High school football: Saturday's game previews

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A look at Saturday's area high school football games:

ANDERSON VALLEY (1-4, 0-2) at RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN (4-2, 1-1)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Last game: Anderson Valley lost to Potter Valley, 60-34. Rincon Valley Christian defeated Round Valley, 36-6.
Notable: Eight-man football games usually produce a lot of scoring, so the recent work of the RVC defense is praiseworthy. The Eagles have surrendered only two touchdowns in their last two games … Brandon Douglas leads the team in tackles … Meanwhile, the offense is averaging 38 points per game … RVC has a triple threat running game — Douglas (541 yards), Dylan Bricker (315) and Daniel Maples (267) … Quarterback Maples has thrown eight touchdown passes and is completing 54 percent of his tosses … Anderson Valley is having a down year after going 14-4 in 2010-11.
The pick: Rincon Valley Christian 41, Anderson Valley 6

ST. VINCENT (3-2, 1-1) at ST. ELIZABETH (0-5, 0-2)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last game: St. Vincent lost to California School for the Deaf, 44-17. St. Elizabeth fell to Calistoga, 37-0.
Notable: Mustangs’ wide receiver Arman Yektaparast is averaging nearly 20 yards per reception. The senior has hooked up with QB Mitch Sheppard 19 times … Sheppard is completing 57 per cent of his passes, 10 of those for touchdowns … The ground game is keyed by Derek Murphy (393 yards) and George Sammon (223) … Midway through the season, Michael Carroll and Zach Stichler are the leading St. Vincent tacklers … St. Elizabeth has played two teams from the Redwood Empire, Calistoga and Tomales (a 54-8 loss).
The pick: St. Vincent 48, St. Elizabeth 0

POTTER VALLEY (2-2, 1-1) at MENDOCINO (4-0, 3-0)
Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.
Last game: Potter Valley won at Anderson Valley, 60-34. Mendocino defeated Rincon Valley Christian, 60-12.
Notable: Mendocino raced to a 53-6 halftime lead against RVC … Last year, the Cardinals defeated Potter Valley, 51-22.
The pick: Mendocino 59, Potter Valley 20

ROUND VALLEY (0-2, 0-2) at POINT ARENA (1-2, 0-1)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last game: Round Valley lost to Laytonville, 86-12. Point Arena did not play.
Notable: Both teams have had their early season schedule interrupted. Round Valley was unable to practice or play because of smoke from a forest fire near the school … Beset by injuries, Point Arena has not fielded a team since Sept. 14. That day, the Pirates defeated Anderson Valley, 52-18 … Last season, Round Valley forfeited the game to Point Arena.
The pick: Point Arena 27, Round Valley 13

UPPER LAKE (3-2, 2-0) at EMERY (2-2, 1-1)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last game: Upper Lake defeated Stellar Prep, 72-24. Emery lost at Tomales, 33-8.
Notable: This will be the fourth straight Empire team that Emery has played. The Spartans previously defeated Calistoga and Elsie Allen … Upper Lake takes a two-game win streak into the game … Upper Lake’s offense is averaging 36 points per game and the defense is holding opponents to 18 … Home field the difference in this game.
The pick: Emery 28, Upper Lake 21