High school football preview: Saturday’s games

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Mendocino at RV Christian, 1 p.m.
Montgomery at Washington (SF), 1 p.m.
Lower Lake at Upper Lake, 1 p.m.
Windsor at Washington (Fremont), 7 p.m.

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Some of the Empire’s top teams did not play Friday night but will take to the gridiron Saturday. Here’s a look at today’s slate of matchups:

Montgomery (2-0) at Washington (SF) (1-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Montgomery beat Dublin, 50-18. Washington defeated San Rafael, 35-0.

Notable: The Vikings come into San Francisco averaging 52 points per game … Washington is scoring an average of just under 17 … Montgomery coach Dean Haskins says the Eagles are likely feeling pretty good about themselves following the shutout win over San Rafael. “They’re pretty quick and are solid at the line of scrimmage. They have a tackle that looks to be 6-8. Against San Rafael, he just moved people around.” … While Haskins is happy the Vikings have started strong, he said his squad must get better if they’re to challenge for the NBL title. “There are a lot of areas where we need to improve, especially on the defensive side of the ball.” … Washington plays in the Academic League.

The pick: Montgomery 49, S.F. Washington 14

Windsor (1-1) at Fremont Washington (0-2)

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Windsor did not play. Washington lost at Campolindo, 28-14.

Notable: Don’t sell Washington short is the message Jaguars coach Vic Amick has been telling his players all week. “Their record is deceptive. They’ve lost to a Division I school (California, 46-20) and one of the top Division III schools (Campolindo) in the Bay Area year-in and year-out. Plus, this is their home opener and they’ll come out strong.” … The Huskies prefer running the ball and feature a strong offensive and defensive line … The Jaguars used the bye week to clean up mistakes they made in the first two games and get back to basics. “The extra time off gave us a chance to get healthy,” Amick said. “I like this group of players. They don’t quit physically or emotionally.” … Last year, playing at home, Windsor lost to Washington (25-20).

The pick: Washington 24, Windsor 20

Mendocino (2-0) at Rincon Valley Christian (1-1)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Mendocino won at Laytonville, 66-14. RVC did not play.

Notable: Preston Salmans has scored 11 touchdowns for the Cardinals … Mendocino has outscored its opponents, 114-44. “We were a little sloppy in our first game (vs. Point Arena) but that was to be expected since we graduated 10 players off our 2012 team,” coach Theron Miller said. “We were better against Laytonville.” … Quarterback Reed Carter and middle linebacker Kyle Moore are off to great starts for the Cardinals … RVC coach Robert Gray said his team will have to bring their “A” game in order to be competitive with Mendocino. “We’ve prepared the kids for this game,” he said. “Now we’ll see what happens.” … Quarterback Daniel Maples has been versatile for the Eagles. He’s thrown seven touchdown passes and rushed for 240 yards.

The pick: Mendocino 54, Rincon Valley Christian 21

Lower Lake (1-1) at Upper Lake (0-2)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Lower Lake defeated Durham, 46-20. Upper Lake lost to Clear Lake, 61-6.

Notable: “We’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot,” Cougars coach Alex Stabiner said. “Nine turnovers in two games and mental mistakes. We’re inexperienced in several areas and we need to improve.” … Lower Lake has a strong three-pronged running attack consisting of quarterback Isazah King and running backs Eric Moreno and Mason Sanders … The Trojans offense is averaging 36 points per game … This is the second of three consecutive road games for Lower Lake.

The pick: Lower Lake 49, Upper Lake 12

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