It was not a good night for two of the Bay Area News Group’s top five teams, Pittsburgh and Menlo-Atherton.
Both lost on Friday.
Meanwhile, De La Salle held off Cathedral-San Diego and San Ramon Valley pounded Las Lomas.
We have details on these games and more.
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No. 2 Room 28, Cathedral-San Diego 20
Charles Greer ran for two touchdowns and Carson Su’esu’e threw two TD passes to lead De La Salle to a close road win over defending state champion Cathedral. Darren Sabedra has more details here.
Folsom 23, No. 3 Pittsburgh 15
Pittsburg allowed a blocked field goal and punt and threw four interceptions on the way to a heartbreaking home loss to Folsom in a showdown between the Northern California powerhouses. Joseph Dycus has the full rundown here.
Del Oro-Loomis 42, No. 4 Menlo-Atherton 13
Menlo-Atherton looked like the Bay Area News Group’s fourth team in their opening series. The visiting Bears went 80 yards for a touchdown, capped by by Sherrod Smith 23 yard run. From there, the home team rolled. Caden Pinnick threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Del Oro beat another ranked Bay Area opponent to move to 5-0. Weeks after beating Clayton Valley, the Golden Eagles dominated an opponent that opened the season with home wins over Bellarmine and Elk Grove. Del Oro built a 21-6 halftime advantage behind three touchdown passes from Pinnick. His fourth TD pass stretched the cushion to 28-6 in the third quarter. Smith’s 80-yard run made it 28-13, but Del Oro capped off their Homecoming triumph with two more touchdowns – on a blocked 5-yard punt return from Samuel Murray and Pinnick’s 25-yard run. MA visit Wilcox, fifth, next Friday. —Darren Sabedra
No. 7 San Ramon Valley 41, Las Lomas 17
Jean-Pau Mendoza scored his first three rushing touchdowns of the season as Wolves (3-0) overtook Las Lomas (1-3). The 5-foot-8, 165-pound junior hit hard on runs of 25, 4 and 47 yards. His only other touchdown this season came in San Ramon Valley’s opener three weeks ago at Vintage, where he caught a touchdown pass. Mendoza had just nine carries in the first two games, although it tied him at quarterback Luke Baker for the team leader. He was San Ramon Valley’s leading rusher with 62 yards in those contests. Meanwhile, baker threw his seventh and eighth touchdown passes, both at Gavin Jones. SRV led 41-3 after three quarters. Las Lomas limped off a 1-3 start while playing without a senior QB 6-6 Michael Bois, who has a broken wrist on his non-throwing hand. Coach Doug Longero said he hoped Wood would return in time for the Knights’ Diablo Athletic League Foothill Division opener on Oct. 7 at Acalanes. – Mike Lefkow
No. 11 Campolindo 35, San Leandro 20
Campolindo Quarterback Weaver Dashiell, battling an eye infection, came off the bench and passed for 250 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a road victory over San Leandro. Check out Phil Jensen’s gaming history here.
No. 15 Heritage 41, Vintage 0
Senior bound to Fresno State Rivers Devon rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns as Heritage, playing at home in Brentwood, passed Vintage to make it 4-0. Jesús Cano has the recap here.
