NCS football playoffs: Fort Bragg shuts out Piedmont

By HOWARD SENZELL
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Tyler Ashby threw a pair of 45-yard touchdown passes and the Fort Bragg defense kept visiting Piedmont from scoring as the Timberwolves advanced to the second round of the NCS Division 4 playoffs with a 14-0 victory Friday night.

Playing on a wet field, Ashby hooked up with Brandon Palmer in the first quarter and then found Ty Vaughan in the third for the game’s other touchdown.

Fort Bragg dominated on both sides of the ball. The offense gained 480 yards and ran 68 plays, while the defense held the visitors from the West Alameda-Shoreline League to a handful of first downs.

“I’ve never seen a more bizarre game,” T’wolves coach Roy Perkins said. “To watch your team go up and down the field gaining 480 yards and just scoring two touchdowns was stressful.

“We got inside their 10-yard line several times and failed to score. That was frustrating, but the defense continually made them go three-and-out. Defensively, we were far too physical for them.”

Fort Bragg got outstanding play from its front three — Jacob Clark, Neil Dondaville and Eric Herrejon.

Junior running back Zach Smith had the bulk of the Timberwolves’ offensive yardage. He gained 255 yards on 35 carries. Ashby picked up 80 yards on 18 carries.Fort Bragg, the bracket’s No. 5 seed, will next play the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 4 Arcata and No. 13 Moreau Catholic.

The Timberwolves, champs of NCL I, will take a nine-game win streak into the game. Their overall record is 10-1.

Piedmont ends the season with a 5-6 mark.