Friday football preview: Small schools

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Fort Bragg (4-0) at St. Helena (1-3)
Time:
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Fort Bragg beat St. Vincent, 35-12. St. Helena lost to Kelseyville, 26-20.
Notable: Fort Bragg began last season with six straight wins and could repeat that feat in 2010. However, the Timberwolves have NCI-North rival Lower Lake waiting if they get by St. Helena … Fort Bragg jumped on St. Vincent early in last Saturday’s game, leading 14-0 after one quarter … Caleb Cunha ran for 131 yards and two TDs on 13 carries … Quarterback Brandon Freitas tossed two scoring passes, including one to leading receiver Cody Ryden..Tyler Lander and Michael Mehtlan anchored the defense with 10 tackles apiece. Lander also recovered a fumble and Mehtlan was credited with an interception … St. Helena is coming off three consecutive road games. The Saints beat Lower Lake, but lost to Kelseyville and Willits.
Number to note: 35 — St. Helena lost by that margin to Fort Bragg last year.

Lower Lake (3-1) at Cloverdale (0-4)
Time:
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Lower Lake defeated Upper Lake, 52-6. Cloverdale fell to Middletown, 49-0.
Notable: Lower Lake will be out for revenge. In 2010, Cloverdale came to the Trojans’ field and dominated for a 67-14 victory … This year, the teams are heading in opposite directions. Lower Lake had its best offensive game of the year in defeating Upper Lake. Prior to that, the Trojans’ highest point total was 26 (against St. Vincent) … Lower Lake had 30 at halftime against Upper Lake … Cloverdale’s offense had been potent before being shut out by Middletown. The Eagles scored 40 and lost to Willits by two and put 33 on the board in a nine-point loss at Kelseyville.
Number to note: 3 — The number of defensive touchdowns Lower Lake scored last Friday against Upper Lake. Two were on fumble recoveries and one was an interception. Roy Percoat got the interception and he also rushed for two touchdowns.

Clear Lake (0-4) at Middletown (3-1)
Time:
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Clear Lake lost to Willits, 31-14. Middletown beat Cloverdale, 49-0
Notable: After giving up 57 points in a five-point opening season loss to Salesian (Richmond), Middletown has played stingy defense. The Mustangs have given up only a touchdown to St. Vincent in three subsequent games … Ten of the 35 players on the Middletown roster weigh more than 200 pounds. Taylor Holton is the heaviest at 280 pounds … Clear Lake has yielded more than 30 points in each of its four games.
Number to note: 37 — That’s the average number of points opponents have been scoring against the Cardinals.

Calistoga (1-3) at Potter Valley (2-0)
Time:
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Calistoga defeated Round Valley, 46-8. Potter Valley beat Rincon Valley Christian, 68-36.
Notable: Potter Valley has done a complete turnaround from 2009 when the Bearcats went 0-10 … The offense, averaging 57 per game, is led by the running of Bryce Jacquet. The junior is gaining nearly 27 yards per carry … Senior Adam Kile has been averaging nearly 11 yards per carry … Quarterback Taylor Moore has thrown only 12 passes, completing 6 … Calistoga lost its first three games of the season before walloping Round Valley … Quarterback Lucas Fernandez has thrown seven interceptions … The senior has been more effective running the ball as he’s been averaging six yards per rush … Jose Sanchez has been the most effective Wildcats’ rusher, scoring five TDs while racking up 580 yards on 81 carries … Jose Vega has been a defensive stalwart for Calistoga as he has 16 solo tackles and assisted on 17 others … It’s the North Central II opener for both teams.
Number to note: 41 — Calistoga sophomore punter Cris Flores has been kicking for that average.

McKinleyville (1-3) at Tomales (4-1)
Time:
Friday, 8 p.m.
Last week: McKinleyville lost to Del Norte, 39-21. Tomales won by forefit over Round Valley, 2-0.
Notable: Tomales hasn’t played in two weeks. On September 24, the Braves visited Anderson Valley and came away with a 56-14 victory … Quarterback Javier Isias doesn’t pass a lot, but remarkably nine of his 19 completions have been for touchdowns … Junior John Dalmolin has caught four of those … Michael Guerrero has shouldered the running game for Tomales. The junior is rushing for an average of 143 yards per game and reached pay dirt six times … McKinleyville has lost three straight since beating Cloverdale in its season opener … The Panthers compete in Humboldt-Del Norte-Little 4 conference and were 3-1 in league last year.
Number to note: 3 — Number of passes Tomales’ Dalmolin has intercepted, returning one for a TD.

Anderson Valley (2-2) at Round Valley (0-3)
Time:
Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Last week: Anderson Valley lost to Point Arena, 24-12. Round Valley forfeited to Tomales, 2-0.
Notable: Anderson Valley is unbeaten on the road, winless at home … In a head-scratcher, the Panthers went to Point Arena on September 12 and won, 56-12. Then, three weeks later and playing at home, AV lost to Point Arena by 12 points. That’s a 66-point swing … Quarterback Mike Blackburn has already amassed 1,000 yards of offense. The 5-8 senior has rushed for 631 yards and passed for 369 … Omar Blackburn is his favorite target and the two have hooked up 13 times with two of those catches going for touchdowns … Round Valley quarterback has thrown a TD pass and four interceptions … The TD was a 41-yard strike to Brandon Woods.
Number to note: 37 — Number of solo tackles by Anderson Valley’s Marcos Espinoza.

Laytonville (2-2) vs. Rincon Valley Christian (2-2)
Time:
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Last week: Laytonville did not play. Rincon Valley Christian lost to Potter Valley, 68-36.
Notable: Laytonville defeated Point Arena, 18-12, on September 24 … Quarterback Jesse Hence has been hooking up with receivers Selby Ford and Brandon Sutherland with regularity. The former has caught 13 passes for 255 yards while the latter has 16 catches good for 224 yards … Hence has thrown six touchdown passes and three interceptions … Ron Rosenthal is the Warriors’ leading rusher with 149 yards and a TD. Hence is right behind with 133 yards … Despite being shut out by Tomales, Rincon Valley Christian is still averaging 40 points per game.
Number to note: 16 — Solo tackles by sophomore linebacker Sutherland in Laytonville’s first four games.

Kelseyville (3-1) at Upper Lake (1-3)
Time:
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Last week: Kelseyville beat St. Helena, 26-20. Upper Lake lost to Lower Lake, 52-6.
Notable: These are teams heading in different directions. Kelseyville has won three straight since losing its opener while Upper Lake has lost three straight since winning its first game … Nick Rodrigues is Kelseyville’s main offensive weapon. The senior has scored seven touchdowns while averaging nine yards per run … Jason Richard does the bulk of the running for Lower Lake. He’s rushed 65 times for 342 yards. However, he’s lost three fumbles.
Number to note: 46 — Kelseyville’s Mike Davis has either made or assisted on that many tackles for Kelseyville.