PLEASANT HILL — If the second half had gone the way the first half had played out, College Park's defense wouldn't have had much to do Friday night.
The Falcons quietly dominated the game in the first half, holding the ball for all but about five minutes as they churned up and down the field against the Spartans, who kept 10 defenders within five yards of the line of scrimmage but could not slow down College Park's option attack.
"I thought more of the same, I thought we'd control the football, but we kept stepping on our toes a little bit," College Park coach Bill Kepler said.
Their toes were bruised by a string of penalties — by the time College Park was called for defensive pass interference to set up Pinole Valley's late touchdown, it was their 19th penalty, for 184 yards.
"I've never seen so many penalties called in a game," Kepler said.
Perhaps most affected by the infractions was College Park running back Timmy Jackson. His 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was nullified by a holding penalty at the 23-yard line, and his 53-yard scoring run was wiped out by an illegal block at the 39-yard line.
Despite that, Jackson still ran for 161 yards on 21 carries.
"Timmy sees the holes very well, he's very quick for us, and he makes people miss," Kepler said.
Pinole Valley stacked its defense to try to stop College Park's option attack, putting 10 defenders within five yards of the line of scrimmage
Linebacker Sean Alkire led the defensive effort for the Falcons with four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery, and helped lead a goal line stand which stopped Pinole Valley quarterback Devin Davis on fourth-and-1.
"Alkire, we moved him to the opposite side of the ball this week to see how that works," Kepler said. "It gave him a little more energy and that definitely seemed to help us, too. He's hard to block for the other team, I know that."
Pinole Valley did two things differently in the second half — holding onto the ball and attacking the outside of College Park's defense. Isiah Lewis ran two flanker sweeps for 36 yards, the second a 16-yard gain to the College Park 10. James Houston ran a sweep to the 4-yard line. But on second down, Jackson stopped Lewis for a 2-yard loss, Angel Moreno stopped Josh Powell at the 1-yard line on third down, then the middle of College Park's defense stood up Davis on a fourth-down quarterback keeper.
Davis hit Andrew Cox-Gilmore in the corner of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown — one play after a fourth-down pass interference call against College Park — to make it 14-7 with 2:11 left in the game, but the Falcons recovered the onside kick attempt and ran out the clock.