After carrying the ball 26 times for 109 yards Friday night, San Ramon Valley High's Michael Summers had enough energy left to make one more big play for his team.
The 5-foot-8 junior recovered Foothill's last-minute onside kick attempt, clinching the host Wolves' 34-26 victory.
"I'm just taught to react — that's the game right there," Summers said. "This (win) was really huge. To go 0-2 in the EBAL is not the way you want to start."
While the Wolves (4-1, 1-1) squared their East Bay Athletic League mark after losing to California a week ago, the Falcons (3-2, 0-2) slipped to the second division of the East Bay's toughest league.
SRV never trailed, getting touchdown passes of 59 and 81 yards from junior quarterback Chris Comes, along with a 16-yard scoring toss from senior running back Garrett Robinson.
But it was the Wolves running game — which entered the game ranked last in the EBAL — that provided the big surprise. The Wolves ran for 145 yards, helping to control the clock and balance their attack.
"We saw an opportunity on film," Summers said, "and we kept punching them in the mouth."
Foothill senior quarterback Sean Mannion, without the benefit of an effective running attack, was forced to throw 49 times. He completed 27 for 356 yards, including two touchdowns.
Two Foothill turnovers in a span of 10 seconds late in the third quarter turned the game in the Wolves' direction for good.
Linebacker Kyle Egan returned a tipped interception throw by Mannion 9 yards for a touchdown with 1:55 left in the period. T.J. Reed recovered a Foothill fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and three plays later, Robinson threw 16 yards to Justin Berger out of the Wildcat formation, making it 27-10.
The Wolves scored the game's first two TDs in the second quarter. Comes improvised nicely, delivering a shovel pass out of a scramble to Berger, who broke loose for a 59-yard scoring dash with 10:17 left in the half. Summers then carried for 59 yards on a 12-play drive before Comes scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:55 left in the half.