Prep football previews: NBL

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

NBL

Elsie Allen (0-5, 0-2) at Rancho Cotate (4-1, 2-0)

Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Rancho Cotate hosts Elsie Allen on Friday night.

Last week:

Elsie Allen lost to Cardinal Newman, 38-0. Rancho Cotate defeated Montgomery, 56-18.

Notable: This is not a good matchup for the Lobos. Rancho’s high-powered offense scores quickly and Elsie Allen has not shown the ability to come-from behind … The Cougars are averaging 45 points per game while the Lobos have been shut out in three of their past four games … Coach Ed Conroy has installed the triple veer option offense and senior Poueu Peleti-Gore has thrived. The 5-foot-10, 195 pounder is averaging 18 yards per carry with four touchdowns … Rancho has thrown only 14 times in five games and Peleti-Gore has tossed two, both resulting in scores … The Cougars have won four in a row since opening the season with a two-point loss at Pinole Valley … Elsie Allen hasn’t won in more than two years. The Lobos defeated Richmond on Sept. 26, 2008.

Number to note: 14 — Total number of sacks, fumble recoveries and interceptions the Rancho defense has forced in five games. Mike Tuana, Vaimaa Taito and Ricky Shelton anchor the defense.

Piner (0-5, 0-2) at Montgomery (1-4, 1-1)

Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Piner lost to Maria Carrillo, 41-8. Montgomery was defeated by Rancho Cotate, 56-18.

Notable: This looks like a good opportunity for Montgomery to fatten up its anemic scoring stats. The Vikings have averaged only 18 points; Piner has been yielding an average of 52 … Alex Ciudad-Real has gained 496 yards on 83 carries, scoring five touchdowns … Sharing the Viking quarterback duties have been Curtis Ceniceros and Danny McRae. The two have completed 56 percent of their passes … Anthony Gebauer is the Vikings’ leading receiver with 13 catches … Defensive stalwarts have been Cameron Mullen, Erik Brown and Tarin Easton. Each has more than 20 tackles/assists … Piner scored its only points last week on a series full of trick plays … The 41 points by Maria Carrillo is the lowest total Piner has allowed this year … Sophomore Austin (Tex) Nahmens was recently brought up from junior varsity and shares quarterback duties with senior Cameron Giannini. The two have five TDs, but also five interceptions.

Number to note: 32 — The number of points Piner has scored this year. Also, the total number of points Prospector running back/wide receiver Israel Sanchez has scored.

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