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The Spartans cruised to a 63-27 victory over Monte Vista on Saturday. California signee Lu-Magia hearns recovered two kickoffs for scores.
In the biggest game of the weekend, Serra pulled out a 33-26 road win at No. 4 Valley Christian behind three turnovers and some key plays offensively. Dominique Lampkin threw for 224 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 79. Hassan Mahasin had 115 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Joey Villaroman (58 receiving yards) and Louisville signee Christian Pedersen (49 receiving yards) also had big days.
The Pirates started off the year in style with a 59-14 victory over Freedom. Both quarterbacks saw extended reps for Pittsburg, as senior Eli Brickhandler completed 12 of 20 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore Jaden Rashada was 11-of-15 for two scores. The bad news: four-star sophomore Rashid WIlliams broke his collarbone.
The Warriors’ late comeback attempt wasn’t quite enough in a 33-26 defeat to No. 2 Serra to open the season. Turnovers (three) proved to be the difference, as those three giveaways led to 13 Serra points. Jurrion Dickey was the star for VC, catching five passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Jakson Berman threw for 164 yards and rushed for 83.
The defending state champion started off its season with a 28-7 win over Windsor, coming off a year when it outscored opponents 534-150. Next up is a road tilt at Vanden.
Menlo-Atherton dominated in the first half en route to winning a 36-20 game over then-No. 16 Half Moon Bay. M-A did not allow a point in the first half and was up 30-0. Matt MacLeod needed just over two quarters to reach 315 passing yards and four touchdowns. Jeremiah Earby caught two passes for 105 yards and a score. Johnnie Barbe (80 yards, TD) and Jalen Moss (69 yards, 2 TD) each amassed 65 receiving yards.
Trailing 16-7, Clayton Valley came back and scored with just over a minute left to remain unbeaten with a 20-16 victory over California. Brenden Bush came in as quarterback and tossed for 119 yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Underwood caught three passes for 75 yards and two scores. Rahsaan Woodland ran for 101 yards.
SRV brought in three interceptions in the fourth quarter for a 21-13 win over a talented Bishop O’Dowd squad. Za’Darion Nardi’s second varsity game was a big one, following up a 100-yard day in the season opener with an 80-yard touchdown in this one.
Los Gatos, the defending Central Coast Section champion, rolled its way to a 45-0 victory over Milpitas. Senior running back Adam Garwood – with offers from Rocky Mountain College and the University of San Diego – had 131 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Marin Catholic limited San Marin to 74 yards in a 35-0 season-opening win. Junior quarterback Michael Ingrassia totaled more than 400 yards (362 passing, 52 rushing).
An experienced Lancers squad held on for a 24-19 win over San Benito. Junior Villami Teu, who tallied 503 rushing yards a year ago, finished with a team-high 126 rushing yards on 16 carries. Junior Camilo Arquette, fresh off 906 yards as a sophomore, carried the ball 13 times for 111 yards and a score.
It was an easy win for Rancho Cotate, as the defending Northern California 3-A state champion earned a 49-13 victory over Casa Grande.
After a wild 27-23 win over Freedom, Campolindo won once again, this time in 24-14 fashion versus Benicia. Dillan Thoms had another big game on the ground, rushing for 129 yards on 24 carries following his 137 yards on 20 carries the week before. Campolindo’s toughest test yet awaits at 7 p.m. Friday against Acalanes.
The Crushers just keep on rolling, this time recording a 57-0 drubbing of Petaluma. Through two games, they have outscored opponents 110-6. Two players are up to 180-plus rushing yards: Dylan Smith (309) and Mosaati Schaumkel (181).
McClymonds went 11-1 last season, with its only defeat coming in the CIF Division 2-A state championship game to Pacifica (Oxnard). Its program has won three state titles in four years and boasts numerous collegiate prospects, including seniors Caleb Kendricks and DaVeonne Sanders – both of which have an offer from William & Mary.
The Dons recorded their second consecutive top 25 win in a 35-28 win versus then-No. 23 Las Lomas. Their first victory was a 33-27 win over then-No. 14 Monte Vista in the season opener. Brady Huchingson had three touchdown strikes, and Sam Heyman caught two of those scores. A massive tilt awaits against No. 13 Campolindo.
The shorthanded Mustangs suffered a 63-27 defeat to No. 1 De La Salle, coming one week after a heroic effort nearly willed them before falling in 35-28 fashion to No. 16 Acalanes. Monte Vista should return its full roster this week when it travels to California at 7 p.m. Saturday for another ranked matchup.
Coming off a 10-win season, Oak Grove picked up where it left off in a 45-0 victory over Overfelt. Quarterback Jessie Miller threw five touchdown passes, and Devyn Parker had four receiving scores.
Saturday marked one of the biggest wins in school history, as Livermore registered a 21-7 victory over then-No. 18 Amador Valley to improve to 2-0. It was the first time in multiple decades Livermore has beaten both Pleasanton schools in the same season. Dual-threat quarterback Shaun Smith carried the ball 12 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns – including an 80-yard touchdown – and was 10-of-14 for 80 passing yards. Livermore has allowed 20 points through two games.
Wilcox picked up right where it left off, opening up the 2021 spring season with a 56-28 drubbing of Palo Alto. LAst year, Wilcox won nine games and averaged 37 points per game.
St. Ignatius shined in a challenging West Catholic Athletic League, going 9-3 overall and splitting a league crown. Its only losses came to teams with a combined 19-6 record, with those squads all advancing to at least the section semifinals. St. Ignatius gave up 14.7 points per game.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, the King’s Academy was unable to play Mitty last week. A Northern California runner-up in 2019, King’s Academy is locked and loaded for another special campaign despite the shortened schedule. Starting quarterback Antonio Gonzalez returns after throwing for 1,773 yards and 17 touchdowns, and so is Army bound Noah Short, who is one of the premier all-around athletes in California. Short ran for 552 yards, had 404 receiving yards and also registered 160 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and five interceptions.
In the first game since Ricky Rodriguez left for a job in Tennessee, the Colts came through with a 24-6 win over Encinal. Hayward awaits on Friday, as they look to remain undefeated.
The Grizzlies nearly pulled off the upset before Clayton Valley Charter came back and handed them a 20-16 loss. But they have been impressive in the first two contests under head coach Danny Calcagno, putting up 63 points last week in a 63-33 win against Dublin.
Fourth quarter turnovers cost Bishop O’Dowd in a 21-13 loss at San Ramon Valley, but its first game under David Perry nearly saw it beat one of the Bay Area’s top teams. Senior quarterback Jesse Madden – with a preferred walk-on offer from Michigan – completed 33 of his 44 passes. The Dragons are talented and feature numerous Division I commits – athlete Harrison Jenkins (Lehigh) and lineman Matthew Shaddle (Southern Oregon).
Others considered: Amador Valley (0-1), Bellarmine (0-1), El Cerrito (1-0), Foothill (1-1), Half Moon Bay (1-1), Heritage (2-0), Las Lomas (0-2), Liberty (1-0), Sacred Heart Prep (2-0)
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