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Saturday's JC and high school football previews

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

HEALDSBURG (3-5, 1-3) at PINER (1-6, 0-3)

Kickoff: 1:15 p.m.

Last week: Healdsburg lost to Sonoma Valley, 28-14. Piner had a bye.

Notable: Up to now, the first year of the post-Tom Kirkpatrick era in Healdsburg has seen more losses than wins. … That’s understandable because only five starters returned from last year’s 10-4 squad. … These days, Healdsburg starts seven sophomores. … “We’re working for the future,” first-year coach Todd Beth says. “We’ve had a lot of ups-and-downs so far and you expect that when dealing with a young team.” … Even though his team has lost three straight, Beth is seeing improvement. “We played better against Sonoma, but failed to capitalize on several opportunities that wound up costing us the game.” … Beth thinks his team matches up well with Piner, a team that prefers passing over rushing. “Offensively, they remind me of Piedmont which also likes to throw the ball,” he said. “Our defense kept them (Pirdmont) in check and we won, 20-17.” … Piner averages 244 yards per game through the air and 97 on the ground. … Quarterback Noel Hernandez is completing 56 per cent of his passes and has thrown 18 touchdowns. … His favorite target, Natu Hezchias, has caught seven scoring strikes.

The pick: Healdsburg 20, Piner 14

TOMALES (5-2, 3-1) at ST. VINCENT (5-2, 3-1)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Last week: Tomales defeated Stellar Prep, 51-14. St. Vincent beat Emery, 34-20.

Notable: Simple story line in this one. … Tomales will pound the ball on the ground and St. Vincent will attack through the air. … The Braves rush for an average of 314 yards a game and St. Vincent passes for 199 yards. … Anthony Feliciano and Cody Titus spearhead the Tomales ground game. Feliciano is over the 1,000-yard mark with three games still to play. Titus is picking up more than 9 yards per touch. … Feiciano, Titus and Kyle Bianchi all topped 100 yards rushing in last week’s win over Stellar Prep, and Jimmy Solomon ran for 91 yards. … The visitors’ defense allows 15 points a game behind the nucleus of Brennan Potts, David Guerrero, Joel Gutierrez, Justin Brady, Tate Rosenberry and Juan Avalos. … Mitch Sheppard is the St. Vincent quarterback and he’s completed 58 percent of his passes, including 15 for scores. His primary targets are Derek Murphy, Arman Yektaparast and Zach Smith.

The pick: Tomales 28, St. Vincent 21

POTTER VALLEY (3-3, 2-1) at RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN (4-4, 1-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Potter Valley downed Point Arena, 49-20. RVC forfeited to Laytonville.

Notable: A rash of injuries forced the Eagles to forfeit the eight-man game to Laytonville. … “We only had seven healthy players,” coach Brad Rickard said. “With the two weeks between games, we now have 11 or 12 players ready.” … Sophomore Daniel Maples has thrown for 688 yards and 10 TDs for RVC. … The running game is powered by Brandon Douglas, Dylan Bricker and Maples. … For Laytonville, QB Dustin Woolley controls the offense. He runs for an average of 134 yards per game and passes for 108 more. He’s also among the team’s leading tacklers along with Casey Pickering, Jake Morris and Willie Kile. … This is RVC’s homecoming game.

The pick: Potter Valley 42, Rincon Valley Christian 28

LAYTONVILLE (5-0, 3-0) at POINT ARENA 3-3, 2-2)

Kickoff: 1:30 p.m.

Last week: Laytonville got a forfeit over Rincon Valley Christian. Point Arena lost at Potter Valley, 49-20.

Notable: The schools played each other in the first game of the season with Laytonville winning 55-0. … The Warriors, along with Mendocino, are the only unbeaten teams in NCL III. … Laytonville is averaging 64 points per game and gives up only 8. … Three Warriors have scored more than 50 points: Anthony Adkisson, Evan Steel and Brandon Sutherland.

The pick: Laytonville 63, Point Arena 12

ANDERSON VALLEY (1-5, 1-3) at ROUND VALLEY (0-4, 0-2)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Last week: Anderson Valley lost to Mendocino, 64-28. Round Valley had a bye.

Notable: The teams have played three common opponents. … The Panthers defeated Rincon Valley Christian, 60-28 while the Mustangs lost to the Santa Rosa school, 36-6. … AV lost to Point Arena, 52-18 and PV went down 54-0. … Laytonville walloped AV, 72-0, and Potter Valley lost to that unbeaten team, 86-12.

The pick: Anderson Valley 54, Round Valley 13

FOOTHILL (3-3, 0-1) at SANTA ROSA JC (2-4, 0-1)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Foothill fell to San Mateo, 37-3. SRJC lost at Butte, 21-6.

Notable: This the Clo’s Classic game , annually one of the highlights on the Bear Cubs’ schedule. … SRJC has a 6-4 record in Classic games. … The leading tacklers in the NorCal Conference will be in action — Santa Rosa’s Garrett Guanella (9.2 per game) and Foothill’s Jarom Baldmero (9.3). … Foothill has lost its last three while the Bear Cubs have dropped four straight. … The offensive line has been a problem area for SRJC and last Saturday allowed a dozen sacks. … Santa Rosa is averaging 289 yards through the air, and because of the sacks, only 59 rushing. … Coach Keith Simons said the scouting report on Foothill is “physical on defense and balanced on offense.”

The pick: Santa Rosa JC 35, Foothill 14