Hayward High's football team scored the deciding touchdown early in the fourth quarter and held on for a 14-13 victory over visiting Bishop O'Dowd on Friday at Sunset Field.
Thompson Pulu threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Isidore Finau on a halfback option play for the Farmers (4-4, 2-1 West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division). Hayward struggled on offense most of the night but put together a 15-play, 81-yard drive that took seven minutes, 37 seconds for the winning touchdown.
Quarterback Marjani Ellison capped that drive with a 1-yard sneak on the first play of the fourth quarter. Pulu scored on the two-point conversion.
"We were running it, so they were biting on the run the whole time," Pulu said of his pass. "Our coach called the halfback pass, and he was open. Sitting there in the end zone by himself."
It was a night of missed opportunities for the Dragons (6-2, 2-1).
Eric Schwartz missed a 22-yard field goal in the final minute and earlier missed a 25-yard try -- both were wide left. Two other times, Bishop O'Dowd drove inside the 10-yard line and came away empty. The first came when the Dragons went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3, but running back Isaiah Johnson was stopped by Samuel Mahe.
The second came at the end of the first half when after getting a first-and-goal at the 5, Bishop O'Dowd was called for holding. Then, quarterback Kevin King was intercepted by Mahe at the goal line on the final play of the second quarter.
Berkeley 12, San Leandro 7: Marlon Walker returned an interception 70 yards for touchdown, and the Yellowjackets' defense caused three turnovers to beat the visiting Pirates and remain unbeaten in the WACC-Foothill Division.
San Leandro (0-8, 0-3 WACC-Foothill) was driving in Berkeley territory when Walker stepped in front of Stephen Johnson's pass at his own 30-yard line and returned it 70 yards to put the Yellowjackets (3-4, 3-0) up 12-0 with 5:43 left in the first half.
The Pirates amassed 237 yards of offense in the first half and limited Berkeley to 85 yards, but San Leandro committed two first-half turnovers -- both in Berkeley territory -- and was stopped on the goal line on a fourth-and-4 play.
Berkeley allowed 330 yards of offense but intercepted two passes, including Jakari Simpson's take-away in the end zone, caused a fumble and sacked Johnson five times. Doug Stewart ended the game for Berkeley with a sack of Johnson on a fourth-and-5 play.
-- Robert Jordan, correspondent
Castro Valley 27, Encinal 6: The host Trojans' defense was flawless, and their offense was able to overcome some mistakes for a win over the Jets.
The Trojans running game provided most of the offense, totaling 364 yards.
Patrick Cheek got Castro Valley on the board with a 68-yard run in the first quarter. Encinal closed the gap early in the second quarter. CJ Souza blocked a Trojans punt, and Austin Ve'e ran it in for a 45-yard touchdown. The Jets missed the extra point but closed the Castro Valley lead to just one.
Robert Taylor gave the Trojans a bigger lead late in the half on a 24-yard run. Castro Valley quarterback Luke Huerta got his only touchdown of the night, a 12-yard pass to Trevor Trammell, at the end of the third, and Nick Alfaro scored the final touchdown of the night on a 22-yard run early in the fourth.
-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent
Tennyson 31, Piedmont 14: The Lancers moved another step closer to their first league title since 1970. Gilberto Magallanes passed for 17 yards and a touchdown and the Tennyson defense had another strong performance in a decisive win over visiting Piedmont in a WACC-Shoreline Division game.
The Lancers defense held the Highlanders (5-3, 1-2 WACC-Shoreline) to minus-28 rushing yards, 49 total yards and forced five turnovers.
The Lancers (7-1, 3-0) remain in sole possession of first place in the division. Victories over Mt. Eden and San Lorenzo in its final two regular season games would give Tennyson its first outright league title in school history.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Mt. Eden 30, Alameda 29, OT: Khalil Thomas's 2-point conversion run in overtime sealed the win for the visiting Monarchs in this WACC-Shoreline Division game. The loss was especially bitter for the host Hornets (2-6, 0-3), who argued vehemently that Thomas had crawled into the end zone after getting stopped short.
