The host Pinole Valley High football team scored 21 points in the third quarter to help get past Salesian 41-28 on Friday night in the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division opener for both teams.
Sophomore quarterback Troyante McConico connected on 9 of 13 passes for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Pinole Valley (1-4, 1-0 TCAL).
Senior running back D'Angelo Hernandez was the workhorse for Salesian (3-2, 0-1). Hernandez finished the night with 286 yards on 31 carries and a pair of touchdowns. However, the pivotal third quarter turned the tide for Pinole Valley.
Leading 20-6 at the intermission, McConico fired a 37-yard scoring strike to senior running back Isiah Lewis as Pinole Valley pulled ahead convincingly, 27-6 early in the quarter.
Shepherd added a 10-yard scoring burst in the quarter and McConico hustled over from 2 yards out after the Spartans blocked a Salesian punt attempt. The Pride were hurt by three lost fumbles, including on the opening kickoff of the game.
Salesian scored two late touchdowns but couldn't make up the difference as Pinole Valley ran out of the clock in the waning moments.
St. Patrick-St. Vincent 29, Berean Christian 0: The Bruins' Jalen Canty is known around campus for blocking shots and rim-rattling dunks for the boys basketball team. Against Berean Christian, he became known for something else.
The 6-foot-8 Canty helped the Bruins post their third shutout this season, this one over Berean Christian in the TCAL-Rock opener at Dante Magnani Field.
Canty led a defense that posted 12 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against the Eagles.
"We're a defense built to stop the run but he did a good job stopping the pass today," said Canty, who was talked into playing football by his uncle as well as the coaches at St. Pat's. "We haven't had a shutout the last two seasons and now we've posted goose eggs three times this year."
Bruins coach Brennan Marion was pleased to see his team's defense play so well considering it allowed 65 points to Moreau Catholic last week.
"We decided to switch things up after allowing a lot of yards last week on a lot of very basic plays," he said. "The adjustments worked really well for us."
The Bruins (3-2, 1-0) led 21-0 at halftime. While their offense sputtered at times in the second half, the defense was consistent for all four quarters against the Eagles (2-3, 0-1).
The Bruins' first score came in the first quarter when running back Justin Marion walked in from four yards out. Matthew Rapolla ran in the two-point conversion on the swinging gate play for the 8-0 lead with 8:03 left.
St. Pat's scored again on a Ivan Hudson 12-yard reception from Anthony Williams with 4:48 in the first quarter. The Bruins missed the PAT and settled for the 14-0 lead. The touchdown was set up earlier in the drive by a 44-yard reception to Hudson.
Hudson gave the Eagles' defensive backs trouble all night, although he was called for an unusual offensive pass interference penalty on one play in the second quarter. That call negated a 56-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter Williams ran in a score of his own from two yards out with 10:16 left in the second quarter to make it 21-0. Berean Christian had gone for it on fourth down to set up the short field for St. Pat's. Marion had runs of 12 and 14 yards on the drive to set up Williams' score.
Williams was 11 of 31 for 211 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions, all of those coming in the first half. Williams also had an 8-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Oducado with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
St. Pat's other score was a two-point safety earlier in that period when Berean's snap on a punt attempt rolled through the back of the end zone.
Berean quarterback Dax Cuddihy was held to 4 of 15 passing for 44 yards. Cuddihy was under pressure all day from the Bruins' defense.
The Eagles defense forced six turnovers overall, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
-- Matt O'Donnell, Vallejo Times-Herald