Sir-Devonta Stewart rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on Friday to lead the Berkeley High football team to a 41-7 win over visiting Pinole Valley.
The Yellowjackets (5-3, 4-0 Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League) lost a heartbreaker on the final play to the Spartans (5-4, 3-2) a year ago. This time, Stewart made sure there would be no last-second comebacks.
With Berkeley leading 13-7 early in the fourth quarter, Stewart pulled the ball down on a pass play and busted a 61-yard touchdown run. Keeping the ball was Stewart's third option on the play.
"I was supposed to fake the (pass to Kenyatta McGhee-Jackson) and look back toward my tight end," Stewart said. "I saw the two safeties. I hit the left pocket and as I hit that, I had to read which way my tight end was going to block. I cut it straight through the middle."
On the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff, Devyne Adams intercepted Jahkar Dickson and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown to all but wrap up the game. Stewart and McGhee-Jackson added touchdown runs to make it a rout.
Pinole Valley scored first, getting a 45-yard touchdown pass from Dickson to Andre Tyson late in the first quarter. Berkeley answered right back when Robert Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to set up Rudolpho James' 11-yard touchdown run.
Samuel Boyden was the star for the Yellowjackets in the first half, kicking two field goals including one from 51 yards.
Berkeley hosts Richmond next week before traveling to El Cerrito for a game that should determine the ACCAL champion. Pinole Valley has a bye next week before it hosts Hercules in its regular-season finale.