San Leandro, Benicia, Campolindo among winners

Otto I. Eovaldi

Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) roundup of the best action in high school football from the first Friday night of the fall season. Check back every Saturday for scores, highlights and top performers from the weekend’s games, updated throughout the day.

Ranked teams

No. 1 De La Salle 52, St. Mary’s-Stockton 16

Read Darren Sabedra’s game story: DLS breaks open a tight game after halftime

Bellarmine 56, No. 5 Menlo-Atherton 41

Read Vytas Mazeika’s game story: Bellarmine stuns Menlo-Atherton, announces return to prominence.

No. 7 McClymonds 63, Tamalpais 6

Tamalpais shocked the seventh-ranked Warriors when it scored on a fourth-down play to take a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. But McClymonds stomped back with 28 points in both the second and third periods. Quarterback Dreyan Paul threw three touchdown passes and ran for one more. Dwayne McDougle caught a touchdown pass and had two interceptions. Michael Dansby had about 100 yards in receptions. — Mike Lefkow

No. 10 Los Gatos 42, Monterey Trail-Elk Grove 20

After losing their own scheduled games to wildfire smoke, Los Gatos and Monterey Trail hurried to hatch a plan and salvage the season’s opening weekend. They settled on Saturday afternoon in Soquel, far away from any air-quality concerns. Los Gatos made a statement, opening a two-touchdown lead and never looking back. The Wildcats widened their lead as large as 30 points before a final Monterey Trail score. — Evan Webeck

No. 13 Benicia 62, Pinole Valley 6

A newcomer to the Top 25, Benicia opened its season with a statement. The Panthers dropped 33 in the first quarter and had run up 55 points by halftime. Star athletes Croix Stewart and Simeon Harris each took returns to the house, and Harris added another score through the air, one of three touchdown passes thrown by QB Tyson Wallace. Benicia’s offensive output may have been outdone by its defense: Pinole Valley completed one pass for six yards and totaled minus-4 yards on 20 rushing attempts. Nathan Chau gave Pinole Valley its only points of the game with a 99-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter. RB/LB Janari Boone was all over the field for Benicia with rushing and receiving touchdowns and 74 yards from scrimmage, all in the first half. — Evan Webeck

No. 16 California 49, No. 15 James Logan 7

Read Phil Jensen’s game story: Separated by one spot in rankings, Cal hammers James Logan

No. 17 St. Ignatius 28, Palo Alto 7

Read Evan Webeck’s game story: St. Ignatius makes most of rare chance to play Week 1

Marin Catholic 6, No. 19 El Cerrito 0

El Cerrito hadn’t been able to muster much offense all night but it needed a first down to keep the game alive, down six points with just over a minute left to play. A facemask penalty set up a fourth and 3, but QB Jace Taylor’s pass fell to the ground, all but clinching a hard-earned win for Marin Catholic in the non-league contest between two stout defenses. Wildcats QB Michael Ingrassia scooted 1 yard into the end zone for the lone score of the night. Ingrassia finished with a game-high 62 rushing yards in addition to 160 yards on 15-of-22 passing. — Evan Webeck

No. 21 San Leandro 20, Cardinal Newman 17

The Pirates overcame a 14-0 deficit in the second half to win on the road against the perennial power from Santa Rosa in a season opener. Jonathan Martin scored two touchdowns for San Leandro, including the winner. QB Demetrius Freeney also scored a touchdown for San Leandro to pull the Pirates to within 14-6 in the third quarter. Martin’s first touchdown made it 14-12 and his second touchdown gave San Leandro the lead, 18-17. A two-point conversion widened the Pirates’ advantage to the final margin. San Leandro travels to Freedom, a winner over Hayward on Friday, on Sept. 3. — Darren Sabedra

No. 22 Campolindo 56, Moreau Catholic 21

The visiting Cougars broke a 14-14 tie with 28 straight points in the second quarter to take command. Campolindo 6-foot-3 junior Robbie Mascheroni had a huge game with six receptions for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Cougars quarterback Adam Harper completed 11 of his 16 pass attempts for 211 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Teammate Dashiell Weaver added 114 yards passing and a touchdown. Scott Linden had two receptions for 65 yards and a TD for Campolindo. On the ground, Max Rittmann rushed for 127 yards on only nine carries and a touchdown for the Cougars. –– Phil Jensen

Salinas 42, No. 24 Half Moon Bay 22

The visiting Cowboys took a 25-7 second-quarter lead and didn’t look back in this opener. Salinas almost doubled-up the Cougars in first downs in the game (27-14) and racked up 534 yards of total offense. Half Moon Bay’s PJ Modena rushed for 183 yards on only 12 carries and scored a touchdown. Teammate Quinn McCauley added 95 yards on the ground on 13 carries. The Cougars’ William Moffitt also threw a 28-yard touchdown to Kai Zanette. — Phil Jensen

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