Marcus Maple scored three touchdowns, and the Liberty Hill eighth-grade A-team Lions forced six turnovers — scoring directly on three of them — to remain unbeaten with a 39-7 win over Manor on a cold, wet Halloween night.
Maple scored on a 60-yard run, a 12-yard pass and a 44-yard interception return.
Maple’s 6-yard run on Liberty Hill’s second play gave the Lions a 6-0 lead.
Leo Rhome III recovered a fumble and Maple made it 12-0 on a pass from Terrance Carter.
Nehemiah Costley returned a fumble 36 yards for the next score. Maple added the PAT and it was 20-0.
Costley capped the Lions’ 26-point opening quarter with a 13-yard TD run after Jacob Bernard recovered a Manor fumble.
In the second quarter, Carter picked off a Rams pass and took it 70 yards for a scored. Maple added another PAT and Liberty Hill (6-0, 4-0 conference) led 33-0 at intermission.
Romeo Tauaa was another offensive standout for Liberty Hill.
The Lions host Smith on Tuesday with the winner earning a spot in the Nov. 14 eighth-grade championship game at Leo Buckley Stadium.
SMITH 8A 38, EASTERN HILLS 0: At Eastern Hills, Ahmad Bailey tossed three touchdown passes, and Paydon Horce ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns as the Leopards remained undefeated.
Bailey tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Pennock, and one to Alfred Vincent.
Jumari Thomas scrambled in for the final touchdown of the game and picked off two passes.
PATTERSON 8A 46, LIVE OAK RIDGE 8A 6: Marquis Valentine scored three touchdowns and the Cavaliers rolled to a victory, but they did not get the help they needed and were eliminated from the playoff race.
Breon Williams tossed two touchdown passes to Jorien Young. Phillip Tingkang and Michael Kelly also ran for touchdowns.
Patterson led 18-0 at halftime.
Elijah Harris forced a safety. Other Cav defensive standouts were Armando Molina and Delon Lindsey.
Young and Jarian Green had big kick returns to give the Cavs great field position.
PALO ALTO 8A 25, NOLAN 8A 18: At Palo Alto, Khamari Terrell caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 45-yard run as the Patriots won their home finale.
Terrell’s TD grab of a pass thrown by Antwone Gonzales tied the game at 12. The TD was set up by Gonzales’ 40-yard toss to Markerio Alexander. Alexander ran in the extra point and Palo Alto led 13-12 at halftime. They never trailed again.
Tayvon McManemy stretched the lead to 19-12 with a 50-yard run in the third quarter.
Nolan struck first on a passing play to take an early lead of 6-0. Palo Alto answered with Akari Morris’ 45-yard dash down the sideline to even the score at 6-6.
The Mustangs scored a few possessions later to take a 12-6 lead. In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Mustangs cut the Patriots lead to 19-18, but Terrell’s late TD run restored the lead to seven.
Bryar Kohler led the offensive and defensive line play for the Patriots. He also recovered a fumble. Jonathan Layton and Jonathan Rivas led the team in tackles. TreVon Perry played a key defensive role for the Patriots in the second half.
Gonzales threw for over 150 yards. DeVean Marshall was another offensive standout.
UNION GROVE 8A 6, RANCIER 8A 6, TIE: At Rancier, Cesar Carillo scored from a yard out after David Ro’s 98-yard run and the Union Grove Grizzlies salvaged a tie on the road.
Union Grove picked off four passes — three by Darius Wilson and one by Bryce Haws in the defensive battle. Other defensive standouts were Isaiah Halbach, Morris Marshall, Michael Berrios, Tyshon Jammar, Roderick Pollard, Toamalosi Laufasa and Larry Tidwell.
Jacob Ables nearly scored earlier for the Grizzlies on a pass from Ryan McKenzie, but Ables was ruled out of bounds.
UNION GROVE 8B 26, RANCIER 8B 0: At Rancier, Damian Mora scored an early touchdown for the Grizzlies and they rolled to a victory.
Michael Hudak, Thomas Green and Corris Bullock also scored touchdowns for Union Grove.
Jonathan Coleman made a nifty catch on a PAT.
Jaydon Kremer, Ezekiel Soto and Yazan Chtay (interception) were defensive standouts.
