Friday Football Previews: Small Schools

NCL I

Lower Lake (4-2, 1-0) at Kelseyville (5-1, 1-0)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: Lower Lake lost to Fort Bragg, 49-42. Kelseyville defeated Willits, 40-16.
Notable: Kelseyville has turned its season around after losing its opener (at Hamilton, 36-20) … The Knights have won five straight and have averaged 36 points per game during the streak … The rushing game has been solid, racking up an average of 314 yards per game … Nick Rodrigues has already scored eight TDs while averaging nine yards per carry … Geno Poloni has also been solid, rushing for 604 yards, eight per carry … Ethan Rohner anchors the Kelseyville defense. The 175-pound linebacker has a total of 66 tackles/assists … While Lower Lake could not defeat unbeaten Fort Bragg, the Trojans accomplished much more than Timberwolves’ other opponents … The 42 points in defeat was three times as many as Fort Bragg allowed to another opponent. While defeating St. Helena by 20, the T’wolves allowed 14 … Jack O’Hara scored three TDs against the Fort Bragg defense while Roy Percoats and Devante Scott both rushed for more than 100 yards.
Number to note: 6 — The number of passes intercepted this season by Kelseyville’s Mike Davis.

Upper Lake (1-5, 0-2) at Willits (4-2, 0-1)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: Upper Lake lost to St. Vincent, 27-6. Willits fell to Kelseyville, 40-16.
Notable: Willits is unbeaten at home and figures to be in a foul mood as the loss to Kelseyville snapped a four-game winning streak. The Wolves were only down four at halftime, but were outscored 20-0 in the second half … Upper Lake has lost five straight since opening the season with a 27-0 win over Calistoga … The Cougars’ offense has been anemic during the skid as they are averaging less than a touchdown per game … The passing game has been almost non-existent (less than 11 yards per game and a completion average of .296) … The running game has been more fruitful for Upper Lake. Juniors Brad Brackett and Travis Floyd are both averaging more than eight yards per carry … Jason Harlan has been the workhorse, carrying 101 times for 639 yards.
Number to note: 38 — The punting average for Upper Lake’s Bruce Tucker.

St. Helena (1-5, 0-1) at Cloverdale (0-6, 0-2)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Helena lost to Middletown, 40-7. Cloverdale did not play.
Notable: The team that loses this games figures to finish in the North Central I South cellar … If Cloverdale winds up on the bottom, it will be a first-to-last slide for the Eagles. Last season they went 4-0 in league and 9-2 overall. One of those victories was 42-7 over St. Helena … The Cloverdale offense hasn’t been putting points on the board in its last three games, averaging a touchdown. In their first three games, Cloverdale averaged 26 … St. Helena hasn’t been able to convert any long passes. Quarterback Richard Hoppe’s longest completion has been 18 yards. The lanky sophomore has been effective throwing short, completing 39 of 76 … Alex Qurici has caught four touchdown passes.
Number to note: 41 — Number of assisted tackles for St. Helena linebacker Dominic Skinner.

St. Vincent (2-4, 1-0) at Clear Lake (1-5, 1-1)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Vincent beat Upper Lake 27-6. Clear Lake defeated Cloverdale, 46-13.
Notable: St. Vincent quarterback Conor Brown couldn’t miss in the victory over Upper Lake. The senior connected on 84 percent of his passes, three of those for touchdowns … For the season, Brown has 10 passing TDs and three rushing scores … Last Saturday, Anthony Battaglia had 19 tackles, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery for the Mustangs … The win snapped a four-game losing streak … Clear Lake is coming off its first win of the season … Steven Edwards and Tyler Beets have been solid on defense with 32 and 30 solo tackles, respectively … Jake Chapin, Jamie Lopez and Edwards handle much of the rushing for the Cardinals … Tanner Mansell is averaging nearly 29 yards per catch.
Number to note: 4 — Number of punts by Beets that have forced Clear Lake’s opponents to start drives inside their 20-yard line. Beets’ longest punt was 65 yards.

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NCL II

Tomales (5-2, 4-0) at Laytonville (3-3, 2-2)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: Tomales defeated Potter Valley, 30-0. Laytonville lost at Calistoga, 49-0.
Last week: The Laytonville players will have revenge on their minds when Tomales comes to town for this North Central II game … In the 2010 match-up, the Braves came out on top, 70-8 … Both teams have effective quarterbacks. Javier Isais has completed 24 of 43 passes for Tomales with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Laytonville’s Jesse Hence has converted 47 of 91 with eight scores and three picks … John Dalmolin and Mike Guerrero have been Isais’ favorite targets, each catching four touchdowns … Tight end Brandon Sutherland has caught five touchdown passes from Hence.
Number to note: 0 — Number of fumbles lost by Tomales this season.

Point Arena (2-2, 2-1) at Calistoga (3-3, 3-1)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: Point Arena defeated Rincon Valley Christian, 60-28. Calistoga walloped Laytonville, 49-0.
Notable: Calistoga is now on the right path after beginning the season with three consecutive losses. The Wildcats have not only won three straight, they’re winning by an average of 43 points per game … Quarterback Lucas Fernandez has rushed for eight touchdowns, fullback Jose Sanchez has 837 yards and seven scores while sophomore Cris Flores has crossed the goal line five times … Jose Vega has been the stopper on defense with 51 tackles/assists … In addition to Point Arena’s .500 record, the Pirates’ scoring stats are also about even. They’ve given up 114 points and scored 108 … This is the third of five straight road games for Point Arena … The Pirates definitely favor the run, averaging 343 on the ground and only 31 through the air … Dylan Johnson is averaging 10 yards per jaunt while Harlan Bailey has scored five TDs … Ky Laiwa has 51 total tackles and is averaging 40 yards per punt.
Number to note: 7 — Number of sacks for Calistoga’s Rafael Torres-Feiner.

Round Valley (0-4, 0-3) at Potter Valley (2-2, 2-2)
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Last week: Round Valley lost by forfeit to Anderson Valley. Potter Valley lost to Tomales, 30-0.
Notable: Round Valley’s lone win last year came at home against Potter Valley, 28-16 … Potter Valley was 0-10 last season, so the Bearcats are much-improved … The run-oriented Potter Valley offense depends on Bryce Jacquet and Adam Kile. The former is averaging 27 yards per carry with a long run of 70. The latter has been averaging 10.5 yards per carry … Round Valley hasn’t played since Sept. 24 when the Mustangs lost 46-8 to Calistoga. Prior to the Anderson Valley forfeit, they could not field a team for the game against Tomales … Marcis McCarty has completed seven of 19 passes, but has thrown four interceptions … Vince Cordova has been Round Valley’s most dependable runner, averaging 7.5 yards per carry.
Number to note: 6 — The number of passes Potter Valley quarterback Taylor Moore has completed in only 12 attempts this season.

— Howard Senzell, For The Press Democrat

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