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Saturday's prep football games

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

WINDSOR (0-0) vs. UPLAND (1-0)
Kickoff: 5 p.m.
Last week: Upland handled Muir (Pasadena), 34-6
Notable: The game is one of eight making up “Battle of Veterans” taking place in the town of Westlake (near Los Angeles) … Upland is ranked No. 9 in California and No. 52 nationally … Against Muir, the Highlanders rushed for nearly 300 yards … The Southern California team has 80 players on its roster … It will be the head coaching debut for the Jaguars’ Vic Amick … Windsor, with a 55-man roster, ran the table last year, going undefeated and winning the NCS Division 2 championship … That was a senior-laden team and among those having graduated are: Taylor Biaggi, Kameron Kiech, Jarod Leon, Christian McAlvain, Kameron Richardson, Darrian Roman, Brady Stibi and Vince Valdes … Among the returning starters are: Christian Delagnes, Scott Sotomayor, Anthony Randel, Trey Tobon, Chad Tolson and Mike Piazza … Newcomers to watch include Hunter Sollom, DJ Edgar and Matt Basich … The Jags have won 14 straight, the longest current winning streak in the Redwood Empire … The Sonoma County team arrived in Westlake on Thursday and practiced Friday … “We're in a good place physically and mentally,” Amick said. “We feel we have a real good chance.”
The pick: Upland 48, Windsor 13

CARDINAL NEWMAN (1-0) at NOVATO (0-1)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Cardinal Newman handled Modesto Christian, 48-20. Novato lost to Foothill, 52-9.
Notable: Novato had nine turnovers — six fumbles and three interceptions — in its opening night loss … The Hornets are 8-2 at home since 2010 … Newman coach Paul Cronin saw plenty to like in his team’s opener: “They have a chance to be a great group. As a team, they really prepare well. I think they can be as good as our 2007 group.” … The 2007 team went 11-2-1 and lost, 38-28, to San Ramon Valley in the NCS Division 3A title game … Cronin singled out sophomore Jordan Farber and junior Sean Wolfe for their strong play on the offensive line.
The pick: Cardinal Newman 28, Novato 14

ANALY (1-0) at SAN MARIN (0-1)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Analy defeated Maria Carrillo, 63-6. San Marin lost to Northgate, 33-26.
Notable: Wow. Props to Analy for an eye-opening debut. Some thought this would be a rebuilding year after losing quarterback Jake Zanutto and receiver Mark Adams to graduation … Darin Newman, a two-year junior varsity starter, was sensational as he threw four first-half touchdowns … Kyle Lewis gave the Tigers a balanced attack as he rushed for 105 yards on 10 carries … San Marin had trouble defending the run against Northgate. The Broncos held onto the ball for nearly 30 minutes … SM coach Dan Hickey gave his team a “C” grade after the game … Analy will need to contain QB Manny Wilkins. In the opening night loss, he threw for 149 yards and ran the ball 11 times.
The pick: San Marin 28, Analy 21

DRAKE (1-0) at PINER (1-0)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Drake defeated Elsie Allen, 41-0. Piner prevailed over San Rafael, 21-8.
Notable: Noel Hernandez passed for all three scores against San Rafael. He completed 8-of-18 for 204 yards and his passes were caught by five receivers … Dominic Wilson led the ground game with eight carries for 109 yards … Wilson and Jacob Pilisdorf anchored the defense and each was credited with 10 tackles … Expect Drake to keep the ball on the ground. The Pirates attempted only seven passes against Elsie Allen … Gavin Hall averaged 13 yards per carry and caught two passes for nearly 40 yards … Drake has 26 players on its roster compared to 35 for Piner. In a close game, depth is important.
The pick: Piner 21, Drake 14

SONOMA VALLEY (1-0) at TERRA LINDA (1-0)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Sonoma defeated Redwood, 36-0. Terra Linda downed Lowell, 32-8.
Notable: Sonoma’s defense held Redwood to 72 yards of total offense, only six through the air … Quarterback Dan Deely got the Dragons off to a strong start by running two yards for the first score and then passing 12 to Brennan Cole to make it 14-0 … Coach Mick O’Meara called the junior’s performance “impressive.” … Lowell hasn’t had a winning season since 2004.
The pick: Sonoma 20, Terra Linda 14

STUART HALL (0-0) at ANDERSON VALLEY (0-0)
Kickoff: Noon
Notable: AV has 13 players on the roster, compared with 18 a year ago … Among those lost to graduation: quarterback Garrett Mezzanatto (threw 25 TDs and completed 65 per cent of his passes), running back Omar Benavides (nine yards per carry) and leading tackler Marcos Espinoza) … These eight-man football teams met last year with AV winning the game at Kezar Stadium, 64-39 … The San Francisco team finished the season with a 6-3 record.
The pick: Anderson Valley 40, Stuart Hall 35

MENDOCINO (0-0) at ROUND VALLEY (0-0)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.
Notable: The schools met twice last year with the Cardinals winning, 50-6 and 46-20 … Mendocino figures to be better this year. Back are Reed Carter and Cody Lewis. The former rushed for 1,368 yards and 23 touchdowns and the latter caught 10 scoring passes.
The pick: Mendocino 60, Round Valley 12

FORT BRAGG (1-0) at ST. BERNARD’S (0-1)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Fort Bragg defeated McKinleyville, 14-7. St. Bernard’s lost to St. Vincent, 34-21.
Notable: SB finished 2011 with a 7-4 mark while FB wound up 5-5 … Against McKinleyville, the Timberwolves rushed for 271 yards. Zack Smith was responsible for 148 of those and scored the winning touchdown in the third quarter … St. Bernard’s led St. Vincent, 14-0, after one quarter but gave up 27 points in the second quarter.
The pick: Fort Bragg 21, St. Bernard’s 14

ANZAR (0-0) at POTTER VALLEY (0-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Notable: Returning for PV is quarterback Dustin Woolley. He completed 62 per cent of his passes (11 for scores) and rushed for 1,743 yards (31 TDs) … Casey Pickering, second leading receiver last year, is a senior now.
The pick: Potter Valley 48, Anzar 13