NOLAN 7A 6, PALO ALTO 7A 0: At Nolan, the Mustangs scored early and then held on to win a defensive battle.
Defensive standouts for Palo Alto were Corey Scott, De’Rajae Otis, Timothy Ramsay, Zachary Manson, Elijah Hunter, Yahier Sandoval, Dionte Slack, Treveon McLilly, Keimond Hill and Demontre Chapman. Jacob Walker, Timothy Ramsay and Ta’Maja Anderson-Dawn led the offensive attack, aided by linemen Nickolas Caldwell, Joseph Turner, Anthony Ferrer, Nijell Sims and Majae Bostic.
PATTERSON 7A 33, LIVE OAK RIDGE 7A 0: Zavian Tibbs ran for three touchdowns and the Cavaliers clinched a spot in the Nov. 14 championship game.
Marquis Mango added two rushing TDs for Patterson (7-0, 4-0 conference). Bobby Williams, making his first A-team appearance, also bolstered the Cavalier rushing attack.
Defensively, Jason Lewis had an interception, Jovan Smith recovered a fumble and Jisaiah Adair forced a fumble.
EASTERN HILLS 7A 13, SMITH 7A 0: The Panthers capitalized on two early Smith turnovers and held on to hand the Leopards their first conference loss.
UNION GROVE 7A 36, RANCIER 7A 13: At Union Grove, Aimeer Washington scored three touchdowns on 114 yards of combined rushing and receiving to lead the Grizzlies to a victory.
Washington had TD runs of 45 and 10 yards, and caught a 39-yard TD catch.
Re’shaun Sanford rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown. Other offensive standouts for the Grizzlies were Dayne Holden and Issac Hernandez (six extra points).
Union Grove also scored with its defense, with Shavar Walker returning a fumble 50 yards for a score after he stripped it loose. Other standouts on that unit were Alexander Bailey (six tackles, three TFL), Sanford and Walker (five tackles each), Thomas Connolly, Deaubry Hood, Ryan Shine, Washington, Gaige Shoop and Joe Lane (four each). Brandon Irving, Garrett Isley, Xavier Pittman, Marcus Mcmillan and Jaydon Chatman (three each) and Floyd Baldon, Evan Chatman and Angel Serhan-Feliciano (two each).
Damarion Alexander returned an interception for a touchdown for Rancier. He also recovered a fumble that set up Jayden Wilson-Robinson’s 15-yard TD run. Wilson-Robinson ran for 101 yards.
Da’Vontez Lewis also snagged an interception for the Karoos. Other standouts were Lino Tauiliili, Achilles Lundy and Chris Penn.
PATTERSON 7B 18, LIVE OAK RIDGE 7B 13: Tyriq Jones intercepted a pass in the final minute for a touchdown as the Cavaliers rallied from their first halftime deficit of the season and won their season finale.
Emory Watson gave Patterson (4-1-1) an early 6-0 lead, but the Lobos answered with two long touchdown runs to take a 13-6 lead at halftime.
Watson opened the second-half scoring with another TD run to pull the Cavs within 13-12. And they were driving for the lead in the red zone with a minute remaining before fumbling.
But Jones saved the day by picking off a Lobos pass in the zone.
Patterson finished the season on a four-game winning streak and won the conference title.
Jhamouri Erilus and Mark-tone Rogers (three TFL, sack) were other standouts for the Cavs.
SMITH 7B 27, EASTERN HILLS 7B 0: Jaylan Robinson rushed for 224 yards to lead the Leopards to a victory.
Neiko Wagner connected with Markell Moseley and Antonio Griffin to add to the score. The offensive line was led by dominant blocking from Sean Smith, Drayton Harrison, Keenan Walker and Zachery Guilliams.
Walker, Kaunye Jones, Cliden Olivares and Tyree Ward led the defensive shutout.
UNION GROVE 8A DEF. RANCIER 8A 25-10, 25-8: At Union Grove, Karly Hansen and Alexandria Cloud each served 11 points, and Mary Allen had four kills as the Grizzlies won their home finale.
Other scorers for Union Grove were Jasmine Johnson (five points), Aryana Martin and Janae Deauvearo (four each) and Allen (one).
Cloud and Temiya Johnson each had a kill. Evan Fuller made great tips at the net to secure the win.
