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
Hayward 14, Bishop O'Dowd 13
BOD 7 0 0 6-- 13
Hayward 0 0 6 8-- 14
BOD -- Burnette 1 run (Schwartz kick)
H -- Finau 23 pass from Pulu (kick failed)
H -- Ellison 1 run (Pulu run)
BOD -- Grandison 16 run (kick failed)
Rushing: BOD -- Burnette 19-65, Grandison 6-53, King 9-46, Johnson 1-(-2). Totals: 35-162. H -- Carter 10-63, Pulu 8-47, Foote 6-23, Mahe 3-8, Ellison 6-3, TEAM 3-(-2). Totals: 36-142. Passing: BOD -- King 10-20-1-110. H -- Ellison 2-6-1-1, Pulu 1-1-0-23. Totals: 3-7-1-24. Receiving: BOD -- Gomes 5-53, Grace 2-51, Burnette 2-5, Keaton 1-1. H -- Finau 1-23, Foote 1-1, Pulu 1-0. Fumbles/lost: BOD -- 2/0. H -- 0/0. Records: Hayward 4-4, 2-1 WACC-Foothill; Bishop O'Dowd 6-2, 2-1.