In a mistake-filled game and under heavy rain at times, the visiting Amador Valley High football team hung on for a 28-25 win over San Ramon Valley on Saturday night in the North Coast Section Division I quarterfinals.

The Wolves (6-6) turned the ball over seven times -- including four first-half fumbles. Amador Valley had four turnovers -- two fumbles and two interceptions.

The fifth-seeded Dons (8-4), who have won five straight, advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2004 and will play at No. 1 De La Salle on Friday night at 7.

Amador Valley was effective in the ground game with 296 yards. Leading the way was Alejandro Apodaca, who had 20 rushes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Teammate Sam Peters rumbled his way for 113 yards on 21 carries and scored a touchdown.

Apodaca's second touchdown of the game was 78-yard run that gave the Dons a 28-25 lead with 2:15 left in the third quarter.

Amador Valley took a 20-13 lead with 7:13 left in the quarter on a 15-yard run by Apodaca.

The fourth-seeded Wolves responded with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown by Peter Tagliaferri and a 56-yard scoring pass from Cameron Birse to Justin Bangay for a 25-20 lead with 3:01 left in the third.

Birse went 22 of 34 for 295 yards and three touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times. Bangay caught four passes for 107 yards.

Amador Valley 28, San Ramon Valley 25


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AV          6          7          15          0--          28

SRV          0          13          12          0--          25

AV -- Newman 41 fumble return (kick failed)

SRV -- Dunn 20 pass from Birse (Anderson kick)

AV -- Peters 7 run (Knaggs kick)

SRV -- Koski 5 pass from Birse (kick failed)

AV -- Apodaca 15 run (Knaggs kick)

SRV -- Tagliaferri 41 interception return (kick failed)

SRV -- Bangay 56 pass from Birse (pass failed)

AV -- Apodaca 78 run (Peters run)

Rushing: AV -- Apodaca 20-161, Peters 21-113, Hardy 2-18, White 2-7, Moreno 5-(-3). Totals 50-296. SRV -- de la Pena 22-69, Birse 1-2, Gardner 1-1. Totals 24-72. Passing: AV -- Moreno 4-6-2 22. SRV -- Birse 22-34-3 295. Receiving: AV -- Greenan 2-18, Newman 1-2, Cruz 1-2. SRV -- Dunn 6-60, Koski 5-64, Bangay 4-107, Turner 4-50, de la Pena 3-14. Fumbles/lost: AV 3/2, SRV 5/4. Records: Amador Valley 8-4, San Ramon Valley 6-6.