PATTERSON 8A DEF. LIVE OAK RIDGE 8A: Kylie Swanson served 12 points, with an ace and a kill, to lead the Lady Cavaliers to a victory.
Other contributors for Patterson were Nicole Evans (11 points, three aces), Naudia Vasquez (10 points, two aces), Evelyn Lorenzo, Ichani Norman (two kills, three blocks and served seven points), Ariana Moore (two kills and four aces), Natajha Jenkins (three kills) and Kira Bass (three kills and one block).
EASTERN HILLS 8A DEF. SMITH 8A 25-18, 18-25, 25-19.
SMITH 8B DEF. EASTERN HILLS 8B 18-25, 25-20, 25-22: Janessa Beckford served seven points in the Lady Leopards’ comeback victory.
UNION GROVE 8B DEF. RANCIER 8B 25-5, 25-9: At Union Grove, Savannah Seldon served 10 points and the Grizzlies won their home finale.
Other scorers for Union Grover were Jocelynn Deaton (nine points), Keni Moore (eight), Micayla Reeves and Emma Salazar (three each) and Clarissa Gutierrez, Kanaiya Blackmon, Savannah Stites and Lauren Grover (one each).
Celeste Fuentes was another standout.
PATTERSON 8B DEF. LIVE OAK RIDGE 8B 25-10, 25-10: Mya Debose served seven points, including an ace, as the Lady Cavaliers completed an unbeaten season and won their conference championship.
Other contributors for Patterson were Capriel Joseph and Zykirah Thompson (two kills each), Jalacia Cokley (five points), Jazmyn Byron (five points and an ace), Angilise Blair (one dig), Jodee Apellido (ace), Bianca Garcia served (four points), Mikaylah Perez (three aces and one dig) and Aubryana Watson (three points).
SMITH 7A DEF. EASTERN HILLS 7A 20-25, 25-19, 25-10: Daniyah Brooks served 18 points, including six aces, in the Lady Leopards’ come-from-behind victory.
Kaylee Goodman had seven points and two aces. Melainey Edmond added four points and an ace.
UNION GROVE 7A DEF. RANCIER 7A 25-6, 25-9: Brooke Ross served 10 points and the Grizzlies ran their winning streak to 11.
Other scorers for Union Grove (11-0, 3-0 conference) were Kaley Lelauti (nine points), Faryn Morris (five), Alicia Mora, Jailah Evans, Keonna Otis and Gloria Iosefo (three each) and Nykaela Burks (two). Jailah Evans and Eloise Shirley had impressive plays at the net. Alicia Mora was a defensive standout.
LIVE OAK RIDGE 7A DEF. PATTERSON 7A 25-15, 25-17: Deshonay Merchant had 14 points and an ace to lead the defeated Lady Cavaliers.
Other contributors for Patterson were Tiana St Cyr (three points), Morgan Campuzano (four points), Ja’liz Simmons (three points, two assists) and Elizabeth Eakin (three serves, one assist, one block).
PALO ALTO 7A DEF. NOLAN 7A 25-15, 25-15: Mercia Luau, Dejah Stockard and Sabrina Morgan were the top servers for the defeated Lady Mustangs. Amber Aviles was another standout.
UNION GROVE 7B DEF. RANCIER 7B 25-10, 25-11: Nevaeh Halbach served 14 points to help keep the Grizzlies unbeaten.
Aryam Quiroz and Faith Leveck served five points each for Union Grove (10-0, 3-0 conference). Saniyah Johnson and Emma Burns added one point apiece. Faith Leveck was a defensive standout.
PATTERSON 7B DEF. LIVE OAK RIDGE 7B 25-21, 25-23: Miracle Gwyn served nine points and had two assists as the Lady Cavaliers won their season finale.
Other contributors for Patterson (7-2, 3-1 conference) were Natalya Senat (eight points, ace), Amani Winchester (eight points, ace), Tori McIntyre (two points, one assist, one kill), Alondra Chelby and Lanijah Harrell (three points each), Amyah Collins (six points, one assist, one block) and Ale’Ani Ruffin (two serves, one assist).
PALO ALTO 7B DEF. NOLAN 7B 25-19, 25-17: Top servers for the defeated Lady Mustangs were Vanessa Martinez, Keeanna Cage and Stephanie Short.
Rihanna Lewis and Kiana Smith also played well for Nolan.