Antioch’s James Lea scored four times and made a game-saving interception to lead the Panthers over the Falcons of College Park, 37-34.
Lea led Antioch (2-2) with 181 yards rushing on 26 carries. The Panthers needed every bit of his effort, as Nick Chinnen scored five touchdowns for College Park (1-3). Panther QB Billy Cloninger hit Greg Arroyos for another score.
On its final possession, College Park QB Taylor Valdez completed several quick passes, and moved his team into Antioch territory. However, with a first down at the Panther 45, Valdez made an ill-fated pass, which Lea picked off to seal the victory.
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West High (Tracy) Wolfpack 14, Freedom Falcons 12
A two-point conversion attempt by the visiting Falcons with 55 seconds remaining Friday night was foiled by the West High defense to help ensure the Wolfpack’s first win of the season, 14-12 over Freedom in nonleague action. West High senior Dexter Alcala scored twice and totaled 169 yards rushing.
The Wolfpack held a 14-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter. However, Freedom was able to thwart a West drive and forced a punt. Freedom's D'Amora Cooper scored from a yard out to draw the Falcons within two. Unfortunately, although Freedom recovered the subsequent onside kick, but the Falcons could not capitalize.
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Berkeley Yellowjackets 18, Pittsburg Pirates 16
The Pirates of Pittsburg were defeated by the Yellowjackets of Berkeley, 18-16, in non-BVAL action last Friday night. The loss dropped Pittsburg to 1-3 on the season, and with league play beginning in two weeks, the Pirates find themselves in fifth place in the standings.
Both teams were somewhat careless with the football in the first quarter, with each team committing two turnovers. The Pirates were the first to take advantage with a 13-yard run by star senior RB Erick Dargan for a 7-0 lead.
Berkeley struck back in the second. Senior RB Rickey Galvin galloped 55 yards for the Jackets first score, and pull within 7-6. After a three-and-out for the Pirates, Berkeley’s Michael Ned broke off a 60-yard run to set up Galvin’s second touchdown, and give the team a 13-6 lead.
The Pirates defense generated a safety when a Berkeley punt snap went out of the end zone, making the score 12-9. After the free kick, junior QB Julius Mozee connected with senior flanker Robert Jiles for a 6-yard touchdown pass and a 16-12 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, Galvin - who finished with 233 yards on 33 carries - went 34 yards for his third touchdown and the 18-16 final margin. Pittsburg's last chance failed when a fourth-and-7 pass was batted down by the Yellowjackets' Craig Hilliard.