Kendrick Payne would not be denied in the Skyline High football team's 40-36 nonleague victory over host Ygnacio Valley on Sept. 21.
After being stopped on a two-point conversion run midway through the fourth quarter that would have tied the score, Payne sped into the end zone on a 10-yard run with 59 seconds remaining that gave the Titans the victory.
"I was like, we have to get back on it," said Payne about his thoughts after being stopped on the two-point conversion run. "I just ran hard (on the touchdown run). I knew they would be coming."
Skyline (2-2) trailed 28-14 at halftime, but Payne, who scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter, continued to make his presence felt. The senior wide receiver, who was used often in a Wildcat formation, threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Golden Venters to narrow the score to 28-20 in the third quarter. After a 24-yard touchdown run by Tyrone Campbell early in the fourth quarter, Payne reached the end zone on the two-point conversion run to tied the score.
Ygnacio Valley (1-3) came back to take the lead on an 8-yard scoring run by Thomas Davis and a two-point conversion run by Jamari Pope with 7:14 remaining. But on the second play of the ensuing drive, Skyline quarterback Lionel Borrego was under heavy pressure but flipped the ball forward to Payne, who raced 57 yards to pull the Titans within two points with 6:09 remaining. After the unsuccessful conversion run, Skyline recovered its onside
and drove 49 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
Payne had 164 all-purpose yards. Campbell led the Titans in rushing with 151 yards, and teammate Jamell Tousant Jr. added 122 yards on the ground.
Skyline will travel to face West Campus-Sacramento at Burbank-Sacramento on Sept. 29. The kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Arroyo 20, Oakland Tech 13: The Dons needed a jump-start entering the fourth quarter of their home game against the Bulldogs on Sept. 22, and DeJon Savage provided the electricity.
The senior scored on a 48-yard run with 5 minutes, 19 seconds remaining, and teammate Carlos Jimenez tied the game at 13 with the ensuing point-after-touchdown kick. Then Savage provided the winning score when he caught a pass from Isaac Tapia and sprinted for a 71-yard touchdown with 59.5 seconds remaining in a 20-13 Arroyo victory.
Oakland Tech (2-2) didn't give up, however.
The Bulldogs proceeded to move the ball from their own 20 to the Arroyo 20 with 8.9 seconds remaining. On the final play of the game, Tech quarterback James Lewis looked for an open receiver, but was under pressure and took off toward the end zone. He was stopped at the 3-yard-line and Arroyo's Caleb Guarino recovered an ensuing fumble as time expired.
Savage had 49 yards rushing and 91 yards receiving in the game. Ryan Gordan led Arroyo (2-2) in rushing with 67 yards and had a 24-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Tech's Jeremiah Varnedoe rushed for a game-high 117 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with 9:34 left.
The Bulldogs host Benicia on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Piedmont 19, Washington-San Francisco 6: Highlanders quarterback Spencer Kim played the first half of the nonleague game on Sept. 22 at Washington despite a broken left pinkie. He still threw for 132 yards and a touchdown to lead the Highlanders over the host Eagles 19-6.
Kim completed six of 11 passes. The right-hander played with a cast on his left hand, with padding wrapped around it.
He took a couple of shots and had to come out for a play here and there, but seemed healthy, watching the second half from the sidelines with his shoulder pads off. The Highlanders (4-1) took a 19-0 lead while Kim was behind center.
"We have a bye week, then we have San Lorenzo. Homecoming (Oct. 12 against Alameda), he should have that thing off and we should be ready to go," Piedmont coach Kevin Anderson said. "We joked that he throws the ball better with the cast because he has to concentrate from snap all the way to finish to get the thing out there. I think once he gets the cast off, he'll be that much better."
Kim connected with Andy Slabaugh on a 48-yard pass on the Highlanders' first possession. Piedmont ended up settling for a 29-yard field goal attempt by Ale Chiodo. The kick was partially blocked and the game remained scoreless.
No worries for Piedmont. Kim capped the Highlanders next possession with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jake Pacheco.
William Meredith scored Piedmont's other two touchdowns on runs of 3 and 7 yards. The former came one play after the Highlanders blocked a punt and Hunter Abel recovered the ball on the 3. The latter was set up by a 29-yard pass from Kim to Chad Finkel.
Piedmont's defense was outstanding, allowing just 50 yards on the afternoon and holding Washington (0-3) to a single first down in the first half.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent