Large School Football Preview


Today’s games
SF Marshall at Ukiah, 7:30 p.m.
El Cerrito at Petaluma, 7:30 p.m.
Pinole Valley at Rancho Cotate, 7:30 p.m.
Terra Linda at Sonoma Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Heritage at Windsor, 7:30 p.m.
Montgomery at Bethel, 7:30 p.m.
St. Bernard’s at Calistoga, 7:30 p.m.
Durham at Clear Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Hamilton at Kelseyville, 7:30 p.m.
Laytonville at Potter Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Fort Bragg at McKinleyville, 7:30 p.m.
Tomales at South Fork, 7:30 p.m.
Fortuna at Healdsburg, 7:30 p.m.
Benicia at Maria Carrillo, 7:30 p.m.
St. Vincent at Cloverdale, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s games
Portola at Upper Lake, Noon
Woodside Priory at Anderson Valley,, 1 p.m.
Middletown at Salesian, 1 p.m.
Anchorpoint Christian at RVC, 2 p.m.
St. Helena at Berean Christian, 2 p.m.

Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Pinole Valley defeated visiting Irvington, 39-3. Rancho Cotate lost to Del Campo, 15-14, at a neutral site.
Notable: A case can be made that Pinole is not as good as the final score indicated in its opener. Also, don’t be surprised if Rancho turns out to be a better team than Del Campo by midseason. A one-sided win by Pinole was expected. Irvington has been a program in decline over the past four years. During that span, the Fremont school had a 10-30 record. If their opener is an indication, the Vikings are in for another long season … Del Campo had one big advantage over Rancho last Friday. It was the season opener for the Rohnert Park school while Del Campo played Aug. 26. Rancho wasn’t game-ready, drawing 17 penalties and making other costly mistakes. Del Campo kicked the winning field goal from inside the 5-yard line with less than five minutes remaining … Pinole and Rancho met twice last year. The Spartans won, 23-21, at the start of the season and Rancho got revenge at home in the North Coast Section Division II semifinals (24-7) … Running back James Lewis, most valuable player in the Alameda Contra Coast League in ’10, is back and will test the Rancho defense … Quarterback Ricky Garcia and linebacker Vaimaa Taito are key players for the Cougars.
The pick: Pinole Valley 21, Rancho Cotate 10

HERITAGE (0-1) at WINDSOR (1-0)
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Heritage defeated Granada, 35-34. Windsor beat Montgomery, 42-0.
Notable: Both teams opened at home … Heritage is a Division I NCS school with an enrollment of 2,152. Windsor is in Division II with 1,743 students. Windsor was expected to be one of the top teams in the Redwood Empire and on opening night, the Jaguars showed they might be the best … Coach Rob Gatrell was concerned by the size of his offensive and defensive lines. He didn’t need to worry. Twice the defense forced Montgomery turnovers inside the 5-yard line in the second half. Recovering those fumbles preserved the shutout. On the other side of the ball, the Windsor defense opened holes that enabled the offense to score six touchdowns … Christian McAlvain tossed three TD passes … Heritage, from the Bay Valley League, finished 9-3 last year, but lost quarterback Brent Eikanas and 1,000-yard rushers Treyvon Hanna and Kruger Story Jr. to graduation.
The pick: Windsor 35, Heritage 10

MONTGOMERY (0-1) at BETHEL (1-1)
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Montgomery lost to Windsor, 42-0. Bethel downed Fairfield, 33-26.
Notable: This will be the home opener for the Vallejo team … Bethel likes to run the ball and quarterback K’lan Anderson is back after scoring 80 points in 2010 … Last year, the Jaguars averaged just under five passes per game … It’s the second straight week Montgomery has played a team with the nickname Jaguars … Sharing a nickname might be all that powerful Windsor and Bethel have in common … Montgomery can keep it close or win … Quarterback Danny McRae will be passing downfield more than he did last year when he averaged only 4.4 yards per completion. He’s got two good receivers in Darik Lovvorn and sophomore Etienne Ezeff.
The pick: Montgomery 28, Bethel 21

Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Benicia lost to Dublin, 20-6. Maria Carrillo beat Yuba City, 19-10.
Notable: Carrillo’s game against Yuba City started at 11 a.m. and was played at Grant Field in Sacramento … Carrillo spotted the Honkers a 10-0 lead, but enjoyed a conditioning edge and as a result, dominated in the second half. The temperature on the artificial turf was above 100 degrees … Yuba gained only 48 yards in the second half as the Pumas made the necessary defensive adjustments … Sophomore Garrett Koop put Carrillo ahead for good with a 4-yard run in the third quarter that made it 12-10 … If the Pumas’ defense can stop quarterback Ryan Boenet and running back Austin Carr, they win this game easily. Boenet completed 20 of 40 passes against Dublin. Carr rushed for 128 yards, averaging 9.1 per carry. The 180-pounder also caught eight passes good for 115 yards.
The pick: Maria Carrillo 28, Benicia 14

MARSHALL (1-0) at UKIAH (1-0)
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Marshall defeated Richmond, 32-26. Ukiah downed Casa Grande, 47-37.
Kickoff: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Notable: It will be a very long night for Marshall and that’s not just because of the long ride back to San Francisco after the game. Ukiah quarterback Trevor Taylor figures to shred the Marshall defense, putting up better numbers than he posted at Casa Grande. That night he threw seven touchdowns and completed 20 of 32 for 388 yards … Wide receiver Kyle Hammond caught four of those TD passes … Marshall was 2-8 last year and lost its quarterback, leading receivers and top rushers to graduation.
The pick: Ukiah 63, Marshall 14

SAN MARIN (1-0) at ANALY (0-1)
Today, 7:30 p.m.
Last week: San Marin blasted Lincoln, 41-0. Analy lost to Miramonte, 36-35.
Notable: The word coming out of Analy during pre-season practices was that quarterback Jake Zanutto’s arm strength had improved since his junior season. The info was right on as the 6-foot-5 senior put up excellent numbers in the narrow opening-season loss to Miramonte. Now weighing 190 (20 more than last year), Zanutto passed for 381 yards. He threw three TD passes, two to wide receiver Aaron Maher. The senior also hooked up with receiver Mark Adams eight times for 210 yards and a touchdown … Coach Dan Bourdon needs for the defense to play better to have a chance against San Marin … A defensive unit as strong as last year (the Tigers allowed 15 points per game) would be helpful … San Marin put up 28 points in the first quarter against Lincoln … Quarterback Tre Changeux completed nine of 16 passes, including a pair of TD tosses to wideout Jason Shannon.
The pick: San Marin 35, Analy 28

Today, 7 p.m.
Last week: Alhambra lost to College Park (Pleasant Hill), 28-20. Cardinal Newman handled Concord, 35-6.
Notable: What will Newman do for an encore? On opening night, the Cardinals won the game between reigning North Coast Section champions with eye-opening ease. It was 35-0 before the Division II champs scored in the final minutes … Newman got outstanding efforts from running back Steven Tomasin and quarterback Matt Sullivan. The former scored four TDs while the latter passed for 204 yards and rushed for 108 more … Sullivan and coach Paul Cronin weren’t overly impressed, pointing to a number of mental mistakes. Both feel Newman needs to improve … Alhambra, a Division III school like Newman, was plagued by penalties (14 for 117 yards) in its opener. Still, the Pleasant Hill team had a chance to tie the game in the late stages. However, with just over two minutes to go and the ball just outside the College Park red zone, sophomore quarterback Leo Costa threw an interception … The two previous seasons, Alhambra had an 18-6 record.
The pick: Cardinal Newman 35, Alhambra 14

SAN RAFAEL (0-1) at SANTA ROSA (1-0)
Last week:
San Rafael lost to Drake, 21-2. Santa Rosa won at Petaluma, 7-6.
Kickoff: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Notable: This is the second year of coach Les Richardson’s rebuilding program at Santa Rosa, If the opening night win over Petaluma is an indication of things to come, the Panthers are well on their way … Richardson said his team made numerous mistakes against the Trojans and were lucky to win … SR has not had a winning season since 2007 … How poorly did San Rafael play in its season opener. Coach Amil Hall called the performance “just horrible.” The Bulldogs had only 71 yards of offense and made mistake-after-mistake. Last year, San Rafael had a 10-2 record while Drake won only one game.
The pick: Santa Rosa 14, San Rafael 13

Last week:
Fortuna defeated El Molino, 36-15. Healdsburg beat Piedmont, 29-11.
Kickoff: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Notable: This will be the second straight Friday that Fortuna has traveled from Humboldt County to face a Sonoma County opponent … Healdsburg will be a tougher assignment than El Molino … Last Friday at Piedmont, the Greyounds’ offense showed diversity by gaining 165 yards rushing and 170 passing. Quarterback Max Opperman threw for 119 and ran for 60 … Richard Grant led the defense with seven tackles and one sack.
The pick: Healdsburg 28, Fortuna 20

Today, 7:30 p.m. (Arnold Field)
Last week: Terra Linda blitzed Mt. Eden, 46-0. Sonoma Valley did not play.
Notable: While Terra Linda won its opener easily, Mt. Eden is a hardly a powerhouse. The team from Hayward has lost 15 straight with its last win coming Oct. 16, 2009 … Sonoma Valley is coming off its worst season (1-9) in coach Mick O’Mera"s long tenure … The Dragons have a good chance to rebound as the defensive unit is solid with Jonathan Amandoli, Eric Clouse, Josh Jones and Chris Swanson forming the nucleus … Also back, and with more experience, is quarterback Sam Morgan. He is a dual threat with the ability to run and pass … O’Meara has been pleased with the effort his players have displayed in practice.
The pick: Terra Linda 21, Sonoma Valley 14

DRAKE (1-0) at EL MOLINO (0-1)
Last week:
Drake defeated San Rafael, 21-2. El Molino lost to Fortuna. 36-15.
Kickoff: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Notable: Drake coach Ethan Hough got his first varsity win last week and El Mo’s Mike Transue will be after his initial head coaching victory tonight. Transue was on Mike Roan’s staff before assuming the top job.
The pick: El Mollno 28, Drake 13

— By Howard Senzell, for The Press Democrat