The Piedmont High football team took sole possession of first place in the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division, as the Highlanders topped host Alameda 35-27 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.
San Lorenzo 52, Mt. Eden 34: The Rebels (3-4, 1-1 WACC-Shoreline Division) received three touchdown catches from Ramiah Marshall and 203 yards rushing from Troy Goodwin in a homecoming victory over the Monarchs (4-3, 1-1).
"The guys played with emotion today," San Lorenzo coach John Trotman Jr. said. "We played with a lot more discipline. Today, we took great strides in executing."
San Lorenzo held a 24-12 halftime lead and a 30-20 advantage with four minutes remaining in the third quarter. But the Rebels immediately answered with a 71-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard touchdown pass from B'Jon Couther to Marshall.
Mt. Eden drew to within 12 points at 38-26 with 6:09 remaining on a 97-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Sturholm to Dominic Williams. But on the next offensive play, Couther bolted 54 yards for a touchdown to give the Rebels a three-score lead. Couther, a read-option quarterback, rushed for 133 yards in the game.
San Lorenzo's Raymon Moore grabbed two interceptions, including one which he returned 94 yards for a touchdown.
"I saw the slot bubble out. My first instinct was to just jump on top of that bubble, and (the pass) was there," Moore said.
Sturholm completed 20 of his 30 attempts for 243 yards, four touchdowns and the two interceptions. Mt. Eden's Ray Fat had nine receptions for 129 yards, and teammate Dominic Williams had four catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns.
-- Phil Jensen
Tennyson 56, Arroyo 8: Joshua Handy and Isaiah Rogers both went over the century mark in rushing yards as the Lancers spoiled the opening off Arroyo's new field with a win over the host Dons in a WACC-Shoreline Division game.
Handy rushed for 165 yards on just eight carries and scored three touchdowns. Rogers gained 129 on the ground on 12 attempts and also scored three times.
The Dons scored on their opening drive of the game, going 55 yards on seven plays that ended with a 1-yard touchdown by Chris Harrison. Malik Hale's 2-point conversion game the Dons an 8-0 lead with 7:26 left in the opening quarter. The rest of the game belonged to the Lancers as Handy scored from a yard out and Rogers added a 19-yard touchdown to give Tennyson (4-3, 1-1 WACC-Shoreline) a 14-8 advantage.
Christian Silva connected with Tyreece King for a 26-yard score before Silva picked off Arroyo quarterback Carlos Gomez and returned it 51 yards to the end zone. Handy then gave the Lancers a commanding 35-8 lead with a 49-yard scamper right before the end of the half.
Harrison led the Dons (0-7, 0-2) with 53 yards on the ground as Tennyson limited Arroyo to just 62 yards of offense.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent