By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Casa Grande, the top-ranked team in the Redwood Empire, scored four touchdowns in the second quarter and then cruised to a 35-0 road victory over Santa Rosa on Friday night.
The win was the fifth of the season for the Gauchos and marks the first time in the school’s 39-year history that one of its football teams began the year 5-0.
After a scoreless first quarter, John Porchivina got Casa on the board with a 25-yard run.
Other scores in the second quarter were a 47-yard pass from Miles Gardea to Zack Molina, an 18-yard run by quarterback JaJuan Lawson and a 15-yard pass from Lawson to Malcolm Pinson.
Also in the second quarter, Santa Rosa lost quarterback Vince Jones and wide receiver Alfredo Carretero to injuries. Neither player returned.
Lawson wound up completing 9-of-12 passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Leading the defense was Daniel Greisen with five tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack. Gardea had six tackles and a sack and Porchivina picked up two sacks and an interception.
MARIA CARRILLO 21, WINDSOR 14
At Maria Carrillo, Alex Netherda rushed for 190 yards and intercepted a Jaguars pass in the final minute to preserve the victory for the Pumas.
“This was our best game of the year,” coach Jay Higgins said. “It was a great effort in all four quarters. We took control early and kept it.”
Carrillo grabbed an early lead on Netherda’s 44-yard run in the first quarter and made it 14-0 at halftime on a 2-yard score by Clayton Pool.
Windsor scored all its points in the final quarter.
Carrillo racked up more than 400 yards of offense.
The Pumas record is 3-2 while Windsor is 2-3.
RANCHO COTATE 28, UKIAH 0
At Rancho Cotate, the Cougars were forced to play without four injured starters but still defeated the visiting Wildcats.
Quarterback Gunner Mefferd had a big night completing 9-of-16 pass for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
“We played well on defense but overall we played uninspired,” coach Ed Conroy said.
Rancho’s record is now 4-1 while Ukiah drops to 2-3.
HEALDSBURG 46, PETALUMA 15
At Petaluma, Ramsey Wittke passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Greyhounds.
Healdsburg led 20-12 after one quarter and outscored the Trojans 20-0 after intermission
Ramsey Wittke and Tanner Cristando connected on a pair of scores. The first was for 13 yards and the second was 25 yards.
Healdsburg improves to 4-2 and Petaluma is now 2-4.
SONOMA VALLEY 21, KENNEDY 14
At Richmond, Tristan Mertans intercepted three passes and returned one for a touchdown as the visiting Dragons scored a victory.
Sonoma Valley played without starting quarterback Dan Deely. He was held out while he recovers from a concussion.
The Dragons trailed 14-13 at halftime and scored the winning touchdown early in the third quarter on Cordell Kenniston’s 5-yard run.
Gabe Bernstein had a big game for Sonoma. He rushed for 112 yards on 14 touches.
The Dragons are 3-2 and Kennedy drops to 0-5.
EL MOLINO 20, ELSIE ALLEN 10
At Elsie Allen, the visiting Lions picked up their second win of the season.
El Molino’s record stands at 2-3 while Elsie Allen lost for the fourth time in five games.