Zack Fulks scored on a 10-yard run in overtime as the Las Lomas High football team pulled out a dramatic 29-23 win over host Washington in the first round of the North Coast Section Division II playoffs at Tak Fudenna Stadium on Saturday.
Fulks' touchdown came after the Knights' Henry Brunner blocked a 20-yard field goal attempt by Jake Reist on the Huskies opening possession in the extra period.
After the gut-wrenching victory, Las Lomas (7-4) will take on Clayton Valley Charter in the second round of the playoffs next Saturday.
The Huskies (6-5) came back from a 14-point deficit in the second quarter and was down by seven late in the game when their offense got a rhythm in the final moments of regulation.
With his team taking over at its own 14 with 3:37 left, Tylan Vinson drove the Huskies down the field.
The big play of the drive was a Vinson 15-yard completion to Sam Hodnett on a 4th-and-10 play from the Knights' 48. Vinson then found an opening up the middle on a keeper and took off for a 28-yard touchdown to knot the score at 23-23 with 1:06 left.
Trailing 14-7 at the half, Washington tied it when Nate Woudstra scored on a 7-yard pass from Vinson in the third quarter.
Both teams traded safeties on bad snaps that went through the end zone. Las Lomas went back in front with 3:42 left in the fourth when Johnny Marinchak took a handoff and found backup quarterback Ben Wood open for a 64-yard touchdown.
Woudstra led the Huskies ground game, rushing for 127 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown in the first half.
Marinchak led the Knights with six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown.
Concord 50, Newark Memorial 25: Mason Knight caught two of Mitch Daniels' four touchdown passes and had a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown for host Concord in its Division II first round win over Newark Memorial.
Mason, who caught five passes for 159 yards, put Concord (8-3) on the board first when, on third-and-7 from the Concord 15, he drifted toward the middle of the line, pulled in Daniels' pass and wove his way through Newark Memorial's defense, outrunning the final defender for an 85-yard touchdown with 2:53 left in the first quarter.
"He just does his thing and somehow he always finds the end zone on it," Daniels said of Knight.
Jed Gwynn also pulled in two scoring passes, covering 16 and 27 yards.
The Cougars (6-5) had pulled to within 16-9 with 4:03 left in the second quarter after quarterback Reggie Miccolo scored on a 1-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal, but Concord answered back with two quick scores. Daniels hit Jed Gwynn with a 27-yard touchdown with 1:48 left, then Jesse Escobar returned a Newark Memorial punt 5 yards for a touchdown with 43 seconds left in the half for a 30-9 lead.
Daniels completed 14-of-23 passes for 304 yards.
For Newark, Frano Napal ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and Marty Leggett ran for 101 yards, but the Cougars' strong running game was not enough to keep the ball away from Concord.
-- Steve Dulas, correspondent
Miramonte 54, Tennyson 25: Drew Anderson threw for 208 yards and four touchdowns as the Matadors pulled away in the third quarter for a victory over the host Lancers in the opening round of the NCS Division II playoffs.
Ray Clark scored four touchdowns, including three on the ground for third-seeded Miramonte, who will take on No. 6 Northgate in the second round.
Clark scored on touchdown runs of 17 and 19 yards on Miramonte's first three offensive plays as the Matadors (9-2) stormed out to a quick 14-0 lead. Clark finished with 104 yards on the ground and had another 42 yards on three receptions.
The Lancers (7-4) came right back when Joshua Handy capped an 85-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown for Tennyson to cut the deficit to seven.
Tennyson pulled within a point late in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Christian Silva hit Xavier Thibodeaux for a 25-yard scoring strike. Miramonte came right back when Anderson found Clark for a 9-yard touchdown with 1:38 left in the half before Anderson connected with Dominic Paoletti with a 21-yard touchdown with 11 seconds remaining.
The Matadors pulled away when Clark scored from four yards out before Will Fuller scored on a 34-yard reception from Anderson midway through the third.
Handy rushed for a game-high 124 yards on just 10 carries, including a 71-yard touchdown in the second half. Armando Camacho had a 51-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and also picked off a pass for the Lancers, Silva had 107 yards in the air in the first half, but was injured early in the second half and didn't return.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Casa Grande 45, Alameda 14: John Porchivina rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and caught another while JaJuan Lawson threw for three touchdowns as the host Gauchos (11-0) raced to a 45-0 lead at halftime and cruised over the Hornets (6-5).
It was a score that could have been much worse, but top-seeded Casa Grande has more important goals and pulled most of its starters at halftime.
Keelan Doss caught three passes for 50 yards including a touchdown for Alameda.
The Gauchos offense went three-and-out on its first possession of the game. It then scored touchdowns on its final seven possessions of the first half. Meantime, the Casa Grande defense held the Hornets to just 20 yards of offense in the first half and 116 yards for the game.
Alameda actually looked like it might be ready to run with the Gauchos earlier, using two long kickoff returns in the first quarter to set up near midfield. Derrick Dizon returned the opening kickoff 31 yards to the Hornets 40. But Alameda gained no yards wall going three-and-out.
After Porchivina scored on a 3-yard run to open the scoring. Keejan Doss returned the ensuing kickoff 50 yards to the Casa Grande 47. A 4-yard run on first down by Dizon was all Alameda could muster.
On fourth down, quarterback Sulaiman Hameed rolled right and tried to find Biruk Gebreyesus but the pass was out of bounds.
From there, Casa Grande didn't look back as Lawson connected with Porchivina on a 15-yard score. Porchivina also busted a fabulous 76-yard run late in the first quarter, running to the right and weaving down the field. The only thing going right for the Hornets at that point was that the Gauchos couldn't make a conversion and led just 18-0.
Lawson scored on a 41-yard keeper, then a fumble led to an 18-yard touchdown from Lawson to Andre Kupelian and the rout was on.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent