HAYWARD -- A balanced ground attack and a last-second stand by the defense helped the host Chabot College football team to a 17-14 victory over Merced on Saturday night in the Golden Gate Conference opener for both teams.

Asanti McCrae ran for 83 yards and Hunter Rockwell added 80 as the Gladiators finished with 263 yards on the ground. The Chabot defense forced five turnovers, including two inside their own 10 to thwart a pair of Merced drives.

Chabot (2-4) built a 17-7 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Blue Devils wouldn't quit.

Tyrell Vinson, who caught six balls for 202 yards, scored on a 63-yard screen pass from Trevor Mew to cut the Chabot lead to three with 4:22 left.

Merced (2-5) forced a Gladiators punt, taking over at their own 25 with 1:31 remaining. Vinson caught another screen, this time going 34 yards to the Chabot 27 with 20 seconds left.

After two incomplete passes, Daniel Mouro tried to tie the game for Merced, but was wide-right from 44 yards out. Mew finished with 265 yards on 15 for 30 passing, but was picked off three times.

Avery Williams scored on a 7-yard run for the Gladiators in the third quarter and Gustavo Ulloa nailed a 41-yard field goal with 12:26 left in the final quarter for Chabot.

Chabot 17, Merced 14

Merced          0          7          0          7--          14

Chabot          7          0          7          3--          17

C — Trevino 4 run (Ulloa kick)

M — J. Smith 4 run (Mouro kick)

C — Williams 7 run (Ulloa kick)

C — Ulloa 41 FG

M — Vinson 63 pass from Mew (Mouro kick)

Rushing: M — M. Smith 14-73, J. Smith 10-44, Davis 1-6, Jones 2-4, Muse 4-4, Mew 2-(-3). Totals 33-128. C — Mc Crae 19-83, Rockwell 15-80, Trevino 11-61, Williams 8-46, Isabel 2-0, Jennings 1-(-3), Team 2-(-4). Totals 58-263. Passing: M — Mew 15-30-3 265, J. Smith 0-3-0 0. Totals 15-33-3 265. C — Trevino 10-24-1 74. Receiving: M — Vinson 6-202, C. Smith 2-34, M. Smith 2-8, Davis 2-1, Goiburn 1-22, Mew 1-(-1), Nevarez 1-(-1). Totals 15-265. C — Jennings 4-47, Stewart 3-14, Guy 1-8, Thegenus 1-6, Isabel 1-(-1). Totals 10-74.

Fumbles/lost: Merced 2/2, Chabot 2/1. Records: Chabot 2-4, 1-0 GGC; Merced 2-5, 0-1.