EL SOBRANTE -- The El Cerrito High football team topped Valley Christian 49-7 on Saturday in the Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division opener for both teams at De Anza High.

Senior quarterback Keilan Benjamin led El Cerrito (3-2) -- defending league champions and last year's North Coast Section Division III runner-up -- by completing 11 of 19 passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns, including two in each of the first two quarters for a 28-7 lead at the intermission.

Keith Benjamin, Keilan's twin brother, hauled in two interceptions to spark the defense, including a 20-yard interception return for a score on Valley Christian's second play from scrimmage.

Keilan Benjamin connected with Jawian Harrison, Marquis Pippins, Adarius Pickett and Keith Benjamin on his scoring passes.

Pickett, who has verbally committed to UCLA, led all ball carriers with 124 yards on 11 carries. Fullback James Houston had 72 yards on six carries and scored twice, once on a 9-yard jaunt with 9:57 left in the third quarter and again with 5:07 in the game when he bolted 32 yards for a touchdown.

Valley Christian (2-3) got on the scoreboard when running back Vince Volpatti got behind the El Cerrito secondary for a 71-yard scoring strike from quarterback Theman Taylor III.

Volpatti led the ground game with 35 yards on nine carries. Taylor finished with two of five completions for 79 yards.

El Cerrito 49, Valley Christian 7

Valley Chr.          0          7          0          0--          7

El Cerrito          20          15          7          7--          49

EC — Keith Benjamin 20 interception return (kick failed)

EC — Harrison 7 pass from Keilan Benjamin (Keith Benjamin from Keilan Benjamin)

EC — Pippins 14 pass from Keilan Benjamin (kick failed)

EC — Pickett 64 pass from Keilan Benjamin (Harvey from Keilan Benjamin)

VC — Volpatti 71 pass from Taylor III (Marco kick)

EC — Keith Benjamin 23 pass from Keilan Benjamin (Gavaria kick)

EC — Houston 9 run (Gavaria kick)

EC — Houston 32 run (Gavaria kick)

Rushing: VC -- Volpatti 9-35, Smith 5-17, Taylor III 6-10, Harris 1-2, Bamidele 1-2, Kadow 1-0. Totals 23-66. EC -- Pickett 11-124, Houston 6-72, Jones 1-13, Harrison 2-7, Keith Benjamin 1-7, Smith 1-(-3), Keilan Benjamin 7-(-17). Totals 29-203. Passing: VC -- Taylor III 2-5-1 79, Suski 0-1-0-0, Volpatti 0-0-1 0. Totals 2-5-2 79. EC -- Keilan Benjamin 11-19-0 192. Receiving: VC -- Volpatti 1-71, Schaefer 1-8. Totals 2-79. EC -- Pippins 4-64, Pickett 2-72, Keith Benjamin 1-23, Harvey 1-11, Harrison 1-9, Sloat 1-7, Dickson 1-6. Totals 11-192. Fumbles/lost: Valley Christian 2/2; El Cerrito 1/1. Records: Valley Christian 2-3, 0-1; El Cerrito 3-2, 1-0.