The McClymonds High football team broke open its game Saturday against host Oakland Tech via the pass to win 36-14 and claim its third straight Oakland Athletic League title and the No. 1 seed in the Oakland Section playoffs.

Both McClymonds (7-3, 5-0 OAL) and the Bulldogs (7-3, 4-1) will host playoff games on Friday -- Fremont will travel to face the Warriors, and Oakland Tech will host Skyline.

The first quarter was a 0-0 defensive struggle, as there was a total of just four first downs (all by McClymonds). But on the third play of the second quarter, Warriors quarterback Keith Williams sent a sharp pass over the middle to Jailen Thompson, who caught it in traffic for a 31-yard gain. Two plays later, LaVance Warren rushed 3 yards for the first touchdown of the game.

On McClymonds' next possession, Wiliams threw a bullet pass to Thompson for a 20-yard touchdown. Williams, who completed five of his seven second-quarter passes for 105 yards, found LaVon Washington open for a 56-yard touchdown pass and a 20-0 McClymonds lead right before halftime.

"My coach (offensive coordinator Michael Peters) is a mastermind at calling plays," said Williams, who finished with 131 yards passing. "Me and all my receivers have been on the same page for the past eight weeks."

McClymonds held a 28-0 lead entering the fourth quarter before Oakland Tech came back. Quarterback James Lewis threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Kenyon Jackson, and after a 2-yard TD run by Jeremiah Varnedoe and a point-after-touchdown kick by Zachery Spindle, the Bulldogs were within two touchdowns of the lead with 4:42 to play. But McClymonds iced the game when it drove 62 yards to score on a 1-yard run by Williams with 1:28 left.


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Warren rushed for a game-high 133 yards, and teammate Kenyatta McGee Jackson added 82 yards and a TD. Thompson caught six passes for 78 yards. Lewis passed for 119 yards for Tech.

Skyline 14, Oakland 6: The Titans (6-4, 3-2) secured the No. 3 seed in the Oakland Section playoffs with a close win over host Oakland.

"We're excited, but I'm frustrated with the penalties today," Titans coach Jamaal Kizziee said after his team accumulated 120 yards in penalties but still managed enough big plays to win.

The Titans' first big play came on the last play of the first quarter when quarterback Gabe Richard threw a perfect pass down the left sideline, connecting with receiver Kendrick Payne for an 81-yard touchdown for the first points of the game. On the Wildcats' ensuing possession, Titans defensive back Kevin Parker recovered an Oakland fumble, and a play later Richard ran a quarterback keeper for a 25-yard touchdown.

Oakland (3-5, 1-4) looked to bounce back in the second half on its first possession when Kesomi Mafi took a reverse handoff to the right side for a 51-yard touchdown run for the first and only points for Oakland. But Oakland only had three more possessions in the second half, the last ending when Skyline's Kendrick Payne recovered a fumble.

Richard completed 9 of his 15 passes in the game for 151 yards. He also gained 91 yards on the ground.

-- Nick Norvell, correspondent

Fremont 46, Castlemont 8: Led by Bishope Apodaca's five touchdowns, Fremont defeated Castlemont in the OAL finale for both teams. Fremont earned the No. 4 seed for next week's Oakland Section playoffs and will play at No. 1 McClymonds.

The Tigers (4-5, 2-3 OAL) trusted Apodaca with the ball often, giving him the ball 18 times on the ground and twice through the air. He responded with 208 yards and five touchdowns, as well as two receptions for 23 yards.

The Knights' (0-8, 0-5) hopes of breaking a winless season did not last long. After Fremont's Tyshone Gaines took the opening kickoff 85 yards for paydirt, Castlemont's Thomas Logwood responded with a 42-yard touchdown run to give his team an 8-6 lead. Later in the first quarter, Apodaca scored the first of his five touchdowns to start the rout. Apodaca scored on runs of 3, 60, 18, 5 and 29 yards.

Gaines and quarterback Isaac Pittman had solid days running the football. Pittman led the Knights with 58 rushing yards; Gaines contributed 45 yards, most of which came on a 42 yard touchdown run.

-- Justin Lafferty, correspondent

OAL Fremont 46, Castlemont 8

Fremont 22 16 8 0-- 46

Castlemont 8 0 0 0-- 8

F -- Gaines 85 kick return (Run failed)

C -- Logwood 42 run (Pittman run)

F -- Apodaca 3 run (Apodaca run)

F -- Apodaca 60 run (Lo pass from Grasty)

F -- Apodaca 18 run (Apodaca run)

F -- Apodaca 5 run (Wheeler run)

F -- Apodaca 29 run (Lo pass from Grasty)

Rushing: F -- Apodaca 18-208, Lo 5-23, Pahulu 2-5. Totals 25-236. C -- Pittman 17-58, Logwood 13-45, Evans 6-31. Totals 36-134. Passing: F -- Grasty 5-12-0 77. C -- Pittman 1-3-1 12. Receiving: F -- Gaines 2-43, Apodaca 2-23, Lo 1-11. C -- Evans 1-12. Fumbles/lost: Fremont 1/1, Castlemont 3/1. Records: Fremont 4-5, 2-3 OAL; Castlemont 0-8, 0-5.

McClymonds 36, Oakland Tech 14

McClymonds 0 20 8 8-- 36

Oakland Tech 0 0 0 14-- 14

M -- Warren 3 run (run failed)

M -- Thompson 20 pass from Williams (McGee Jackson pass from Williams)

M -- Washington 56 pass from Williams (pass failed)

M -- McGee Jackson 17 run (McGee Jackson run)

OT -- K. Jackson 27 pass from Lewis (Spindle kick)

OT -- Varnedoe 2 run (Spindle kick)

M -- Williams 1 run (Washington pass from Williams)

Statistics

Rushing: M -- Warren 14-133, McGee Jackson 12-82, Washington 2-32, Runnels 1-(-1), Williams 4-(-3). Totals 33-243. OT -- Thomas 9-48, L. Davis 5-26, Varnedoe 3-3, Pipkin Jr. 1-(-7), Lewis 19-(-11). Totals 37-59. Passing: M -- Williams 8-18-0-131. OT -- Lewis 5-18-0-119. Receiving: M -- Thompson 6-78, Washington 1-56, Sterling Lowe 1-(-3). Totals 8-131. OT -- Adams 1-39, Johmson 1-36, K. Jackson 1-27, West 1-10, J. Davis 1-7. Totals 5-119. Fumbles/lost: M -- 2/0; OT -- 4/0. Records: McClymonds 7-3, 5-0 OAL; Oakland Tech 7-3, 4-1.

Skyline 14, Oakland 6

Skyline 7 7 0 0-- 14

Oakland 0 0 6 0-- 6

S -- Payne 81 pass from Richard (Cailles kick)

S -- Richard 25 run (Cailles kick)

O -- K. Mafi 51 run (kick failed)

Statistics

Rushing: S -- Richard 13-91, Steen 3-14, Payne 3-7, Campbell 3-4, Buttran 2-0, Borrego 1-(-5). Totals 25-111. O -- K. Mafi 4-57, Custer 7-24, Wise 4-16, K. Mafi 3-6, Dennis 3-5, Jyron 3-3. Totals 24-111. Passing: S -- Richard 9-15-0-151. O -- 4-16-1-62. Receiving: S -- Venters 5-46, Payne 3-104, Thabit 1-1. Totals 9-151. O -- K. Mafi 3-51, Taylor 1-11. Totals 4-62. Fumbles/lost: S -- 5/1; O -- 3/2. Records: Skyline 6-4, 3-2 OAL; Oakland 3-5, 1-4.