Alameda, which saw its losing streak extended to four games, got off to a fast start and led 13-0 after one quarter. But the Hornets needed a 26-yard field goal from Karl Bliven to knot the score at 22-22 with 4:52 left to send the game to overtime.
The Hornets had the first possession in the overtime with Elijah Hernandez passing to Chris Bussey for a 15-yard touchdown on second down. Mt. Eden (5-3, 3-1) needed only one down to respond, as Jonathan Sturholm passed 10 yards to Justin Gindlesberger.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent
Newark Memorial 41, American 16: Quarterback Riley Pivin threw for 172 yards, four touchdowns and rushed for another as the host Cougars team claimed a Mission Valley Athletic League win over American.
The Cougars (6-2, 4-0 MVAL) dominated from the get-go with two touchdowns in the first 10 minutes against American (5-3, 2-2).
Defensively, the Cougars played about as sound as possible in the first half. They allowed just 31 yards of offense (12 rushing) and no points. And on offense, they struck for 28 points in the first half.
A win next week and the Cougars could ensure no worse than a co-championship. Newark's last league title came in 1985, a tri-championship with Washington and American.
-- Steve R. Waterhouse, correspondent
Campolindo 45, Alhambra 12: Behind 280 yards passing and four touchdowns from quarterback Andrew Zolintakis, the Cougars dominated the host Bulldogs to remain unbeaten in Diablo Foothill Athletic League play.
Alhambra (3-5, 2-2 DFAL) was hurt by turnovers and poor special teams play. The Bulldogs lost two fumbles and had two passes intercepted, including one at the Campolindo 1-yard line.
Another error came on a Campolindo kickoff. Cougars kicker Christian Antezana lofted a high pooch kick between two Alhambra players. Neither caught the ball, and Campolindo (7-1, 4-0) recovered.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent
Miramonte 41, Dougherty Valley 3: In his first game back, Matadors quarterback Drew Anderson failed to show any of the rust that might be expected from someone who missed the first seven games of the season.
Anderson threw touchdowns passes of 24, 2 and 35 yards in host Miramonte's first three possessions of the game to cruise to the DFAL victory over the Wildcats (0-8, 0-4) on homecoming.
The junior, who was out with a shoulder injury, found Marshall Deutz for 24-yard and 2-yard touchdowns passes to open the game and then connected with Zati Williams for a 35-yard score and 20-0 lead with 4:03 left in the first quarter.
The Matadors (4-4, 2-2 DFAL) took a 27-3 lead into the half, recording their final touchdown of the first half on a halfback pass from Conor Bruen to a wide-open Dominic Paoletti for a 55-yard score.
-- Jim Bucci, correspondent
Dublin 17, Acalanes 14: Andrew Totaro kicked a 25-yard field goal with 4:10 remaining, giving visiting Dublin a three-point lead. But the battle for the Gaels was just beginning.
Acalanes nearly pulled off a game-winning drive on the ensuing series but shot itself in the foot one last fatal time, and Dublin forced a fourth-down incompletion near midfield to wrap up the victory.
The final minutes featured a dramatic sequence when Steve Main hauled in a 26-yard catch to bring Acalanes (6-3, 2-3 DFAL) near the Dublin red zone, but a penalty negated the big play. One short run and three incompletions later, Dublin (5-4, 3-2) was in the victory formation.
-- Alex Espinoza, correspondent
Chabot 37, Laney 36: Avery Williams scored on a 2-yard run and Gustavo Ulloa kicked the crucial extra point in the first overtime as the Gladiators (3-4, 1-1) outlasted the host Eagles (2-5, 1-1) in a Golden Gate Conference game.
Williams' run and the PAT gave Chabot a 37-30 lead, but Kyle Williams scored on a 25-yard run on Laney's first play in the OT. Each team called a timeout before the conversion attempt, and the Eagles went for the win. Quarterback Charles Cobbs threw a pass intended for Jermaine Jones in the end zone that fell incomplete.