High school football previews: Friday’s games


Deer Valley (2-0) at Santa Rosa (2-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Deer Valley beat College Park, 49-18. Santa Rosa won at Antioch, 25-14.

Notable: In his first year varsity season, Jahi Hayes has already become one of the premier tailbacks in the Redwood Empire. “He’s just really a strong kid,” coach Dave Duncan said. “He usually doesn’t go down with the first hit.” … The Panthers will be going up against a double-threat quarterback in Nsimba Webster. He’s thrown for four touchdowns and run for four. Webster has rushed for 402 yards this season … “Our goal is to get up quickly on them,” Duncan said. “We need to get off to a fast start.”

The pick: Deer Valley 28, Santa Rosa 20

Rancho Cotate (2-0) at American Canyon (2-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Rancho Cotate beat Pinole Valley, 42-7. American Canyon lost to Stagg, 36-35.

Notable: Coach Ed Conroy says American Canyon is the best team on the Cougars’ preleague schedule. “We’ll have our work cut out for us,” he said. “They run a triple-option offense like De La Salle uses. They don’t throw the ball much.” … AC averages 500 yards per game rushing and 64 passing … Running back Jomon Dotson is averaging 213 yards per game … “Our run defense was good in the Pinole Valley game,” Conroy said. “This week in practice we’ve been concentrating on stopping the triple-option.”

The pick: American Canyon 27, Rancho Cotate 21

Piner (2-1) at Hercules (2-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Piner lost to Tamalpais, 21-20. Hercules beat Salesian, 28-6.

Notable: The Prospectors showed up for practice Monday having put the narrow loss to Tamalpais behind them and it’s a good thing. “Hercules will be the toughest opponent we’ve seen,” coach John Antonio said. “They’re big, athletic and have more depth than we have. It’s going to be tough but our starters match up well with them.” The Titans’ lone loss was at the hands of unbeaten Acalanes (35-28) … Piner has outscored its opponents, 98-27 … Quarterback Noel Hernandez has thrown seven touchdown passes … Niko Formosa has run for 158 yards and Isiah Carter has picked up 144 … The Prospectors are thin at wide receiver as Ty Simmons is out with an injury and Isiah Roybal will be a game-time decision.

The pick: Hercules 42, Piner 21

Jefferson (0-2) at Petaluma (1-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Jefferson lost to St. Patrick/St. Vincent, 63-0. Petaluma lost at Terra Linda, 33-18.

Notable: Jefferson has yet to score this season. The Daly City school has given up 113 points … “We’re not overlooking them,” Trojans coach Rick Krist said. “They’re young and they’ll improve after those first two games.” … Krist said the Jefferson defense plays the run better than the pass and Petaluma is a running team … A decisive win figures to give the Trojans momentum going into the start of SCL play next weekend.

The pick: Petaluma 42, Jefferson 0

Emery (2-1) at Elsie Allen (1-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Emery beat Burton, 48-6. Elsie Allen beat Willits, 34-0.

Notable: A concern for coach Madison Lott this week has been the flu bug that hit his team. “We had a few guys out early in the week but we’re hoping everybody will be 100 percent for the game,” he said … Emery has outscored its opponents 98-55 and will be playing its fourth straight road game … Elsie Allen’s win against Willits was its first “W” since 2010 … “It was nice to get one but we’ll need to play better in order to beat Emery,” Lott said. “I think we’re capable of doing that.”

The pick: Emery 35, Elsie Allen 21

Analy (2-1) at Stellar Prep (0-2)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Analy lost to Miramonte, 23-13. Stellar Prep did not play.

Notable: The Tigers will coast in this one … Stellar plays in the NCL II/Bay League … The Hayward school lost to Oakland, 37-8. Ukiah beat Oakland, 19-0 … Analy is averaging 252 through the air and 79 on the ground … Ja’Narrick James is the leading ground gainer for the Tigers with 240 yards and four touchdowns … Will Smith and Jacob Royer have been sharing quarterback duties and are a combined 59-of-101. They’ve thrown 6 TDs.

