Despite running just 16 plays in the first half, the Miramonte High football team rolled to a big 45-7 nonleague road win over Alameda at Thompson Field on Friday night.
Miramonte (2-2) has now scored 134 points in its last three games.
"We've gone to this open offense and found we can put a lot of points on the board," Miramonte coach Jack Schram said. "Our offense has been hard to stop, we've got a great scheme and it fits the kids well."
Answering an Alameda (1-2) opening drive that went 80 yards on nine plays, ending in a James Knight 12-yard run, the Mats scored less than two minutes later.
On third-and-long Nick Sheehan scampered 28 yards for a score, and he had two touchdown passes, a 59-yarder to Zati Williams and then a 35-yard strike down the left sideline to Marshall Deutz. In the middle of the touchdown passes was a Conor Bruen 20-yard interception return as the visitors led 28-7 at halftime and never looked back.
That was one of four picks for a Miramonte defense that did not let the Hornets back inside the 20.
Knight was a bright spot for the home team, rushing for 121 yards.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Acalanes 7, Tennyson 0: The Dons defense and a super-human performance from running back DeShawn Johnson led host Acalanes to a hard-fought win against visiting Tennyson.
After a scoreless first half, the Lancers (2-1) looked primed to break the tie, moving the ball well into Dons territory. But again, Acalanes defense came up huge.
Tommy Kresnak stripped the ball loose from a Lancer wide receiver and fell on it to give the Dons possession, and the chance they needed.
DeShawn Johnson did the rest. With his explosive bursts through the line of scrimmage, shifty maneuvering and refusal to go down, Johnson looked like a man possessed, rushing for 204 yards on 21 carries. And with 8:49 remaining in the 3rd quarter, he broke the scoreless tie sprinting virtually untouched into the end zone from 23-yards out.
Credit Acalanes (3-0) stout offensive line as well, who opened lanes for Johnson and others to run through all night. The Dons ran for 322 yards, but were only able to convert those yards into 7 points. Tennyson mounted a drive late in the 4th quarter with no timeouts remaining. But as quarterback Gilberto Magallanes looked for an open man downfield with :12 left, he was sacked by Kresnak and time expired.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent
Mt. Diablo 20, Berean Christian 9: Mt. Diablo quarterback Austin Hunt completed 9 of his 18 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns as host Mt. Diablo (2-1) pulled away in the third quarter for the win over Berean Christian (1-3).
Hunt completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Dajon Mathis with 10:49 left in the third to give Mt. Diablo a 20-7 lead. The final points of the game were scored on a safety in the fourth quarter.
Berean Christian running back Ethan Anderson rushed for 69 yards to pace his team. Mt. Diablo's Davail Jenkins caught six passes for 67 yards and one touchdown.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Piedmont 25, John Swett 14: Protecting a 19-14 lead with just over five minutes to go, the Highlander defense needed to make a play as the Indians lined up for fourth down and three. Swett fumbled the snap, giving the ball back to Piedmont's offense, which capitalized with a 37-yard touchdown run by Kyle Dalton on the ensuing play to ice the game for the home victory.
Piedmont's (3-1) defense blanked the Indians (1-3) on offense, limiting them to 32 rushing yards in a game the Highlanders led 13-7 at the half.
After a scoreless first quarter, Swett took a 7-0 lead when Demetrius Trim returned a fumble 29 yards after a sack of Piedmont quarterback Spencer Kim. The Highlanders tied the score on the next series on a six-yard rushing touchdown by Ryan Ellis. A short pass from Kim to William Meredith turned into a 76-yard scoring run for a six-point halftime lead.
Trim, who accounted for all the Indians' points, provided Swett a 14-13 lead in the early minutes of the third quarter when he intercepted a blocked pass for a 45-yard return.
The Highlanders built their 19-14 lead on 42 and 30-yard field goals by Ale Chiodo.
-- Jim Bucci, correspondent
Castro Valley 40, Liberty 14: The Trojans dominated in the first half, building a 40-6 lead, and cruised to a nonleague victory over the host Lions.
Castro Valley (2-2) racked up 339 first-half yards, 309 of those on the ground. The Trojans carried the ball 50 times for a total of 363 rushing yards. Most of those yards came on sweeps and cuts to the outside as the Lions were unable to contain the edge.
The Trojans were led by running back Demareyeh Lane, who carried the ball 10 times for 134 yards and scored two touchdowns. Patrick Cheek chipped in with 104 rushing yards and a score. Not to be outdone, Robert Taylor picked up 103 yards on the ground, scored twice, and intercepted the Lions four times. Castro Valley's defense held Liberty to 24 yards in the first half.
Liberty (2-2) did score once in the first 24 minutes when Wendell Lee returned a kickoff 74 yards for a touchdown.
Its next and last score came late in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Ivan Oseguera orchestrated a 13-play, 90-yard drive, punctuated by his 5-yard touchdown run. He also completed the ensuing two-point conversion to Alonzo Taylor.
-- Gabe Feletar, correspondent