Monte Vista High junior Zack Chang ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the Mustangs' 27-0 rout Friday night of host Amador Valley in East Bay Athletic League football.

Then, Chang tipped his helmet to the guys up front.

"I give all the credit to the linemen because they blocked hard all four quarters," said Chang, who gave the Dons fits with his relentless zigzagging runs.

The Mustangs defense came up big in the team's first shutout of the season. Marco Zamora had two of Monte Vista's four interceptions of Kyle Moreno.

The Mustangs (4-4, 3-2 EBAL) took a 21-0 lead into halftime, but it could have been by much more. They were stopped on a fourth-and-1 on the Dons' 16-yard line and fumbled away the ball on the Amador Valley 6.

Monte Vista coach Craig Bergman said his team's rhythm on offense was thrown off by a slew of penalties, but he was pleased overall.

"It was a great effort defensively, and on offense we were productive enough," Bergman said.

On the Mustangs' first play from scrimmage, Troy Johnson's pass on a halfback option found a wide-open Zamora for a 58-yard touchdown. Zamora's 33-yard interception return to the Dons' 13 set up the second score, Chang's 6-yard TD run.

Bergman knows he can always count on the diminutive Chang. "Zack's been nails all year," Bergman said. "He's been a workhorse for us."


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Brendan Landman's fumble recovery on the Amador Valley 44 set up the third touchdown. Jeff Lockie, 14 for 21 passing for 168 yards and a touchdown, followed with a 13-yard strike to Dan Scritchfield before lobbing a beautiful 31-yard scoring pass to Johnson.

The Mustangs defense dominated in the first half, forcing four punts, picking off two passes and recovering a fumble. The Dons (4-4, 2-3) struggled in the red zone, coming up empty twice inside the 10 on interceptions by Zamora and CJ Maruyama.