Small-school football roundup: Record night for Calistoga’s Alvarado

By TED SILLANPAA and HOWARD SENZELL
PRESS DEMOCRAT NEWS SERVICES

Dylan Alvarado ran for seven touchdowns and 404 yards to lead the unbeaten Calistoga Wildcats to a 55-28 win against Emery on Friday night in Calistoga.

Both totals are school records.

The longest touchdown runs for the 170-pound senior were 60 and 61 yards.

The score was 31-20 at halftime and Calistoga outscored the visitors 27-8 after intermission.

The Wildcats are 5-0 and Emery is now 3-2.

ST. HELENA 42, KELSEYVILLE 12

St. Helena High got three touchdowns and 196 yards rushing from Sebastian Segura to romp past the previously unbeaten Kelseyville to open the North Central League I season with a convincing 42-12 victory at home.

Visiting Kelseyville falls to 3-1 in the NCL I opener, while the Saints improve to 3-1.

“We couldn’t get the ball in the end zone the first three weeks and things totally turned around tonight,” said St. Helena head coach Brandon Farrell. “We took advantage of opportunities.”

St. Helena blocked a punt, then recovered a bad snap on another punt try. A third fumble recovery also led to a Saints’ score.

Segura had his 196 yards on 18 carries with all his TDs coming from inside the 10-yard line. Jackson Graff scored two touchdowns and rushed for two scores.

St. Helena rushed for 273 yards in the victory.

MIDDLETOWN 67, WILLITS 0

At Willits, the visitors stormed to a 34-0 lead and never looked back in an NCL I route.

Middletown is now 2-2, including two wins were forfeited. Willits is 0-4.

“We beat El Molino pretty good and El Molino beat Willits,” said Middletown head coach Bill Foltmer, “so on paper this was a game we thought might go this way. We substituted in the second half and had a running clock in the fourth quarter.”

Willits chose not to play with a running clock in the third quarter.

Austin Benson had TD runs of 27 and 72 yards. Anthonie Guzman caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Josiah Amos, one of his two touchdown tosses. Guzman returned an interception 32 yards for a score. Brad Bologna took an interception 27 yards as Middletown rolled.

Amos threw a 15-yard TD pass to Adam Cade to start the onslaught.

Gregory Diveldiss had late scoring runs of 49 and 67 yards respectively.

FORT BRAGG 33, LOWER LAKE 6

At Fort Bragg, senior Zack Smith came back from a knee injury to run for 292 yards and score four touchdowns as the Timberwolves opened NCL I play in style.

Fort Bragg is 2-2 overall, while Lower Lake falls to 2-2.

“With Zack back, the knee injury is no longer an issue, we feel like we’re in position to be pretty competitive,” said Fort Bragg head coach Roy Perkins. “We hadn’t been playing good defense, but we got a really good defensive effort tonight.”

Smith had a 92-yard scoring run to start things. He followed with scoring runs of 6, 12 and 8 yards respectively.

Nathaniel Johnson, who rushed for 94 yards on just eight carries, had a 15-yard TD as Fort Bragg rushed 38 times for 405 yards.

CLEAR LAKE 20, CLOVERDALE 19

At Cloverdale, the Eagles let a slim lead get away in the fourth quarter in a narrow loss that kicked off NCL I action.

Luke Bernardi ran 17 yards to start the scoring for Cloverdale. Gabe Wolfin’s TD cut the lead to 7-6, but Cloverdale quarterback Josh Holden ran in from two yards to give his club a 13-7 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third quarter, Garrett Harwood’s touchdown run put Clear Lake on top. Holden’s 59-yard scoring toss to Luis Gutierrez put the Eagles back on top at 19-14.

Cole Brodnansky took a pass from Adrian Adams in for the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles failed to convert on two conversion attempts that cost them the game. They did use a 64-yard run by Holden to get deep into Cardinals’ territory with time expiring. A pass interception iced Clear Lake’s win.

Holden rushed 12 times for 104 yards. He passed for 230 more yards. Luke Bernardi ran 12 times for 89 yards, while Adrian Bernardi caught three passes for 79 yards.

The Eagles are 0-4. Clear Lake improves to 3-1.

CASTLEMONT 6, TOMALES 0

At Tomales, the visitors scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to win what Tomales head coach Leon Feliciano called “a shocking game.”

“We’d scouted them and knew they were more athletic than us,” Feliciano said, “but, they took it away from us by controlling the line of scrimmage.”

The Braves turned the ball over three times.

Anthony Feliciano did rush nine times for 65 yards for Tomales. The pass attack could generate just one yard.

Tomales ends the nonconference season 2-2. Castlemont, of Oakland, is 1-3.

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