Bruising fullback Griffith Gates and speedy tailback Jamirr Holland ran roughshod over the Knights defense.
Gates finished with 112 straight-ahead yards and a score on 20 carries.
Holland racked up 116 yards and a score on 11 carries. He also caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kearns.
-- Bill Kolb, correspondent