Uaisele Manoa returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown to break a 6-6 tie and lead the visiting Concord High football team to a 14-6 win over Casa Grande on a rainy Saturday night in Petaluma.

With the victory, the Minutemen advance to the North Coast Section Division II semifinals on Friday against Diablo Valley Athletic League rival Clayton Valley at 7 p.m.

The game was delayed nearly 30 minutes in the first half when the lights at the stadium went out.

Casa Grande quarterback JaJuan Lawson was facing a third-and-8 at the Gauchos' 38 when he threw the ball right to Manoa, who zipped to the left sideline for the go-ahead touchdown.

"Before the play, I thought it was going to be a screen," Manoa said. "So I hung out for a little bit. Before I knew it, I had the ball in my hands. I just sprinted to the end zone."

It was an old-fashioned game of mudball, as the teams slogged it out on a natural grass field. Several players changed jerseys through the course of the game. Those who didn't finished with a dun-color that obscured their numbers.

Casa Grande went up 6-0 in the first quarter on a 15-yard run by John Porchivina. Concord tied the score in the second quarter on a 30-yard pass from Mitchell Daniels to Jay Yesin.

It was as the Minutemen (10-2) were preparing to kickoff that the lights went out. Because of the rain, officials had to wait to turn the circuit back on until they were sure it was dry.


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Concord 14, Casa Grande-Petaluma 6

Concord          0          6          6          2--          14

Casa Grande          6          0          0          0--          6

CG -- Porchivina 15 run (kick failed)

CON -- Yesin 30 pass from Daniels (run failed)

CON -- Manoa 41 interception return (run failed)

CON -- Safety, fumbled out of end zone

Rushing: CON -- Thompson 23-41, Manoa 5-24, Daniels 1-(-12), TEAM 3-(-15). Totals 32-38. CG -- Porchivina 11-53, Qualls 15-40, Hughson 3-9, Jackson 0-1, TEAM 1-(-27), Lawson 7-(-30). Totals 37-46. Passing: CON -- Daniels 9-17-0-121. CG -- Lawson 3-10-2-18. Receiving: CON -- Yesin 5-71, Daynes 1-34, Thompson 1-11, Golden 1-3, Muonekwu 1-2. CG -- Ielmonni 1-7, Eger 1-7, Boggs 1-4. Fumbles/lost: Concord 1/0, Casa Grande 5/0. Records: Concord 10-2, Casa Grande 7-4.