High School Football Preview: Saturday’s Games

Richmond (0-1) at Piner (1-0)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Last week: Richmond lost to Salesian, 41-0. Piner beat Ukiah, 28-6.

Notable: Coach John Antonio called the Ukiah game the most important win in the three years he’s headed the Prospectors’ program. “It was a game we pointed for since practice began,” he said. “We wanted to show that SCL teams can be competitive with larger schools from the NBL,” he said … Another thing Piner showed in its opener was a two-pronged attack. Last year, the Prospectors were pass-happy. Quarterback Noel Hernandez threw for 2,871 yards and 32 touchdowns. Against Ukiah, Hernandez passed 24 times for 181 yards while the rushing tandem of Isiah Carter and Niko Formosa combined to gain 103 yards … Offensive coordinator Jimmy Cerf called an excellent game mixing the run with the passing attack … Richmond turned the ball over six times in the loss to Salesian … Antonio said the Oilers possess good speed and depth and had several scoring opportunities snuffed out by turnovers.

The pick: Piner 28, Richmond 6

Petaluma (0-1) at Tamalpais (1-0)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Last week: Petaluma lost to Santa Rosa, 33-0. Tamalpais defeated Galileo, 48-36.

Notable: Petaluma head coach Rick Krist was disappointed in the offensive- and defensive-line play of his troops in the Santa Rosa game. “They weren’t aggressive,” he said. “We’ve worked hard on that this week in practice and I’ve seen some improvement but we’re not where we need to be yet.” … Krist did like the intensity displayed by Donovan Redce, Brendan White and Dave Medina … Tamalpais jumped out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter against Galileo … “They’re a physical team with a solid running game,” Krist said. “Another thing, they don’t have a lot of guys on the roster.” … The temperature could reach triple digits on the field today.

The pick: Tamalpais 28, Petaluma 14

Middletown (0-0) at Salesian (1-0)

Kickoff: 1:30 p.m.

Last week: Salesian defeated Richmond, 41-0.

Notable: It’s going to be a difficult opening game for the Mustangs but that’s the way coach Bill Foltmer wants it. “A team doesn’t learn anything from playing a soft opener,” he said. “If we have weaknesses, Salesian will expose them. We’ll find out where we’re at after this game.” … Three Middletown starters are sidelined with injuries — Austin Benson (concussion), Travis Titus (knee) and Ozzie Rodriguez (ankle) … “If I can get all my players on the field at one time,” Foltmer said, “I’m going to have a real good team.”

The pick: Salesian 21, Middletown 7

Trinity Christian (0-0) at Rincon Valley Christian (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: RVC defeated Potter Valley, 30-12.

Notable: The game was originally scheduled to be played in Monterey. However, Trinity’s new field was not ready … “We were happy to move the game up to Santa Rosa,” RVC coach Robert Gray said with a laugh … The Eagles have been on an extensive conditioning program over the summer and it should pay dividends in the heat today … Quarterback Daniel Maples and defensive end Jacob Ford were outstanding against Potter Valley. Maples threw for four touchdowns and ran for another while defensive end Jacob Ford had two sacks and four solo tackles … RVC utilizes an up-tempo offense.

The pick: Rincon Valley Christian 45, Trinity Christian 13

Round Valley (0-0) at Mendocino (1-0)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Mendocino defeated Point Arena, 48-30.

Notable: Mendocino went 8-0 last year while Round Valley finished 0-7.

The pick: Mendocino 61, Round Valley 0

Kelseyville (0-0) at Upper Lake (0-0)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Notable: These two opened with each other last year and Upper Lake won 52-6…The Cougars went on to finish the season 5-6 and lost in the first round of NCS to Ferndale…Kelseyville wound up 3-7…The Knights have a new coach in Mike McGuire. He took over the reins from Rob Ishihara and welcomed back 13 players from the 2012 team…Upper Lake has been impressive in scrimmages and should finish in the top tier of NCL II.

The pick: Upper Lake 31, Kelseyville 14

— by Howard Senzell, for The Press Democrat

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