The Piedmont High football team opened West Alameda County Conference Shoreline Division play Oct. 11 with a 33-22 victory at home thanks to two second half touchdowns by receiver Atu Ohuafi.

Leading 26-16 with the bulk of the fourth quarter to go against a pesky San Lorenzo team, Ohuafi hauled in a 69-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Kim, which provided Piedmont with enough breathing room down the stretch. Ohuafi had six receptions for 139 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown scamper to open the third quarter.

Piedmont (3-3, 1-0 WACC) took an early 9-0 first quarter lead by sacking San Lorenzo's quarterback in the end zone on the game's first play from scrimmage and then scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Gabe Watson on its ensuing possession.

San Lorenzo (2-4, 0-1) scored on a two-yard plunge by Erik Jasso and converted a two-point conversion to make the score 9-8 with 6:31 left before the half. A 38-yard field goal by Ale Chiodo gave Piedmont a 12-8 halftime lead.

Kim threw for 260 yards and three scores for the Highlanders, who will face Alameda at Thompson Field on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

Encinal 7, Bishop O'Dowd 0: Isaiah Hunter scored the game's only touchdown with 4:03 left to lift the visiting Jets in this WACC-Foothill Division opener for both teams at Bishop O'Dowd.

Emily Rentschler kicked the extra point to complete the scoring as Encinal earned its fifth win of the season.

For the most part, defenses for both teams held in the clutch.


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O'Dowd (1-5, 0-1 WACC-Foothill) advanced the ball to the Jets 3 early in the game, only to have a holding penalty stymie the threat and an interception end it.

Encinal (5-1, 1-0) also advanced the ball to its opponent's 3-yard line late in the first half only to have the Dragons' Bryce Grandison intercept a third-down pass to send the teams into halftime.

Yards ultimately were hard to come by for both teams, with the Jets finishing with 152 rushing yards to the Dragons' 122.

Grandison proved effective on both sides of the ball, as he led all rushers with 73 yards. Passing was not a particularly effective method of moving the ball for either team as Encinal finished with 87 yards to O'Dowd's 50.

Bishop O'Dowd travels to face Castro Valley on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.

-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent

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