Joe Mixon scored four touchdowns in the first half to help lead the Freedom High football team to a 55-27 nonleague victory over host Castro Valley on Friday night.

The Falcons led 21-13 early in the second quarter when Mixon scored his third touchdown to give his team a 28-13 advantage.

Freedom added 20 more points before halftime as it cruised to one of its most impressive wins this season.

Freedom took the opening drive 41-yards in six plays, ending when Dante Mayes connected with Devontae Young for an 8-yard touchdown.

Castro Valley (2-3) answered with Luke Huerta's 40-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Trammell, and the Trojans took their only lead on Patrick Cheek's 24-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter. The extra point was partially blocked.

Freedom (3-2) came right back with Mixon scoring his first touchdown on a 14-yard run, and the Falcons took the lead for good, 14-13, on Anthony Cantabrana's extra point.

Trojans fumbles set up the next two Falcon touchdowns to break the game open. Mixon cashed in on both turnovers with touchdown runs of 11 and 38 yards. Mayes made it 35-13 on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Laude.

Laude nearly had a second touchdown reception, after catching a 31-yard pass from Mayes, but he fumbled on his way to the end zone. Fortunately for the Falcons, Young recovered for a touchdown.

Freedom will be looking for its third straight win next week when it hosts Heritage in its first Bay Valley Athletic League game.


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Concord 34, Heritage 0: The Minutemen cruised to their fifth straight victory as they grabbed a 12-0 lead in the first half to help earn a nonleague win over the host Patriots.

Senior running back Olito Thompson got Concord on the board on a 2-yard run with 7:24 left in the first quarter.

In the second half, Daniel Golden made it 18-0 for the Minutemen (5-0) on a 13-yard touchdown catch with 2:30 left in the third quarter.

Concord has a bye next week before it opens Diablo Valley Athletic League play at Northgate on Oct. 5, Heritage (0-5) opens its BVAL schedule next week at Freedom.

-- Ken Silman, correspondent

Clayton Valley 58, Liberty 19: The Lions scored first on a 4-yard run by Austin Solari, then the host Eagles rattled off 51 unanswered points to take control of their nonleague contest.

Joe Protheroe scored on a 55-yard run and again on a 37-yard pass from his brother Michael to bookend the first-quarter scoring. Clayton Valley (3-1) led 28-7 after the first quarter.

Michael Protheroe also found Tanner Wraa for a 63-yard score and ran one in himself from 4 yards. Jesse Medrano scored on a 39-yard scamper one play after sacking Lions quarterback Ivan Oseguera in the end zone for a safety.

Liberty (2-3) will try to halt its two-game slide next Friday when it plays at Pittsburg in its BVAL opener. Clayton Valley closes out its nonleague schedule next week at home against Hayward.

-- Bill Kolb, correspondent

El Cerrito 54, Valley Christian-Dublin 0: The Gauchos took a 34-0 lead at halftime and never looked back as they trounced the Vikings in the first Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division game for both teams.

In the first half, Marcellus Pippins had two rushes for 51 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown. Quarterback Keilan Benjamin completed all three of his passes for 62 yards.

El Cerrito led 12-0 after the first quarter but scored 22 points in the second quarter, capped by a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown by Jalen Harvey with 14 seconds left in the half.

Both teams' defenses had been stellar coming into Friday's game.

The Gauchos had allowed no more than 14 points in any of their four previous games and just 36 points this season. Valley Christian was coming off a 49-0 road win over Lower Lake and had allowed just 37 points in its first four games.

Valley Christian has a bye next week and plays at St. Mary's on Oct. 6 in a TCAL Rock Division game. El Cerrito is home to Salesian on Oct. 5.

-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent

Deer Valley 26, San Leandro 14: Running back Shane Pooler scored on a 25-yard run to give Deer Valley a 20-6 lead with 1:44 left in the third quarter, and the Wolverines earned a nonleague win over the visiting Pirates.

The Wolverines scored first on a 28-yard touchdown run by Nsimba Webster with 3:31 left in the first quarter.

Following a fumble recovery, Deer Valley scored on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Webster to Lee Ward on the last play of the first quarter for a 13-0 lead.

San Leandro scored in the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Randy Bell. Following that play, there was a 78-yard catch-and-run by Keone Founai on a pass from Stephen Johnson.

Johnson had 176 passing yards in the first half.

San Leandro turned the ball over four times on fumbles in the first half. Webster had 65 yards rushing and 145 yards passing in the first half.

Deer Valley, which was coming off a 50-38 loss to Folsom, concludes its nonleague schedule next week at home against Vacaville. San Leandro plays its first West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division game next week at Castro Valley.

-- Paul Burgarino, correspondent

Hercules 31, San Lorenzo 9: The host Titans scored two touchdowns early in the third quarter to break a 3-3 tie and help earn a nonleague win over the Rebels.

Hercules led 10-3 in the third quarter before Marquis Davenport scored a touchdown for a 14-point lead.

San Lorenzo got on the board first with a 35-yard field goal by Oscar Bernal with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

Hercules answered with a field goal by Loran Fonseca with 5:47 left in the half. The field goal was set up by a fumble recovery by Brannon Wong.

Hercules sacked Kevin Mosi eight times.

-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent

John Swett 42, San Rafael 0: The Indians grabbed a 35-0 lead at halftime and never looked back as they cruised past the Bulldogs in a nonleague game and snapped their two-game losing streak.

-- LeAnn Shea, correspondent