Game of the Week: Galileo 30, Rio Vista 54: In a rematch of last year’s Division 6-A regional final, an early injury to running back Yarvell Smith stunted the Lions’ offense. After tearing off an 80-yard first-quarter touchdown, Smith went down with an ankle injury in the second quarter, and only briefly re-entered the fray for a 20-yard kickoff return. Read our full recap online.
Lincoln 44 @ Piedmont 34: The Mustangs moved to 3-0 on the year thanks to a massive day from running back Desean Crawford. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound senior running back led the way with a yeoman’s effort, rushing 23 times for 207 yards and three touchdowns. Senior quarterback Jovon Baker rushed 16 times for 168 yards and a score, while completing 6-of-11 passes for two touchdowns. Baker, who doubles as a free safety, also contributed seven tackles and an interception. Senior receiver A.J. Adewusi grabbed three catches for 24 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior Tyree Cross and senior linebacker Julian Aguirre each made 10 tackles, while senior Jack Gaughan added eight stops and a sack. Next up for Lincoln will be a trip Friday to South San Francisco to face El Camino at 7:30 p.m.
Mission 31 @ Redwood City-Sequoia 14: The Bears moved to 2-2 on the year despite five tackles for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and three sacks by the Cherokee. Next up, Mission takes on Washington at home on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.
Lowell 20 at Santa Rosa-Piner 28: The Cardinals finally opened their season with a close loss on the road, and looked good early with a 14-0 first quarter. The Eagles, though, outscored Lowell 28-6 the rest of the way behind a 366-yard team rushing performance that produced three touchdowns on the ground. Junior Brennan Nguy had had all three Lowell TDs, rushing for 295 yards on 25 carries. He also had a couple of pass break ups on defense.
For the first time in Lowell’s football history, two female student-athletes played in a varsity game. Senior wide receiver Susan Wong and junior defensive back Young Cho each saw special teams snaps as the Cardinals played “iron man” football, suiting up just 21 players.
Burton 54, Petaluma-St. Vincent de Paul 21: Burton (3-0) got 196 rushing yards from Alfonzo Smith, who racked up 295 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns, while also passing for two more scores.
Smith opened the game with touchdown runs of 43 and 98 yards, then turned to the air, completing a pair of 31-yard touchdown passes to Ryan Young and Elijah Hernandez, sandwiched around a safety in the second quarter. Smith added a 54-yard TD run and a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Jericho Niko rushed 15 times for 158 yards and scored the final touchdown of the game on a three-yard fourth-quarter run.
Balboa 45, Santa Cruz-Harbor 0: The Buccaneers moved to 2-0 with a big win over the Pirates, who fell to 0-3. Balboa’s defense led the way, with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. JohnLiu started wahat head coach Fred Velasquez called “the avalanche” with a 15-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown. Andy Salazar put the last nail in the coffin with a 30-yard fumble recovery touchdown. In between, the Buccaneers had two interceptions from Anthony Southvilay and one from Caden DeGuzman, as well as an onside kick recovery from Abraham Cervantes. Balboa held Harbor to just 37 passing yards and 36 rushing yards, never allowing a run longer than eight yards.
Marin Catholic 28 @ Antioch 47: After a breakout 50-0 win against Kennedy last week, the Wildcats fell back to earth as Antioch tore off 315 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Quarterback Gavin Cooke passed for 218 yards and ran for another 140. Despite falling down 13-0 in the second quarter, the Wildcats came back to trail only 20-14 at halftime thanks to a pair of touchdowns from Mateo Perez, who scored on a 13-yard run and a 37-yard rumble.
Washington 20 @ Richmond 49: Washington moved to 0-3, while Richmond won its first game of the season. The Eagles will next visit Madison Park Academy in Oakland on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.