Kendrick Payne had two touchdowns and intercepted a pass in the end zone as the Skyline High football team used a dominating third quarter to get its first win of the season with a 19-6 victory over John F. Kennedy-Fremont at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Sept. 14.
After being held to 64 yards in the first half, Skyline broke through with 204 yards while holding Kennedy to 10 rushing yards in the second half.
Payne took the opening kickoff and ran it back 88 yards to give Skyline (1-1) the lead it would never relinquish 16 seconds into the contest. After Jacquese Steen recovered a Kennedy fumble on the first play of the second half, Payne scored on a 34-yard run to extend the Skyline lead to 13-0. Lionel Borrego capped off a 12-play, 71-yard drive for Skyline with a 3-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Golden Venters.
Kennedy (1-2) had numerous opportunities but was turned away as the Skyline defense had four takeaways in the game. After Payne's kickoff return, Kennedy marched down the field, but Justin Staley's fourth-down pass to the end zone was picked off by Payne.
Atu Ohuafi got Kennedy on the board, catching a 61-yard bomb from Staley with 34.1 seconds left.
Bishop O'Dowd 30, Sacred Heart Cathedral-S.F. 27, OT: Dominic Gomes blocked a potential game-tying field goal in the first overtime period to secure a 30-27 win for the host Dragons on Sept. 14 in a game marred by a serious head injury to O'Dowd senior
King, playing quarterback, ran for a gain of four yards on the first play of overtime, but received a hit to the head and laid motionless on the ground for several minutes. Eventually, he was able to stand on his own power and was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to O'Dowd coach Hardy Nickerson.
"Before he left he had movement in all his extremities," Nickerson said. "Our team doctors said he got knocked out and has a concussion. We are all praying for him, but it looked a lot worse than it ended up."
With King down, Nickerson gathered his team to discuss whether or not they should continue playing the game and it became abundantly clear what they wanted.
"The kids all said they wanted to finish the game for Kevin," Nickerson said.
A pair of incompletions followed the injury to King, who is committed to play football at the University of Washington, and kicker Eric Schwartz hit what turned out to be a 26-yard game-winning field goal.
Sacred Heart Cathedral (1-2) took over and picked up six yards before settling for a 21-yard field goal. The Irish hit what appeared to be the game-tying field goal, but a whistle blew the play dead as O'Dowd (3-1) called for a timeout due to having just 10 players on the field.
On the second attempt, Gomes came off the right edge to block the kick and preserve the win.
"That was for my boy, Kevin," Gomes said of his block. "They used the same snap count twice in a row and I timed it just right."
A 37-yard field goal attempt by Schwartz fell short with seconds left in regulation and Gomes intercepted the final play of regulation and returned it 27 yards to the Sacred Heart 23.
Before Schwartz's winning kick, the Dragons' only lead came following a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Wayne Thomas to open the game. Sacred Heart Cathedral responded quickly and held a 27-14 lead late in the fourth quarter.
King caught a 29-yard touchdown from Dominic Miroglio with four minutes, 59 seconds left and the Dragons trailed 27-20 after a missed point-after-touchdown.
Miroglio went down with an injury on O'Dowd's next drive and King replaced him under center. On his first play at quarterback, King hit Jelani Baines for a 37-yard touchdown, which tied the game with 1:53 left.
King was 2 for 2 for 82 yards at quarterback and caught four passes for 136 yards. Running back Isaiah Johnson ran for 129 yards on 24 carries for the Dragons. O'Dowd has a bye this week before it travels to Arroyo on Sept. 29.
-- Kyle Bonagura, correspondent
Injury update: King, who suffered a concussion during the Sept. 14 game against Sacred Heart Cathedral-San Francisco, was released from Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley early on the morning of Sept. 15, Nickerson said.
-- Curtis Pashelka
Pitman-Turlock 57, Oakland Tech 20: After winning their first two games by a combined 102-33 score, the host Bulldogs (2-1) ran into a buzzsaw in Pitman (4-0) of Turlock.
The speedy and talented Pride rushed for 313 of their 416 yards in the first half, racing to a 50-7 lead at the intermission. Pitman has scored an average of 48.8 points in its four wins this year.
Brent Nelle, his league's offensive MVP last season, did much of the damage, scoring four touchdowns in the game's first 20 minutes on runs of 37, 21 and 16 yards and a 75-yard interception return. Nelle finished with six carries for 151 yards.
Oakland Tech scored on a 47-yard pass from James Lewis to Kenyon Jackson on the first play of the second quarter to pull within 12-7, but Pitman reeled off the game's next 45 points.
Michael Adams provided a late Tech highlight by scooping up a fumble and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown.
-- Andy Altman-Ohr, correspondent