FOOTBALL PREVIEW: KSRO BEGINS FOOTBALL COVERAGE
For the third straight season, KSRO will be covering high school and JC Football. The station, which is 1350 AM and 103.5 FM on your dial, will broadcast its first game this Friday when Cardinal Newman hosts St. Mary’s of Stockton. It will be the first of ten regular season high school games plus the North Coast Section playoffs. Dave Cox will once again handle the play by play chores.
KSRO will also broadcast the SRJC home schedule. The first of five games is this Saturday against San Joaquin Delta. All home games for SRJC start at 5 pm. The pre-game show will begin at 4:35.
HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEW
St. Mary’s (Stockton) (0-0) at No. 1 (Power Ranking) Cardinal Newman (1-0)…Friday 7 pm
KSRO GAME OF THE WEEK—PRE-GAME SHOW 6:35
It is not out of the question that both these teams make the state playoffs.
If St. Mary’s (Stockton) was in the area they would be No. 1 in the power rankings. Since 2007 their worst record is 7-4, which was in 2013. Last season they were 12-2. One of the losses was in 2OT’s and the other was in the section championship game, 21-14. In the opening game they defeated Cardinal Newman 35-15.
Alhambra (1-0) at No. 2 Rancho Cotate (0-0)…Friday 7:30
The general feeling is if Cardinal Newman doesn’t win the NBL, Rancho Cotate will.
Alhambra defeated College Park 27-14 in its opener.
After three straight seasons finishing less than .500, Alhambra went 8-4 last year.
This is the fourth straight season that Rancho Cotate has opened the season against Alhambra. After winning the first two, Alhambra took a 47-35 win last year.
Head Coach Ed Conroy starts his 28th season at Rancho Cotate.
No. 3 Analy (1-0) at No. 5 Maria Carrillo (1-0)…Friday 7:30
These two teams opened the season with wins in different kinds of games.
Analy defeated Casa Grande 48-29. Both teams scored more than what was scored by both teams combined in Maria Carrillo’s 17-7 win over Redwood.
This is the fourth straight season the teams have met. Analy has swept the first three.
The last time the game was played at Maria Carrillo was in 2013, which was one of the best games of the season with Analy taking a 34-30 win.
Analy is 35-5 over the last four years.
This is one of five games this weekend between two local teams and the only one featuring to top ten teams in the power rankings.
Northgate (1-0) at No. 4 Windsor (1-0)…Friday 7:30
Northgate opened the season with a 47-6 win over Rodriguez of Fairfield.
Northgate has made the NCS playoffs in every season since 2011.
The game is the home opener for Windsor.
Both teams are in Division 2.
No. 6 Casa Grande (0-1) at Napa (1-0)…Friday 7:30
Napa meets a NBL team for the second straight week. Last week they came to Santa Rosa and defeated Montgomery 54-21.
This is the fourth straight season the two teams have met with Napa winning two of three.
Drake (1-0) at No. 7 St. Helena (1-0)…Friday 7:30
Both teams scored over 50 points in winning its opener. The difference was Drake needed most of the points in a 55-42 win over Healdsburg. It turned out St. Helena had enough points in the first quarter as they defeated St. Vincent 55-6.
According to Max Preps St. Helena is 1-0-1. It says they had a 38-38 tie with Terra Linda which didn’t happen. That might have an effect on its power ranking.
Both teams are in Division 4.
Vintage (0-1) at No. 8 Petaluma (0-1)…Friday 7:30
This wasn’t a great memory last year as Vintage took a 42-0 win. At halftime it was only 7-0 and the game was at Vintage.
Vintage, which is from Napa, have been traveling to start the season. Last week they played in Roseville.
Both teams had similar openers. They were in tight defensive games until things got away from them late.
Del Norte (0-1) at No. 9 Fort Bragg (1-0)…Friday 7:30
Fort Bragg’s home opener is against the team that lost to Cardinal Newman last week 62-19.
Del Norte went 9-3 and won a playoff game last year. It was their first playoff win since 2007.
Both teams are in Division 4.
No. 10 Montgomery (0-1) at Hayward (0-1)….Friday 7 pm
Both teams started with a tough opener and were in one sided loss.
Hayward hasn’t finished over.500 since 2009. They rebounded from an 0-10 season to go 5-6 last season and a playoff appearance.
Eureka (0-1) at Ukiah (0-1)…7:30
Elsie Allen (0-0) at Esparto (0-1)..Friday 7:30
El Molino (0-1) at Lower Lake (0-0)…Friday 7:30
Kelseyville (0-1) at Healdsburg (0-1)…Friday 7:30
Durham (1-0) at Clear Lake (0-0)…Friday 7:30
St. Vincent (0-1) at Cloverdale (1-0)…Friday 7:30
Hoopa Valley (0-1) at Willits(1-0)….Friday 7:30
Sonoma Valley (0-1) at Berkeley (0-0)…Friday 7 pm
Santa Rosa (0-0) at Piner (1-0)… 1:30
NCL III 8 MAN (All Openers)
Calistoga at Laytonville…Friday 7:30
Anderson Valley at Potter Valley…Friday 7:30
Mendocino at Tomales…Saturday 1 pm
Upper Lake at Rincon Valley Christian…Saturday 2 pm
Point Arena BYE
All teams have eight games and they are all league games.
San Joaquin Delta at SRJC….Saturday 5 pm
KSRO 1350 AM/103.5 FM PREGAME SHOW 4:35
Last season these two teams met in the opener and SRJC took a 31-21 win. That was the start of a 7-4 season for the Bear Cubs, who ended up the No. 6 ranked teams in the state.
San Joaquin Delta is the only home opponent that wasn’t in the top ten in last year’s final state rankings.
SRJC is in the Bay 6 league and three of those teams finished higher in the rankings. Last season SRJC played them on the road, this season they play them at home.
SRJC lost three of its four to the ranked teams with two of the three losses by three points. The other loss was in a bowl game to No. 11 Fresno City.
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