Concord High quarterback Mitch Daniels completed two touchdown passes to Mason Knight in the fourth quarter, and the host Minutemen took a 30-28 win over previously unbeaten Northgate Friday night in the Diablo Valley Athletic League.
The wild game saw the Broncos rally from a 12-6 halftime deficit to lead 13-12 on a 14-yard pass from Kyle Austin to Jake Smith. But Concord (6-1, 2-0) responded with a 42-yard scoring run by Malik Blackburn.
The Broncos (6-1, 1-1), led by Eric Haynes' 158 yards rushing, retook the lead on Haynes' bulling 12-yard run. But the Minutemen would not be denied. Daniels completed a 34-yard scoring strike to Knight on a nifty post pattern, after Jose Rivera recovered a fumble.
The Broncos' Sam Dale just missed on a 41-yard field goal attempt on Northgate's next possession, and Minutemen made the Broncos pay. Daniels connected on a pass to Knight, and he eluded a tackle 20 yards down field and raced into the end zone on the 50-yard completion to make it 30-21 with 3:15 left.
After Concord lost its first two games this season against Liberty and Amador Valley, people sort of forgot about them. The 50-30 setback to the Lions in their opener was overturned because of a forfeit.
Daniels said the team's practices got more "uncomfortable" after the losses. Concord looked like a playoff team against the Broncos.
"We were all amped up for this game. Everyone said we were gonna lose and everything," Daniels said. "No one really knew who we were because we haven't beaten anyone really good since we lost those first two games, but I think everyone knows who we are now."
Daniels said the Minutemen's defense played great and the offense got "hot" in the second half. Daniels was sharp all night, passing for 332 yards and four touchdowns, three to fellow junior Knight, who had 192 yards receiving.
Northgate rallied late with a 1-yard touchdown run by Matt Huang to cut the deficit to two points, but fell just short. The Broncos were hurt by turnovers, fumbling the ball away three times.
The explosive Broncos were held without a touchdown in the first half.
"We had some trouble with the run, but other than that we had a pretty good game," Knight said. "Our offense was unbelievable tonight: Lots of big plays."
The Minutemen started smelling an upset in the first half, taking a 12-6 lead into the intermission after holding the high-scoring Broncos without a touchdown. After Concord's Jesse Escobar recovered a fumbled exchange and returned it 15 yards to the Northgate 2-yard line, the Minutemen were hit with a 5-yard penalty before Daniels completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Mason Knight on a shovel pass, making it 6-0. Concord's stingy defense held Northgate to a 27-yard field goal by Sam Dale to cut the deficit to 6-3 with 3:44 left in the first quarter.
Concord marched 73 yards to the Broncos' 6 on their next possession as Daniels completed a 24-yard pass to Ronnie Algood on a swing play before connecting with Knight on a 29-yard completion down the sideline to highlight the march. However, Northgate stiffened and stopped the drive in its tracks. Michael Molgaard broke a pass play in the end zone.
College Park 47, Mt. Diablo 7: The Falcons (4-2-1, 1-1 DVAL) scored four touchdowns on the ground in the first half and went to beat the host Red Devils (
In the first half, Ray Jackson had 140 yards on eight carries and one touchdown and teammate Trevor Sprung had 120 yards in six carries, including 93 yards on a touchdown run early in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, quarterback Dmitri Salido capped a 13-play, 51-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. Jackson then scored on a 66-yard and after a Mt. Diablo fumble, Timmy Jackson scored on a 2-yard touchdown run with 1:17 left in the first half for a 26-0 Falcons lead.
Michael Dukes led the offense for Mt. Diablo in the first half with 38 yards on 10 carries.
-- Nick Norvell, correspondent
Clayton Valley Charter 35, Ygnacio Valley 0: The host Eagles ran out to a 28-0 lead at halftime and topped the Warriors for their sixth straight win.
Miles Harrison, Dylan Jue and Kristian Mamea all scored touchdowns in the first half and Shane Morris capped the scoring with an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter. There was a running clock for the entire second half.
Clayton Valley plays at Mt. Diablo next Friday and Ygnacio Valley is home to Northgate.