OAKLAND -- Junior receiver Dante Johnson, a converted running back, caught four passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the host Emery High football team handled California School for the Deaf 52-8 in a North Central II game Saturday at McClymonds High.

Quarterback Nate Walker completed 13 of 21 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns for Emery (6-3, 3-2 NC II), which has won three of its last four.

"Our passing game is opening up," Walker said, adding that after CSD lost 26-24 to Stellar Prep last week, "we added quite a few new plays for this week."

The emergence of Johnson has helped fellow wide receiver Elijah Lucy, who finished with five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

"With the defense taking Lucy away, (Johnson's) a track guy and can catch," Emery coach Rodney Parker said. "We have not scored any points on (California School for the Deaf) in the last two years. We put ourselves in a position to win, and it worked."

Eagles freshman running back Jax Pedersen had 38 yards receiving and 64 yards on the ground, which included a 3-yard touchdown run.

Otherwise, the Spartans' defense held California School for the Deaf (4-5, 2-4) to 141 yards of total offense.

The win keeps Emery's North Coast Section Division V playoff hopes alive as it prepares to face Stellar Prep next week in the final game of the regular season.

Johnson transferred this year from Stellar Prep to Emery and is looking forward to playing his old team.

"I'm ready for that game," Johnson said.

Emery 52, California School for the Deaf 8

CSD          0          8          0          0--          8

Emery          8          18          20          6--          52

E -- Johnson 77 pass from Walker (Robinson run)

E -- Johnson 48 pass from Walker (run failed)

C -- Jax Pedersen 3 run (Ponce run)

E -- Lucy 6 pass from Walker (run failed)

E -- Lucy 55 pass from Walker (pass failed)

E -- Johnson 69 pass from Walker (Garvin from Walker)

E -- Kidd 10 run (pass failed)

E -- Kidd 21 yard fumble return (run failed)

E -- Bell 5 run (run failed)

Rushing: CSD -- Jax Pedersen 21-64, Wemmer 5-8, Ponce 2-3, Scognamigilio 1-0, Zornoza 1-(-11), Zane Pedersen 2-(-17). Totals 32-47. E -- Walker 7-47, Bell 4-31, Robinson 6-21, Kidd 3-8, Sims 1-(-3). Totals 21-104. Passing: C -- Zane Pedersen 11-24-0 94. E -- Walker 13-21-0 378. Receiving: CSD -- Jax Pedersen 3-38, Zornoza 3-28, Wemmer 2-10, Baer 2-9, Ponce 1-9. E -- Lucy 5-110, Johnson 4-219, Robinson 3-28, Sims 1-21. Fumbles/lost: CSD -- 2/1. E -- 0/0. Records: Emery 6-3, 3-2 NC II; California School for the Deaf 4-5, 2-3.