NEAT PACKAGE: Next Up League Begins
League play begins next week and it is not a moment to soon.
There were a few exceptions, but most teams don’t have a very good record going into league play and for the most part the scores and games were ugly on Friday night. Most games were decided by halftime and had a running clock in the fourth quarter.
No. 1 Analy 42 No. 5 Montgomery 21
No. 4 Rancho Cotate 56 American Canyon 22
No. 7 St. Helena 27 St. Vincent 21
No. 9 Petaluma 42 Jefferson (Daly City) 7
No. 10 Middletown 26 El Molino 7
Fremont (Oakland) 20 Sonoma Valley 0
Deer Valley 48 Santa Rosa 0
Sutter 56 Ukiah 0
Piedmont 42 Healdsburg 14
Willits 58 Elsie Allen 6
Lower Lake 59 Upper Lake 0
CSD Fremont 41 Calistoga 0
Burton (SF) (0-2) at Piner (1-2)
Tomales (2-1) at Balboa (0-2)
No. 5 SRJC (2-0) at Sacramento (1-1)
First glance at the Analy-Montgomery score and you could think that it might have been a fairly close one.
The first half played out like the first two Analy games as they controlled things from the start and coasted home in a 42-21 win over Montgomery.
It took the Tigers a little over two minutes to score. The score came two plays after they went for a 4th and inches from their own 38 yard line.
They are either so confident in the offense to get it or the defense to make a stand if things didn’t work out.
The first down was converted and one play later, Malcolm Jenkins was taking a Will Smith bomb 64 yards to the end zone and Analy had a 7-0 lead. That was the first of two first quarter touchdown receptions for Jenkins, who would end up with three catches for 110 yards.
It was also part of a five touchdown pass night for Smith as Analy raced to a 35-0 halftime lead. He will be popular with his teammates as all three touchdown passes in the second quarter went to three different receivers. For the game Smith went 11 of 16 for 279 yards. He now has 11 touchdowns and one interception on the season and has passed for nearly 700 yards.
To Montgomery’s credit, they played a solid second half, with Ke’ Shawn Walker scoring three touchdowns to make the score look respectable.
While everyone else starts league play next week, Analy has one more pre-league game. The game in Oakland where they meet McClymonds in a game between two 3-0 teams and a game that will probably determine if there is hope for State Bowl game in Analy’s future.
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Rancho Cotate hurt its cause of being called the most exciting team in the area.
They won’t mind that a bit.
The Cougars jumped all over American Canyon and took a 56-22 win, in a game that was similar to the Analy-Montgomery game. Rancho Cotate had a 49-6 lead after the third quarter. It was a complete reversal of last year’s game in which American Canyon took a 56-12 win.
Filling in for Gunner Mefford at quarterback, Cooper Nicks threw two first quarter touchdown passes to Chris Taylor-Yamanoha and the rout was on. Nicks also had a 50 yard run for a score in the third quarter which was moments after a 50 yard run for a score by Carlos Franco which gave Rancho Cotate a 42-0 lead.
Rancho Cotate had eight different runners carry the ball for nearly 300 yards rushing and averaged 11 yards a run.
The offense hasn’t been the problem in a 0-2 start. In this game the defense played up to the level of the offense, carrying a shutout into the third quarter.
As you can tell by the scores above, it was hard to find a close game. Of the twelve games there was only one decided by less than one score and that was the St. Helena 27-21 win over St. Vincent.
That game did resemble the rest of the night as far as being one sided goes at least at the beginning. Jack Preston threw two touchdown passes to Davon Browne, the second a 54 yarder to give St. Helena a 27-0 lead in the third quarter. It was part of a 9 of 11 night for 190 yards for Preston.
After falling behind St. Vincent made things interesting. In fact they made things very interesting.
George Sammon, who was the workhorse for St. Vincent rushing for 125 yards on 23 carries, ran in one touchdown and caught another from Dominic Pedersen. Pedersen then threw touchdown number two to Michael Gross and all of a sudden with 4:13 left the lead was down to 27-21.
St. Vincent never got the ball back as St. Helena ran out the clock to raise its record to 3-0, while dropping St. Vincent to 0-4.
The only other game resembling a close score was the 26-7 win by Middletown over El Molino.
The game had the same pattern as the other games as Middletown took a 20-0 lead in the third quarter. Wyatt Hall rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, which was part of a 322 yard rushing day for Middletown.
El Molino cut the lead to 20-7 in the third quarter and then recovered an onside kick but couldn’t get any closer.
The rest of the games had one sided scores.
Petaluma was on the right end of one, as they go to 3-1 with a 42-7 win over Jefferson of Daly City. Brendon White threw two touchdown passes as they took a 42-0 lead into the fourth quarter.
Yoseph Kawasmi rushed for 105 yards, nearly half of it on a 52 yard run for a score. Matt Saxton added a 65 yard run to make it 35-0 at the half.
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