Behind Jake Villa's two fourth-quarter touchdowns and 208 rushing yards, Las Lomas High's football team defeated crosstown rival Northgate 27-10 to reclaim the "Battle of the Creek" trophy on Friday night.
But for the Knights, completing the nonleague season with a 4-0 record was the bigger goal than avenging a rare loss to Northgate.
"I think (the rivalry) is more important to (Northgate) than it is to us because we're used to always beating them," said Villa. "This year it made it more important because we lost last year, but it was just a good game by my (offensive) line. My fullback did great and I just ran right behind him. It's pretty easy when you have everyone blocking everywhere."
The Knights scored on their opening drive and led throughout, but had a slim 13-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter when Cole Gravitt recovered a Northgate fumble deep in the Broncos' territory. Villa scored three plays later on a 7-yard run.
Las Lomas' defense took over from there, allowing Northgate (1-3) just one more first down the rest of the way. Villa put the game out of reach with a 4-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 51 seconds left in the game that put the final points on the board.
Brandon Lee scored Northgate's lone touchdown on a 24-yard pass from Shane Ryan just before halftime.
Deer Valley 54, College Park 28: Matt Smith had 287 yards on the ground and four second-half touchdowns as the Wolverines ran away with a home win.
After an early third-quarter College Park touchdown cut the lead to 26-21, the Wolverines answered right back. After a 10-yard run by quarterback Nsimba Webster, Smith scored on a 51-yard run.
Deer Valley (2-2) recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. The recovery by Frank Sturgis gave the Wolverines the ball on the Falcons' 38. Five plays later, a 6-yard run by Smith increased the Wolverines' lead to 40-21 with 4:47 left in the third.
Smith had six touchdowns total; five on the ground and one in the air. Webster threw for two scores and ran one in.
Johnny Croft led College Park (1-3) with 158 yards rushing, including a 73-yard touchdown scamper on a pitch to the right side in the second quarter.
There was a scary moment in the game's early moments as Deer Valley tight end/linebacker Elijah Iakopo left in an ambulance following a first-quarter collision stopping a run by Falcons quarterback Jordan Louis. Iakopo, who scored Deer Valley's first touchdown of the game on a 42-yard pass from Webster, was taken to an area hospital.
School officials said he was OK; the public address announcer told the crowd in the fourth quarter he had been released from the hospital.
-- Paul Burgarino
Miramonte 26, Liberty 17: Clinging to a two-point lead with just under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Matadors coach Jack Schram took a gamble, but he came out looking like a tactical genius.
"It was very gutsy, but that's how we play," Miramonte quarterback Ross Anderson said. "We are gonna take risks and take shots."
Schram decided to go for it on fourth-and-11 from the Liberty 31-yard line. Anderson dropped back and the line held up just long enough for Jack Pietrykowski to come open behind the Lions defensive backs. Anderson riffled a bullet to the middle of the end zone, and Pietrykowski hauled it in for the clinching score. Nick Bhachu's extra-point made the lead 26-17 with 1:41 remaining.
Anderson finished 12-of-21 passing for 146 yards, and he ran for 76 of the team's 83 yards on offense. Miramonte (4-0) struggled to stop the Liberty rushing attack all night. Jeff Lindsey ran for 128 yards on 18 carries for the Lions (1-3).
-- Ken Silman, correspondent
Antioch 40, Napa 35: The Panthers (3-0) fought off multiple second-half comeback attempts by the visiting Indians as they secured a victory in their home opener and remained undefeated on the young season.
Napa (3-2) cut the lead to 28-21 late in the third quarter on a 83-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback Zack Sims to wide receiver Mario Gagetta. After an Antioch three-and-out, the Indians threatened to tie the game as they drove on their opponents early in the fourth quarter. Momentum shifted in an instant when Panthers' defensive back Darrin Jones scooped up an errant fumble and sprinted 66 yards down the sideline for a game-changing touchdown.
The Indians cut the lead to six with 8:30 left in the game on a fourth-and-ten 14-yard touchdown pass from Sims to Taylor Martin. Sims finished the game 18-for-36 for 287 yards and three touchdown passes. Antioch caught the defense off-guard on the very next play as running back Eddie Robinson ran a draw 76 yards for a touchdown and a 40-28 lead that his team would not relinquish.
-- Gabe Feletar, correspondent