Can El Molino football climb to 3-0?

Quarterback Mike Pierson has El Molino off to a 2-0 start. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / PD)

OK, it’s only preseason. Casa Grande is a few weeks away, and Healdsburg far in the distance. Still, El Molino’s 2-0 start has people excited in Forestville.

The Lions kicked off 2010 with a couple of nice road wins, 14-7 at Fortuna and 35-12 at Drake. These aren’t exactly patsies. Fortuna went 8-4 last year and made it to the second round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.

How much would 3-0 mean to El Mo? This is a team that hasn’t won more games than that in a given season for quite a few years. The Lions have been alternating between 3-8 and 2-7 for most of the decade, so yeah, 3-0 would put the school on the verge of a big step forward.

It’s no secret that Mike Roan’s team revolves around quarterback Mike Pierson, a 6-4 senior quarterback with a poised pocket presence and a catapult for a right arm. Pierson was one of the Redwood Empire’s best QBs last year; now his team is catching up to him a bit. His favorite receiver is Joe Douglass, another senior who has 13 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns in two games.

With Elsie Allen coming to town for El Molino’s first home game, you have to like the Lions’ chances of reaching 3-0. No offense to the Lobos, but since 2004, they have fallen to El Mo by scores of 27-14, 49-12, 55-6, 49-8, 29-0 and 49-19.

The Lions could struggle again against the bigger schools of the Sonoma County League. But with Pierson leading the way, this could be a preseason to remember.