NCS football: Analy’s upset bid comes up short; Tomales dispatches Upper Lake

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Analy’s defense was the star in a close contest against an explosive East Bay opponent, staying even with No. 3 seed Miramonte until the Matadors broke the game open in the fourth quarter and went on to win, 17-3.

Trading field goals in the first half as the rain poured down, Miramonte and 14th-seed Analy remained tied into the final period when the Matadors scored a pair of touchdowns in the final six minutes to pull out the win at Orinda.

“I thought we played pretty good tonight. We just made too many mistakes against a good team. That’s why they’re 10-1,” Analy coach Dan Bourdon said.

Miramonte quarterback Ross Anderson is a big-play athlete with his arm and legs, but the Tigers contained the Diablo Foothill Athletic League star to keep Analy in the game.

Defensive lineman James Toliver and defensive back Julius Titus-Patino led the Tigers in shutting down the Matadors.

“Our whole defense played well. It was a complete team effort,” Bourdon said.

The wet and cold weather made throwing the ball difficult. Analy’s offensive line and running game came up big to help control the ball and keep Miramonte’s offense off the field for long stretches.

The game’s first touchdown came with less than six minutes to play when Anderson capped a long drive with a 12-yard touchdown run.

Analy couldn’t muster enough first downs and Miramonte scored with a minute left, again on an Anderson run, this one covering 15 yards.

“He made a lot of things happen tonight with his feet. It was tough passing,” Miramonte coach John Wade said.

While the weather might have altered game plans on offense, both teams still managed to execute relatively well.

“It was a really good football game,” Wade said.

TOMALES 26, UPPER LAKE 6

At Tomales, playoff football brings out the best in teams and Tomales had to overcome Upper Lake’s best effort this season in a 26-6 win that was close much of the contest.

Upper Lake went up 6-0 after intercepting a pass and marching for the game’s first score, opening the eyes of the Tomales players who came in heavily favored. The Braves tied the score going into halftime.

Tomales stuck with its power running game to break open the game with Michael Guerrero going for 165 yards and three touchdowns.

“That was good to see,” Tomales coach Leon Feliciano said. “This game was a good wake-up call. It’s not going to be easy.”

Turnovers were the difference in the game. Tomales picked off two passes and recovered a pair of fumbles, converting three of the takeaways into scores.

“We’ve really improved. Once we’re rolling, we’re pretty good,” Feliciano said.

The apparent mismatch going into the game motivated Upper Lake to play at a higher level. Upper Lake opened the season with a home win against Calistoga and hadn’t won since. But the Cougars’ offense — and on Friday the defense — was improved in recent weeks.

Tomales is 9-2 going into the second round. Upper Lake finishes with the one win against 10 losses.