A record-setting night by Clayton Valley Charter High running back Joe Protheroe and victories by De La Salle, California and Oakland Tech topped the storylines from Friday's East Bay prep football playoff games.
Protheroe ran for a school-record 427 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Eagles' North Coast Section Division II win over Dublin. Protheroe's big night gives him 2,521 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Here's a closer look at Friday's results:
NCS DIVISION I
No. 1 De La Salle 35, No. 9 Pittsburg 13: The Spartans (11-0) eventually wore down the Pirates (8-4) by scoring 21 straight points in a dominant second half after a valiant first-half effort by Pittsburg in which the Spartans only led 14-7 at halftime.
Tiapepe Vitale paced the Spartans offense with 141 rushing yards and four touchdowns as De La Salle advances to next week's NCS semifinals, where they will face the winner of Saturday's game between No. 4 San Ramon Valley and No. 5 Amador Valley.
No. 2 California 36, No. 7 Foothill 6: The Grizzlies (9-2) overwhelmed the Falcons (6-6) for the second time this year as California rushed for 299 yards and its defense didn't allow a touchdown.
Cameron Owen threw two touchdown passes for the Grizzlies, who also got three touchdowns from C.J. Cornwell, who rushed for two scores and caught a TD pass.
With the win, the Grizzlies advance to the semifinals where it will host the winner of Saturday's James Logan-Freedom game.
NCS DIVISION II
No. 1 Clayton Valley 47, No. 8 Dublin 7: Clayton Valley Charter's Joe Protheroe ran for a school-record 427 yards and five touchdowns as the Eagles (10-1) rolled up 639 yards of total offense to rout the Gaels (6-6) in the quarterfinals.
The Eagles play the winner of Saturday's Concord at Casa Grande-Petaluma game in next week's semifinals.
No. 2 Rancho Cotate-Rohnert Park 21, No. 7 Las Lomas 14: Jalon Luque rushed for 184 yards and two touchdowns, including a backbreaking 66-yard score in the fourth quarter, to lead the second-seeded Cougars (11-0) to a win over the visiting Knights (5-7).
NCS DIVISION III
No. 5 Analy-Sebastopol 38, No. 4 Campolindo 34: Aaron Maher of the Tigers (12-0) caught eight passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns to help hold off a valiant comeback effort by the Cougars (10-4), whose quarterback, Andrew Zolintakis, threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns.
No. 5 seeded Analy advances to face the winner of Saturday's game between No. 1 El Cerrito (11-0) and No. 9 Bishop O'Dowd (7-4) in next week's semifinal.
No. 3 Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 40, No. 11 Encinal 14: The Jets (7-6) committed three first-half turnovers, which led to 20 points for the Cardinals (11-1) in the quarterfinals.
The Cardinals will play the winner of Saturday's game between Marin Catholic and Miramonte next week.
NCS DIVISION IV
No. 1 Justin-Siena-Napa 48, No. 9 St. Mary's 14: The host Braves (9-2) scored 28 points in the second half to pull away from the No. 9 Panthers (6-6) and advance to the semifinals.
OAKLAND SECTION PLAYOFFS
No. 2 Oakland Tech 44, No. 3 Skyline 36: Bulldogs quarterback James Lewis threw three touchdown passes, including a tiebreaking 27-yard score to Michael Adams in the third quarter, as Oakland Tech (8-3) held off the Titans (6-5) in the semifinals.
With the victory, Oakland Tech advances to the Silver Bowl against McClymonds. It will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Laney College.
No. 1 McClymonds 54, No. 4 Fremont 0: The host Warriors (8-3) amassed 512 yards total offense to 75 for the Tigers (4-6) as McClymonds ran its winning streak to seven games and advanced to the Silver Bowl for the third straight year.
The Warriors' Kenyatta McGee Jackson rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Keith Williams passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third. Also, sophomore Lavance Warren ran for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Here are your individual standouts throughout the East Bay from Friday's playoff games:
TIAPEPE VITALE, De La Salle: The Spartans' star back rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns against Pittsburg.
CHRIS WILLIAMS, De La Salle: He passed for 109 yards and rushed for 79 yards, including a 39-yard quarterback keeper that gave the Spartansa comfortable lead over Pitt.
CRAIJON MENEFEE, Pittsburg: He ran for 115 of the Pirates' whopping 203 rushing yards against De La Salle, including 25 on a first-quarter TD run.
CAMERON OWEN, California: The Grizzlies quarterback threw for a pair of touchdowns in a win over Foothill.
C.J. CORNWELL, California: He scored three touchdowns against Foothill, including a pair of rushing scores.
JOE PROTHEROE, Clayton Valley: The Eagles' star ran for a school-record 427 yards and scored five touchdowns in a win over Dublin.
JESSE MEDRANO, Clayton Valley: The Eagles' two-way standout led the team in tackles again in a dominating performance against Dublin, and he also paved the way blocking as the offense gained more than 600 yards.
ADAM WOOD, Las Lomas: The Knights' quarterback scored both of his team's touchdowns against Rancho Cotate, scoring twice on rushing plays.
ANDREW ZOLINTAKIS, Campolindo: The Cougars quarterback went 22 of 35 passing for 368 yards and four touchdowns against Analy.
PHILLIP REI, Campolindo: The Cougars receiver grabbed six passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns against Analy.
TYRELL CARRIGAN, Encinal: The Jets' back scored his team's only touchdown against Cardinal Newman on a 20-yard run. He had a team-high 77 yards rushing on eight carries.
JAMES LEWIS, Oakland Tech: The Bulldogs quarterback went 9-for-14 passing for 161 yards and three touchdowns against Skyline.
GABRIEL RICHARD, Skyline: The Titans back rushed for a game-high 146 yards and scored three touchdowns against Oakland Tech.
KENYATTA MCGEE JACKSON, McClymonds: The Warriors back ran 11 times for 164 yards and three touchdowns against Fremont.
KEITH WILLIAMS, McClymonds: The Warriors quarterback went 8-for-10 passing for 155 yards and three touchdowns against Fremont.
LAVANCE WARREN, McClymonds: The sophomore back ran 10 times for 117 yards and a TD against Fremont.