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El Cerrito running back Keith Benjamin runs with the ball during their prep football game vs. Pinole Valley at El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, Calif. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. (Dean Coppola/Staff)
Three of the East Bay's top four teams reside in the East Bay Athletic League, according to the rankings, and all three picked up victories on Friday night.
But, for one reason or another, those wins by No. 1 De La Salle High, No. 2 California and No. 4 San Ramon Valley weren't easily attained.
In the night's most thrilling finish, California (5-0, 2-0 EBAL) got a two-point conversion pass from Kevin Farley to Blake Guardino with 13 seconds left to beat No. 10 Monte Vista 25-24, marking the first time in the 36-year history of the series that the Grizzlies have won back-to-back meetings.
Farley, who hit Guardino with a 13-yard touchdown pass to set up the winning conversion play, threw for two touchdowns and a season-high 249 yards.
San Ramon Valley (4-1, 2-0 EBAL) also needed last-minute heroics as Jordan Weiss scored on a 1-yard run with 1:09 remaining, capping an 80-yard drive and giving the Wolves a 38-31 win over Granada.
The Matadors dropped their second straight heartbreaker at home to a Danville school - Granada fell 35-34 last week when Monte Vista scored with 58 seconds left and then converted on a two-point attempt.
De La Salle's run against Northern California teams continued, but so did its run of bad luck.
The No. 1 Spartans (4-1, 2-0 EBAL) used a 39-3 victory over Foothill to notch their 215th straight win over Northern California opponents, but it may have been a costly win.
Leading rusher Tiapepe Vitale, De La Salle's leading rusher, became the team's third running back to go down with an injury. He left in the second quarter with a leg injury. The Spartans are already without their other top two running backs as Joe Te'o and Dasmond Tautalatasi are both out with leg injuries and it's not known when or if they'll return.
David Riopelle became the de facto Spartans' lead back and ran for a game-high 115 yards before leaving with an injury himself.
"There's nothing we can do about it," Spartans coach Bob Ladouceur told Ben Enos of the Bay Area News Group. "Every week we've got guys getting hurt. I don't know what we're going to do. We're kind of out of runners right now."
Here's how some other Top 15 teams fared on Friday night:
No. 5 Encinal (4-1) ran for 300 yards, including a pair of scoring runs from Kaniela Kahuanui, in a 49-0 victory over John Swett.
No. 9 Miramonte (6-0, 2-0 DFAL) beat Dougherty Valley 29-14, thanks in large part to a pair of long touchdowns from senior wide receiver Micah Solit, who scored on a 70-yard kickoff return and a 73-yard pass.
No. 15 Tennyson (5-0, 2-0 HAAL) held off Mt. Eden as Pablo Magallanes and Alson Paxon each scored two touchdowns in a 45-26 victory.
Here are some other noteworthy games from Friday:
El Cerrito (3-1-1, 1-0 ACCAL) got a game-high 147 yards rushing from Marshon Ardoin and outscored Pinole Valley 35-0 in the second half for a 42-7 win over the Spartans, who played without All-East Bay running back James Lewis, who is no longer with the team.
Berkeley (3-3, 2-0 ACCAL) got 129 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns from Rudolpho James and also held Hercules to zero net rushing yards in a 45-14 victory over the Titans.
Antioch is 5-0 for the first time in 15 years as Troy Amate threw a 93-yard TD pass to Josh Oseguera and also scored on a 24-yard TD run in the fourth quarter of a 26-14 come-from-behind victory over Northgate.
Amador Valley (3-2, 1-1 EBAL) got rushing touchdowns from Nick Griffen and Carter Ridgway and last-minute interceptions from Jarrod Graves and Mitchell Mayo in a 14-12 win over Livermore.
San Leandro's Jermaine Berry caught a 47-yard touchdown pass with 2:11 to go and then sealed a 26-21 HAAL win over Castro Valley with an interception.
Newark Memorial's Hunter Rockwell had a career night as he accounted for 376 total yards and scored four touchdowns, and quarterback Jesse Tate tossed five touchdown passes as the Cougars beat Oakland Tech 42-19.
Here are your individual standouts throughout the East Bay on Friday night:
DAVID RIOPELLE, De La Salle: The Spartans' back rushed 14 times for a game-high 115 yards and also caught an 18-yard TD pass in a 39-3 win over Foothill.
TIAPEPE VITALE, De La Salle: He scored on two short touchdown runs before leaving with an injury in the Spartans' win over Foothill.
BART HOUSTON, De La Salle: The Spartans' quarterback threw a pair of touchdown passes and also ran for a TD in the win over Foothill.
DOMINIC GOMES, Bishop O'Dowd: He scored scored two touchdowns - on a 61-yard punt return for the game's first score, and a 15-yard reception - in the Dragons' 40-0 win over Arroyo.
