Jeff Lockie passed for 309 yards and four touchdowns and Monte Vista High staved off host Livermore's upset bid with a 49-40 East Bay Athletic League football win Friday night.
The Cowboys (3-3, 0-3 EBAL) rallied gallantly in the second half behind the explosive running of Damariay Drew, who rushed for 204 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries. After Monte Vista cruised into halftime leading 35-14, Drew ignited his team with a 50-yard touchdown on the second play of the third quarter.
Then, after the Cowboys forced Monte Vista to punt, Drew ran 70 yards for a touchdown on first down to cut the deficit to 35-27 with Ryan Texeira's extra point.
The Mustangs (3-3, 2-1) upped the margin to 42-27 on a 14-yard touchdown reception by Dan Scritchfield with 3:09 left in the third quarter, but Livermore, which ran for 322 yards against a beleaguered Mustangs run defense, responded with a 53-yard scoring march capped by a 13-yard Texeira run.
Things got really intense when Texeira raced in on a blitz and forced a fumble from Lockie on the Mustangs' next possession. Tyler Kissling scooped up the ball and ran 50 yards for a touchdown, trimming the deficit to 42-40 with 7:37 left in the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs recovered an onside kick, and Lockie clinched the victory with a 46-yard touchdown completion to Mason Melin with 5:30 left. Melin intercepted Livermore quarterback Zach McPherson on the Cowboys' last-gasp drive.
Foothill 35, Granada 0: By the time the Matadors recorded their initial first down, Falcons running back Griffith Gates had already rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns as Foothill earned a dominating homecoming victory.
The Matadors (2-4, 0-3 EBAL) managed only four first downs, with the first one coming midway through the fourth quarter. Foothill had 18 first downs behind an impressive running game that outgained Granada 287 yards to 49.
The lopsided statistics were the result of Foothill (2-4, 1-2) dominating both lines of scrimmage in an attempt to keep the ball away from a Granada offense that had averaged more than 36 points per game going into the matchup.
"Our running game really helped out the defense because it kept (Granada's) offense off the field," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said. "Once that happened we got a little momentum going, and both the defense and running game benefited from each other."
Falcons sophomore Jamirr Holland joined Gates with more than 100 yards rushing, finishing with 100 yards on 19 carries.
Despite throwing for only 59 yards, Foothill quarterback Tommy Paulson proved to be effective. He completed all four of his pass attempts for first downs, including a 13-yard touchdown to Ray Hudson to finish the Falcons' scoring.
-- Travis Summers, correspondent
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