High school football roundup: Windsor rallies for impressive win; Montgomery, Newman win easily

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Quarterback Colin McAlvain scored on a 5-yard run with eight seconds left as Windsor rallied for a 39-36 win against host Granada Friday night at Livermore in the opening game for both teams.

The Jaguars trailed 29-7 at half. Granada led 36-31 when Windsor got the ball at its 20-yard line with 1:20 remaining. The big play on the drive was a 45-yard completion from McAlvain to Christian Roberge.

“We believed we were the better team and we never stopped believing,” coach Vic Amick said. “I told the guys at halftime that if we played the way we’re capable, we’d come back and win.”

MONTGOMERY 54, PINOLE VALLEY 7

Logan Francavilla ran for three touchdowns as Montgomery opened the season by routing visiting Pinole Valley.

Francavilla scored on runs of 6, 10 and 48 yards. He finished the night with 161 yards on 15 carries.

The Vikings’ defense was outstanding while forcing five turnovers. Two of those were turned into touchdowns as Braden Sackett scored on a 54-yard fumble recovery and Etienne Ezeff intercepted a pass and took it 32 yards to the end zone.

Ezeff also was on the receiving end of a 41-yard scoring strike from quarterback Elijah Higgs in the first quarter. Ezeff finished with three catches for 82 yards.

This was the football coaching debut of Dean Haskins. He took over from Jason Franci, who had led the program for the 34 years until his retirement following a 3-7 season in 2012.

“The kids came out fired up,” Haskins said. “The defense set the tone for the game and we also had success rushing the ball.”

The Vikings gained 265 yards on the ground.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 41, MODESTO CHRISTIAN 28

Keaton Dunsford passed for 289 yards to lead visiting Cardinal Newman.

Dunsford completed 19 of 27 passes including three for touchdowns.

In the first quarter, he connected with Jeff Rebello for a 36-yard score and later in the game found Ryan O’Leary for TD passes of 18 and 41 yards.

Dunsford also rushed for two touchdowns, both from the 1.

Newman controlled the game from the outset and led 14-0 after one quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

The final score was as close as Modesto Christian got.

O’Leary was the game’s leading receiver with six catches for 98 yards.

Rebello caught two passes for 69 yards.

The Cardinals rushed the ball 35 times for 157 yards. Zach Stoltz led the ground game with 75 yards on 15 carries.

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