Saturday’s prep football roundup: Serra, Kennedy-Fremont, Pinole Valley, Hillsdale win

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Ranked teams

No. 3 Serra 49, Sacred Heart Cathedral 10: Serra ran its record to 2-0 with a victory on its home field in San Mateo. Hassan Mahasin — aka “The Missil3” — matched his jersey number with three rushing touchdowns to lead the way. The junior, a three-star prospect by 247Sports with offers from a handful of schools, including Arizona State and Colorado, got Serra on the scoreboard with a 10-yard run for a 7-0 lead. His 52-yard sprint through the middle of the field broke a 7-7 tie, and the reigning West Catholic Athletic League champions rolled from there. “It was a struggle in the beginning and then we got better in the second half,” coach Patrick Walsh said. “Our conditioning on a hot day came through.” Freshman Jabari Mann, sophomore Joseph Villaroman and seniors Jamill LeBlanc and Trace LaMar also scored touchdowns for Serra. The Padres got contributions from four freshmen: Mann, Joseph Bey, Collin Tahitua and Danny Niu even as Walsh makes sure his seniors get plenty of time on the field. “The seniors, they get a lot of playing time,” Walsh said. “My heart goes out to those guys. Everybody played today, thankfully, on both sides of the ball, particularly our seniors, It was our Senior Day.” Serra is scheduled to play host to St. Francis next Saturday. SHC (0-2) is scheduled to next play on April 9 against St. Ignatius. — Darren Sabedra

East Bay

Kennedy-Fremont 20, Washington-Fremont 7: In a season opener for both teams at Tak Fudenna Stadium, Kennedy scored with about a minute to go to put the game away and Taeshaun Lyons added an exclamation point with an interception. Lyons was a two-way standout for the Titans. He erased a 7-6 deficit five minutes into the fourth quarter with a 34-yard touchdown reception from Max Cutaia. The failed two-point try left the score 12-7. Calvin Miller’s 15-yard touchdown run with a minute to go and Quintin Ferenchak’s two-point conversion made it 20-7. Christian Arturo Gonzalez scored on a 25-yard run late in the first quarter to give Kennedy a 6-0 lead. Eric Johnson’s 55-yard touchdown pass to Ronin Marin moments later put Washington in front 7-6 moments, a score that didn’t budge until Lyons’ touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Kennedy is scheduled to visit Castro Valley on Friday. On that same night, Washington is scheduled to play host to Mt. Eden. — Darren Sabedra

Pinole Valley 43, Hercules 8: Tony Freeman scored five touchdowns in Pinole Valley’s blowout of Hercules. The Pinole Valley slot receiver also played safety and caught an interception in the fourth quarter. Despite the loss, Hercules coach Dean Grecco was proud of his team’s effort. He called the process of training a new squad “baptism by fire,” noting that only four players on the roster had previous varsity experience, and some had never played football at all. “Every day they’re learning the sport of football as they go along,” Grecco said. — Michael Espinosa


Hillsdale 27, Capuchino 21: Hillsdale quarterback Liam Smith pushed his team’s offense to victory. In addition to running for two touchdowns (one from 10 yards away and the other from 12), Smith also completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ben Weiskopf. Fullback Si’i Tengei logged a 15-yard touchdown run of his own. Hillsdale coach Mike Parodi credited his defense with securing the win. Hillsdale managed to stop Capuchino from converting on fourth down, which allowed Parodi’s team to run out the remaining six minutes of the game. — Michael Espinosa

San Francisco

St. Ignatius 42, Archbishop Riordan 0: St. Ignatius took hold of this game from the start as senior running back and safety Jahsai Shannon took the opening kickoff to the house in a decisive home win over rival Archbishop Riordan. Shannon contributed in all three facets of the game, scoring on a 1-yard rushing touchdown later in the first quarter and intercepting a pass in the second quarter. It is the third consecutive shutout victory for the Wildcats over the Crusaders. The Gil Haskell Trophy, annually awarded to the winner of this game, stays with St. Ignatius for at least another year. The trophy is named after former head coach Gil Haskell, who coached for the Crusaders from 1965-68 and for the Wildcats from 1973-77. St. Ignatius used three different quarterbacks in the game, juniors Aidan Smith and Charlie Pyfer and senior Cheddar Tunney. All three signal-callers scored touchdowns, highlighted by two passing touchdowns from Smith. “They’re all different personalities and players,” said Wildcats head coach John Regalia about his quarterbacks. “They all earned time and worked for it and it allows us to be pretty versatile.” The Wildcats will stay at home and face Stellar Prep in a non-league game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Riordan is scheduled to visit Serra on April 10. — Brendan Cross

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