A 28-yard touchdown pass from Edward Achziger to Jeff Leung on fourth down with less than a minute remaining Friday proved to be the difference-maker as host Dublin High held off a second-half rally to beat Acalanes 32-29.
Dublin (5-2, 2-2 Diablo Foothill Athletic League) looked in complete control at halftime, getting scores on its first four possessions to build an 18-point advantage at intermission.
But that cushion disappeared with a 4-yard touchdown rush from Craig Anderson that capped a run of 22 unanswered points, giving Acalanes (4-5, 2-3) a 29-25 lead with four minutes remaining.
The Dons' only lead of the game wouldn't last long, however, as Achziger orchestrated the ensuing possession into the game-winning drive behind an impressive combination of passing and running.
Achziger would account for 58 of the final drive's 70 yards, including three first downs to set up the game-winning pass. He would finish the game with 249 yards of total offense, including 175 passing and four scores.
Acalanes quarterback Spencer Henderson was the fuel for his offense when it was moving, collecting 119 yards on 9-of-12 passing.
Campolindo 42, Alhambra 25: Even a frenetic second-half comeback by the host Bulldogs was not enough to overcome the early damage done by the high-flying quarterback-wide receiver combination of Brett Stephens and Griffin Piatt.
Stephens found Piatt for scoring strikes of 3, 39 and 69 yards as the Cougars (9-0, 5-0) amassed a 28-7 halftime lead.
The first score was just pretty: a perfectly thrown fade to the corner of the end zone that dropped right over Piatt's shoulder. The second was even prettier: a diving, outstretched, over-the-shoulder job by Piatt after Stephens rolled right and threw a dart downfield. The third was all Piatt: a short dump-off from Stephens that Piatt turned into a huge play by breaking tackles and outracing the defense. Piatt also nabbed two of Campolindo's six interceptions. He had four catches for 126 yards.
Alhambra (2-6, 0-4) made things interesting in an increasingly acrimonious fourth quarter. Justin Green's touchdown with 1:04 left in the third quarter made it 42-13, and prevented the officials from running the clock in the fourth.
The Bulldogs then recovered back-to-back onside kicks and rode slashing running back Taylor Poyadue to the last two scores. Poyadue finished with a game-high 241 yards and two scores on 26 carries. The insurrection was finally quelled when Piatt intercepted Leo Costa in the end zone with just under two minutes to play.
-- Bill Kolb, correspondent
Las Lomas 42, Dougherty Valley 6: The Knights scored early and often, defeating the visiting Wildcats in a one-sided game.
Knights quarterback Adam Wood had a nearly perfect evening, completing 9 of 10 pass attempts for 154 yards with touchdowns to Ardell Romez and Robby Ow. Las Lomas (7-1, 3-1 DFAL) showed its ability to run the ball just as effectively as it passed. Jake Villa scored three rushing touchdowns for the Knights, who amassed 181 yards on the ground as a team.
Dougherty Valley (3-5, 0-4) quarterback Tyler Eastman was sacked five times. Eastman and the Wildcats were unable to get anything going until the fourth quarter. With 6:30 to play, Eastman hooked up with Joshua Figueroa in the left corner of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown to prevent the shutout.
Khirey Carson had a sack and a recovered fumble for Las Lomas, and nearly had an interception when he anticipated a screen pass and jumped the route.
-- Nick Bender, correspondent