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November 23, 2010 > All locals eliminated from CIF football playoffs

All locals eliminated from CIF football playoffs

By Biff Jones
Photo by Mike Heightchew

Hayward, Tennyson and California School for the Deaf high schools football teams from the North Coast Section, along with Milpitas High School of the Central Coast Section were all eliminated last weekend in post season play.

Northgate 33, Hayward 30
No. 12 Hayward (5-6) traveled to Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill last Friday, Nov. 19, for a DII opening-round match vs. No. 5 Northgate High School.

Both teams traded punches early, but it was Northgate that got on the board first. Trailing 7-0, the Farmers answered on a 51-yard TD run by John Hughes. Northgate blocked the extra point and had a 7-6 lead after one quarter. Second quarter saw the Broncos find pay dirt twice while the Farmers scored once. Again Hayward's PAT was blocked and Northgate took a 20-12 halftime lead.

In the third quarter Hayward closed the gap with touchdown runs of 40 and seven yards by Hughes while the Broncos scored once. All three touchdowns were followed by failed two-point conversions for a 26-24 Northgate lead going into the fourth quarter.

Each team would score one more TD each in the fourth with Hughes again scoring, this time on a 55-yard scamper. Hughes totaled 268 yards rushing to lead the way. Farmers failed on all five point after attempts, while Northgate converted three of five which was the difference in the final score.

Concord 50, Tennyson 6
No. 16 Tennyson (4-7) traveled to No. 1 Concord High School on Friday, Nov. 19, in another DII first-round match, and found themselves in a mismatch as the Lancers were trailing 16-0 before they ever took a snap. After scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion, Concord recovered an onside kick and went and scored another eight points.

Concord scored another TD in the first for a 22-0 lead; one more in the second quarter gave them a 28-0 halftime lead. Third quarter saw the Minutemen score another TD and two-point conversion to go up 36-0. They tacked on two more in the fourth.

Tennyson's only score came in the third quarter on a 35-yard pass interception return by freshman Ricky Flowers.

St. Bernard Catholic 22, California School for the Deaf 6
In the NCS Division V, seven-team tournament, CSD (6-5) took the long trek to Eureka as the No. 5 seed last Saturday, Nov. 19, and took on No. 4 SBC.

After a scoreless first half, St. Bernard Catholic got on the board first in the third quarter on a five-yard pass. They added a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead after three. In the fourth, St. Bernard scored twice more on a 41-yard run and a 47-yard pass interception return off CSD sophomore quarterback Carlos Lopez.

CSD's lone score came with just over 1 minute left in the game on a one-yard run by Lopez.

Salinas 22, Milpitas 13
No. 5 Salinas High School traveled to No. 4 Milpitas for a CCS first-round match on Friday, Nov. 19, and came away with an upset win.

Milpitas coach Kelly King started Jordan Lockett (typically a WR) at the quarterback position out of the wildcat formation. In the first quarter, both defenses dominated as the Trojans tried to pound Salinas on the ground with its running game, featuring Sammy Fanua and Josh Lepisi. However, it was Lockett on a keeper who got the first score, a 53-yard sprint giving Milpitas a 7-0 edge after one.

In the second quarter, after sloppy play by Milpitas backed them up to their own five yard line, punter Ramiro Ceja dropped a snap in the end zone. Ceja was tackled in the end zone for a safety, cutting the Trojans lead to 7-2. Salinas returned the short kick deep into Trojan territory and took advantage of the good field position and punched in the go-ahead touchdown. After a missed extra point, the Cowboys had an 8-7 lead at the half.

With its second third quarter possession, Tony Sauceda entered the game at quarterback for the first time and Lockett moved to wide receiver. However it would not be enough as Salinas kept the Trojan offense in check while adding two second-half touchdowns. Late in the fourth quarter, Sauceda found Lockett with a 23-yard scoring pass but it wasn't enough as Salinas held on for the 22-13 victory to advance.

Log onto the California Interscholastic Federation website for all scores for the football playoffs. For NCS, visit, and for CCS, log into

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