Kendrick Payne would not be denied in the Skyline High football team's 40-36 nonleague victory over host Ygnacio Valley on Friday.
After being stopped on a two-point conversion run midway through the fourth quarter that would have tied the score, Payne sped into the end zone on a 10-yard run with 59 seconds left to give the Titans the victory.
"I was like, 'We have to get back on it,' " said Payne about his thoughts after being stopped on the two-point conversion run. "I just ran hard (on the touchdown run). I knew they would be coming."
Skyline (2-2) trailed 28-14 at halftime, but Payne, who also scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter, continued to make his presence felt. The senior wide receiver, who was used often in a Wildcat formation, threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Golden Venters to narrow the deficit to 28-20 in the third quarter.
After a 24-yard touchdown run by Tyrone Campbell early in the fourth quarter, Payne reached the end zone on the two-point conversion run to tie the score.
Ygnacio Valley (1-3) came back to take the lead on an 8-yard scoring run by Thomas Davis and a two-point conversion run by Jamari Pope with 7:14 to play. But on the second play of the ensuing drive, Skyline quarterback Lionel Borrego was under heavy pressure but flipped the ball forward to Payne, who raced 57 yards to pull the Titans within two points with 6:09 remaining.
After the unsuccessful conversion run, Skyline recovered
Payne had 164 yards in rushing, receiving and passing combined. Campbell led the Titans in rushing with 151 yards, and teammate Jamell Tousant added 122 yards on the ground.
Ygnacio Valley's Pope ran for 171 yards and threw for 119 yards.
Tennyson 50, Oakland 0: Joshua Handy ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns, and Quinzell Moore and Isaiah Rogers also scored twice in the host Lancers' shutout win.
End Stephan Pangelina led Tennyson's defensive charge. He had a sack, made a tackle in the end zone for a safety and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Lancers (3-1) held the Wildcats (2-1) to 2 yards of total offense.
Tennyson fumbled away possession on its first two drives but scored toward the end of the first quarter on a 73-yard run by Handy.
Oakland couldn't control the ensuing kickoff and fell on the ball at its 1-yard line. Pangelina tackled Wildcats quarterback Kevin Iem in the end zone on the next play.
Moore had two TD runs in the second quarter, and Gilberto Magallanes made a 25-yard field goal for a 25-0 halftime lead.
Pangelina fought off Oakland's Saul Sanchez to recover a fumble in the end zone to start the third quarter. Handy added a 40-yard scoring run and Rogers scored the final two touchdowns in the rout.
-- Jimmy Durkin
Hayward 13, College Park 7: The Farmers spun their wheels in the first half but turned things around in the second half. Marjani Ellison threw two second-half touchdown passes as Hayward (2-2) recorded the home win.
Ellison threw for 207 yards, including the game-winning 16-yard TD pass to Alex Jones early in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-seven play. Ellison' first TD pass, a 23-yarder to Sheldon Bowman in the third quarter, gave the Farmers momentum.
College Park (2-3) was in control early, going on a nine-play, 90-yard drive in the first quarter that was capped off by a Nick Le Sage 1-yard TD plunge. The Falcons rushed for 164 yards in the first half but couldn't build on the early lead.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Mt. Eden 35, Mt. Diablo 6: Devante McGowan ran for 112 yards and a touchdown and Khalil Thomas added 64 rushing yards and two scores to lead the host Monarchs to a nonleague win.
Mt. Eden (3-2) jumped out to a fast start. McGowan scored the first touchdown on a 3-yard run with 2:53 left in the first quarter, a play set up by Justin Gindlesberger's 32-yard run two plays earlier. The lead grew to 14-0 just 23 seconds later when Gindlesberger ran in from 3 yards after Koa Sibley's recovery of a Mt. Diablo fumble.
Both of Thomas's TDs came in the second quarter, the first on a 14-yard run, the next on a 7-yard jaunt to open a 28-0 lead.
Mt. Diablo (2-2) got its only score on a 73-yard pass play from Austin Hunt to Darneail Jenkins with 51 seconds left in the first half. Hunt finished with 203 yards passing.
Mt. Eden quarterback Jonathan Sturholm completed the scoring on 13-yard keeper with 3:46 to play.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent