The San Leandro High football team has rebounded nicely after a disappointing 1-9 record a season ago.

On Friday, the Pirates used a dominating second half to clinch at least a share of the Western Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division after knocking off Encinal 35-14 at Burrell Field.

With the win, San Leandro wins its first league title since 2009 and also earns the automatic berth for the North Coast Section Division I playoffs.

"It is such an awesome feeling after how we struggled last season," San Leandro coach Brad Bowers said. "We battled through from some injuries we had early on and have done a tremendous job jelling together."

Pirates junior quarterback Stephen Johnson overwhelmed the Jets defense with his arm and legs. He went 6 for 11 for 133 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to tight end Keone Foumai. Johnson also went over the century mark on the ground, running for 110 yards and two more scores.

Running back Isaiah Hunter had two touchdowns for Encinal, including a 13-yard run up the middle that gave the Jets (7-2, 3-1 WACC-Foothill) a 14-7 lead in the second quarter. The Pirates (5-4, 4-0) tied it right before the end of the half when Johnson hit Foumai on a jump ball from the 9.

The second half was all Pirates as Johnson scored on a 2-yard keeper with 47 seconds left in the third for San Leandro's first lead of the night at 20-14. Ruben Garcia Ceja padded the Pirates' lead with 9:41 left on a 4-yard score. Maleek James had two interceptions for the Pirates.


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Bishop O'Dowd 21, Berkeley 0: The Dragons spoiled Berkeley's homecoming as Bryce Grandison caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chris Hagmaier early in the first quarter for all the scoring Bishop O'Dowd (3-6, 2-2 WACC-Foothill) would need.

"I tried to come out and do the best I could for my team," said Grandison, who finished with 168 all-purpose yards.

Berkeley fell to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in league play.

The score remained 6-0 until the third quarter when Maijed Bey recovered a botched screen pass and took it 15 yards for a score.

-- Logan Murdock, correspondent

Castro Valley 42, Hayward 0: Demareyeh Lane ran for 175 yards, including touchdowns of 94 and 35 yards, as the visiting Trojans rolled to victory in this WACC-Foothill Division contest at Sunset High in Hayward.

Lane also recovered one of nine Hayward fumbles, pitching the ball back to Damon Mitchell, who ran in for the touchdown.

Special teams also got into the act for the Trojans (3-6, 2-2 WACC-Foothill) as Jacob Leanio scooped up a punt blocked by teammate Anant Tikku for a second-quarter touchdown.

Up by three touchdowns by halftime, the Trojans extended their lead to 28-0 when Nick Alfaro scored on a 32-yard pass reception from Brenden Brown.

Mitch Avery's 28-yard run completed the scoring with 7:47 left in the game. Josh Guzman made all his extra-point attempts.

Hayward (0-9, 0-4) controlled most of the play through a scoreless first quarter and recovered a muffed punt at the Trojans' 17. The drive ended with a lost fumble at the 1-yard line two plays into the second quarter.

-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent