After spending most of the first half looking like a team still smarting from last week's close loss to Serra-San Mateo -- as opposed to a team fired up for its crosstown rival -- the Encinal High football team used special teams to shake off the doldrums and beat Alameda 45-41 in the 57th edition of the Island Bowl.

The Jets (2-1) gave up two big pass plays for touchdowns and weren't sharp offensively, but they blocked punts on consecutive Hornets possessions to take the lead and never look back.

"Our coaches talk about how important special teams are every day," Encinal senior Bo Banks said. "We knew Alameda was gonna come out and play hard, and our special teams stepped it up and we needed it."

The first punt, blocked by Abraham Hill, was recovered by Austin Ve'e and returned 41 yards to the 1-yard line, setting up a Jon Trodder scoring plunge.

The next Hornets drive ended with Alex Amiri blocking a punt and Isaiah Hunter recovering it in the end zone, to give the Jets a 21-14 lead.

Early on it looked like Encinal was ready to roll, scoring on eight plays to start the game as Andrew Ve'e scored from 5 yards out.

But Alameda (1-3) answered with two long touchdown passes by Antonio Manibusan. He found Andrew Cooper for 43 yards and Zac Alfers for 55 yards for a 14-7 lead that lasted most of the first half, until the Jets scored 17 unanswered points in the final four minutes.


Advertisement

Alameda kept it close, using two long Manibusan scoring passes of 39 and 27 yards to Keelan Doss and Alfers, respectively, making it 31-28, but the Jets drove the last nail in when Banks hauled in a 25-yard strike from Andrew Ve'e on fourth-and-goal early in the fourth.

In the losing effort, Manibusan threw for 376 yards and ran for a touchdown.

Valley Christian 42, Lower Lake 0: Anthony Grant opened the scoring on a 5-yard run before 90 seconds had elapsed, as the host Vikings never looked back in this nonleague contest at Hayward's Chabot College.

Junior Howard Wikle led the Vikings (4-0) on homecoming night with a game-high 98 rushing yards, including a 45-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Alex Wozniak added a 12-yard scoring run, and Vince Volpatti finished with two touchdowns, his first on a 3-yard run and another on a 24-yard interception return. Volpatti's interception was one of two for the Vikings, both returned for touchdowns. Sam Ludden also turned a pick into a touchdown, as his 18-yard runback opened a 14-0 lead at the 9:47 mark of the first quarter.

Lower Lake (0-3) never got in the contest, as Valley Christian scored all its points before halftime.

-- Mike McGreehan, correspondent

Dublin 27, Moreau Catholic 20, OT: The Gaels' Edward Achziger bolted 10 yards on the Gaels' first overtime possession for the winning touchdown. Alex Marshall connected on the point after to give the visiting Gaels a seven-point lead.

But they had to hold off the Mariners with the ball set 10 yards from the goal line. Moreau Catholic (1-2) moved to the 7 on three plays. On the fourth-down play, Mariners quarterback Nicholas Kinast was hit by Dublin's Dennis Barber behind the line and the ball popped loose. Moreau's Robert Morales recovered the ball, but the play ended and Dublin (3-1) had the victory.

Moreau Catholic tied the score at 20 with 6:44 left in the game on the first varsity touchdown by James Mendoza, a 5-yard run, and a 37-yard PAT kick by Shahin Marzband after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Mariners.

-- Phil Jensen

Capuchino-San Bruno 27, Mt. Eden 0: Justin Ewing scored the first three touchdowns of the game for visiting Capuchino (2-2), which tallied 20 of its points in the final 17:22.

Capuchino reached the end zone on its first possession, which was set up by a Jordan Griffiths interception inside the Monarchs' 30. Ewing scored the first of his touchdowns on a 4-yard run.

But Mt. Eden (1-2) stiffened on defense for the rest of the half. Capuchino produced a 74-yard drive in the third quarter, capped by a Ewing 5-yard run. Capuchino reached the end zone on its next two drives, with the final touchdown tallied with 3:46 remaining in the game.

Ewing finished with a game-high 144 yards on the ground. Mt. Eden was paced on the ground by junior Khalil Thomas, who gained 77 yards on 12 carries before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with one of a number of injuries for the Monarchs.

-- Phil Jensen

Skyline 33, Kennedy-Fremont 13: The Titans broke open a close game with a big second half to earn their first victory.

The game looked as if it would be all Skyline after the Titans struck early for two quick scores. Runs of 19 and 13 yards by workhorse tailback DeWayne Ewing (24 carries, 163 yards) gave the hosts a 14-0 lead.

Kennedy (0-4) answered on a 7-yard scoring pass from Jesse Ocho to Malcolm Hale. After a scoreless second quarter, the teams went into halftime with Skyline (1-2) hanging onto a 14-7 lead.

But in the third quarter the Titans put in Austin Chao to relieve Ewing, and Chao scored on a 22-yard burst up the middle to put his team up 21-7. With nine minutes remaining in the game Chao ran it in from the 15-yard line to put the game out of reach 27-7.

A Kennedy fumble set up Skyline for its final score, as Chao scored from the 22 for his third touchdown. Kennedy backup quarterback Shemar Jackson completed the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Giovanni Mendoza.

-- Pete Elman, correspondent

McClymonds 56, Richmond 0: Running back Harold Halcomb III had a game-high seven touchdowns as the host Warriors breezed past the undermanned Oilers.

A game that came together in the last minute because of a cancellation by Marshall-San Francisco, Mack (3-1) didn't show any rust or lack of enthusiasm. The Warriors opened the game with a methodical drive down the field, capped off by a Halcomb 25-yard score. From there, Mack tallied seven more touchdowns, highlighted by Halcomb's extraordinary night.

"I just have to thank my linemen for their work," said Halcomb, who rushed for 175 yards. "I've never had a game like this."

The Warriors, who host a big game next Friday against Salesian, understood that any momentum is good momentum heading into next week.

"We are coming together more and more," said Halcomb, who scored five of his seven touchdowns in the first half. "We are going to keep going, and we're not going to stop."

Quarterback Eddie Heard completed 5 of 13 passes for 100 yards for Mack. Tra'von Clay rushed for 25 yards, and Nate House caught two passes for 72 yards for Richmond (0-4).

-- Chris Nguon, correspondent