It was an evening full of big plays for the Freedom High football team Friday night, as the Falcons beat host Golden Valley-Merced 42-16 while amassing more than 500 yards of total offense.
Freedom (4-0) scored six touchdowns, none shorter than 23 yards. Dante Mayes threw for three scores, and Joe Mixon ran for three more.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons scored four times in the second to take a 28-9 halftime lead. Mixon scored on a 24-yard run three plays into the second and a 63-yarder down the right sideline with 23 seconds left before halftime. In between, Mayes threw touchdown passes of 60 yards to Jordan Sheppard and 29 yards to Darrell Daniels.
Mayes added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Werkheiser in the third quarter, and Mixon rattled off a 46-yard scoring run in the fourth.
All told, Mayes was 17-for-24 passing for 271 yards, with only one interception to go with his three touchdowns. The Cougars (1-3) aired it out as well, but with less efficiency -- quarterback Ridge Bertuccio completed 29 of 51 attempts for 252 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Campolindo 55, St. Patrick-St. Vincent 20: After scoring six first-half touchdowns, the Cougars were able to run away with a road victory over St. Patrick-St. Vincent.
Campolindo (4-0) was able to score on all six of their first-half possessions, tearing the Bruins (1-2) defense with their solid running
While the Bruins struggled on defense, their offense was nonexistent in the first half, only managing 62 yards and one touchdown against a stingy Campolindo defense.
-- Malcolm Lastra, correspondent
Pinole Valley 22, Oakland Tech 16: Running back Andre Tyson led the visiting Spartans past the Bulldogs with an explosive second-half demonstration.
Benched in the first half for disciplinary reasons, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback, rallied with 102 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns as Pinole Valley (2-2) scored 22 unanswered points in the third quarter to hold off Oakland Tech (1-2).
Tyson scored on a pair of 5-yard runs in the third quarter and defensive back E.J. Hope returned an interception for 20 yards and a score with 1:42 left in the third quarter.
Pinole Valley then held on as the Bulldogs tried to rally in the closing minutes, but starting quarterback James Lewis was sacked by a host of Spartans as time ran out.
Lewis got Oakland Tech on the board first with a 1-yard plunge at the 1:10 mark of the second quarter. Lewis then hit receiver Rafael Otero on a 10-yard TD connection with 5:34 remaining in the game.
-- Joe Wolfcale, correspondent