De La Salle holds on to beat Bishop Gor­man 27-21

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - HIGH SCHOOL - By Mitch Stephens MaxPreps se­nior writer Mitch Stephens cov­ers high school sports for The San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle.

Henry To’oto’o rushed for touch­downs of 53 and 55 yards, lead­ing host De La Salle-Con­cord to a wild 27-21 vic­tory over peren­nial na­tional power Bishop G or man-Las Ve­gas on Fri­day night be­fore a na­tional tele­vi­sion au­di­ence.

To’oto’o, a 6-foot-3, 235pound se­nior and one of the na­tion’s top line­backer re­cruits, burst over the left side for his 55-yard touch­down that gave the na­tion’s 12th-ranked team its first lead of the game, 21-14, late in the third quar­ter.

When De La Salle cashed in on Gor­man’s third turnover of the sec­ond half with a 17-yard touch­down pass from sopho­more Do­rian Hale to Richard Fahiua to give the Spar­tans a 27-13 lead mid­way through the fourth, this one seemed over.

In­stead, Gor­man cap­i­tal­ized on three 15-yard penal­ties by De La Salle to close to 27-21 with 2:21 left on a 3-yard TD run by quar­ter­back Micah Bowens.

The Spar­tans (5-0) went three-and-out, and Bowens led a 40-yard march, fin­ish­ing with a 12-yard com­ple­tion to Rome Odunze to the De La Salle 28.

But with no time­outs, the Gaels (1-3) rushed to the line, but couldn’t get off an­other play. De La Salle held on to avenge a hum­bling 35-7 loss at Gor­man last sea­son.

Bowens and Dono­van Smith com­bined for two touch­downs, the sec­ond on a trick play, a 58-yard pass from Smith to give Gor­man a 14-7 lead mid­way through the third.

But De La Salle came right back, tak­ing just three plays to go 59 yards, capped by a 24yard touch­down run by Shamar Gar­rett to tie the game at 14-14.

The Spar­tans then took the lead for good on To’oto’o’s sec­ond TD, which was al­most iden­ti­cal to the first, over the left side. He was barely touched.

Gor­man’s de­fense stopped De La Salle on 4th-and-short three times in the first half — twice in DLS ter­ri­tory — but was only able to take ad­van­tage once, on a fourth-down play of its own.

Bowens com­pleted a 4-yard pass to 6-foot-3 Smith, putting the ball up high for Smith to catch un­der duress.

That gave Gor­man a 7-0 lead with 4:36 left in the first quar­ter.

Gor­man played bril­liantly on de­fense, un­til De La Salle’s To’oto’o broke loose for a 53yard touch­down with 1:49 left in the half to tie the score at 7-7. No. 2 Lib­erty-Brent­wood 31, No. 10 Car­di­nal New­man-Santa Rosa 14: Ju­nior quar­ter­back Jay But­ter­field passed for 291 yards and four touch­downs — three on fourth down — in a penalty-filled road win in which Lib­erty trailed 7-6 at the end of the first quar­ter. Se­nior wide re­ceiver Sione Vaki had three touch­down re­cep­tions, with two com­ing on fourth down, in­clud­ing a 54-yarder on the last play of the first half that gave Lib­erty (5-0) a 24-14 lead. Vaki fin­ished with 139 yards re­ceiv­ing. Car­di­nal New­man (3-1) scored its two touch­downs on keep­ers by ju­nior quar­ter­back Jack­son Pavitt.

No. 18 Freedom-Oak­ley 37, No. 9 San Ra­mon Val­ley-Danville 24: Joey Aguilar passed for four touch­downs and re­cent Michi­gan com­mit Giles Jack­son scored two touch­downs, in­clud­ing an 82-yard run off a hookand-lad­der on the fi­nal play of the first half, as visit­ing Freedom (4-1) held off San Ra­mon Val­ley (2-2).

No. 22 Palo Alto 34, Aragon-San Ma­teo 7: Ai­den Chang rushed for three touch­downs and quar­ter­back Jack­son Chryst sprinted 72-yards for an­other score as visit­ing Palo Alto im­proved to 4-0. Aragon dropped to 0-3.

Lin­coln 44, Pied­mont 34: DeSean Craw­ford ac­counted for 292 allpur­pose yards and three rush­ing touch­downs for the visit­ing Mus­tangs, who im­proved to 3-0. Jor­van Baker rushed for 168 yards and two touch­downs and added two touch­down passes to AJ Aduwasi. Baker also in­ter­cepted a pass and had nine tack­les. Tyre Cross led Lin­coln with 11 tack­les.

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