2. No. 12 in the state St. Francis of Mountain View 38, No. 11 in NorCal Serra of San Mateo 14. Serra has had a number of impressive games in the last two years under head coach Patrick Walsh, but beating the Lancers is still proving to be a monumental task. St. Francis has now beaten Serra for 30 straight seasons and this one was over at halftime as the Lancers led 24-7. St. Francis only has one more game left in its regular season -- next week against arch-rival Bellarmine of San Jose -- and the Lancers have already clinched at least a tie for their 17th West Catholic Athletic League title. All-State LB William Taufou converted the first of four Serra turnovers into a 43-yard fumble return to get St. Francis going. QB Kyle Spraker took over from there and wound up with four TD passes. Three of them went to Daniel Descalso from 32, 32 and 8 yards. Descalso is making a habit of coming up with highlight-reel TD grabs with defenders hanging all over him and he did it again on the eight-yard catch. Serra's only glimmer of hope came in the second quarter when QB Daniel Bocanegra scored on a one-yard sneak to cut the lead to 10-7. But the St. Francis offense drove right back down the field and was just the better team on this night.
3. No. 20 in the state Loyola of Los Angeles 29, No. 19 in the state St. John Bosco of Bellflower 24. The Cubs joined Mater Dei and Santa Margarita at 2-1 in the Serra League after defeating the Braves on their home field. University of Virginia-bound QB Scott Deke put together a complete game over four quarters and had 12 completions in 16 attempts for 283 yards and four TDs. Still, Terrance King's running and Patrick Cowan's quarterbacking had St. John Bosco in range to pull out the win at the end. The Braves' final chance ended when Deke himself knocked away a pass on fourth down with 10 seconds left. Earlier in the weekend in the Serra League, Mater Dei edged Bishop Amat of La Puente, 7-0, and Santa Margarita defeated Servite of Anaheim, 20-17.
4. No. 14 in NorCal Foothill of Pleasanton 28, No. 13 in Bay Area Monte Vista of Danville 20. We have a saying in our company that if a kid looks good at one of the Nike Football Training Camps, that it probably means that kid will look good the following fall. LB Garrett Tuggle of Foothill qualifies as one of those players. He tested well, competed well and looked the part last spring at the Stanford Nike Camp and he's having a terrific season. In this win, Tuggle came up with three sacks on defense and scored on offense, taking the ball off the ground on a fumblerooski play and running for a 39-yard touchdown. Still, the Falcons couldn't celebrate this win until Willie Keck batted down a pass in the end zone on the final play. Monte Vista played like the East Bay Athletic League defending champion with an inspired effort. Running back Tom Haug, who didn't play the week before because of a sore knee, had TD runs of 78 and 67 yards in the first half and finished with 30 carries for 277 yards and three TDs. Foothill matched Haug's running with Kyle Barker's passing. He had two TD passes in the first half. Foothill improved to 7-1 and should end the regular season with a No. 2 seed in the CIF North Coast Section Class 4A playoffs.
5. No. 3 in state Div. III Culver City 9, No. 9 in state Div. III Morningside of Inglewood 6. Both teams struggled in rainy, muddy conditions, but Morningside committed just one or two extra miscues that wound up being the difference. Both teams had five turnovers, but Morningside also gave up a safety and had an extra point blocked. The only offensive TD of the game came in the first quarter by Culver City's James Magee on a four-yard run. Morningside's score came on a 67-yard interception return by Maurice Payne. Two other big plays for Culver City were made by Nehemiah Mundy, who blocked the PAT, and Jonathan Moore, who intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to end Morningside's last potential scoring drive. This game also featured the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the CIF Southern Section Div. X rankings.
6. No. 13 in the state Lincoln of Stockton 49, Edison of Stockton 6. Michael Johnson's 84-yard interception return and Bryan Parker's 64-yard punt return gave the Trojans a pair of early touchdowns and propelled them to an easy win over the Vikings. Edison, which moved up to No. 1 in a local newspaper's rankings ahead of Lincoln after a win over St. Mary's (we always had Lincoln first), turned the ball over three other times in the first half and trailed 35-6 at the break. Junior RB Billy Smith led Lincoln offensively with 152 yards rushing and scored four TDs. Lincoln will now look toward a matchup in two weeks against rival St. Mary's, which is 7-1 and won on Thursday, 38-10, over Bear Creek.
7. No. 10 in state Div. IV Hilmar 21, No. 2 in state Div. IV Escalon 12. We wrote Thursday how Hilmar snuck up on us and the Yellowjackets may have snuck up on Escalon, too. Taking advantage of three turnovers, including one that went for 56-yard fumble return touchdown by Chris Davis, Hilmar ended Escalon's unbeaten streak at 20 games and made the rest of the season in Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV much more interesting. Another key for the Yellowjackets was the play of sophomore QB Nathan Costa, who had a seven-yard scoring run and wound up with more than 150 yards in rushing and passing. Escalon's Jesse Miguel carried 21 times for 134 yards and one TD. The Cougars now need to regroup for next week's game against 7-1 Ripon. Hilmar's win also is good news for Central Section teams Dos Palos and Garces since Hilmar's only loss was to Dos Palos and Garces has a tie against Dos Palos.
8. No. 8 in state Div. III Yosemite of Oakhurst 24, No. 7 in state Div. IV Dos Palos 14. Burke Wardle's 78-yard kickoff return for a TD to start the second half gave the Badgers a 17-0 lead and they held on to beat the Broncos. Dos Palos came back with a pair of touchdowns, but Yosemite clinched it with four minutes left on a 46-yard TD pass from Shawn Long to Fred Worstein. Long finished with 15 completions in 26 attempts for 266 yards and two TDs. He also scored on a four-yard run.
9. Unbeaten Pittsburg 13, Clayton Valley of Concord 7 (OT). Jason Crawley was the hero for Pitt after making a remarkable diving catch in the end zone on a 12-yard pass from Richard McNeal to win this game. The Pirates didn't even tie up the score and force overtime until 47 seconds were left on a six-yard run by Bryan Robinson. Clayton Valley, which fell to 6-2 but is really only two or three plays away from being 8-0, punched it in on its first drive of the second half, the TD coming on a 27-yard pass from David Quistgard to Lowell Garthwaite. The Eagles started the overtime on offense and missed a field goal. Pittsburg improved to 7-0-1 even though starting QB Vince Seeno had to leave the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter. Pitt gets to host De La Salle next week.
10. Centennial of Corona 33, Corona 14. For hot college prospects, the Mountain View League of the Southern Section is tough to beat and several of the section's top-rated players were on display in this game. Centennial RB Terrell Jackson, of course, might be the best in the state and looked the part against the Panthers with 33 carries for 228 yards and three TDs. Jackson also scored three TDs. Corona almost made a game of it early in the third quarter on a drive that potentially could have cut the score to 20-14, but QB Brian Hildebrand was intercepted by Centennial's Donovan Brown. In other Mountain View League games, Santiago of Corona and its All-American tight end, Dale Thompson, downed Jurupa Valley, 57-12, while Norco and its stable of major college-size linemen wore down La Sierra of Riverside, 35-6.