LARKSPUR -- The Alameda High football team scored two touchdowns in the second half and limited host Redwood to 15 yards rushing in the second half in a 20-13 nonleague victory on Saturday.
Redwood quarterback Aaron Dorfler threw two touchdown passes in the first half but an injury to running back Khari Haynes hampered the Giants (0-2), as they were shut out in the second half.
"That was huge," Redwood coach Corky Henderson said of Haynes' first-quarter injury. "That probably had the biggest impact (on our game plan). We had to run a lot of guys who aren't used to being at halfback."
Haynes went down after a 24-yard run that put the Giants in the red zone on the game's opening drive. He ran 22 yards on the play right before that one, and already had 51 for the game at the time of his injury.
From there, Dorfler hit Sean Stauffer in the back-left corner of the end zone to give Redwood an early lead.
After Alameda (2-0) answered with a 55-yard scoring pass from Elijah Hernandez to Keelan Doss, Dorfler put the Giants back up when he found Jack Cathcart in the end zone from 17 yards out with just 33 seconds left before the half.
The third quarter was all Alameda's, sparked on Doss' kickoff return to the Giants' 23-yard line.
From there, it took the Hornets just two plays to score, with the points coming on a 15-yard run from Trevor Greenley. Alameda (2-0) scored again when Hernandez dived in from the 1-yard line to cap a seven-play drive which was aided by a 15-yard Redwood penalty.
Those two touchdowns were all the Hornets needed for the victory.
"(Redwood) came out more hungry (in the first half)," Alameda coach Kemp Moyer said. "(The second half) was gut-check time. We told them this was a game we really needed to win."
Alameda 20, Redwood 13
Alameda 7 0 13 0-- 20
Redwood 7 6 0 0-- 13
R -- Stauffer 15 pass from Dorfler (Lamphere kick)
A -- Doss 55 pass from Hernandez (Chen kick)
R -- Cathcart 17 pass from Dorfler (pass failed)
A -- Greenley 15 run (Chen kick)
A -- Hernandez 1 run (pass failed)
Rushing: Ala -- Hernandez 12-18, Badr 16-75, Rose 2-7, Greenley 1-15. Totals 31-115. Red -- Haynes 3-51, Kasselik 4-30, Mesker 10-29, Izadjou 7-13, Dorfler 9-(-4). Totals 33-119. Passing: Ala -- Hernandez 8-14-0 121. Red -- Dorfler 4-11-0 41. Receiving: Ala -- Doss 4-88, Dizon 3-31, Gebreyesus 1-2. Totals 8-121. Red -- Stauffer 1-15, Izadjou 1-2, Chayra 1-7, Cathcart 1-17. Totals 4-41. Records: Redwood 0-2, Alameda 2-0.