Leron Fonseca's 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter lifted Hercules High to an improbable 22-21 Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League victory over visiting De Anza on Friday night.
De Anza (2-5, 0-3 ACCAL) scored 21 unanswered points in the first half and Hercules (6-1, 2-1) rallied with 22 points in the final two quarters in an exciting matchup.
De Anza quarterback Steve Evans staked his team to the halftime lead with two rushing touchdowns and a 26-yard scoring strike to a diving Robert Castro in the end zone as time ran out in the second quarter.
Hercules finally got untracked in the second half as junior quarterback Daylen Robinson scored on a 15-yard run and then connected with Armani Reynolds for an 11-yard TD pass.
The Titans, hurt by three first-half turnovers, inched closer when standout tailback Nico Murillo bolted 3 yards for a score with 7:58 left as De Anza held a slim 21-19 lead.
El Cerrito 42, Alameda 14: Wide receiver Jalen Harvey caught six passes for 55 yards and a score, and cornerback Marcellus Pippins picked off three passes as the Gauchos downed the host Hornets.
In a contest that started slowly for both teams, El Cerrito (5-1-1, 3-0 ACCAL) picked up the pace midway through to remain in sole possession of first place in league play.
"We had a rough time in the beginning but picked it up," said Harvey, who got El Cerrito on the board with a 6-yard score
Just moments into the second half, Alameda (2-6, 1-3) pulled to within 14-6 when Antonio Manibusan plowed his way into the end zone from 5 yards.
From there, however, it was all El Cerrito. The Gauchos picked up a rhythm on the ground (205 rushing yards) and the defense held tough, highlighted by a 68-yard interception return by Pippins to put a cap on a 35-point second half.
-- Chris Nguon, correspondent
Pinole Valley 57, Richmond 7: Quarterback Jahkar Dickson tossed three touchdown passes, two to wide receiver Andrew Cox-Gilmore, to lead the host Spartans to victory.
Pinole Valley (5-3, 3-1 ACCAL) scored on six of their seven first-half possessions. Dickson was 7 for 9 for 128 yards in the first half. Richmond (0-8, 0-4) scored its only touchdown on a first-quarter drive of 79 yards, which ended on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Esparza to Isaiah Brown.
The game was marred by a second-quarter injury to Richmond's Jorge Diaz, who was injured on a kickoff return and collapsed in a huddle before the next play. After a lengthy delay, he was taken to a hospital for precautionary measures.
Pinole Valley led 43-7 at halftime and opened the third quarter with a 66-yard scoring drive that culminated on a 3-yard touchdown run by Josh Powell.
Moments later, Cox-Gilmore intercepted an Esparza pass and returned it 50 yards for a score.
-- Don August, correspondent