Pick your poison: Protheroe or Protheroe?
Focus your efforts on big brother Joe, and Michael will burn you. Try to key on the junior quarterback, and the bruising senior tailback will take you apart.
As the host Concord High football team learned to its dismay Friday night, Clayton Valley Charter's talented twosome is tough to stop, no matter which one of them is toting the ball.
The Eagles pounded the Minutemen from start to finish, spoiling Concord's homecoming to the tune of a 49-6 drubbing that kept Clayton Valley firmly in the Diablo Valley Athletic League championship race. It is the first win for Clayton Valley in the ClayCord Cup contest since a 29-22 win in 2008.
The Eagles (7-1, 3-0 DVAL) host Northgate next week in what will amount to a league title game. The Broncos (7-1, 3-0) topped College Park 31-6 to stay tied with Clayton Valley atop the league standings.
Clayton Valley used a punishing, quick-strike rushing attack to stun the Minutemen (6-2, 1-2), then just kept pounding away on the ground to prevent any semblance of an uprising.
Tailback Joe Protheroe, a four-year varsity player who had never beaten Concord, commenced the proceedings with a 50-yard scamper less than five minutes into the game to put Clayton Valley up 7-0. Michael followed with a 1-yard plunge six minutes later, and the rout was effectively on.
Joe Protheroe finished with 219 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. Michael Protheroe added 57 yards and three touchdowns on 9 carries.
He also completed one pass for 63 yards to finish with 120 yards of total offense. Jesse Medrano was the only non-Protheroe to score a touchdown for the Eagles with his 27-yard dash to paydirt that put them up 28-0 at the half.
"After three years of losing -- two times on our home field -- this felt great," Joe Protheroe said.
The Minutemen never got untracked against a swarming Eagles defense. Concord's normally potent rushing attack mustered just 67 yards. Vaunted tailback Olito Thompson was held to 35 yards on 10 carried, and Concord scored its only touchdown through the air when quarterback Wyatt Morrow found Brian Muonekwu for a 29-yard strike with 7:32 left in the third quarter.
Northgate 31, College Park 6: Thanks to Jimmy Sharpe, Fisi Tavake and a staunch defense, the Broncos remain tied at the top of the DVAL standings, pulling away from the Falcons in the fourth quarter at Diablo Valley College.
"Our defense kept us in the game early because our offense was miscuing early," Northgate coach Justin Lowell said. "In the second half we came out and played the way we should have and I'm proud of how we responded."
Sharpe scored from 8 yards out late in the second quarter. Then, following a Brandon Lee interception, he scored on the first play of the drive, a 51-yard run late in the third quarter to make the score 14-0.
Tavake added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter for Northgate (7-1, 3-0 DVAL), a 4-yard run and then a 51-yard interception return to put the icing on the cake.
The Falcons (3-5, 1-2) moved the ball well at times in the first half as Matt DeSilva had runs of 15, 32 and 39 yards, but College Park couldn't sustain the drives. DeSilva finished with 127 yards on 19 carries.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent
Ygnacio Valley 57, Mt. Diablo 52: The Warriors had a 49-36 lead after three quarters and went on to beat the host Red Devils.
Ygnacio Valley (2-6, 1-2 DVAL) took a 35-20 lead at halftime as quarterback Jamari Pope found receiver Robert Foreman for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds left in the second quarter.
Pope finished the first half 13 of 21 for 187 yards and three touchdowns. Foreman caught five passes for 90 yards.
For Mt. Diablo (2-6, 0-3) in the first half, quarterback Austin Hunt was 7 of 11 for 84 yards, which included a 47-yard touchdown pass to Darneail Jenkins.
Ygnacio Valley hosts College Park next Friday and closes the regular season on the road at Northgate on Nov. 2. Mt. Diablo hosts Concord next week then plays at Clayton Valley on Nov. 2.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent