It was fairly plausible that after 40 minutes of scoreless football Saturday between Salesian and St. Mary's High, the battle between the two foes would come down to a fluke play.
Salesian quarterback Dominic Parella was surprised after a miscommunication on a snap but had the presence of mind to shuffle the ball to De'Angelo Hernandez on the wing. The senior running back did most of the rest, scoring the game's first touchdown on a 29-yard play with 5:01 remaining, and Salesian proceeded to win 14-3.
The play turned the tide for the Pride (4-4, 1-3 Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division) in an emotional homecoming victory.
St. Mary's (4-3, 1-2) led 3-0 on a 22-yard field goal by David Hernandez with 8:10 left. Salesian scored its other touchdown when Vegas Shackleford scooped up a fumble and raced 35 yards for the final touchdown as time ran out on the clock.
Lorenzo Logwood led St. Mary's with 107 yards on 30 carries. Hernandez finished with 118 yards on 18 carries.
Washington 40, Moreau Catholic 0: Mark Colbert's 33-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter opened the floodgates for the host Huskies in the Mission Valley Athletic League game.
Colbert's touchdown came with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter. Nate Woudstra added two scores, one on a 4-yard run and another on a 70-yard interception return.
The latter was Washington's second interception return for a score in the game, as Emory Simmons had earlier returned one 25 yards to the end zone. Washington (4-3, 4-0 MVAL) led 26-0 at halftime.
Moreau Catholic star running back Jason Hinton did not play because of illness, Mariners coach Andrew Cotter said. The Mariners (4-3, 0-3) could do little against the Huskies defense, which limited the visitors to 169 yards for the game.
-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent
Irvington 47, Kennedy-Fremont 29: The Vikings rolled up 409 yards of offense to stay in the hunt for the MVAL title. Jack Shank had a huge night at Tak Fudenna Stadium, accounting for six of the seven Vikings touchdowns. He threw for 161 yards on 7-of-9 passing with four touchdowns and also added 72 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
Jared Lozoya led the Vikings (4-3, 3-1 MVAL) with 162 rushing yards on 21 attempts.
Derek Slater rushed for a game-high 195 yards on 31 carries for the Titans (3-4, 1-2) and teammate Kaleem Abubukari added 139 yards rushing.
North Central II
St. Vincent-Petaluma 27, Emery 8: Derek Murphy rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Mustangs (4-2, 2-1 NC II) in their win. The Spartans (5-3, 2-2) scored at the beginning of the third quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Nate Walker to Elijah Lucy.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Contra Costa 47, Yuba 21: Malik Watson completed 20 of 29 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the host Comets (4-2) over the 49ers (2-4) in the Bay Valley Conference opener for both schools.
"It was a great win," Watson said. "Our offense did a great job of executing plays. We left some points on the field but we can get better from that."
The Comets' Davonte Sapp-Lynch rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Contra Costa's defense held Yuba to 183 offensive yards.
-- Damin Esper, correspondent