Empire roundup – Piner blows out Richmond 50-0

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Noel Hernandez threw for 238 yards and four touchdowns as Piner defeated visiting Richmond, 50-0, Saturday afternoon.

The Prospectors put the game away by scoring 20 points in the first quarter but, despite the lopsided outcome, coach John Antonio wasn’t thrilled with the way his team played.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” he said. “We play Tamalpais next Saturday and they’re a good team. If we play like we played against Richmond, we lose.

“We need to get better in all phases,” Antonio said.

Hernandez, who threw two interceptions, also wasn’t satisfied with his performance.

“My decision making wasn’t good,” the senior said. “On too many plays, I forced things. I need to relax.”

Two of Hernandez’s scoring passes were to Niko Formosa (18 and 6 yards). The others were to Justin Tauaefa (10 yards) and Ty Simmons (5 yards).

Hernandez, who threw for 2,871 yards and 32 touchdowns last year, is on his way to similar numbers in 2013.
After two games, the senior has six touchdown passes and 468 yards.

Mark Ainger led the defense with nine tackles.

Richmond is 0-2 and has yet to score while Piner improves to 2-0.

MIDDLETOWN 21, SALESIAN 14

At Richmond, Brad Beckwith scored with 25 seconds left in the game to lift the Mustangs to a victory over host Salesian.
Beckwith’s 2-yard scamper came on the play immediately after Middletown converted a 4th and 13 from its own 42-yard line.

“Josiah Amos scrambled and avoided a sack and then threw a strike to Anthonie Guzman, who took it down to the 2,” winning coach Bill Foltmer said.

Salesian, the NCS Division IV champ two of the past three years, had taken a 14-13 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Middletown played its season opener with three starters sidelined with injuries.

“We had to juggle guys around in new positions because of the injuries,” Foltmer said. “When all my players are healthy,I’ve got a pretty good group.”

TRINITY CHRISTIAN 66,
RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 30

At Santa Rosa, the Monterey school scored the game’s first two touchdowns and were never threatened. RVC quarterback Daniel Maples threw for two touchdowns. On defense, Maples intercepted a pass and returned it for touchdown.

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