FOOTBALL PREVIEW: LEAGUE PLAY MOVING CLOSER
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No. 1 Analy has the week off, but still there is an overflow schedule.
No. 2 Windsor (2-0) at Miramonte (0-2)
Windsor is off to a promising start with two fairly one sided wins. They have scored at least twenty points in each game and given up a combined 17.
Miramonte, the defending NCS Division 2 champions, has already lost as many games as they did all of last season. They lost the opening game to Pinole Valley 33-22 to open the season, which was considered a major upset.
Miramonte went 12-2 last season and beat Casa Grande 41-28 in the NCS Division 2 championship game.
Two weeks into the season, Windsor is the only undefeated team left in the North Bay League.
No. 4 Rancho Cotate (0-1) at Vanden (1-0)
If the first game is any indication this will be an exciting year at Rancho Cotate. In the opening game loss to Alhambra they gained more than 500 yards in total offense. Unfortunately they gave up more than they scored in a 47-35 loss.
Vanden is a school from Fairfield and they are in the Sac-Joaquin Section and have finished over .500 in five of the last six years. During that time, they have won at least one playoff game, three times. The population of the school is a little over 1,600.
Vanden started the season by jumping out to a 36-0 halftime lead before taking a 44-0 win over Dixon. Junior running back Isaiah Hamilton rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns.
Benicia (0-2) at No. 5 Maria Carrillo (1-1)
Maria Carrillo is glad to have Analy behind them and now focuses on its last pre-league game. They will have a BYE next week before opening NBL play in two weeks at Montgomery.
After going 7-4 last season, Benicia is off to a tough start dropping games to Concord and Windsor. The schedule was also set up for back to back games with Windsor and Maria Carrillo last season, which Benicia won both. After a 7-1 start last season, including the 0-2 start Benicia has lost five straight.
Last season’s 35-7 win was the third straight season Benicia has defeated Maria Carrillo.
Winters at No. 7 St. Helena (1-0)
St. Helena is coming off a nice start with a close win at Healdsburg. The meet a Winters team that went 9-4 season and won the Northern Division 3 section championship. They started this season with a 34-21 win over Colfax. Winters had two running backs go over the 100 yard mark and had over 300 yards rushing.
No. 8 Montgomery (0-1) at Dublin (2-0)
Montgomery has had two weeks to shake off the opening 36-7 loss to Napa. Napa followed that up with just as impressive of a win at Casa Grande.
Dublin has started the season 2-0, with two high scoring wins. A win for Dublin will give them as many wins as they had all last season.
This is a possible crossroad game for Montgomery. Next week they host Analy.
No. 9 El Molino (2-0) at Fort Bragg (1-1)
This has the look of an entertaining game. There has been an average of 55 points scored in the first two El Molino games. Fort Bragg has had even more with 68. Fort Bragg has averaged 45 points a game to start the season and they are 1-1.
A win for El Molino will give them as many wins as they had in the last two seasons combined.
Franklin (Elk Grove)(1-1) at No. 10 Casa Grande (0-2)
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Casa Grande is the only team in the area in which all three pre-league games are against teams with a 30+ score in the power rankings.. At the beginning of the season they were the 30+ rated team. That is no longer the case, as Casa Grande is in unfamiliar territory starting a season 0-2 for the first time since 2002. That season they went 5-4. Every year since if they were not the best team in the area, they were usually in the conversation. In six of the eleven seasons, they lost two games or less and that second loss was always a playoff game.
They meet a Franklin team that has won at least eight games in the last four seasons, including going 12-1 in the 2012 season. The only loss was the San Joaquin Section championship game.
Franklin is 1-1 with its loss coming to Bellamine, another 30+ team, last week 42-28.
Antioch (2-0) at Santa Rosa (0-1)
Santa Rosa has had two weeks off since dropping its opener to Petaluma 13-12. It is the first time since 2009 that they have lost their opener. In each of the last three seasons they started 2-0.
Coming off a 1-9 season, Antioch is 2-0. One of the losses was to Santa Rosa 25-14.
The main reason for the turnaround is sophomore running back Najee Harris who is averaging 31 carries for 270 yards and three touchdowns. In the opening game, he scored all of Antioch’s points in a 30-28 win over Acalanes.
Antioch’s pre-league power ranking was a negative number. It is now above 20.
Ukiah (0-1) at Oakland (0-1)
Ukiah started the season last week with a 49-13 loss to Eureka.
Oakland, who is coming off a 4-8 mark, opened its season last week, with a 27-20 win over Stellar Prep, a team that finished last in the NCL II/Bay League last year (St. Vincent and Calistoga tied for league championship).
Last season Ukiah defeated Oakland 19-0.
Ygnacio Valley (1-0) at Elsie Allen (0-2)
Elsie Allen is coming off a competitive game with Tomales. After a wild first half in which the two teams combined for 56 points, Tomales had the only scoring in the second half in a 46-24 win.
Ygnacio Valley opened with an 18-14 win over Mission.
The last time that Ygnacio Valley finished over .500 was in 2010. Last week was its sixth win since.
Middletown (0-1) at Healdsburg (0-2)
This comes under the heading better than the record indicates for both teams. They want to start to prove that this week.
Middletown is coming off a opening loss to their yearly pain Salesian 33-7.
Healdsburg hasn’t play bad but can’t get over the hump, losing to two good teams including St. Helena last week 13-10.
Petaluma (1-1) at Terra Linda (1-0)
After winning its first opener since 2009, Petaluma fell to Vintage 42-0.
Terra Linda is from the Marin County League and opened the season with a 29-21 win over Lowell of San Francisco.
Terra Linda finished 3-7 last season. One of the wins was 33-18 over Petaluma.
San Marin (2-0) at Sonoma Valley (0-1)
Sonoma Valley is coming off a tough loss to Galena of Reno 26-21 in what was the best game of last weekend. The game had two ties and three lead changes.
Sonoma Valley hung in the game despite being outgained by nearly 200 yards and giving up over 300 yards rushing.
San Marin, another Marin County League team, scored two fourth quarter touchdowns last week to rally to defeat Bethel (Vallejo) 14-12. They are coming off a 9-3 season, losing one league game to Marin Catholic. The three losses were to teams with a combined record of 31-8, including to the eventual NCS Division 4 champion St. Mary’s in a semi-final game.
Durham (0-2) at Lower Lake (0-1)
Esparto (1-1) at Tomales (2-0)
St. Vincent (0-2) at San Rafael (1-1)
South Fork (1-1) at Kelseyville (2-0)
Upper Lake (0-2) at Clear Lake (2-0)
Calistoga (0-2) at John Swett (1-0)
Clayton Valley (2-0) at No. 3 Cardinal Newman (1-1)
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No. 6 Cloverdale (2-0)at Berean Christian (Walnut Creek)(1-1)
Tamalpais at Piner
BYE-No. 1 Analy (2-0), Willits (1-1)
No. 1 Butte (1-0) at No. 12 SRJC (1-0)
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