The San Ramon Valley High football team rallied from an 18-point deficit to stun rival Monte Vista 32-28 on Friday night and earn a share of the East Bay Athletic League title in the teams' regular-season finale.
The Wolves celebrated by hoisting the perpetual trophy retained by the winner of the all-Danville battle, reclaiming it from the host Mustangs.
Wolves quarterback Cameron Birse passed for 315 yards and four touchdowns, but he tipped his cap to his teammates.
"It was a total team victory, and our defense played phenomenally in the second half," he said. "We didn't quit. We wanted to bring back this trophy to San Ramon."
The Wolves (5-5, 5-1 EBAL) needed a victory to finish tied with California atop the standings.
Sophomore JJ Koski put the Wolves ahead 32-28 on a 20-yard touchdown reception from Birse with 3:45 to play.
Then San Ramon Valley's Peter Tagliaferri recovered a fumble to seal Monte Vista's fate. The Mustangs (6-4, 3-3) had marched to the Wolves' 38-yard line before fumbling for the sixth time.
During the back-and-forth battle before a large, enthusiastic crowd, the Wolves cut the deficit to 21-17 on a 36-yard pass play for Matt Turner in the third quarter, after Ryan Dunn recovered a fumble. The Mustangs upped the margin to 11 points on a 9-yard completion from Nikita Zamora to tight end Erik Mensendiek.
But the Wolves' Marcus de la Pena, who rushed for 116 yards, turned a simple screen play into a spectacular 76-yard touchdown reception, which was followed by a two-point conversion on a pass from de la Pena to Justin Bangay, to cut the deficit to 28-25.
Amador Valley 28, Foothill 23: The host Dons (6-4, 4-2 EBAL) intercepted six passes by the Falcons (5-5, 3-3), building a 28-3 lead before holding on for the victory. It was Amador Valley's first win over Foothill since 2004 and only the second for the Dons over the Falcons since 1994.
Justin Cruz got Amador Valley on the board on the third play from scrimmage when he intercepted Kyle Kearns' pass intended for Jack Finney and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. It was the first of five interceptions thrown by Kearns. Backup quarterback Parker Bryan came in the game for a series in the second quarter and promptly was intercepted.
Parker Newman also returned a Kearns interception for a touchdown, bringing it back 67 yards with 1:27 left in the second quarter to make it 28-3.
After Amador Valley forced a punt, the Dons' Kyle Moreno threw a pass for Alejandro Apodaca that was tipped and intercepted by Trevor Maes, who returned it 82 yards for a touchdown with seven seconds to go in the first half.
Foothill got another interception on a tipped ball on the first play of the third quarter, this time from Finney. Maes also blocked two field goals.
Kearns hit Finney on a seam route for a 66-yard touchdown with 7:32 left in the game to cut the score to 28-23. Foothill went for two and failed. The Falcons marched to the Amador Valley 36 the next time they had the ball but failed to convert on fourth down.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent
Granada 35, Livermore 3: Casey Soltis and Kyle Campiotti each rushed for two touchdowns as the host Matadors (4-6, 1-5 EBAL) won the city championship over the rival Cowboys (2-8, 0-6).
Soltis and Campiotti, who rushed for many yards out of the wildcat formation, combined for 180 yards on the ground. Soltis, a junior, had a game-high 117 yards on the ground, and the senior Campiotti added 63.
An interception by Granada's Dominex Kovacs led to the first touchdown of the game, a 3-yard run by Soltis on the first play of the second quarter.
Livermore narrowed Granada's lead to 7-3 nearly halfway through the quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Ryan Galat, but an 18-yard touchdown run by Soltis with 4:58 left in the first half helped the Matadors take a 14-3 halftime lead.
The Matadors were helped by a Cowboys turnover in the third quarter, as a fumble recovery by Granada's Cristian Palomo on the Livermore 32 led to a 6-yard touchdown run by Campiotti. He reached the end zone again early in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard run, and Matt Richards scored the game's final touchdown on a 2-yard run.
-- Phil Jensen