Fisi Tavake ran away from the Las Lomas High defenders in the first half. In the second half, he ran over them.
The end result was the same -- Tavake handing the ball to the official in the end zone after a Northgate touchdown.
Tavake's combination of speed and power helped the Broncos (3-1) to a convincing 29-19 win over the host Knights (1-3) in the Battle of the Creek. He finished with 130 yards on 16 carries.
"He's a tough back," Northgate coach Justin Lowell said. "He can do it all. He's explosive -- you saw it on that cut-back in the first half. And he's powerful. He's just one of those special guys."
Tavake's 67-yard scoring scamper in the first quarter gave the Broncos the first of just four first-downs in the first half. The second came via penalty. The third came on Eric Haynes' 72-yard touchdown sprint. Haynes finished with 110 yards on 10 carries for the Broncos, who amassed 316 of their 356 offensive yards on the ground.
And though the staunch Northgate defense held Las Lomas to just three first-half points, the game was still very much in doubt in the fourth quarter.
Knights running back Kyle Hill bulled his way into the end zone on the first play of the fourth to make the score 14-11 Northgate.
Then the Broncos went back to basics. Running power left and right with Tavake, Northgate went on its only sustained drive of the game. The Broncos marched 80 yards on 16 plays -- seven of them rushes by
"We knew we just needed the ball in our hands to grind some clock," Tavake said. "We just pounded the ball to see if they could stop us. They couldn't."
Brayton Milner had 11 catches for 121 yards and a score in a losing effort for the Knights.
Bishop O'Dowd 30, Sacred Heart Cathedral 27, OT: Dominic Gomes blocked a potential game-tying Sacred Heart field goal attempt in the first overtime period to secure the win for the Dragons in a game marred by a serious head injury to O'Dowd senior Kevin King.
King, playing quarterback, ran for a gain of 4 yards on the first play of overtime but took a hit to the head and was motionless on the ground for several minutes.
"That was for my boy, Kevin," Gomes said of his block. "They used the same snap count twice in a row, and I timed it just right."
The Irish nailed a 21-yard attempt moments prior, but it was waived off because the Dragons (3-1) called timeout.
King, who is committed to play football at Washington, was able to stand on his own power and was carted off the field.
Kicker Eric Schwartz hit a 26-yard field goal after play resumed to give O'Dowd its first lead since Wayne Thomas returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.
A 37-yard field goal attempt by the Dragons fell short with seconds left in regulation, and Gomes intercepted on the final play of regulation and returned it 27 yards to Sacred Heart 23. Briefly, it appeared he had a chance to bring it back for a game-winning score.
-- Kyle Bonagura, correspondent
Skyline 19, Kennedy-Fremont 6: Kendrick Payne had two touchdowns and intercepted a pass in the end zone as Skyline used a dominating third quarter to get its first win of the season with a convincing victory over Kennedy at Tak Fudenna Stadium.
After being held to 64 yards in the first half, Skyline broke with 204 yards while holding Kennedy to 10 rushing yards in the second half.
Payne took the opening kickoff and ran it back 88 yards to give Skyline (1-1) the lead they would never relinquish 16 seconds into the contest. After Jacquese Steen recovered a Kennedy fumble on the first play of the second half, Payne scored on a 34-yard run to extend the Skyline lead to 13-0. Lionel Borrego capped off a 12-play, 71-yard drive for Skyline with a 3-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Golden Venters.
Kennedy (1-2) had numerous opportunities but were turned away as the Skyline defense had four takeaways in the game. After Payne's kickoff return, Kennedy marched down the field, but Justin Staley's fourth down pass to the end zone was picked off by Payne.
Atu Ohuafi got Kennedy on the board, catching a 61-yard strike from Staley with 34.1 seconds left. Derek Slater ran for 118 yards on 13 attempts for Kennedy.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Pitman-Turlock 57, Oakland Tech 20: After winning their first two games by a combined score of 102-33, the host Bulldogs (2-1) ran into a buzzsaw in Pitman (4-0).
The speedy and talented Pride rushed for 313 of its 416 yards in the first half, racing to a 50-7 lead at the intermission. Pitman has scored an average of 48.8 points in its four wins this year.
Brent Nelle, his league's offensive MVP last season, scored four touchdowns in the game's first 20 minutes on runs of 37, 21 and 16 yards and a 75-yard interception return. Nelle finished with six carries for 151 yards.
Oakland Tech scored on a 47-yard pass from James Lewis to Kenyon Jackson on the first play of the second quarter to pull within 12-7, but Pitman reeled off the game's next 45 points.
With a running clock in the fourth quarter, Michael Adams provided a late Tech highlight by scooping up a fumble and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown.
-- Andy Altman-Ohr, correspondent
California School for the Deaf 47, Richmond 0: The Eagles led 31-0 at the end of the first quarter, and they never looked back.
Running back Brian Freeman scored all four of the first quarter touchdowns on two runs and two throws from quarterback Carlos Lopez. In the second quarter, Lopez would also connect with Jacy Pederson-Dike for a 34-yard touchdown pass, and Freeman would add his fifth touchdown on a 60-yard run midway through the second quarter.
Richmond's best opportunity to score came just before the end of the half, when the Oilers forced a fumble on the kickoff and recovered at the CSD 20-yard line, but they failed to get in the end-zone.
The Richmond defense would come alive in the second half, shutting out the Eagles in the third quarter. The Oilers held CSD to 38 total yards in the second half.
-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent
Clayton Valley 68, Vintage-Napa 21: Joe Protheroe rushed for more than 300 yards, as Clayton Valley had 704 yards of total offense in this rout.
Mikey Protheroe, Joe's brother, threw for over 100 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for a touchdown. Jesse Medrano added more than 100 yards rushing, and Curtis Grant had more than 150 yards receiving and rushing in the game.
Clayton Valley held a 21-0 lead after the first quarter and a 42-7 lead at halftime. It never trailed. Clayton Valley is now 2-1 this season.
Concord 50, Bethel-Vallejo 13: The host Minutemen (4-0) piled up 30 first downs and 544 yards of offense to dominate the Jaguars (1-2).
Concord's Olito Thompson sat out the first quarter because he missed a practice then rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Thompson caught two balls for 57 yards and a touchdown.
Quarterback Wyatt Morrow completed 17 of 25 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns against one interception. Bryan Muonekwu caught seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent