Healdsburg improves to 3-0 with 50-6 win

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Coach Tom Kirkpatrick hasn’t had a losing season in 17 years at Healdsburg High and the way his team handled Piner on Saturday, that mark appears likely to extend through 2010.

Healdsburg's Spencer Engelke dives into the end zone for a touchdown. (Crista Jeremiason / PD)

The Greyhounds raced to a 23-0 lead after one quarter and spoiled Piner’s home opener with a 50-6 victory.

Healdsburg used long scoring plays and a safety to build an insurmountable lead. Dominic Tynan set up the first score with an interception and then was on the receiving end of Max Opperman’s 35-yard pass for the touchdown. Carson Seanor followed with a 19-yard TD run.

A safety with eight seconds remaining in the quarter made it 16-0 and Gerardo Cervantes returned Piner’s kick 60 yards for another score.

“Our goal is to improve with every game,” Kirkpatrick said. “We accomplished that against Piner. We executed from the beginning and the victory was a team effort.”

Healdsburg is 3-0 while Piner is 0-3.

The Prospectors lost Shane Riveras to a shoulder separation while strong safety Tony Rocha suffered broken ribs.

“The only bright spot for us is that we have a bye coming up,” coach Matt Tomlin said. “We have a lot of walking wounded that we hope can get healthy before we start NBL play. It was gratifying that the guys played hard all four quarters, even when we fell way behind.”