OAKLEY -- The Bell Game will have added significance for the Freedom High football team this season.
Following its 34-14 win over Deer Valley on Oct. 26, Freedom can claim the first outright Bay Valley Athletic League championship in program history with a win at rival Liberty on Nov. 2.
Against Deer Valley, Freedom looked every bit like the juggernaut many expected heading into the 2012 season.
Three-year starting quarterback Dante Mayes threw for 357 yards, Washington-bound wide receiver Darrell Daniels caught 11 passes for 195 yards, and a quick and athletic defense dominated after the first quarter in a convincing win over the Wolverines.
The win clinched a share of the BVAL title for the Falcons (7-2, 4-0 BVAL), who finished as co-champions with Pittsburg a year ago.
"It's not over yet," Freedom coach Kevin Hartwig said. "We got one more week. It's got to go through Liberty now.
"It's a rivalry game and a lot can happen, so we're not talking championship just yet."
Deer Valley (6-3, 2-2) looked as though it was going to make things much tougher on Freedom as quarterback Nsimba Webster rushed 52 yards for a touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage. The Wolverines rushed for 162 yards in the first quarter but had two promising drives end in a missed field goal and a turnover.
Freedom's defense held the Wolverines to 21 total yards from the end of the first quarter until five minutes left in
Mayes had two touchdown passes, one to Daniels and one to Devontae Young on the final play of the first half.
Running back Joe Mixon rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
The Falcons won last year's meeting with Liberty 34-10, stretching their Bell Game win streak to six games.
Liberty is coming off a 48-13 loss to Antioch, which extended its losing streak this season to six games. Cody Maghuyop led Liberty with 104 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Staff writer Paul Burgarino contributed to this story.