High school football preview: Friday’s games

Analy (1-0) at Maria Carrillo (0-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Analy defeated Pittsburg, 37-21.

Notable: After upsetting highly-ranked Pittsburg, will the Tigers have a letdown tonight? “All week, the coaches have been preaching to the kids about putting the

Analy's Kerr Johnson Jr. celebrates as he runs in for a touchdown after successfully receiving the football during a varsity football game between Analy High School and Pittsburg High School in Sebastopol on Aug. 30, 2013. Analy next plays Maria Carrillo. (PD FILE, 2013)

Analy’s Kerr Johnson Jr. celebrates as he runs in for a touchdown during a varsity football game between Analy High School and Pittsburg High School in Sebastopol on Aug. 30, 2013. Analy next plays Maria Carrillo. (PD FILE, 2013)

Pittsburg game behind us and focusing on Carrillo,” coach Dan Bourdon said. “Am I concerned? Yes.” … Bourdon was surprised at how well his defense played the run in their opener and the poise shown by quarterback Jacob Royer … Besides a letdown, Bourdon has another concern about this game. “Teams are always fired up for their first game, especially if it’s a home opener. Carrillo will play with a lot of emotion, you can count on that.” … Jay Higgins, Carrillo’s coach, said his team is ready for its season to begin. “I love my team, they are a great group of guys with great chemistry and they are hungry. A group of guys like I have makes coaching all the more rewarding and enjoyable.” … Clayton Pool has gotten the nod to be starting quarterback for the Pumas.

The pick: Maria Carrillo 21, Analy 14


Novato (0-1) at Cardinal Newman (1-0)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Novato lost to Foothill, 51-6. Cardinal Newman defeated Modesto Christian, 41-28.

Notable: It’ll be a long night for the visitors from Marin County … The final score of the Cardinals’ opening season win is deceiving. They led 28-0 at halftime … In limited playing time, quarterback Keaton Dunsford threw for 289 yards and completed 19 of 27 passes.

The pick: Cardinal Newman 56, Novato 6


Alhambra (0-0-1) at Rancho Cotate (0-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Alhambra tied College Park, 41-41

Notable: Rancho scrimmaged Vallejo last Saturday and coach Ed Conroy wasn’t happy with the way his team played. “Our offense never got untracked. Defensively, we played pretty good but the offense is a concern.” The Cougars lost standouts running back Jalon Luque and quarterback Mike Courchaine from last year’s team that finished 13-1 … “I think we’ll be able to stay in there with Alhambra,” Conroy concluded. “Our defense can’t let them score 41 points like they did in their opener. It’s a plus having them come to our place. We play pretty well at home.” … Last year, the teams met in Alhambra and Rancho returned home with a 23-14 victory.

The pick: Rancho Cotate 28, Alhambra 14


Benicia (1-0) at Windsor (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Benicia edged Livermore, 27-24. Windsor beat Granada, 39-36.

Notable: The Jaguars were on an emotional high after rallying from a 22-point halftime deficit to win at Granada … “That win certainly is giving us momentum for the Benicia game,” coach Vic Amick said. “The guys never quit or got rattled. It was a confidence boost but we didn’t dwell on it. Benicia has our full attention.” … The invaders from Solano County are led by quarterback Jared Hanson-Regaldo. He threw 3 touchdowns in the win over Livermore … “We got film of that game and we were impressed,” Amick said. “They’re fast and run the spread really well. They’ll test our defense.”

The pick: Windsor 27, Benicia 21


Casa Grande (1-0) at Heritage (0-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Casa Grande defeated Eureka, 51-13. Heritage lost to Campolindo, 40-26.

Notable: Heritage is the fastest team the Gauchos will play this year, according to coach Trent Herzog. “They run the wing-T at a high tempo,” he said. “They’re very athletic.” … Casa played the Patriots last year in Petaluma and won 34-21 … Two starters will miss the game for the Gauchos. Brendan Jackson, who plays on the offensive and defensive lines, and Jonathan Weber, wide receiver/cornerback, are recovering from injuries … Daniel Greisen (defensive end) and John Porchivina (running back) were outstanding vs. Eureka and will need to play equally well if Casa is to beat the Division 1 school from Brentwood.

The pick: Casa Grande 21, Heritage 19


Elsie Allen (0-1) at Tomales (0-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Elsie Allen lost to Drake, 33-0. Tomales was defeated by St. Helena, 20-0.

Notable: Unfortunately for the Lobos, Tomales will be in a foul mood after being shut out at home by St. Helena. The Braves have only lost four of their last 18 home games … Running back Anthony Feliciano was held to 27 yards by the Saints. That’s about 100 yards under his high school average.

The pick: Tomales 31, Elsie Allen 0


Healdsburg (0-1) at St. Helena (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Healdsburg lost to Fortuna, 14-7. St. Helena defeated Tomales, 20-0.

Notable: By dominating Tomales, the Saints stamped themselves as the team to beat in NCL I. There was talk this would be a rebuilding year, but that doesn’t appear to be the case … Jack Preston, who has taken over for All-Empire quarterback Richard Hoppe (graduated), is looking good … The young Greyhounds didn’t take advantage of opportunities while being held to a touchdown in their opener. Look for the SCL team to make a better showing tonight … These teams met in 2011 and ’12. St. Helena won last year and Healdsburg took the previous meeting, which was in the NCS playoffs … The Saints were 5-0 at home this past season.

The pick: St. Helena 21, Healdsburg 20


Ukiah (0-1) at Willits (0-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Ukiah lost to Piner, 28-6. Willits lost to El Molino, 26-0.

Notable: The Wildcats start a front line that averages 265 pounds. In the opener, they couldn’t keep up with Piner’s wide-open offense. They should be able to overpower the young Wolverines.

The pick: Ukiah 20, Willits 7


Terra Linda (1-0) at Sonoma Valley (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Terra Linda beat Lowell, 37-26. Sonoma defeated Redwood, 18-13.

Notable: Quarterback Dan Deely was in midseason form in the opener. He passed for two scores and ran for another. Coach Bob Midgley said the Dragons were a little tight in the first half and then settled in while scoring all their points after intermission … These teams met last year in San Rafael with the home team hanging on for a 29-24 victory.

The pick: Sonoma 26, Terra Linda 20


St. Vincent (1-0) at Cloverdale (0-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: St. Vincent defeated St. Bernard’s, 26-0. Cloverdale lost to Calistoga, 42-13.

Notable: Jack Richardson had to wait until his senior year to get his first start at quarterback and he’s making the most of his opportunity. The 170-pounder threw for two scores and rushed for another in the opening-season win … Cloverdale is beginning the season with four home games.

The pick: St. Vincent 28, Cloverdale 13


Justin-Siena (1-0) at El Molino (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Justin-Siena beat Piedmont, 48-7. El Molino defeated Willits, 25-0.

Notable: Kudos to the Lions. With the win over Willits, they equaled their win total of last year … Justin-Siena finished 12-2 in 2012.

The pick: Justin-Siena 49, El Molino 6


Durham (0-1) at Clear Lake (0-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Durham lost to Colusa, 42-30.

Notable: The Cardinals return 11 players from last year’s team that finished 5-5. Durham plays in the Sacramento Valley League.


Marshall (0-1) at Lower Lake (0-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Marshall lost to San Rafael, 2-0.

Notable: The San Francisco school forfeited its opener … Lower Lake has been impressive in preseason scrimmages. This will be Justin Gaddy’s first game as head coach.

— by Howard Senzell,
for The Press Democrat

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