The Valley Christian High football team rallied from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to pull out a 22-21 win over host Pinole Valley on Friday night in a Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division game.

Senior running back Howard Wikle scored on a two-point conversion attempt with 5:10 left to give Valley Christian (7-2, 3-2 TCAL-Rock) its first lead.

Wikle had also scored nine seconds earlier on a 12-yard run to put Valley Christian within a touchdown.

Wikle's two-point conversion run came after a fumble recovery by Demaurier Blackwell, who picked up the loose ball and ran into the end zone from 5 yards out. Wikle led all rushers with 169 yards on 24 carries.

The Spartans (3-6, 2-3) led 21-0 early in the third quarter after quarterback Devin Davis scored a 2-yard touchdown. Valley Christian took back the momentum after linebacker Josh Quadara intercepted a pass from Davis and ran 50 yards to the end zone for Valley Christian's first score with 1:15 left in the third quarter.

Running back Javari Sheppard had 122 yards on 14 carries to lead Pinole Valley. Fullback Josh Powell added 100 yards on nine carries.

Hercules 41, John Swett 0: The host Titans took a 17-0 lead at halftime and never looked back in a TCAL-Stone Division win over the Indians.


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The Titans overcame 12 penalties -- including two that brought back touchdowns -- to go up 17-0 lead. Hercules' defense, though, held John Swett (4-5, 2-2 TCAL-Stone) to just 25 first-half yards, all of it rushing.

Marquis Davenport led Hercules (6-2, 4-0) in rushing with 130 yards and two touchdowns. Damon Dixon hit Armani Reynolds on a 22-yard touchdown pass and Loran Fonseca nailed a 42-yard field goal for Hercules.

-- LeAnn Shea, correspondent

Albany 22, De Anza 13: Led by the running of Brandon Stephens and the passing of quarterback Nick Sternad, the visiting Cougars got their first win, leading from start to finish.

Stephens led Albany (1-3, 1-8 TCAL-Stone) with 71 yards on 13 carries. He rushed for 3 yards in the first quarter for Albany's first score. The two-point conversion gave the Cougars an 8-0 lead, which turned to 8-7 when Jordon Cowart scored for De Anza in the second quarter.

Stephens rushed for 55 yards on eight carries as Albany had a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Sternad completed 4-of-6 passes for 64 yards in the first half, including a 21-yard touchdown toss to Jarin Panigbatan.

De Anza (0-4, 2-6) running back Jordan Cowart had six rushes for 24 yards and a 14-yard touchdown run.

-- Don August, correspondent

McClymonds 68, Oakland 0: The Warriors scored 10 touchdowns in their homecoming victory over the Wildcats.

McClymonds (5-3, 3-0) held a 32-0 lead after the first quarter and had a 52-0 lead at halftime, as the losing streak for Oakland (0-3, 2-5) went to four games.

Running back LaVance Warren provided the Warriors' first score on a 13-yard run. That was followed by two Wildcats fumbles returned for touchdowns by Yusef Sterling-Lowe and Antonio Cummings. Cummings also scored on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Keith Williams.

Kenyatta Jackson had three rushing touchdowns for the Warriors, who have won four straight.

-- Allen Gordon, correspondent

Oakland Tech 17, Fremont 14: Zach Spindle kicked a 40-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a win over the Tigers at Curt Flood Field to stay unbeaten in the OAL.

Oakland Tech quarterback James Lewis threw a touchdown pass to Michael Adams and also ran in a touchdown as the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-0) and Tigers were tied at halftime 14-14. In the third quarter, Fremont intercepted a Lewis pass and drove to Oakland Tech's 2-yard line. But the Bulldogs defense didn't allow the Tigers to score.

Next Saturday, Oakland Tech plays at Skyline and Fremont (3-4, 1-2) plays at McClymonds.

-- Staff

Alameda 22, San Lorenzo 6: In a defensive game filled with turnovers, Alameda was able to take advantage of enough opportunities to post a West Alameda County Conference victory over San Lorenzo at Arroyo High.

Jack Rausser intercepted Rebels quarterback Kevin Mosi's first pass, setting up Elijah Hernandez's 34-yard run for a 7-0 Hornets lead.

With Alameda (3-6, 1-3 WACC-Shoreline) clinging to a 7-6 fourth-quarter lead, Darnell Rose recovered a San Lorenzo fumble at the Rebels' 29-yard line to help set up Weston Tolbert's 3-yard touchdown run. The key play on the drive was a 21-yard, fourth-down conversion between Jesse Lewis and Keelan Doss. Hernandez's pass to Chris Bussey for the 2-point conversion gave Alameda a 15-6 lead.

-- Matt Rempel, correspondent