No. 20 California 36, Antioch 35
Jayden Macedo connected with Josh Calcagno for a 45-yard touchdown pass to put California in position to tie the score late in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Grizzlies went for the win right there. It paid off like Stavi Booras passed to Calcagno for the game-winning two-pointer. Antioch was trying to bounce back from a blistering loss last week to Rocklin. For a moment it looked like it would happen. The Panthers, playing at home, took a 14-0 lead before California responded. Antioch was leading 34-28 with 2 1/2 minutes left. Next Friday, California (3-1) will travel to Granada and Antioch (1-3) will host Marin Catholic. –Jesus Cano
Liberty 38, Menlo 14
Freedom, playing at home, won for the first time this season. Dominique Tomlin scored on an 86-yard rush on the first play of the second quarter and Herschel Turner scored on a 25-yard run to put Freedom 19-0. Samaje’s Feather Stone caught a touchdown pass from Myles Hunt to extend the benefit. Freedom led 25-0 before Willis Johnson scored for Menlo. Turner added his second touchdown to end the third quarter. Johnson scored on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter. Freedom (1-2) will face Eastlake-Chula Vista next Friday. Menlo School (2-1) will look to bounce back at home next Saturday against Palo Alto. –Jesus Cano
Northgate 38, Bethel 0
The visiting Broncos won their fourth straight undefeated, scoring three second-quarter touchdowns en route to an easy non-league victory. Strategist John Pelletier had two rushing touchdowns and Ben Hosler also hit paydirt, giving Northgate a 24-0 halftime lead. Lucas the Sieur, the star of last week with three field goals in a 9-0 win over Fremont-Oakland, started the scoring Friday night with a first-quarter field goal. The Broncos added two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Peyton Reid-Day returned a kickoff from 85 yards for six points, and Emanuel Webster completed the scoring with a rushing touchdown. Bethel is 0-4.– Mike Lefkow
Oakdale 64, Miramonte 42
These teams played one of the most entertaining games of the young season on Friday night. Oakdale led 44-36 at halftime. UCLA is committed Luke Duncan threw for over 420 yards and five touchdowns for Miramonte. Ethan Conley caught nine passes for 235 yards and four touchdowns as Duncan’s favorite target. Oakdale had a great time on the court. cam cuthrie ran for 212 and two scores, Jace Rau put 170 and two touchdowns, and Brian Delte rushed for 95 yards and four touchdowns. Miramonte hosts Mt. Eden next Friday. —Joseph Dycus
Branham 28, Leigh 13
Branham’s Quarterback William Augenstein rushed 27 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins, playing at home, beat neighborhood rival Leigh to advance to 4-0. Leigh fell to 0-4. Glenn Reeves has the details here.
Fremont-Sunnyvale 17, Monta Vista 13
On the last play of the game, Fremont linebacker Danny fried forced a fumble from Monta Vista at the 1 yard line to prevent a game-winning touchdown. mike lamas recovered the fumble for the Firebirds. GreysonMobley rushed for 215 yards on 23 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter that gave Monta Vista a 13-10 lead. But back sunny it broke a 48-yard TD run on the next drive to give Fremont the lead for good. second-year QB Henry Buenrostro led Fremont with 14 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown and completed 9 of 13 passes for 108 yards. —Glenn Reeves
Half Moon Bay 37, Mountain View 30
PJ Modena carried 30 times for 287 yards and three touchdowns to help Half Moon Bay go 4-0. The Cougars had 486 total rushing yards, including 383 rushing. Liam Harington was 4 of 8 passes for 103 yards. Dio Lucido caught three passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Mountain View (1-3) had 306 yards on offense, 129 rushing, 177 passing. Dillon Daniels gained 100 rushing yards on 13 carries. —Glenn Reeves
Farm 22, Burlingame 19
Homestead trailed 6-0 after three quarters before rallying for their first win of the season. Charlie Castaneda completed 13 of 25 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns, both to Samy Ahmadwho finished with four catches for 103 yards. Jordan Rucker scored on the ground for Homestead (1-3), which had allowed more than 40 points in each of its three losses. Connor Chung and Nicolas Guidi had bags and Zachary Acton had a team-high 12 tackles, seven solo. —Glenn Reeves
Overfelt 38, Silver Creek 24
John Stowers, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior running back/linebacker, rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and five of his 17 tackles were for a loss as he led the Royals to their fourth straight win to start the season . ‘John Stowers plays defensively,’ Overfelt coach says carlo maningo said. “I would say one of the most physical and best linebackers in the CCS.” He had a lot of help on Friday. Mathias Jacob LeGrande Carrillo rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and caught three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Wood of Micah had three receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown, Walter Smith caught four passes for 93 yards and Donavan Johnson ran for a TD and had nine tackles. Gabriel Martinez completed 10 of 14 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Overfelt hosts Santa Teresa on Thursday. Silver Creek (0-4) visits Branham on Friday. —Darren Sabedra
Pioneer 35, Gunderson 7
For the first time since a 10-0 regular season in 2009, Pioneer started a year with four straight wins. The last triumph was close for three quarters. But then the Mustangs, playing at home, put the result out of reach with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Edgar Orozco ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and Jesse Herrera had 80 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Cameron Henderson also ran for a touchdown, and Gage Houser thrown for one. Damien Flores led the defense with 11 tackles. Kyle Louie and Ryan given each had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and Marcus Perez intercepted a pass. Pioneer has the weekend off, then visits Leland on September 30. Gunderson (2-2) hosts Lincoln-San Jose next Friday. —Darren Sabedra
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