O’Dowd tops Cam­polindo

San Francisco Chronicle - Late Edition (Sunday) - - SPORTS - HIGH SCHOOLS By Damin Esper

Austin Jones rushed for 139 yards and two touch­downs and Moe Flynn threw for 190 yards and two TDs to lead host Bishop O’Dowd to a 35-14 win over Cam­polindo in the North Coast Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 2 semi­fi­nals.

The Dragons (10-2) ad­vance to play Marin Catholic in the cham­pi­onship game next week­end. The Wild­cats beat Bishop O’Dowd in last year’s Di­vi­sion 3 semi­fi­nals. Both Marin Catholic and O’Dowd voted against go­ing to the NorCal play­offs by flip­ping a coin, choos­ing to play for a sec­tion cham­pi­onship.

“I’ve been call­ing it a lit­tle bit of a re­venge tour,” Jones said. “Cam­polindo — fresh­man year, they beat us out. Now we get an­other chance at Marin Catholic.”

The Dragons got two early turnovers to jump out to a 14-0 lead in the open­ing min­utes. From there, Jones ground up the Cougars de­fense.

On the open­ing pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond half, Jones car­ried 11 times. By the time he ran in for a 1-yard touch­down, there re­mained 3 min­utes, 51 sec­onds in the quar­ter.

“We just wanted to beat them with our ath­leti­cism, hop on them quick,” Jones said. “To­wards the sec­ond half, we just wanted to keep pound­ing on them once we had our lead.”

Cam­polindo quar­ter­back Grant Harper fum­bled on the first of­fen­sive play. The ball was re­cov­ered by Colton Vardell on the Cougars 23. Three plays later, Jones ran it in from the 1.

On the third play of the next drive, Harper’s pass was in­ter­cepted by Malachi Ward. Flynn cashed in with a 21-yard pass to Ward.

“Tal­ent’s go­ing to beat us when we fall be­hind,” Harper said. “And that’s ba­si­cally what hap­pened to­day.”

The Cougars (10-3) got a break when Flynn was sacked and Bran­don Manty scooped up the ball and re­turned it 32 yards for a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter. That made it 14-7. The Dragons re­sponded with a nine-play, 72-yard scor­ing drive. Flynn found Je­lani War­ren over the mid­dle for a 30yard touch­down to make it 21-7.

Flynn fin­ished 14 of 23 for 190 yards and the two touch­downs. Harper fin­ished 10 of 32 for 190 yards, a touch­down and an in­ter­cep­tion. The TD came on a throw down the side­line that Max Schoen­berger turned into a 60-yard score.

O’Dowd held Cam­polindo to 31 yards on the ground.

San Ra­mon Val­ley-Danville 14,

Vin­tage-Napa 3: In an NCS Di­vi­sion 1 semi­fi­nal, Noah Thomas clinched the win with a 2-yard run with 1:58 to go. The Wolves (8-4) move into next week’s cham­pi­onship against Free­dom-Oak­ley. Vin­tage fin­ished 10-3.

Eureka 21, Las Lo­mas-Wal­nut Creek

0: In an NCS Di­vi­sion 3 semi­fi­nal, Alex Miller rushed for two touch­downs and Zack Reed added a 45-yard TD run, giv­ing host Eureka (12-0) the win over Las Lo­mas (12-1).

Sale­sian-Rich­mond 31, Stel­lar Prep-Oak­land 18: In an NCS Di­vi­sion 5 semi­fi­nal, quar­ter­back Josh Del Sol ac­counted for 230 yards and three touch­downs as the host Pride (8-4) up­ended Stel­lar Prep (4-7). Sale­sian plays Mid­dle­ton for the ti­tle.


Ap­tos 35, Sa­cred Heart Prep-Ather­ton 34: In the Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­onship at West­mont-Camp­bell, Ray­mond Price gave SHP (11-2) a 34-29 lead with two min­utes to play on a 48-yard touch­down, but Ap­tos (11-2) came right back and scored the gamewin­ner on a 10-yard TD run by Mar­cos Reyes with 57 sec­onds left. Ap­tos ad­vances to the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia Bowl Cham­pi­onships.

Val­ley Chris­tian 31, St. Fran­cis 30: Tommy Dunham scored on a 6-yard run in the sec­ond over­time, and an extra point by Lucas Ramirez gave the sec­ond-seeded War­riors (11-2) the Di­vi­sion 2 cham­pi­onship. St. Fran­cis, which beat Val­ley Chris­tian 7-3 dur­ing the reg­u­lar season, took a 30-24 lead in the sec­ond OT on a 4-yard pass from Ryan Daly to Evan Wil­liams, but the extra point was blocked. Both teams ad­vance to the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia play­offs next week.

Burlingame 38, Carl­mont-Bel­mont 0: In the Di­vi­sion 4 ti­tle game at Se­quoia-Red­wood City, sopho­more Lucas Mered­ith rushed 14 times for 128 yards and Jor­dan Malashus threw touch­down passes of 29 yards to Devon Malashus and 33 yards to Tay­lor Kauf­man as Burlingame (11-2) won its first CCS ti­tle since 2004. Carl­mont fin­ished 10-3.


Nike Cross Na­tion­als: Red­woodLark­spur se­nior Liam Anderson won in Port­land, Ore., break­ing the course record while cov­er­ing the 3.1 milesin 14 min­utes, 57.6 sec­onds. The Stan­ford­bound Anderson won his sec­ond straight state ti­tle last week­end.

MaxPreps se­nior writer Mitch Stephens con­trib­uted to this re­port.

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