Amador Valley 29, Freedom 27
Junior Anthony Cantabrana shanked a 28-yard field goal in the waning moments of the game to send the Falcons home disappointed.
Down 29-21 late in the fourth quarter, the Falcons looked poised to mount a comeback. Freedom went 80 yards on 10 plays, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown by junior running back Joe Mixon to make it 29-27 Amador Valley. The Falcons were shut out on the two-point conversion, but recovered the onside kick and marched to the Dons 11-yard line, but Cantabrana’s game-winning kick went wide left.
Senior quarterback Dante Mays finished 15-of-26 for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Darrell Daniels made six catches for 82 yards and scored two TDs. Freedom travels to Pleasanton to face Foothill Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Livermore 20, Liberty 8
Liberty took an early 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, but saw its lead evaporate for good in the second quarter.
Senior quarterback Cody Suckow finished 16-for-31 for 178 yards, but threw three interceptions and committed four fumbles. The Lions rushing attack sputtered, garnering only two yards. Junior wide receiver Ivan Oseguera led Liberty with six catches for 65 yards. Senior linebacker Hunter Capps and sophomore safety Kyle Trego made eight solo tackles each, but Livermore torched Liberty for 296 yards rushing. Senior fullback Austin Solari caught the Lions’ only touchdown.
Liberty’s home opener is Aug. 31 against West High School of Tracy at 7 p.m.
Granada 27, Heritage 24
The Patriots entered the fourth quarter up 24-7, but the Matadors stormed back to steal the victory. It’s highly unlikely Heritage will lose another game in this fashion all season.
With 24 seconds left, a sure Heritage interception squirted out of the hands of the defender and into the hands of Granada’s Alex Davis for the game-winning score – the third unanswered TD of the quarter. Senior Dmaree Lewis put the Patriots up early on a 40-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Anthony Carter. A 7-yard catch from senior Travon Covington and a field goal helped Heritage build a 17-0 lead.
The Patriots travel to Casa Grande in Petaluma Aug. 31 at 7:30.
Pittsburg 40, Clayton Valley Charter 27
Senior running back Jamal Lockett stole the show in Pittsburg, racking up 227 yards rushing and three touchdowns and opening the game with a 98-yard kickoff return to set the tone.
Clayton Valley running back Joe Protheroe was almost as dynamic, rushing for 201 yards to lead the Eagles. The inexperienced Pirates committed 16 penalties, which added up to 130 yards, but took command of the game in the third quarter.
Pittsburg squares off against California Aug. 31 in San Ramon at 7 p.m.
Deer Valley will open its season this week at Rodriguez in Fairfield on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.