NEAT PACKAGE FOR SATURDAY: Casa Grande The Bright Part of a Long Day
It wasn’t a great Saturday, especially for the Sonoma County teams that had trips to Marin.
The big showdown turned out not to be one.
But one team did have a quality win.
Casa Grande 31 Napa 19
El Cerrito 35 Cardinal Newman 7
Tamalpais 21 Piner 20
Terra Linda 33 Petaluma 18
San Marin 47 Sonoma Valley 19
St. Helena 12 St. Vincent 7
Clear Lake 56 Upper Lake 0
St. Bernard’s 58 El Molino 0
The team with the quality win was Casa Grande who went on the road and got the win over Napa.
John Porchivina did it all, rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a team high eleven tackles and recovered a fumble.
Casa Grande never trailed and its defense started the scoring when Kyle Chase returned an interception 39 yards.
After Napa tied the game in the second quarter, the Gauchos took the lead for good when Porchivina scored the first of his two touchdowns.
It was an all-around win for Casa Grande. Quarterback JuJuan Lawson was 16 of 21 for 238 yards, which included a 49 yard touchdown pass to Andre Kupelian which gave Casa Grande a 31-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Casa Grande is off next week. In two weeks they open the North Bay League race with a home game against Montgomery.
The showdown that wasn’t is not the kind of result we are used to seeing when Cardinal Newman is involved. It could have been worse.
After missing chance after chance in the first half, El Cerrito took control in the second half. Despite El Cerrito dominating the stats, the game was close midway through the third quarter, with El Cerrito holding a 14-7 lead. Cardinal Newman went on what was its only good drive of the game moving to the 15 yard line. The drive stalled and Cardinal Newman tried a field goal when disaster struck. The field goal was blocked and Adarius PIckett scooped it up and went 72 yards for a touchdown.
The 21-7 score was more of the way the game was being played. El Cerrito had the ball inside the Cardinal Newman twenty three times in the first half and failed to score.
El Cerrito’s Quarterback Keilan Benjamin avoided Cardinal Newman defenders all night while throwing for 265 yards and a touchdown.
El Cerrito outgains Cardinal Newman by 270 yards.
It is Cardinal Newman’s worse loss since September 7th, 2010 when they lost to Valley Christian 34-0.
Of the three teams that went to Marin County the hard luck loser was Piner. A missed extra point with three minutes left was the difference as Piner trailed 21-0 with two minutes left in the third quarter. Nick Formosa scored all three touchdowns, running for two and catching another.
Piner just misses its first 3-0 start since 2002 when they started 4-0.
The other two teams that traveled to Marin didn’t have that kind of suspense.
After leading 7-0, Sonoma Valley gave up 27 second quarter points in its loss to San Marin to drop to 2-1.
After leading 6-0, Petaluma gave up 21 straight in its loss to Terra Linda to drop to 1-2.
NBL GIRLS SOCCER
No. 4 Maria Carrillo 3 No. 25 Montgomery 2
Two second half goals rallied Maria Carrillo over Montgomery. Miranda Williams scored the winner with ten minutes left.
Maria Carrillo is now 5-0-1.
Montgomery loses its first in five games.
Elsie Allen 34 Willits 0
Santa Rosa 25 Antioch 14
Montgomery 50 Dublin 18
Rancho Cotate 42 Pinole Valley 7
Miramonte 23 Analy 13
Benicia 35 Maria Carrillo 7
Middletown 35 Healdsburg 0
Ukiah 19 Oakland 0
Kelseyville 38 South Fork 7
Calistoga 42 John Sweet 0
Berean Christian 26 Cloverdale 14
SRJC 34 Diablo Valley 20
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