‘Hounds stop Fort Bragg

Healdsburg's Dom Tynan catches a pass for a first down in the second quarter in front of Fort Bragg's Brandon Freitas during their game in Healdsburg on Friday night. CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The PD

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

HEALDSBURG — Benefiting from a five-touchdown night by running back Carson Seanor and a swarming defense, Healdsburg defeated Fort Bragg, 41-20, in an NCS Division IV quarterfinal game here Friday night.

Seanor rushed for four of his scores and capped his evening with a 55-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

While Seanor was providing the points, Gary Randolph and his defensive cohorts were keeping the visitors’ running game in check.

The Timberwolves rushed for only 29 yards and even though he completed five passes for 169 yards, quarterback Brandon Freitas was continually under pressure.

Healdsburg, the bracket’s No. 1 seed, advances to the semifinals and will play the winner of tonight’s game between Middletown and El Molino.

The Greyhounds, who had a bye in the first round, scored on their first two possessions to take a commanding lead. Less than four minutes into the game, Seanor took it in from the five-yard line. Then, with 1:51 left in the quarter, he squirmed through the middle of the line for a four-yard score.

“The offensive line was opening huge holes for me,” Seanor said. “All I had to do was follow my blockers.”

Seanor was being modest. While his line gave him time to find a hole, he put move-after-move on Fort Bragg’s linebackers to gain chunks of yardage.

The 160-pound speedster rushed for 245 yards. He’s scored 26 touchdowns and 156 points while leading Healdsburg to an 8-3 record this season.

Seanor also played defensive back, but it was the linemen who completely thwarted Fort Bragg’s attack. Randolph led the way with four sacks and nine tackles.

“We had them scouted perfectly,” Randolph said. “We went into the game wanting to put pressure on their quarterback and do a lot of blitzing. We watched a lot of film and were well-prepared.”

On some plays, the Greyhounds’ line reacted so quickly, it was like they knew what played was being called in the huddle.

“Our defensive coordinator, Bob Besancon, deserves a lot of credit,” head coach Tom Kirkpatrick said. “He’s a student of the game and watches a lot of film. He had the boys well-prepared.

“Overall, the kids played hard. We made a lot of mistakes, but coming off a bye week, it was a good effort.”

Losing coach Jack Moyer thought his team’s lack of depth made a big difference.

“Healdsburg was able to keep shuffling fresh players into the game,” he said. “They had a lot more players than we had. I think we got worn down, but to our credit, we didn’t quit.”
Fort Bragg got its first score in the third quarter when Freitas connected with Cody Ryden on a 65-yard pass.

Those two connected later in the quarter on an 87-yard bomb.The Timberwolves, last year’s Division IV champs, finish the season 10-2.