With his team coming off its first loss of the season, James Logan High football coach George Zuber was eager to see how his players would respond.
"We challenged them to come out with the same speed they've been coming out with all year," he said.
The Colts responded with a 55-6 rout over visiting Newark Memorial (5-2) on Friday night in nonleague play.
Two weeks ago, Logan (6-1) suffered a 20-13 loss at Del Oro-Loomis. Then Logan had a bye to ponder that defeat.
"We got our first overtime experience since I've been here, we got to play in front of a huge crowd, it was hot, something like 95 degrees, and we had to travel," Zuber said.
"Those are all things that could happen in the playoffs. And, in the end, it exposed some details we needed to work on. We practiced hard the last two weeks, and tonight it showed."
Logan got on the board less than two minutes into the game when Karsten Wethington picked off a Riley Pivin pass and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown.
Six minutes later, the Colts took a 13-0 lead on a 19-yard quarterback keeper run by Jeffrey Prothro. Prothro was 4 of 5 passing for 106 yards. He rushed five times for 100 yards. He had two rushing touchdowns and one passing.
Logan's Warren Miles Long had five rushes for 100 yards and one reception for a 39-yard touchdown.
Newark's top running back, Marty Leggett, didn't play because of a hip injury. It's expected he'll be back for next week's
Washington 54, Moreau Catholic 25: Kyle Malpede threw for 178 yards and accounted for four touchdowns as Washington stayed undefeated in the Mission Valley Athletic League with a convincing victory over host Moreau Catholic.
Malpede hit Nate Woudstra and Terrance Jones on scoring passes of 42 and 32 yards, respectively, as the Huskies (5-2, 4-0 MVAL) stormed out to a 14-0 lead in the first 4 minutes, 45 seconds of the game.
Moreau (3-4, 1-2) sophomore Jason Hinton got the Mariners on the board with an 86-yard kick return on the ensuing kickoff, but Malpede added touchdown runs of 5 and 25 yards to help Washington take a 34-12 halftime lead.
Mariners signal-caller Nicholas Kinast ran for a game-high 84 yards, including a 10-yard score in the fourth quarter.
-- Tony Gonzalez, correspondent
Campolindo 24, Las Lomas 21: With standout senior quarterback Brett Stephens out for the season with a shoulder injury, Andrew Zolintakis stepped into the void, directing the Cougars to a comeback victory in Moraga with a Stephens-like performance.
The junior threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns passes and ran for the game-clinching first down with just over a minute to play with Campolindo clinging to a three-point lead.
The Cougars (6-1, 3-0 DEAL) trailed 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter but went ahead 24-21 with 10:46 left on a 3-yard touchdown plunge by Nicky Aikawa. The touchdown capped a 12-play drive that started on the Cougars' 20-yard line.
Zolintakis put the Cougars ahead 7-0 in the first quarter on an 8-yard run, but the Knights came right back on their next possession, tying the score on a 4-yard scamper by Kyle Hill.
The Knights (3-5, 2-2 DEAL) took the lead in the second quarter as quarterback Adam Wood scrambled long enough to find Zach Fulks in the back of the end zone for the touchdown and 14-7 lead.
The Cougars closed the half with 10 unanswered points, receiving a 25-yard field by Cristian Antezana and a 6-yard touchdown pass from Zolintakis to Justin Dunn for a 17-14 halftime edge.
-- Jim Bucci, correspondent
Alhambra 24, Dublin 7: The visiting Bulldogs quarterbacks didn't throw much, but they were effective when they did.
Leo Costa hit Monte Cabrera on a 54-yard strike early in the game for a 7-0 lead. Then in the second quarter, Josh Evans hit Ethan Little on an 80-yard catch and run for a 14-0 advantage that would be enough to give Alhambra the win.
The Gaels were without star running back Ondre Rudolph, who was injured in last week's game against Las Lomas.
Without Rudolph, Dublin was unable to mount an effective running attack and turned to the passing game to try to mount a comeback. Trailing 17-0, Josh Nobida took the Gaels on a 72-yard drive, finding Cory Thurman on a key fourth-down conversion, and then finishing the effort with a 2-yard keeper to pull Dublin within 17-7 late in the third quarter.
But just two plays later, Taylor Poyadue found an opening in the Gaels' defense and went 76 yards down the sideline for a score, giving the momentum right back to Alhambra.
-- Matt Rempel, correspondent
Clayton Valley Charter 49, College Park 7: The Eagles scored on their first seven possessions to amass a 49-0 lead over the visiting Falcons.
Clayton Valley (6-1, 2-0 Diablo Valley Athletic League) led 14-0 after the first quarter, then erupted for 28 points in a frenetic second period. The Eagles held the ball for 10 plays and 3:19 in the second quarter but racked up 210 yards, averaging 2.5 plays and 50 seconds per scoring drive.
Standout tailback Joe Protheroe carried only six times in the first half but had 175 yards and two scores, including a 62-yard scamper to start the game's scoring and an 85-yard burst to trigger the offensive eruption in the second quarter.
Quarterback Dimitri Salido rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown for College Park (3-4, 1-1).
-- Bill Kolb, correspondent
Northgate 64, Mt. Diablo 0: The Broncos scored 36 points in the first quarter and never looked back in a win over the host Red Devils.
Northgate, which has now won five straight, continued to pour it on in the second quarter as it extended its lead to 57-0 at halftime.
The Broncos (6-1, 2-0 DVAL) play College Park next Friday at Diablo Valley College. The Red Devils (2-5, 0-2) host Ygnacio Valley next Friday.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Concord 54, Ygnacio Valley 12: Olito Thompson scored six touchdowns and rushed for 306 yards on 12 carries, leading the host minutemen to a victory over the Warriors.
Concord (6-1, 1-1 DVAL) started sloppily, throwing two early interceptions and falling behind 6-0 after a 3-yard rushing touchdown by Ygnacio Valley quarterback Jamari Pope. But the minutemen had something to prove after a tough loss last week at Northgate.
Thompson, coming off a career low 62-yard rushing performance in the defeat to the Broncos, provided that spark. He made quick cuts, got loose and used his breakaway speed to give the Warrior defenders little chance to stop him.
Ygnacio Valley (1-6, 0-2) was able to move the ball against the Concord defense between the 20s, chewing up a lot of time off the clock during its drives. But they were continually stuffed on fourth down, when it counted.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent