Standout Efforts In Section Football Title Games

Posted by Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

With three Empire teams reaching North Coast Section title games, the region’s football was well represented.

Cardinal Newman’s win and close losses by Rancho Cotate and Middletown featured a number of top offensive performances.

The Cardinals’ Stephen Tomasin had 116 yards rushing, 31 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns. Matt Sullivan ran for 65 yards and a score and added another 113 yards in passing. Tim Moreno caught 5 passes for 30 yards.

Brain Dworkin capped his record setting career at Rancho Cotate with 133 yards on just 11 carries with three touchdowns, including a 77 yard run and a 72 yard kickoff return for a score. Poueu Peleti-Gore had another efficient passing game, connecting on 17 yard and 11 yard scoring passes to Sean Fish.

In the Middletown game, David Pike topped the 100 yard mark – 104 on 19 carries – and Jake Davis leaped for one touchdown and bulled in for two others. Kyle Brown completed 11 passes for 75 yards. Both Connor Chick and John-Wesley Davis caught five balls.

Standout defensive efforts included Moreno picking off a pass and taking it in for a score and Garrett Guanella making a number of key stops for Cardinal Newman.

Rancho Cotate defensive end Mike Tuaua was an anchor again and forced a safety.

The Middletown defense was led by linebacker Jereomy Hoefer, who also had a big run, and John-Wesley Davis with an interception and long return.