Oakland Tech High knocked off an unbeaten squad for the second straight week, beating visiting Ygnacio Valley 26-13 on Oct. 9 in both teams’ final nonleague tuneup.
“This gives us confidence going into (Oakland Athletic League) play,” Tech coach Delton Edwards said. “It’s going to be a battle.”
The Bulldogs (4-1) open OAL play today when they face Oakland (2-2-1) at 3:30 p.m.
Tech’s combination of Ryan Murphy and DiAndre Campbell did a little of everything to help beat the Warriors, at the time ranked No. 15 in the Bay Area News Group East Bay poll. The duo also had their hands all over an Oct. 2 win over then 3-0 Mt. Diablo.
In this game, both two-way stars had interceptions. Campbell also returned a fumble for a score and Murphy threw a two touchdowns on halfback option passes — including one to Campbell.
Campbell’s fumble return got Tech (4-1) on the board in the first quarter. Ygnacio Valley (4-1) attempted a pass that was deflected and ruled a fumble. Campbell recovered and raced 55 yards for a touchdown and 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs went with trickery to take a 12-0 lead in the second. Murphy took a pitch and fired a 31-yard touchdown pass to Eddie Gillies Jr.
The Warriors cut the deficit in half when Patrone Wood II powered his way in from the 7 for a touchdown with 7:11 remaining in the second quarter.
Ygnacio Valley took its only lead when it opened the second half with 12-play, 65-yard drive that Wood capped with a 3-yard run to make it 13-12.
After the teams exchanged punts, Tech used trickery again. A botched fake punt by the Warriors gave the Bulldogs great field position. On the second play of the drive, Murphy hooked up with Campbell for a 25-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion gave Tech a 20-13 lead.
“If they were going to keep coming up on Ryan (Murphy), we were going to keep throwing it,” Edwards said.
Ygnacio Valley hurt itself on its next drive when it lost a fumble on its own 26. Six plays later, the Bulldogs iced the game on Murphy’s 3-yard touchdown run.
Murphy finished with a game-high 87 yards on 23 carries. Steven Porschet led Ygnacio Valley with 62 yards on 14 carries and Wood had 13 carries for 53 yards.