WALNUT CREEK -- Sophomore wideout Isaiah Hodgins had six receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns as the host Berean Christian High football team trounced Emery 47-8 in the teams' season openers on Saturday.
Hodgins scored on a 24-yard touchdown reception from fellow sophomore Vince Guarisco on the Eagles' first possession. Then Hodgins had an interception in the back of the end zone on Emery's second possession.
The Eagles' Nicholas Ramos had 120 yards rushing and two touchdowns with help from a strong push up front. Berean Christian put heavy pressure on 155-pound Emery quarterback Marquis Parks, sacking him five times. They limited Emery to 38 net yards rushing.
Eagles coach James Hodgins, Isaiah's dad, said his team played fast, exciting football.
"They did everything we asked of them, give 100 percent, play as hard as you can," he said.
Ramos scored on a 17-yard run to put the Eagles ahead, 14-0, along with Leo Hodis' extra point.
Josh Smith and Grant Oliveri had sacks on the Spartans next possession, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Smith. Hodgins upped the margin with a dazzling 40-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter in which he which he shed a defensive back at the 10-yard line and cut across the middle past another one.
Emery, which was worn down by injuries, got a courageous effort from Parks, who fought off several hits to convert a two-point conversion run in the third quarter after Ronald Kidd scored on a 25 yard run. Parks was stepping in for injured starter Mike Bell, who suffered a broken leg in a scrimmage.
Overall, the Eagles looked much improved over 2013 with much better depth.
"We had a really bad season last year," Isaiah Hodgins said. "We came together as a group and decided to win the day. That's our motto: Go 100 percent on everything. We just came out there and we played our game."
Berean Christian 47, Emery 8
Emery 0 0 8 0-- 8
Berean Chr. 7 13 20 7-- 47
BC -- Hodgins 24 pass from Guarisco (Hodis kick)
BC -- Ramos 17 run (Hodis kick)
BC -- Smith 3 run (kick failed)
BC -- Hodgins 40 pass from Guarisco (Hodis kick)
E -- Kidd 25 run (Parks run)
BC -- Ramos 11 run (Hodis kick)
BC -- Whaley 13 return of blocked punt (kick failed)
BC -- Lillard 5 run (Hodis kick)
Rushing: E -- Kidd 5-37, Hinson 3-15, Briggs 3-9, Johnson 2-7, Parks 9-(-13), Garvin 1-(-17). Totals 23-38. BC -- Ramos 10-120, Smith 5-18, Taylor 1-7, Esco 1-7, Lillard 1-5, Guarisco 1-(-13). Totals 19-144. Passing: E -- Parks 10-17-2 55. BC -- Ramos 5-8-1 59, Guarisco 6-13-0 134. Totals 11-21-1 193. Receiving: E -- Dozier 2-24, Lucy 3-14, Hinson 1-9, Briggs 1-7, Kidd 3-1. BC -- Hodgins 6-145, Fulton 2-21, Davis 1-27, Temple 1-0. Fumbles/lost: Emery -- 2/0, BC -- 2/1. Records: Emery 0-1, Berean Christian 1-0.