DANIEL JONES, Bishop O'Dowd: He rushed for two touchdowns and gained a game-high 59 yards on the ground in a win over Arroyo.
KEVIN FARLEY, California: The Grizzlies' first-year quarterback engineered the game-winning drive and connected on the game-winning two-point conversion pass with 13 seconds left vs. Monte Vista. He wound up with 249 passing yards, including a pair of TDs.
BLAKE GUARDINO, California: He caught five passes in the Grizzlies' last-minute, game-winning drive, including a 10-yard TD and a two-point conversion pass in the win over Monte vista.
JEFF LOCKIE, Monte Vista: He passed for 183 yards and also ran for 50 yards, including a pair of touchdowns in a heartbreaking loss to California.
ZACK CHANG, Monte Vista: The Mustangs' back carried 27 times for a game-high 149 yards against California.
PATRICK THOMPSON, West: The senior running back racked up 306 all-purpose yards and scored five touchdowns in a 49-7 win over Tokay. Thompson rushed 19 times for 254 yards.
MARSHON ARDOIN, El Cerrito: Ran for a game-high 147 yards in a 42-7 win over Pinole Valley.
ANDRE TYSON, Pinole Valley: He rushed for 99 yards in a loss to El Cerrito.
JORDEN WEBSTER, El Cerrito: The Gauchos' quarterback threw a TD pass and ran for two more scores in a win over Pinole Valley.
JORDAN WEISS, San Ramon Valley: The Wolves' back carried 15 times for 148 yards, including the game-winning 1-yard TD run with 1:09 left against Granada.
ZACH KLINE, San Ramon Valley: The Wolves' quarterback threw for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a win over Granada.
JAKE KEARNEY, Granada: Rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to San Ramon Valley and has rushed for 338 yards in his last two games.
RUDOLPHO JAMES, Berkeley: He had 82 yards and two TDs on eight first-half carries and wound up with 129 yards rushing in a 45-14 win over Hercules.
DAELEN ROBINSON, Hercules: He went 13-for-22 for 196 yards and two touchdown passes in a loss to Berkeley.
TYDEN HOLMES, Hercules: Caught a pair of TD passes in the Titans' loss to Berkeley.
TROY AMATE, Antioch: The Panthers' quarterback hit Josh Oseguera on a 93-yard TD pass and ran for a 24-yard TD in the fourth quarter to rally for a 26-14 win over Northgate.
DAMARIAY DREW, Livermore: He rushed for a game-high 118 yards and scored a touchdown in a loss to Amador Valley.
PABLO MAGALLANES, Tennyson: He scored two touchdowns, including a 42-yard scoring run, in a victory over Mt. Eden.
ALSON PAXON, Tennyson: He also scored two touchdowns against Mt. Eden, which included a 38-yard interception return.
JERMAINE BERRY, San Leandro: Caught the game-winning TD pass from Jose Ferreira with 2:11 left and also intercepted a pass to seal the 26-21 win over Castro Valley.
JAVON TILLMAN, San Leandro: The Pirates' back rushed for a pair of touchdowns in a victory over Castro Valley.
AIDAN SHOCKLEY, St. Mary's: The Panthers' back rushed for 188 yards in a 32-28 BSAL victory over Moreau Catholic.
KEVIN FLEMER, St. Mary's: The Panthers' quarterback threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns in a victory over Moreau.
ETHAN WEINSTEIN, St. Mary's: Caught six passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns against Moreau Catholic.
CALEB COLEMAN, St. Mary's: He caught eight passes for 139 yards in a win over Moreau.
CHRIS BACA, Moreau Catholic: The Mariners' receiver grabbed six passes for 119 yards, including a TD with 46 seconds left that drew Moreau within striking distance of St. Mary's.
KANIELA KAHUANUI, Encinal: The Jets' back ran for a game-high 90 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 49-0 win over John Swett.
MICAH SOLIT, Miramonte: The Matadors' receiver scored on a 70-yard kickoff return and a 73-yard pass play in a victory over Dougherty Valley.
XAVIER VAESAU, Dougherty Valley: The senior running back rushed 24 times for 134 yards and one touchdown in a loss to Miramonte.
EDWARD ACHZIGER, Dublin: The Gaels' quarterback had 196 yards of total offense, including 84 yards rushing, in a 16-8 victory over Alhambra.
ALEX MARSHALL, Dublin: The Gaels' kicker booted three field goals in a win over Alhambra.
HUNTER ROCKWELL, Newark Memorial: The Cougars' back had 376 total yards and scored four touchdowns in a 42-19 nonleague win over Oakland Tech.
JESSE TATE, Newark Memorial: He threw for 229 yards and five touchdowns in a victory over Oakland Tech.
JAMES LEWIS, Oakland Tech: The Bulldogs' quarterback threw for 244 yards and two TDs in a loss to Newark Memorial.