Kyle Kearns threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns and the Foothill High football team's defense picked off five passes to open the season with a 30-12 win over San Leandro at Burrell Field on Friday night.

"We have an experienced quarterback, and he did a great job moving the ball for us," Foothill coach Matt Sweeney said.

Kearney, who has committed to SMU, connected with USC-commit Isaiah Langley on a 29-yard scoring play with 1:26 left in the first for a 13-6 advantage, and the Falcons never looked back. Daniel Rodriguez was good on field goal attempts of 26, 39 and 22 yards in the second quarter for Foothill.

Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns (8) passes the ball under pressure from San Leandro’s Tori Leota (55) in the second quarter of their season opening
Foothill quarterback Kyle Kearns (8) passes the ball under pressure from San Leandro's Tori Leota (55) in the second quarter of their season opening high school football game in San Leandro, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) ( ANDA CHU )

San Leandro (0-1) was playing without star quarterback-athlete Stephen Johnson III, who was out with a fractured foot. Without Johnson, the Pirates struggled for most of the night moving the ball against an aggressive Foothill defense as Bradlee Beesley and Anthony Onciano combined to go 5 for 16 and 86 yards.

The Pirates marched down the field on their second possession, going 52 yards on seven plays as as sophomore Norman Haddix found the end zone on a 3-yard run. San Leandro didn't find the end zone again until late in the game after Foothill reeled off 30 straight points.

Ruben Mercado and Josh Merryman had two interceptions apiece for the Falcons. Mercado also caught five passes for 103 yards.


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The Pirates' Ronald Thomas rushed for 106 yards on 12 carries and Ruben Baker hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Onciano.

Dublin 27, Alameda 20: Josh Nobida threw for three touchdowns, helping host Dublin pull away and then hang on for a nonleague win over Alameda.

With the game tied 14-14 in the third quarter, Nobida found Jabari Jefferson on a 7-yard strike in the corner for a 21-14 lead, capping a 10-play, 56-yard drive. Then Dublin's Tim Park fell on the Hornets' only fumble of the game and just two plays later, Nobida found Michael Balestreri from 10 yards out for a 27-14 lead after the failed extra point.

After stopping Alameda again, the Gaels appeared to be putting the game away driving down to the Hornets' 6-yard line. But Derrick Dizon intercepted Nobida's next pass, and Alameda drove 70 yards and pulled within 27-20 on Anthony Campos' 1-yard dive.

The Hornets got one more opportunity, getting the ball back with just 2:42 left, but were able to get only as far as Dublin's 41-yard line.

Darrell Millinder complemented Nobida's game with 117 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Amir Ali led the Gaels with three catches for 64 yards, including a leaping 50-yard connection from Nobida in the first half to tie the game at 7-7.

Dizon led Alameda with 93 yards on the ground and two scores.

-- Matt Rempel, correspondent

Amador Valley 47, Washington 34: Host Amador Valley got off to a hot start to the 2014 season, scoring touchdowns on each of its first five possessions, cruising to a victory against Washington.

The Huskies couldn't even take credit for stopping the Dons' opening streak of touchdowns, as Amador Valley elected to let the clock run out while at the Washington 1-yard line on its final possession of the first half to take a 34-0 lead into halftime.

Running backs Patrick Loughnane and Ledge McCollough led the big play barrage for the Dons, combining for 162 yards and three touchdowns on only four carries in the first half. McCollough would finish the night with 132 yards and two touchdowns on five carries.

Washington had as many first downs (three) as turnovers in the first half but eventually made the score appear competitive with five touchdowns in the second half as Amador Valley (1-0, 1-0 EBAL) began to empty its bench.

-- Travis Summers, correspondent

Livermore 30, Newark Memorial 6: With Tim Harris powering Livermore's running game, the Cowboys didn't need to air it out much in their win over visiting Newark Memorial.

When they did, though, Harris was a big part of that, too.

Harris rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, including a 73-yard TD run up the middle in the first quarter. The senior also hauled in one of sophomore quarterback Daniel Crisp's two touchdown passes, an 11-yarder that gave Livermore (1-0) a 17-0 lead after the opening period.

"Timmy's a natural offensive threat," Livermore coach Greg Haubner said. "He's a skilled player who has very good feet, very good hands, and a very good feel for the game."

Not that Harris could take all the credit.

"My offensive line played their butts off," Harris said. "I couldn't go anywhere without finding holes. Our QB handed it right off to me, and I did my thing."

In his debut as the Cowboys' signal-caller, Crisp was 6 of 14 for 64 yards and two TDs, including a 29-yarder to sophomore wide receiver Cameron Johnston at the end of the first half.

Livermore won with a lineup that included 20 new starters, according to Haubner. Harris was the only player on the field who appeared in all 11 of the Cowboys' games last year.

Junior defensive end Zakier Martin led Livermore defensively, recording a sack, forcing one fumble and recovering another.

Senior running back Chevaughn Hosley scored Newark Memorial's only TD on a 27-yard run in the third quarter.

-- Ray Hacke, correspondent