By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande outscored Windsor 24-0 in the second half as the Gauchos kept their slim North Bay League title hopes alive with a 38-13 win over host Windsor Friday night.
To earn a share of the title, Casa must beat Cardinal Newman next Friday and hope that Santa Rosa can knock off Rancho Cotate.
Following its victory Friday over Newman, Rancho has a 6-0 league record while Casa is 5-1.
Friday’s loss means Windsor will miss the North Coast Section playoffs after winning the Division 2 title last year.
John Porchivina was the offensive hero for Casa Grande, rushing for two touchdowns and catching a 15-yard pass for his other score.
The junior finished the night with 177 yards on 16 carries.
“We played our best ball of the season in the second half,” coach Trent Herzog said. “We made a lot of adjustments at halftime and everything came together. Windsor played with a lot of heart and determination, it was just that everything clicked for us.”
The most successful adjustment was in defensive schemes where the Gauchos changed to zone coverage in the secondary while the linebackers blitzed more than in the first half.
Elijah Qualls wound up with a pair of sacks and eight tackles. Jake Ielmorini had seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery while Jarred Roberts made nine tackles.
Casa’s overall record is 7-2 while Windsor falls to 3-6 and 2-4 in league.