Garrigan’s early TD sets tone for Casa win


SEBASTOPOL — Analy won the coin toss and deferred, electing to start the game by kicking off to Casa Grande.

Big mistake by the Tigers.

Makana Garrigan made the home team pay for that decision by returning the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. From there, the Gauchos just kept increasing their lead while winning, 23-3.

The victory keeps Casa perfect in the Sonoma County League with a 3-0 mark and 6-1 overall.

Casa, behind the precision passing of quaterback Nick Sherry, scored two touchdowns in the second quarter for a 21-0 halftime lead. The only scoring in the second was a safety by the Gauchos and a 33-yard field goal by Analy’s Omar Galvan late in the third quarter.

“We played excellent football in the first half,” Casa coach Trent Herzog said. “The defense played well in the second half, but we made way too many mistakes and picked up too many penalties.

“We wanted to improve our running game and we did that. We had become too reliant on the pass and I wanted the stats to even out.”

Herzog’s team met his goal. Casa gained 157 yards through the air and 160 on the ground.

In the first half, the Gauchos dominated on the scoreboard and in offensive statistics. They gained 200 yards, 112 of those through the air. Meanwhile, Analy mustered only 66 yards.

Sherry, who will attend the University of Colorado on a football scholarship next year, wound up completing 12 of 24 passes for 157 yards.

The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder scored Casa’s final touchdown on an 11-yard run with 4:22 left in the second quarter.

“I felt great throwing the ball in the first half,” Sherry said. “I was getting the time to get set in the pocket.

“In the second half, I don’t think any of us played well at all. We lost our focus and made a lot of errors. For us to get where we want to get, we have to limit our penalties and stay focused.”

Tight end Tyler White was on the receiving end of three Sherry passes for 43 yards. Garrigan also had three catches for 29 yards.

Running back Javonie Oden was Casa’s leading rusher, gaining 94 yards on 16 carries.

The senior scored Casa’s second touchdown on a seven-yard run up the middle at 10:48 of the second quarter.

Analy coach Dan Bourdon was despondent after the game.

“It’s deflating when the other team runs the opening kickoff back against you, but good teams overcome adversity,” he said. “We’re not playing very good offensive football. Give Casa credit; their defense is fast and athletic. Still, we just didn’t string enough good offensive plays together to get the job done. Our defense played well, especially in the second half.”

Analy was coming off a heart-breaking overtime loss to El Molino and is now 4-4 overall and 1-3 in league. It was the Tigers’ first loss in four home games. Over the last three years, they have an 11-4 mark on their home field.

Jake Zanutto completed 11-of-22 passes for 72 yards and threw an interception. Many times, the Analy offensive line was pushed off the ball. That forced Zanutto to rush his throws or run out of the pocket.

Isaak Olsen was Analy’s leading receiver with three catches for 43 yards. On the ground, Cooper Maloney carried 16 times for 47 yards.

Analy had 147 yards of offense, 75 coming on the ground.