The pick: Analy 63, Stellar Prep 0

Maria Carrillo (0-2) at Alhambra (1-1-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Maria Carrillo lost to Benicia, 35-7. Alhambra won at Ygnacio Valley, 42-0.

Notable: The Pumas play their first road game … Earlier this season, Alhambra lost to Rancho Cotate, 21-14 … Alhambra’s victory over Ygnacio Valley isn’t as impressive as it looks on paper Ygnacio is 0-3 and has been outscored, 142-3.

The pick: Alhambra 21, Maria Carrillo 14.

El Molino (1-2) at Middletown (0-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: El Molino lost at St. Bernard’s, 58-0. Middletown beat Healdsburg, 35-0, but was forced to forfeit the victory.

Notable: The Mustangs, who play in NCL I, will attempt to rebound from having to forfeit their first two wins. … Senior quarterback Josiah Amos, who sat out the season-opening win against Salesian with a concussion, threw three touchdown passes against Healdsburg … Austin Benson ran for two scores against the Greyhounds.

The pick: Middletown 56, El Molino 0

Piedmont (1-2) at Healdsburg (2-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Piedmont beat Albany, 44-16. Healdsburg lost at Middletown, 35-0, but that result was forfeited.

Notable: These two played last year with the Greyhounds winning at Piedmont, 20-17 … Healdsburg has scored only 23 points this season. Coach Todd Beth said his offense moves the ball up and down the field but hasn’t been finishing drives … Piedmont’s losses have been to Justin-Siena and Moreau Catholic. Moreau is unbeaten and Justin-Siena is 2-1.

The pick: Piedmont 21, Healdsburg 14

Fort Bragg (1-1) at Galileo (2-1)
Kickoff: 4 p.m.
Last week: Fort Bragg lost to St. Bernard’s, 40-7. Galileo beat DeAnza, 63-0.

Notable: Fort Bragg will have a healthy squad for the first time this season, according to coach Roy Perkins. “We’ll need everybody because Galileo is a good team,” he said. “They put up a lot of points.” … The Lions average 47 points per game … Quarterback Kyle Nelson has been deadly, completing 51-of-76 passes. He’s thrown 11 TDs with no interceptions.

The pick: Galileo 35, Fort Bragg 14

Clear Lake (2-0) at South Fork (1-2)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Clear Lake won at Upper Lake, 61-6. South Fork lost to Kelseyville, 36-7.

Notable: This is the first time since 2007 that the Cardinals have opened 2-0. That year, they finished 9-1-1 … Clear Lake has outscored its opponents, 98-12, this season.

The pick: Clear Lake 35, South Fork 14

Calistoga (3-0) at California School for the Deaf (1-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Calistoga defeated Swett, 42-0. CSD beat Livermore Valley Prep, 39-0.

Notable: This is an NCL II/Bay opener … Calistoga’s Timmy Montanez leads all Empire players with six interceptions … Dylan Alvarado has run for 431 yards and four touchdowns while Max Caldera has rushed for 264 and three TDs.

The pick: Calistoga 35, CSD 13

Swett (1-2) at Kelseyville (2-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Swett lost to Calistoga, 41-0. Kelseyville defeated South Fork, 36-7.

Notable: It’s the home opener for Kelseyville. Last year, the Knights won three of four on their home turf … Kelseyville has outscored its opponents, 104-15, to open the season.

The pick: Kelseyville 49, Swett 0

Anderson Valley (2-1) at Potter Valley (1-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Anderson Valley beat Point Arena, 54-34. Potter Valley defeated Elk Creek, 55-14.

Notable: This is the opening game for North Central League III (8-man) … Last year, the schools meet in Boonville and Potter Valley won 60-34.

The pick: Potter Valley 55, Anderson Valley 36

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