Friday Football Roundup: Santa Rosa, Rancho both go to 2-0; Analy suffers first loss


Analy's T.J. Acheson, right, gets a hand on Miramonte's Ray Clark but is unable to bring him down Friday night in Sebastopol. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Analy’s T.J. Acheson, right, gets a hand on Miramonte’s Ray Clark but is unable to bring him down Friday night in Sebastopol. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Rancho Cotate improved to 2-0 with a 42-7 win over Pinole Valley (0-3) in Rohnert Park on Friday night.

Joey Trono caught three touchdown passes from Gunnar Mefferd in the Cotate spread offense. Mefferd completed seven of 15 passes for 188 yards and four touchdowns.

Cooper Nicks led the Rancho ground game with 95 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

“The first week we made a lot of mistakes,” said Rancho head coach Ed Conroy. “This week we made fewer mistakes. We threw the ball a lot better. We struggled a little moving the ball, but I was happy overall.”


At Antioch, Jahi Hayes ran for two touchdowns and 153 yards as Santa Rosa defeated Antioch in a nonleague game.

Hayes put the Panthers ahead for good, 12-7, on a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter. The junior’s second score came on a 32-yard run in the third.

“This was one of the biggest wins in the school’s history,” coach Dave Duncan said. “It’s been awhile since a Santa Rosa team has gone on the road and beaten a Division 1 school.”

The Panthers’ defense was opportunistic recovering three fumbles and intercepting two passes. Santa Rosa’s record is now 2-0 while Antioch is 1-2.


At Sebastopol, Miramonte gave up a late touchdown in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates.

The Tigers fall to 2-1. Miramonte, of Orinda, improved to 3-0.

Miramonte held a secure 23-7 lead until Ja’Narrick James scored from 1 yard out for Analy with just 2 minutes, 16 seconds left in the game. James had previously caught a 20-yard scoring pass from Will Smith. Schuyler Van Weele kicked the extra point.

James rushed nine times for 59 yards and caught six passes for 103.

Miramonte quarterback Drew Anderson completed 27 of 48 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns.


At Santa Rosa, Alex Netherda scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter as Maria Carrillo (0-2) avoided a shutout against Sac-Joaquin Section power Benicia (3-0).

James Hyde Jr. caught two touchdown passes from Jared Hansen-Regaldo for Benicia.

“I thought it would be a better game,” said Carrillo coach Jay Higgins. “I’m disappointed in the way we played. We made too many mistakes.”


At Middletown, Austin Benson ran for two touchdowns and Josiah Amos passed for three more as the Mustangs defeated visiting Healdsburg, 35-0.

Benson, who missed the season-opening win over Salesian while recovering from a concussion, carried the ball 20 times for 127 yards.

The 180-pound senior also caught three passes for 30 yards.

Amos did all his damage before halftime. He connected with Benson on a 10-yard pass to open the scoring and later in the first quarter, he found Anthonie Guzman from 13 yards out. His third touchdown came in the second quarter on a 26-yard pass to Adam Cade.

Middletown is 2-0 and Healdsburg dropped to 1-2.


At Ukiah, Schely Noda ran for two touchdowns and the Wildcats’ defense held visiting Oakland scoreless.

Noda scored his first on a 22-yard run in the first quarter and then took it in from 54 yards out in the second.

Ukiah, now 2-1, had two touchdowns called back.

“It was ugly,” coach Jeff Burrell said.

“Most of the offensive unit was battling the flu early in the week and they weren’t 100 percent. The defense was solid, but the offense was sporadic.”


At Calistoga, quarterback Orion Harrell and tight end Danny Alfaro hooked up for three touchdowns as the Wildcats remained unbeaten.The first score was a 10-yarder in the first quarter. The other two came in the second, one was for 13 yards and the other was good for 46.

Harrell finished the night with 8 completions in a dozen attempts for 136 yards.

The three touchdowns were the only three passes Alfaro caught.

Max Caldera was the game’s leading ground gainer. He carried 13 times for 100 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown scamper.

Calistoga forced five turnovers with Timmy Montanez leading the way with three interceptions.

The Wildcats are now 3-0 while Swett falls to 1-2.


At Cloverdale, quarterback Josh Holden passed for 325 yards and rushed for 102 as the hosts rallied from a slow start but still fell in a battle of two clubs called the Eagles.

Holden completed 19 of 32 passes, including a 23-yard scoring strike to Luis Gutierrez. The quarterback ran 15 times for 102 yards with a 3-yard TD.

Sophomore Luke Bernardi had 14 carries for 75 yards. “They were 75 hard yards,” said Cloverdale coach Rick Berry. “He had a great game.”

Cloverdale fell behind 20-0, but turned things around in the second half.

“They got a really quick score on a long pass and then made some mistakes,” Berry said. “We were kind of shell-shocked, but played really well in the second half.”

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