By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Some of the Empire’s football teams did not play Friday night, but will take to the field Saturday. Here’s a look:
Laytonville (0-2) at RVC (1-3)
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Last week: Laytonville did not play. Rincon Valley Christian lost to Anderson Valley, 74-19.
Notable: The Eagles will dress only 12 players for the 8-man game … Paul Bartolo, a starting running back and linebacker, will miss the remainder of the season with a cracked collarbone … Ben Crane, who has been sidelined with a concussion, has been cleared to play. Also a running back-linebacker, Crane is one of two seniors on coach Robert Gray’s team … “We’re mentally ready to play,” Gray said. “We’re always smaller than our opponents but we’re usually faster and quicker.” … Joe Lin is averaging two sacks per game for RVC … Laytonville hasn’t played since Sept. 13 … The Warriors have been outscored 140-28.
The pick: Rincon Valley Christian
Tomales (3-1) at Emery (3-2)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Emery lost to Calistoga, 55-28. Tomales was awarded a forfeit victory against Castlemont.
Notable: The game against Castlemont was played and the visitors from Oakland won 6-0. However, the outcome was reversed when North Coast Section officials ruled Castlemont had used two ineligible players … Tomales’ Anthony Feliciano, who last year rushed for 1,619 yards, has played only two games this season because of an injury and is averaging 46 yards per game … Taking up the slack have been Ivan Gomez (301 yards) and Micah Smith (218) … The Braves average only 50 yards per game through the air but quarterback Joel Gutierrez has four touchdown passes and no picks. Three of the scoring throws were to Willy Lepori … The defense has been stingy allowing an average of eight points per game … Danny Moretti has five sacks and 36 tackles … William Nunes leads the team with 45 tackles … Emery beat Elsie Allen, 34-0, on Sept. 20.
The pick: Emery
Potter Valley (1-3) at Point Arena (0-2)
Kickoff: 2 p.m.
Last week: Potter Valley lost at Mendocino, 34-17. Point Arena did not play.
Notable: Both teams love to run the ball with Point Arena’s ground game the more potent of the two. The Pirates are racking up an average of 346 rushing yards while Potter Valley is averaging 167 … Point Arena has four primary ball carriers: Cody Cissna (268 yards), Roger Madina (148), Oscar Rios (128) and Gabe Bernal, Jr. (111) … The bulk of the carries by Potter Valley are by Willie Kile (253) and Jake Howard (239) … This is Point Arena’s home opener.
The pick: Point Arena