Prep Football Previews: Large Schools


Here’s a look at this weekend’s NBL and SCL football games:


Santa Rosa (3-6, 2-4) at Cardinal Newman (6-3, 5-1)

Time: Friday, 7 p.m.

Last week: Santa Rosa lost to Rancho Cotate, 52-0. Cardinal Newman defeated Piner, 70-24.

Notable: The Cardinal Newman faithful will be scoreboard watching during this game. If Maria Carrillo defeats visiting Rancho Cotate Friday night and Newman  handles Santa Rosa, there will be a three-way tie for the North Bay League title. If Carrillo and Newman win, all three will finish with 6-1 league marks. Newman has won five of its last six to put itself in title contention. The Cardinals’ only league loss was 27-21 at Rancho Cotate on Oct. 29. Last Friday, Santa Rosa couldn’t stop Rancho’s triple option veer offense. The Cougars led 28-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at halftime. Newman had 54 players on its opening day roster compared to 32 for Santa Rosa.

Number to note: 1 — No matter what happens Friday night, Santa Rosa already has one more win than it had last year. This is Les Richardson’s first year as head coach.


Elsie Allen (0-9, 0-6) at Montgomery (3-6, 3-3)

Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week:  Elsie Allen lost at Ukiah, 63-20. Montgomery fell to Maria Carrillo, 58-7.

Notable: The highlight of the game will be Alex Ciudad-Real’s quest to reach 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career. The senior comes in needing 55 yards. Last year, the 180-pound running back finished with 978 yards. Ciudad-Real has scored 10 touchdowns, easily the leader on this year’s team. Curtis Ceniceros and Danny McRae have both played quarterback and each has completed 35 passes. However, Ceniceros has three scoring strikes and one interception while McRae has been intercepted four times while throwing only one TD. Anthony Gebauer, the primary wide receiver, has had a good season.  He has 25 catches, including 10 for touchdowns. Even with a victory, this will be Montgomery’s worst season in many years. In 2008, the Vikings finished 4-5-1. Elsie Allen’s defense never came together as the Lobos give up an average of 52 points per game. The Lobos offense has averaged 12 per game.

Numbers to note: 53-17-1 — That is the Montgomery record from 2004-09. 


Ukiah (3-6, 2-4) at Piner (1-8, 1-5)

Time: Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last week: Ukiah beat Elsie Allen, 63-20. Piner lost to Cardinal Newman, 70-24.

Notable: Defense has been the Achilles heel for Piner all season. The Prospectors give up an average of 49 points per game. Shane Riveras, who moved into the quarterback position when Austin (Tex) Nahmens was forced out with multiple concussions, has completed nine of 12 passes on the season with three touchdowns. Israel Sanchez leads the team in rushing (428) and passing (435) yards. Ukiah likes to pass, but quarterback Trevor Taylor has been plagued by interceptions. The junior has thrown 15, the same number of TD passes he’s made. Aaron Dhuyvetter has been a solid receiver all season, catching 49 passes, nine of those for touchdowns.

Number to note: 95 — The number of tackles (solo and assisted) Ukiah’s Ben Brooks has made.



Sonoma Valley (1-8, 0-5) at Analy (4-5, 1-4)

Time: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Sonoma lost to Petaluma, 28-0. Analy did not play.

Notable: Both teams played Petaluma in their last game. Analy had a bye last Friday, but on Oct. 29, went on the road and lost to the Trojans, 35-21. Sonoma was on its home field when it lost to Petaluma last Friday. The Dragons have lost seven straight and have not scored more than 14 points in a game during the skid. Analy’s season has unraveled after a 4-2 start. Jake Zanutto has completed 115 passes and Cooper Maloney leads the rushing corps, picking up more than four yards per carry.

Number to note: 6 — Turnovers have hurt Sonoma. Quarterback Sam Morgan has lost that many fumbles and has also been intercepted nine times.