The host Dublin High football team took advantage of several Livermore miscues in a 44-21 win Friday night in the first round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs.
The ninth-seeded Cowboys (2-9) turned the ball over three times that resulted in 16 points for No. 8 Dublin (6-4).
"When you get a turnover, it's a factor," Dublin coach John Wade said. "And then when you capitalize on it, it breaks the other side."
With the win, Dublin advances to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row. The Gaels will play at top-seeded Clayton Valley next Friday night at 7. It be the first meeting between the Gaels and Eagles this season.
A year ago, the Gaels advanced to the semifinals as a No. 5 seed before falling to eventual section champion Windsor.
On Friday, the Gaels watched Livermore take a 21-19 lead early in the third quarter. But Dublin responded with 21 straight points.
The Gaels took a 26-21 lead on a Josh Nobida 29-yard touchdown pass to Jabai Jefferson with 5:32 left in the third quarter. Nobida had 220 yards passing, two passing touchdowns and one rushing. His top target was Jefferson, who caught six passes for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Dublin seemed to take control of the game with 42 seconds left in the third quarter when Tristan Elias scored a 34-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-15 fake punt to give the Gaels a 33-21 lead.
Dublin expects running back Ondre Rudolph to be back next week. The senior suffered a hairline fracture in his ankle in an Oct. 5 game at Las Lomas.
Newark Memorial 40, American 8: Marty Leggett scored three touchdowns, two on runs from scrimmage and another on an interception return, and Riley Pivin passed for two more as the host Cougars never trailed in this NCS Division II first-round playoff game.
Newark Memorial (9-2) opened the scoring on Pivin's 13-yard pass to Damien Banford in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 5:07 left in the first quarter.
Leggett's 30-yard interception return opened a 14-0 gap early in the second quarter. And his touchdown runs of 9 and 65 yards extended the Cougars' lead to 27-8 by halftime.
Jon Kapu had a 26-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, and Aaron Miller closed the scoring with a 21-yard run in the fourth.
Eric Adair scored American's (5-6) only touchdown on an 87-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent
Concord 50, Mt. Eden 6: Concord started its quest for an NCS Division II title by scoring 44 first half points against visiting Mt. Eden, leading the way to an easy victory. Fifth-seeded Concord (9-2) put up 377 yards before halftime.
Minutemen quarterback Mitch Daniels threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Star senior running back Olito Thompson ran for 200 yards and scored twice on the ground. Thompson also caught a screen pass from Daniels and scampered into the end zone from 21 yards out for his third score of the night.
No. 12 Mt. Eden (6-5) ran the ball 44 times for 166 yards. Monarchs' running back Devante McGowan had a 1-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter to make it a 22-6 game. But that was all for Mt. Eden as Concord scored the final 28 points. McGowan rushed for 128 yards on 32 carries.
Concord travels to play No. 4 Casa Grande in Petaluma next Saturday. The Minutemen defeated Casa Grande two years ago 26-21 in an NCS semifinal on their way to the Division II crown.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent