PLEASANTON -- The host Amador Valley High football team got a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown from Patrick Pipitone and three rushing touchdowns to beat Concord 31-14 in a nonleague game on Friday.

Pipitone's play was a back-breaker. Amador Valley had just lost a fumble on the second play of the fourth quarter, holding a 17-8 lead. On the next play, Mitch Daniels dropped back but his pass was tipped. Pipitone caught it and ran down the right side for the touchdown.

Daniels, a junior, completed 27 of 43 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown against the one interception. He showed flashes of brilliance, firing a couple of fastballs that his receivers simply couldn't handle.

Meantime, the Dons (2-0) continued to rotate quarterbacks Ronnie Jones and Zeke Burgermeister. Jones completed seven of nine passes for 83 yards while Burgermeister completed five of 11 passes for 46 yards with an interception. Neither threw a scoring pass. Jones did score on a 1-yard run.

Amador Valley took a 7-0 lead on Michael White's 40-yard run early in the second quarter. White finished with a game-high 63 yards on 10 carries.

Concord came back on a 3-yard touchdown run by Malik Blackburn later in the period. The Minutemen (0-2) scored a two-point conversion on a pass from Daniels to Ronnie Algood.

Algood finished the night with 13 catches for 95 yards, many of them on screen passes.


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Amador Valley 31, Concord 14

Concord          0          8          0          6--          14

Amador Valley          0          10          7          14--          31

AV -- White 40 run (Knaggs kick)

Con -- Blackburn 3 run (Algood pass from Daniels)

AV -- Knaggs 24 FG

AV -- Jones 1 run (Knaggs kick)

AV -- Pipitone 40 INT return (Knaggs kick)

AV -- Copenhaver 2 run (Knaggs kick)

Con -- Knight 8 pass from Daniels (pass failed)

Rushing: Con -- Blackburn 11-43, Rubio 4-9, Daniels 4-(-11), Team 3-(-13). Totals 22-28. AV -- White 10-63, Copenhaver 10-50, Loughnane 8-45, Pipitone 2-12, Newman 2-6, Jones 3-(-2), Team 1-(-5). Totals 36-169. Passing: Con -- Daniels 27-43-1 207. AV -- Jones 7-9-0 83, Burgermeister 5-11-1 46. Totals 12-20-1 129. Receiving: Con -- Algood 13-95, Knight 8-62, Gwynn 3-39, Hollars 2-11, Rubio 1-0. Totals 27-207. AV -- Schmit 5-58, Knaggs 2-24, White 1-17, Miller 1-11, Javon 1-8, Copenhaver 1-7, Mayo 1-4. Totals 12-129. Fumbles/lost: Con -- 3/0, AV -- 4/3. Records: Amador Valley 2-0, Concord 0-2.