Santa Rosa JC (2-1) at
American River (3-0)
Last week: Santa Rosa lost to Sacramento City, 37-32. American River defeated Chabot, 45-24.
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Notable: Playing the No. 3 team in Northern California on the road could translate into a long afternoon for the Bear Cubs … “They (American River) are physical and fast,” coach Keith Simons said. “They have one of the top running backs (Devontae Booker) in JC football and they will spread it out and then hand it to the RB.” … Booker is rushing for an average of 212 yards per game and has scored nine TDs … Santa Rosa trailed 21-0 at the half against Sac City … “We have a great group of players who are fun to coach,” Simons said. “As coaches we haven’t been able to say that the last couple of years. We are very young but have good sophomore leadership. We have handled adversity very well.” … The Bear Cubs lost three starting offensive linemen the first week of practice and another in a victory over Diablo Valley … Garrett Guanella’s 27 total tackles is second best in Northern California … QB David Sowards is throwing for a 229-yard per game average. Nine of his completions have been for touchdowns … Santa Rosa is ranked No. 10 in the latest NorCal standings.
The pick: American River 35,
Santa Rosa 21
Rincon Valley Christian (3-1)
at Round Valley (0-0)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Last week: Rincon Valley Christian beat Alma Heights, 40-6. Round Valley did not play.
Notable: Round Valley canceled its first two games because of the nearby North Pass Fire. The players were unable to practice for games with Mendocino and Laytonville … The Mustangs’ defense will be tested by the high-powered RVC offense which is averaging 46 points per game … Brandon Douglas is the leading runner (485 yards) and tackler (47) … Quarterback Daniel Maples has connected on 57 per cent of his passes (26 of 46) … RVC won last year’s meeting, 38-26.
The pick: Rincon Valley Christian 54,
Round Valley 6
Tomales (2-1) at
St. Elizabeth (0-3)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Tomales lost at St. Helena, 41-14. St. Elizabeth fell to Fremont, 42-25.
Notable: Prior to running into St. Helena’s stingy defense, the Braves had been averaging 61 points per game … Look for the visitors to establish the run with Cody Titus (nearly 11 yards per carry) and Anthony Feliciano (just under nine) getting the bulk of the touches … On defense, Tomales features Jacob Brady (48 tackles), Tate Roseberry (three sacks), Juan Avalos (three sacks) and Brennan Potts (two interceptions).
The pick: Tomales 28, St. Elizabeth 20
Calistoga (2-2) at Emery (1-1)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Calistoga lost at Willits, 34-6. Emery defeated Elsie Allen, 22-0.
Notable: Wildcats coach Paul Harrell saw Emery defeat Elsie Allen and was quoted as saying: “They (Emery) go spread, split gun and I-formation. I believe if our boys show up with their minds right, it will be a good match-up.” … Emery has a size advantage on the offensive line … Calistoga has lost two straight … The Wildcats trailed 14-6 at halftime against Willits, but allowed 20 unanswered points in the third quarter.
The pick: Emery 27, Calistoga 6
By Howard Senzell,
for The Press Democrat