Perfection: Petaluma aims to join exclusive club

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
With a win against Healdsburg on Friday night, Petaluma will finish the regular season 10-0 and join some exclusive company. In the past 30 years, only 10 North Bay League or Sonoma County League teams have had perfect regular seasons.
Petaluma would become the first SCL school to go 10-0 since Healdsburg did it in 1995. Healdsburg coach Tom Kirkpatrick is one of three SCL or NBL coaches with at least two perfect regular seasons since 1979. Ed Lloyd did it three times — in 1983 and 1984 at Cardinal Newman and in 1990 at Piner.
Healdsburg also went 10-0 in 1987, Kirkpatrick’s first year at the school. Montgomery’s Jason Franci went 10-0 in 1998 and 2004.
Petaluma’s Steve Ellison would join Kirkpatrick and Franci with a win Friday. Ellison led Petaluma to a 10-0 regular season in 1989.
Here’s a look at the perfect regular seasons since 1979:

2008: Cardinal Newman, 10-0
Finished: 13-1, lost to St. Bonaventure, 28-6, in Division III state title game.

2004: Montgomery, 10-0
Finished: 13-0, beat Casa Grande, 23-10, in the NCS 3A title game.

2002: Rancho Cotate, 10-0
Finished: 13-0, beat Montgomery, 34-10, in NCS 3A title game.

1998: Montgomery, 10-0
Finished: 12-1, lost to Marin Catholic, 37-0, in NCS 3A title game.

1995: Healdsburg, 10-0
Finished: 12-1, lost to Cardinal Newman, 12-9, in the NCS 2A title game.

1990: Piner, 10-0
Finished: 12-1, lost to De La Salle, 49-24, in NCS Class 3A title game.

1989: Petaluma, 10-0
Finished: 11-1, lost to Marin Catholic, 23-12, in NCS playoffs.

1987: Healdsburg, 10-0
Finished: 10-1, lost to Marin Catholic 20-13, in first round of NCS 2A playoffs.

1984: Cardinal Newman, 10-0
Finished: 12-1, lost to De La Salle, 39-20, in NCS 2A title game.

1983: Cardinal Newman, 10-0
Finished: 12-1, lost to Miramonte, 16-13, in NCS 2A finals.