Andrew Zolintakis threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the visiting Campolindo High football team stay unbeaten with a 35-20 win over Las Lomas.
Las Lomas (5-3, 3-1 DFAL) came out strong, marching down the field in 12 plays and chewing up six minutes, two seconds in scoring a touchdown on the game's opening possession. Zack Fulks ran the ball in from the 2 for the score.
However, Zolintakis and his Campolindo (7-0, 3-0 DFAL) teammates weren't fazed, scoring 21 points on their first three possessions to close out the first half.
"They definitely put some pressure on us but we've been in those same situations all year," Zolintakis said. "We took their first punch and tried to answer back."
It only took the Cougars five plays to tie the score — Zolintakis hit Tyler Petite on a 21-yard crossing route to make it 7-7. The next possession, Campolindo took the lead on an 80-yard drive with Nick Fadelli running the ball in from the 1.
"We knew coming into it, since we were both undefeated, this may be the league championship," Zolintakis said. "It was obviously a big game and we just came in and treated it as a huge game."
The Knights pulled off a terrific onside kick to start the second half with kicker Trenton Matson slamming the ball off of Scott Singh, who was on the front line for the Cougars. Matson recovered the ball and it led to a 5-yard touchdown pass from Shawn Hessler to Fulks.
Fadelli scored on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter to make it 28-14. Johnny Marinchak caught a 13-yard touchdown from Hessler to cut it to 28-20, but on the second play of the next drive, Fadelli delivered the dagger when he took a screen pass from Zolintakis and turned it into a 60-yard touchdown.
Acalanes 42, Dougherty Valley 28: The Dons scored 35 unanswered points spanning three quarters and quarterback Casey Harrington was near perfect, throwing four touchdowns passes as they held off Dougherty Valley 42-28.
The Wildcats opened the game with a ground-and-pound 11-play drive that finished with a Calvin Montano 20-yard rushing touchdown.
The Dons responded on their first drive with a Pete Mitchell one-yard touchdown run. Then, with the Dons leading 14-7 in the second quarter, Harrington connected with senior wide receiver Andrew Bosshart for an 85-yard touchdown to give Acalanes (5-3, 1-3 DFAL) a 21-7 halftime lead.
Perhaps out of desperation, Dougherty Valley (4-3, 1-2 DFAL) attempted an onside kick at the start of the second half and failed to recover. Acalanes answered with a 50-yard drive that resulted in Bosshart's second touchdown of the game, this one a 6-yard pass from Harrington that put the Dons in the driver's seat.
The Wildcats didn't go down quietly as they strung together three second half touchdowns by Lanrae Adelekan, Afolabi Adeoti and Trent Ruckman, but it wasn't enough.
Harrington finished completing 24-of-30 passes for a staggering 369 yards. Bosshart totaled 127 receiving yards on seven catches for two touchdowns. Brett Merrill added nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Adelekan led the Wildcats in rushing with 165 yards on 22 carries.
-- Erik Stordahl, correspondent
Dublin 28, Alhambra 14: The Gaels bolted out to a 21-0 lead and held on to post their first DFAL win of the season.
Josh Nobida connected with Jabari Jefferson for all three of the Gael's first-half touchdowns.
Alhambra cut the deficit to 21-14 in the third quarter, but that was as close as the Bulldogs got.