football on field

The third-seeded Foothill football team defeated sixth-seed Freedom 45-14 in the North Coast Section quarterfinals Saturday night in Pleasanton.

Foothill (11-0) advances to play Antioch (11-0) in a matchup of undefeated teams on Nov. 28 in Antioch.

Foothill's Isaiah Floyd carried the Falcons all night, rushing for 114 yards and scoring a season-high five touchdowns.

"They are 10-0 for a reason," said Freedom head coach Kevin Hartwig. "We came out and made a couple of mistakes. They got up early and it was hard to battle back."

Foothill scored on four of its first five possessions, including three touchdowns by Floyd, putting the Falcons up 28-7 late in the first half.

But Floyd was just warming up.

He returned the second-half kickoff to Freedom's 4-yard line. The visiting Falcons were able to hold Foothill to a field goal — which extended the Falcons' lead to 31-7 — but Foothill was already in command.

Floyd added a 37-yard touchdown run late in the third, and a 21-yard scamper early in the fourth, to put Foothill up 45-14.

Freedom running back Ronnie Rivers, who carried the ball 19 times for 129 yards, scored both of Freedom's touchdowns in the loss. His first came on a 17-yard scamper early in the second quarter to cut Foothill's lead to 14-7, but Freedom wouldn't score again until Rivers' 59-yard dash early in the fourth.

"We had a great, great season," Hartwig said. "We just weren't able to finish tonight."

Freedom ends its season 7-3.

In other Bay Valley Athletic League action, fifth-seed Pittsburg knocked off fourth-seed Monte Vista 48-28, setting up a battle with top-seed De La Salle on Nov. 27 in Concord.

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