A story incorrectly reported that the Encinal High football team's Oct. 18 victory over Berkeley was the Jets' first win over the Yellowjackets. Encinal also beat Berkeley in 1961.
The host Encinal High football team pitched its second consecutive shutout on Oct. 18, beating Berkeley 10-0 in what Jets coach Joe Tenorio confirmed on Oct. 21 was the Jets' first-ever victory over the Yellowjackets.
The teams played in different leagues when the Jets (6-1, 2-0 West Alameda County Conference-Foothill) began their run of power in 2008, and Berkeley (3-4, 1-1) won in overtime last year when the schools became league foes again.
This was the Yellowjackets' first loss as a member of the WACC after an undefeated run to the league title last year.
Berkeley had twice the time of possession as Encinal in the first half, but that didn't produce any points.
The Yellowjackets opened the game with an 18-play drive that reached the Jets' 8-yard line before an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty helped stall the possession.
Encinal had the ball only twice in the first half and ran just 14 plays, but that was enough for the Jets to take a 7-0 lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Hunter.
Encinal went on a 16-play drive to open the third quarter that ended with a 24-yard field goal by Emily Rentschler.
Three of Berkeley's four second-half drives ended with Encinal interceptions, including two by Kevin Shaa. Carlos McClure also had an interception, and Kealii Pedro had one in the first half.
The Yellowjackets outgained Encinal 213-198 and were led by Michael Lazarus' 97 yards on 21 carries. Encinal hosts Castro Valley on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Piedmont 35, Alameda 27: The Highlanders took sole possession of first place in the WACC-Shoreline Division with a win over Alameda in a wild game at Thompson Field.
"We are perennial underdogs in this league and the kids know it," Piedmont coach Scott Coats said. "They came out like they had something to prove and did a great job of executing the game plan. This was definitely a step in the right direction."
The Highlanders (4-3, 2-0 WACC-Shoreline) led 28-27 with just over a minute left and faced a third down. Alameda was out of timeouts.
Gabriel Watson picked up the first down, and much more, as he scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game. Watson had 183 yards on the ground for the night.
The Hornets (4-3, 1-1) had a last shot at tying the game. Alameda was able to drive down inside the 10, but couldn't kill the clock in time to run one final play.
For the Hornets, Sulaiman Hameed had a huge day, catching nine passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including a 50-yard strike from Elijah Hernandez.
Alameda travels to face Mt. Eden on Oct. 26 at 1:45 p.m.
-- Matt Smith, correspondent