Facing a fourth and goal and trailing by six points with just over a minute to go, Foothill High football coach Matt Sweeney was going to call a fade to the corner of the end zone for junior wide receiver Ray Hudson.
Sweeney then asked his best receiver if he could beat his guy, and Hudson told his coach he could. Then he did, scrapping the fade and catching a ball on a stop pattern just inside the goal line, giving the host Falcons a 14-13 come-from-behind East Bay Athletic League win over Livermore.
"We never got down and we never panicked," Hudson said. "And even though I dropped a big pass earlier, (Sweeney) had all the confidence in me in the world and (Tommy) Paulson made a perfect pass."
With nine seconds left, Livermore (3-5, 0-5 EBAL) marched all the way to the Falcons' 7-yard line, but elected not to kick a field goal, and Zach McPherson's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Cody Shields.
The Cowboys, who led 13-0 thanks to a pair of touchdown runs (15, 67) by Damariay Drew, have now lost their last four EBAL games by a total of 13 points.
The Falcons (3-5, 2-3) cut it to 13-7 late in the third quarter thanks to a Grifith Gates 8-yard run, and got a timely defensive stop late in the fourth quarter to get the ball back.
Berean Christian 42, California School for the Deaf 13: Two special teams plays by host Berean Christian early in the third quarter helped to break open the floodgates as it went on to a Bay Football League win.
Leading 14-13, Berean Christian (6-2, 3-0 BFL) partially blocked a CSD punt and took over at CSD's 26-yard line. Luke Miner ran in for the score on the next play.
CSD (6-2, 1-2) failed to get a first down on its next possession and had to punt from its own end zone. But protection broke down on the punt attempt, Zane Pedersen had to scramble out of the end zone and was tackled at his own 3-yard line. On the next play, Miner ran in for the score.
CSD running back Brian Freeman scored both of his team's touchdowns, including one on a 49-yard run on the first possession of the game. But he was held to four yards on seven carries in the second half to finish with 97 yards on 18 carries.
-- Curtis Pashelka
Piedmont 35, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 0: Eric Huppert threw for three scores and Max Elliot snagged a game-high three touchdowns, as the host Highlanders easily breezed past the Bruins.
Piedmont (3-5, 3-2 BSAL), playing on senior night, gave the big crowd plenty to cheer for.
"I always watched the seniors on this night and saw how much it meant to them," said Elliot, who caught three passes for 91 yards. "And after tonight I get it. It's a great feeling to win on this night and it was a great team effort."
Huppert found the athletic Elliot for scores twice in the first half. Piedmont, which also received a nice effort offensively from running back Brian Inch, went into halftime up 28-0 and never looked back.
-- Chris Nguon, correspondent
Weston Ranch-Stockton 33, Kimball 12: Despite 111 yards and two touchdowns from Evan Owens, The Jaguars offense faltered mightily in a home loss. Kimball (2-7, 1-5 Valley Oak League) scored the first and last touchdowns of the game. However, in between, the Cougars (4-5, 3-3) scored five times.
Kimball had its chances. Down 12-6, a 60-yard kickoff return by Austin Griffith started the Jaguars deep in Weston Ranch territory. But Kimball turned it over on downs in four plays. In the final minute of the second quarter, a 30-yard run by Owens put Kimball in position to score just before the half. But Logan Finley was intercepted, killing the drive and sending the Jaguars into the locker room trailing 20-6.
-- Marcus Thompson II