The Las Lomas High football team blocked a would-be game-tying extra point attempt with 33 seconds to play to hold off visiting Dublin 10-9 in a thrilling Diablo Foothill Athletic League finish on Friday.
Dublin, trailing 10-3 with 1:30 left to play, drove down the field, led by quarterback Edward Achziger. Achziger converted a 16-yard, fourth-down pass to Jabari Davis to put the Gaels at the Las Lomas 3-yard line as the clock continued to run.
With no timeouts left, Josh Yu found himself wide open in the end zone and Achziger hit him for the touchdown pass and the Dublin sideline erupted in celebration.
But the celebration was short lived.
On the extra point try, Mitch Frentescu came flying over the Dublin offensive line and blocked the PAT cleanly to seal the victory for Las Lomas (6-1, 2-1 DFAL).
Dublin (4-3, 1-2) led 3-0 through three quarters, shutting down the Knights' running game with their bruising defensive line.
Las Lomas quarterback Adam Wood hit his tight end Brayton Milner right down the seam for a 49-yard touchdown with 6:43 remaining. The Knights then tacked on a field goal to make the score 10-7.
Acalanes 28, Dougherty Valley 14: A blocked punt by Drew Gaylord with less than five minutes remaining sealed a Dons' victory and ruined the Wildcats' homecoming.
Gaylord's block came with Acalanes (4-4, 2-2 DFAL) holding a 21-14 lead, and set up the Dons' ensuing
Both of Gardner's touchdowns came in the fourth quarter, which helped break a 14-14 tie after the first three quarters.
The running game carried both teams, with Acalanes outgainining Dougherty Valley, 322-283 yards on the ground. Peter Mitchell and Aaron Edwards headlined the attack, finishing with 106 and 81 rushing yards, respectively.
Acalanes not only kept Dougherty Valley (3-4, 0-3) from its first DFAL victory this season, but ruined an impressive performance from Wildcat running back Xavier Vaesau. The senior rushed for 271 yards on 31 carries, including a pair of scores.
-- Travis Summers, correspondent
Concord 42, Clayton Valley 0: Bruising tailback Olito Thompson punished the Eagles' defense for 235 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries as the visiting Minutemen (5-2, 2-0 DVAL) trounced Clayton Valley (4-2, 0-2) for the third straight year.
Concord has outscored the Eagles by a total of 148-34 in the past three battles for the ClayCord Cup. Thompson also caught a pass for 35 yards, and scored on a two-point conversion to account for 32 of Concord's points.
The Minutemen's ball-hawking defense held Clayton Valley to just 79 yards of total offense in the game, and just 6 in the second half. Defensive lineman Willy Thompson got in on the scoring, propping up Eagles quarterback Mateo Gomez long enough to strip the ball away on a sack, then scooting 30 yards to paydirt.
That was the second turnover of the game. Cornerback Daniel Golden defended three straight pass attempts in the second quarter before finally picking off Gomez and returning the ball 35 yards to set up Olito Thompson's second score.
-- Bill Kolb, correspondent
College Park 30, Northgate 0: The Falcons' Daivon Ballard ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons remained undefeated in the DVAL.
After gaining six yards on his first two carries, Ballard burst through Northgate's defensive front on a dive and outran the defense for a 56-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter, giving the Falcons a 9-0 lead.
The Broncos (2-5, 1-1 DVAL) ate up the rest of the clock in the half with a drive from their own 2 to the College Park 15, but it ended with a missed 32-yard field goal attempt as the quarter ended.
That was when Falcons felt in control, College Park coach Bill Kepler said.
A 31-yard scoring run by Ballard four minutes into the third quarter made it 16-0, then he and quarterback Jordan Louis each scored on 1-yard runs. Tanner Utler gave College Park (3-4, 2-0) its first points with a 44-yard field goal.
-- Steve Dulas
Freedom 42, Antioch 6: Quarterback Dante Mayes threw four touchdowns and passed for 225 yards to lead the Falcons to their first Bay Valley Athletic League victory of the season over the host Panthers (5-2, 0-2 BVAL).
Freedom (6-1, 1-1 BVAL) scored on their first four possessions, built a 28-0 lead less than two minutes into the second half, and never looked back.
The Falcons scored their first two touchdowns on long, grinding drives (12 and 11 plays), then shifted gears with two quick-strike scores before Antioch had a chance to catch its breath.
-- Gabe Feletar, correspondent
Heritage 28, Liberty 21: After falling behind early, host Heritage scored 21 consecutive points and then held on to improve to 5-0 all-time in the Brentwood Bowl.
Liberty took the lead, but was unable to hold it for the second straight year in this rivalry. The Lions (2-5, 0-2) marched 87 yards on a methodical 13-play opening drive for a 7-0 lead, capped when Cody Suckow hit Christian Smith in the left flat for a 10-yard touchdown.
Heritage (4-3, 2-0 BVAL) answered in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown from Carter to Kejhan Clayton, and when Clayton scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter the Patriots took a lead they would never relinquish.
Liberty cut the lead to 21-14 early in the fourth, but the Patriots used a trick play to keep the lead comfortable. On third-and-3, fullback Carson Cleverly, also the backup quarterback, took a handoff from Carter, faked a sweep and then launched a pass down field to a wide-open Jasper Dhaliwal for 43 yards. Carter scored on a quarterback keeper two plays later to put the Patriots up 28-14 with 3:27 remaining.
-- Ken Silman, correspondent
Diablo Valley 35, De Anza 20: The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the second half to pull away from De Anza in a Golden Gate Conference game.
Diablo Valley took the lead for good in the second quarter when Andre Lewis caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Van Brunt with 7:57 left in the first half and give the Vikings a 21-20 lead. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent