Saturday football roundup: Casa beats Napa on road, Piner loses heartbreaker

St. Vincent's Austin Salizzoni bats away a pass intended for St. Helena receiver Gatlin Blakeley. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

St. Vincent’s Austin Salizzoni bats away a pass intended for St. Helena receiver Gatlin Blakeley. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)


Casa Grande played its best game of the season Saturday night while defeating host Napa, 31-19.

John Porchivina led the way with 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The senior was also dominant on defense as he was credited with 11 tackles to go along with a sack and fumble recovery.

“This was definitely the biggest road win in the six years I’ve been coaching at Casa,” Trent Herzog said. “The effort was fantastic. The team played to their potential.”

Napa has three Division I prospects on its roster.

Kyle Chase got the Gauchos off to a quick start when he intercepted a screen pass and took it 25 yards to the end zone.

Porchivina’s 4-yard run gave Casa a 14-10 halftime lead, and the Indians trailed the entire second half.

Quarterback JaJuan Lawson finished 16 of 21 for 219 yards and a touchdown.

Andre Kupelian was on the receiving end of a 49-yard scoring pass that came in the fourth quarter.

Lawson also played defense, swatting away several passes in the secondary.

Other players coming up huge on defense were Brad Freitas (seven tackles, interception, fumble recovery), Casey Longacker (nine tackles) and Miles Gardea (eight tackles).

Casa Grande is now 3-0 while Napa drops to 1-2.



Piner coach John Antonio didn’t miss the extra point that would have tied the game for the Prospectors on Saturday, but he’s taking 100 percent of the blame for it.

Noel Hernandez missed the kicked that would have tied the game at 21, but ultimately sent Piner (2-1) to a 21-20 defeat at Tamalpais on Saturday.

Antonio made it quite clear the blame was not to be put on his quarterback/kicker, who responded to a 21-0 deficit by leading his team to 20 unanswered points. After a long drive in the fourth quarter concluded on a 1-yard touchdown run by Niko Formosa, Hernandez missed the PAT.

Antonio said he should have used one of the three timeouts he had at the time to settle Hernandez’s nerves.

“How I even expect him to make that kick, I don’t know,” Antonio said.

“It wasn’t on Noel. He drove us on down.”

Antonio knows how close the Prospectors were to continuing their undefeated start.

“We’re a PAT, a block in the back and a missed four plays from the goal line from being 3-0,” he said. “That’s awesome. I told the kids (if) the Piner of old comes out it’s 48-7.”

Albeit, the near-comeback was pretty impressive.

“They came from 21 down and to come within one is pretty good,” Antonio said. “It says a lot about our team.”

The Prospectors play at Hercules at 7 p.m. Friday.



At Novato, San Marin scored 27 unanswered points in the second quarter en route to a 47-19 victory over the visiting Dragons. Sonoma led 6-0 after the opening stanza.

“San Marin ambushed us in the second quarter,” coachBob Midgley said. “It was the first game this year our frontline didn’t play well.”

The 27 second-quarter points equaled the total Sonoma allowed in its first two games.

Quarterback Dan Deely figured in all three Sonoma scores. The seniorgave his team a short-lived lead in the first when he rambled in from 10 yards out. In the second half, he scored on a 3-yard run and then connected with Cordell Kenniston on a 63-yard pass play.



At San Rafael, Terra Linda ran 80 offensive plays compared with42 for visiting Petaluma.

“We played flat,” Petaluma coach Rick Krist said. “We matched up well with them but they just outplayed us.”

Terra Linda scored all its points in the first half and led by 21 at halftime.

Donavan Reece scored Petaluma’s first touchdown on a 15-yard run. The second came on Patrick Bailey’s 30-yard run. Quarterback Brendan White and receiver Luke Whetess combined for the only score of the second half, a 40-yard pass play.

Petaluma’s record is 1-2 and Terra Linda improves to 2-1.



At Petaluma, quarterback Jack Preston’s 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter lifted the Saints to the nonleague victory.

Sebastian Segura, who scored St. Helena’s first points on a 1-yard plunge, finished with 204 yards. The 180-pound back carried the ball 30 times.

Both teams are 2-1.



At Eureka, the Crusaders raced to a 35-0 halftime lead en route to the easy win over the visitors from Sonoma County.

El Molino is now 1-2 while St. Bernard’s is 2-1.



At Tomales, the Braves sacked the visitors 10 times while breezing to the easy victory.

Dante Feliciano accounted for four takedowns, one more than William Nunez had.

Joel Gutierrez completed only three passes, but two were for touchdowns.



At Anderson Valley, Cesar Soto led the way with 146 yards on 20 carries and four touchdowns on Friday night. Tony Pardini was 6 of 8 for 59 yards and three passing touchdowns.

Anderson Valley (2-1) plays at Potter Valley this at 7:30 p.m. Friday.


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