Friday football preview: NBL


Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Cardinal Newman lost to Palma 31-7. Maria Carrillo lost to Windsor 10-9.


Maria Carrillo's Sam Atoe. (Crista Jeremiason / PD)

Notable: Both the Cardinals and Pumas look to end two-game losing streaks. Which offense will Cardinal Newman go with: The running game led by Stephen Tomasin that carried the Cardinals to a season-opening win over Central Catholic; or the passing relied on against the bigger defensive fronts of Valley Christian and Palma? Maria Carrillo mostly runs the ball with Sam Atoe, who is particularly dangerous when he takes direct snaps, though he will also pass out of the formation. Cardinal Newman’s defense is better than suggested in the losses to a pair of strong teams. The Pumas defense held a very good Windsor squad in check. A year ago, the Cardinals pulled out a 29-20 win over the Pumas.

Number to note: Cardinal Newman quarterback Matt Sullivan threw 17 passes last week, including a touchdown to Chris Quock.

Pick: Maria Carrillo 20, Cardinal Newman 14


Montgomery (0-3) at Ukiah (1-2)

Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Montgomery lost to Casa Grande, 21-7. Ukiah lost to Eureka, 34-7.

Notable: This North Bay League opener matches two struggling offenses. The Wildcats are averaging 10 points through three games while the Vikings have scored an average of 13 in their first three games … Last Friday, each team managed only seven points. Montgomery lost to Casa Grande, 21-7, while Eureka pounded Ukiah, 34-7 … Like Montgomery, Ukiah lost to Casa. That score was 26-17 … Alex Ciudad-Real is the Vikings’ leading rusher with 297, that’s four times more than any other Viking … Curtis Cenicero (11-21, TD) and Danny McRae (15-30, 2 interceptions) have split Montgomery passing duties … Cameron Mullen (19) and Tarin Easton (18) lead the team in tackles..This will be the fourth straight road game for the Santa Rosa school … Ukiah has not scored a rushing TD … Quarterback Trevor Taylor has thrown three touchdown passes, but also three interceptions … Aaron Dhyyvetter is the leading receiver with nine catches for 189 yards and two TDs.

Number to note: 12 yards — Longest run from scrimmage this season by Ukiah. Kyle Wakeland carried the ball.


Santa Rosa (1-2) at Elsie Allen (0-3)

Time: Friday, 5 p.m.

Last week: Santa Rosa lost to Analy 34-0. Elsie Allen was beaten 58-12, by San Rafael.

Notable: This NBL opener pits a Santa Rosa offense that hasn’t scored in two games against an Elsie Allen defense that is allowing an average of 53 points per game … The past two weeks, the Lobos gave up 57 to El Molino and 58 to Rafael … The Panthers won last year’s renewal, 47-8, one of their two league wins … Les Richardson coaches Santa Rosa while Larry Arterberry is the head man for Elsie Allen.

Number to note: 13 — total points Santa Rosa has scored this season. Those came in a 13-0 season opening home win vs. Petaluma.


Rancho Cotate (2-1) at Piner (0-3)

Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last week: Rancho Cotate defeated Petaluma, 49-0. Piner did not play.

Notable: Piner needed the bye week to get healthy, according to coach Matt Tomlin. The Prospectors had a rough opening three weeks. They began with a 75-0 loss to Eurkea, fell to Analy, 49-20, and then were soundly beaten by undefeated Healdsburg, 50-6 … Tomlin said after the Healdsburg game his team was beat up and needed the week off to get healthy … Quarterback Poueu Peleti-Gore leads the Rancho offense and Brian Dworkin does the bulk of the running … End Mike Tuano and linebacker Vaimaa Taito are also off to strong starts. The Cougars lost their opener to Pinole Valley (23-21) and then defeated Castlemont ((52-8) before shutting out Petaluma..

Number to note: 6 — Total wins last year for Rancho Cotate and a number that should be surpassed in 2010.

— Previews written by Press Democrat correspondent Howard Senzell and Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit