Friday football roundup: Porchivina TD caps rally for Casa Grande

By HOWARD SENZELL and TED SILLANPAA
PRESS DEMOCRAT NEWS SERVICES

John Porchivina scored the go-ahead touchdown with 10 minutes left on the clock as Casa Grande rallied to defeat Heritage, 12-7, Friday night in Brentwood.

Porchivina’s score came on a 4-yard run. The home team would get two more possessions but couldn’t dent the Gauchos’ defense. “It was a little ugly but we’ll take it,” winning coach Trent Herzog said.

“It was a hostile environment and it was 93 degrees at kickoff. Still, the kids played their tails off, especially the defense.”

Heritage gained only 4 yards on the ground in the second half and converted only one first down.

Spearheading the defense were Daniel Greisen (seven tackles and three sacks), Miles Garcia (seven tackles, three assists and a sack), Casey Longaker (seven tackles and a sack) and Andre Kupelian (fumble recovery).

Heritage took an early 7-0 lead and Casa got back in the game on field goals by Matt Abramo of 24 and 29 yards in the second and third quarters.

“Offensively, we have to be more effective,” Herzog said. “We turned the ball over three times and had trouble sustaining drives.”

Quarterback JaJuan Lawson was the leading rusher with 134 yards on 16 carries. Porchivina finished with 74 yards on 15 touches.

Through the air, Lawson completed 10-of-18 passes for 133 yards.

Casa Grande improves to 2-0 and Heritage drops to 0-2.

HEALDSBURG 16, ST. HELENA 14

At St. Helena, Trystan Cleaver and Jared Walker scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally Healdsburg to a victory over the Saints.

The Greyhounds trailed 7-3 heading to the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Jack Preston and wide receiver Gatlin Blakeley hooked up for the two St. Helena scores.

The home team had a chance to retake the lead after getting the ball back with three minutes left. However, they turned the ball over on downs at midfield.

“It was a tough game,” St. Helena coach Brandon Farrell said. “We missed a lot of opportunities. We turned the ball over four times and were penalized nine times.”

One of the turnovers came on a fumble at the Healdsburg 2-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Both teams are now 1-1.

CALISTOGA 28, SOUTH FORK 6

At Calistoga, the Wildcats took advantage of nine South Fork turnovers to win its second game of the year.

“The defense did a great job,’ coach Paul Harrell said. “They recovered five fumbles and intercepted four passes.”

One of the picks was turned into a 23-yard touchdown by Timmy Montanez.

South Fork got its only score in the first period. Calistoga took the lead for good in the second quarter on a 37-yard run by Max Calvera..

The Wildcats’ Dylan Alvarado led all rushers with 216 yards on 22 carries.

Calistoga is now 2-0 while South Fork drops to 1-1.

CLEAR LAKE 37, DURHAM 6

At Lakeport, Clear Lake scored on a punt return on its first possession and coasted to an easy win in its season opener.

“Scoring that quickly settled everybody down,” coach Glen (Milo) Myers said. “Our defense played great and it was a good way to start the season.”

David Mansell returned the punt 58 yards on the fourth play of the game. He later scored another touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Adrian Adams.

SONOMA VALLEY 42, TERRA LINDA 14

At Sonoma, Austin Bailey rushed for 166 yards on 10 carries, including a 36-yard TD run. Dan Deely passed for 117 yards and one score while running for a pair of touchdowns for the Dragons (2-0).

Sonoma Valley led 28-0 at halftime.

Mitch Hood caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, then threw a 26-yard TD pass to Cyle Gusse in the fourth quarter. Noe Baron booted five extra-points.

ST. VINCENT 21, CLOVERDALE 6

At Cloverdale, St. Vincent never trailed while beating the Eagles.

Derek Murphy got the Mustangs on the board with a 10-yard run less than two minutes into the game. He also scored his team’s second touchdown, a 2-yard run in the third quarter.

The 170-pound senior finished the night with 130 yards on 25 carries. It was the fifth time in his career he’s rushed for more than 100 yards.

St. Vincent is 2-0 and Cloverdale is 0-2.

TOMALES 52, ELSIE ALLEN 6

El Molino's Steven Mori is tackled by Justin-Siena's Naufahu Anitoni, right, and Cuentin Bates on a quarterback keeper, during a varsity football game between El Molino and Justin Siena High Schools, in Forestville, Calif., on September 6, 2013. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, for The Press Democrat)

El Molino’s Steven Mori is tackled by Justin-Siena’s Naufahu Anitoni, right, and Cuentin Bates on a quarterback keeper, during a varsity football game between El Molino and Justin Siena High Schools, in Forestville, Calif., on September 6, 2013. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, for The Press Democrat)

At Tomales, Ivan Gomez returned the opening kickoff 70 yards for a score and the North Coast Section Division 5 Braves (1-1) romped to a lopsided win over the Division 3 opponent.

Gomez rushed 15 times for 161 yards, including a 35-yard scoring run. Willie Lepori rushed for 44 yards and caught two passes for 51 yards. He had a 1-yard scoring run, then caught a 15-yard TD pass from Joel Gutierrez.

Micah Smith rushed 14 times for 85 yards with two short scoring runs for the Braves.

Dante Feliciano had five sacks, while Danny Moretti had two.

The offensive line of Feliciano, Moretti, Alex Palomeres, William Nunes and Eli Gutierrez dominated the line of scrimmage for Tomales.

ST. BERNARD 40, FORT BRAGG 7

At Fort Bragg, Clive Huddleson rushed for two touchdowns, while quarterback Patrick Allen ran for 105 and passed for 112 as the visiting Crusaders even their record with a victory. Allen ran for two touchdowns.

The Timberwolves played without star Zack Smith, according to head coach Roy Perkins, after a game-time decision.

St. Bernard’s Chandler Wilson recovered two fumbles as Fort Bragg turned the ball over nine times. Logan Thrap intercepted two pass. Oscar Pimental led St. Bernard receivers, a week after the Crusaders lost at home to St. Vincent. Thrap also caught a touchdown pass.

JUSTIN SIENA 54, EL MOLINO 0

At Forest Grove, the defending NCS Division 4 champion Braves held El Molino to 10 yards of total offense in the win.

Isiah Herrera rushed for 94 yards on four carries for Justin Siena. Quarterback Steven Lum rushed in for a score from 14 yards out to give the Braves an early 9-0 lead. Cole Harper capped the scoring by recovering a fumble in the end zone for the Braves.

UKIAH 43, WILLITS 6

At Willits, Chandler Rickel and Cheyenne Noda had touchdowns to spark the Wildcats to a big victory. Dakota Williams had a touchdown for Willits.

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