High school football: Friday’s large-school game previews

Dublin (1-1) at Montgomery (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Dublin defeated Woodside, 22-14. Montgomery did not play.

Notable: The Vikings opened the season with an eye-opening win over Pinole Valley (54-7) … The Gaels come to town sporting an up-tempo, no-huddle offense. “They have a quick passing game and are athletic,” Vikings coach Dean Haskins said … Coming off a bye week, the home team’s defense has had extra time to prepare … “The off-week came at a good time,” Haskins said. “It’s given us a chance to see where we’re at and what we need to work on. We’ve also stressed getting in better condition and adding new plays on offense and schemes on defense.” … Look for the rejuvenated Vikings program to take another step forward.

The pick: Montgomery 34, Dublin 13

Miramonte (1-1) at Analy (2-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Miramonte beat St. Mary’s, 36-13. Analy edged Maria Carrillo, 34-30.

Notable: Coach Dan Bourdon’s concern tonight is how his secondary will handle the pass-happy Matadors. “Our first two opponents (Carrillo and Pittsburg) ran the ball more than they passed,” he said. “Miramonte’s quarterback Drew Anderson is an excellent passer. He’s tall and sees the field well. Our secondary will be tested.” … Kurt Johnson has been over the 100-yard receiving mark in Analy’s first two games … Koby Einstein (wide receiver/defensive back) and Jaxson Cantu (wide receiver/defensive line) have played extremely well in the Tigers’ opening games.

The pick: Analy 34, Miramonte 21

Benicia (2-0) at Maria Carrillo (0-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Benicia won at Windsor, 34-27. Maria Carrillo lost to Analy, 34-30.

Notable: Pumas coach Jay Higgins praised his team for maintaining high intensity for four quarters in the last-second loss to Analy. “The kids never let up,” he said “We had our chances but made some mistakes that wound up costing us. Also, I was happy with the way we controlled the line of scrimmage.” … Benicia will be in Sonoma County for the second straight Friday. A week ago, the Panthers defeated Windsor, 34-27. “Benicia has a number of explosive athletes on offense,” Higgins said. “We had a good week of practice and I expect my team will handle itself with poise.”

The pick: Maria Carrillo 35, Benicia 28

Santa Rosa (1-0) at Antioch (1-1)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Santa Rosa did not play. Antioch lost to Granada, 35-14.

Notable: With an extra week to prepare, the Panthers have watched plenty of film of themselves in the win over Petaluma and also tonight’s opponent. Santa Rosa began the season with a 33-0 win over the Trojans … “Antioch is a Division 1 East Bay school and they’ll be a huge challenge for us,” coach Dave Duncan said. “Playing on their home field, we’ll have to be mentally tough. They have a big, physical line, but if we play four quarters with intensity, I think we can wear them down. That’s our goal.” … Antioch lost to Granada (35-14) and Windsor beat Granada (39-36).

The pick: Antioch 28, Santa Rosa 21

Healdsburg (1-1) at Middletown (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Healdsburg defeated St. Helena, 16-14. Middletown beat Salesian, 21-14.

Notable: The Greyhounds’ defense has been good (14 points per game) but the offense has had trouble finishing scoring drives (23 points in two games) … “We’ve moved the ball down the field but have had trouble finishing,” coach Todd Beth said. “We’re young with a first-year varsity quarterback (Wittke Ramsey) and our offense will improve with experience.” … The defense has forced nine turnovers in two games … Middletown, despite having three starters out with injuries, went into Richmond and defeated perennial powerhouse Salesian. Off that effort, the Mustangs are favored to win the NCL I title.

The pick: Middletown 14, Healdsburg 7

Pinole Valley (0-2) at Rancho Cotate (1-0)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Pinole Valley lost to Oakland Tech, 37-14. Rancho Cotate defeated Alhambra, 21-14.

Notable: Rancho’s offense sputtered in its opener. “We dropped at least six catchable passes,” coach Ed Conroy said. “Our run game also struggled.” … The Cougars had great practices this week and Conroy is confident his team will turn out to be one of the best in the Empire. “We corrected a few things and I believe we’ve got a good group. Despite the mistakes in the opener, the kids never stopped hustling.” … Pinole is making its second trip to Santa Rosa. The Spartans lost to Montgomery, 54-7, on Aug. 30.

The pick: Rancho Cotate 55, Pinole Valley 12

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