The defense of the Las Lomas High football team dominated in front of a lively home crowd Friday night, helping the Knights claim a 31-14 Diablo Foothill Athletic League victory over Dublin.
"Tonight was a special night," Las Lomas coach Doug Longero said. "They did a good job on homecoming to play that well, it's exciting."
Las Lomas (3-4, 2-1 DFAL) set the tone early by forcing a fumble on the second play from scrimmage. It was just a precursor of things to come for both sides.
The Knights' Adam Wood hit 16 for 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns and had a 2-yard scoring run with 7:56 left in the third quarter to give his team a 24-0 lead.
Kyle Hill (18 carries, 70 yards and a touchdown), Brayton Milner (six catches, 59 yards and a touchdown) and Ricky Ow (115 yards from scrimmage) also had big games for the Knights.
Dublin (4-3, 2-1) didn't record a first down until the fourth quarter, as it lost star running back Ondre Rudolph to an apparent leg injury near the end of the first quarter. He needed assistance from the field.
The Gaels blocked a kick, and Josh Yu returned it 70 yards for a touchdown, and quarterback Miguel Arroyo had a 1-yard keeper for a score to account for Dublin's points.
Miramonte 21, Acalanes 14: Looking to avoid three straight losses to open their DFAL season, the Matadors picked up a big road win to get back on track, as the Dons' comeback attempt fell short.
"We know we're fighting for our playoff lives, and we know our backs are against the wall," Miramonte coach Jack Schram said. "We have to come out and play tough every game, and our defense came out and played tremendous in the first half."
Miramonte (3-4, 1-2 DFAL) used the ground game to build a 14-0 halftime lead, scoring touchdowns early in the first and second quarter, a 7-yarder from Conor Bruen and a 3-yard run by Nick Sheehan.
But it was a big passing play midway through the third that provided enough cushion. Facing third down from the shadow of their goal posts, Marshall Deutz took a short pass from Sheehan and turned it into a 90-yard scoring pass and a 21-0 lead.
Deutz finished with five catches for 164 yards.
Acalanes (4-2, 1-2 DFAL) made a charge late in the third quarter when Deshawn Johnson, who ran for 171 yards, scored from 10 yards to make it 21-7.
The Dons were threatening to score a few minutes later, but an interception at the goal line by Ray Clark ended the threat.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Alhambra 47, Dougherty Valley 21: The host Bulldogs had 571 yards of offense to earn their first DFAL victory of the season.
Alhambra (2-4, 1-1 DFAL) benefited from the big play all night as it scored five touchdowns of 50 or more yards.
Taylor Poyadue was a standout for the Bulldogs, rushing for 123 yards and two scores. He also caught three passes for 98 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown from Josh Evans.
Dougherty Valley (0-6, 0-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead just over a minute into the game after an Alhambra fumble, as Lanre Adelekan scored on a 1-yard run. But the Bulldogs would go on the score the next 40 points. Maalec Thomas broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run, and shortly after, Harits Abdurroman added an equally impressive 65-yard rushing score.
Bulldogs quarterback Leo Costa completed 6 of 10 passes for 98 yards and two scores.
For the Wildcats, Aflobi Adeoti rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown. Dougherty Valley was held to just 58 total offensive yards in the first half.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent