Undefeated Healdsburg wearing contender’s label

With an undefeated start in non-league play, Healdsburg heads into conference play looking like a contender for the Sonoma County League football title.

Junior running back Spencer Engelke dives into the end zone for a touchdown. (Crista Jeremiason / PD)

Healdsburg ran its record to 4-0 last Friday with a 44-13 victory over Acalanes. The win was Healdsburg’s second this year against an opponent that hasn’t lost another game, so the Greyhounds aren’t boosting their record by defeating less talented teams. Healdsburg’s average margin of victory is 31 points.

Poised for a great season, Healdsburg is doing it with a combination of youth and experience that lacks dominant stars yet boasts a number of standouts.

In the Acalanes game last Friday, junior quarterback Max Opperman passed for 111 yards – including a 55-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver George Brush – and ran for an 83-yard touchdown. Brush had five catches for 101 yards. Senior running back Carson Seanor was a workhorse with 13 carries for 53 yards.

Leading the defense are junior linebacker Adam Hendrickson and senior lineman Gary Randolph, the team’s top tacklers. Randolph had 10 against Acalanes.

Healdsburg opens SCL play at home this Friday against Petaluma (0-4).

— Michael Coit, The Press Democrat