By PETER FOURNIER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Fort Bragg football coach Roy Perkins put it this way: “It was like we had to win the game three different times.”
The Timberwolves survived a late charge by Kelseyville to win in nail-biting fashion 44-42 on Friday night in Fort Bragg.
“It was a real exciting, well-fought football game by both sides,” Perkins said. “There was no quit in either team. Neither team wanted to lose and we just kept battling until the end.”
The Timberwolves (3-3, 2-1) went ahead on a Zack Smith 8-yard touchdown run with less than two minutes to go in regulation. Fort Bragg opted to go for a two-point conversion, and Tyler Ashby connected with Ty Vaughn to put Fort Bragg up 44-36.
Kelseyville then scored on a passing touchdown with 27 seconds left. Vaughn made a game-saving tackle on the subsequent two-point conversion.
Ashby said he’s only experienced a rush like that twice in his career — once at St. Helena in overtime and one other time against Willits. Ashby said he knows Perkins expects him to persevere when it’s crunch time.
“He’s always expected me to step up for my team,” Ashby said. “He always expects that from you.”
Ashby said the Timberwolves were going for the PAT when Perkins called timeout and decided to go for two.
“I seriously thought it wasn’t going to work because we got a flag on the first conversion (attempt),” Ashby said.
After Fort Bragg was moved back 5 yards, Ashby, who threw a pass to Vaughn on the negated play, threw it back to Vaughn for a successful second attempt.
“It was pretty much the same play but a different formation,” Ashby said.
Also a middle linebacker for the Timberwolves, Ashby said holding Kelseyville back on the final drive wasn’t easy.
“Their linemen were huge and blowing our lineman off the ball,” he said.
RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 48, POTTER VALLEY 16
At Potter Valley, the Eagles spread the ball around to run away from the Bearcats.
Daniel Maples ran for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter to give RVC (3-3, 2-2) an early 7-0 lead. He later threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Joe Lin.
Ben Craine caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Maples, and later rushed for touchdowns of 3 and 70 yards.
Morgan Guiesponi caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Craine and also rushed for an 85-yard score.
The Eagles play at Point Arena on Saturday.
TOMALES 30, CSD 20
At Tomales, the Braves rushed for 320 yards en route to defeating California School for the Deaf.
Anthony Feliciano led Tomales (4-2, 1-1) with 180 yards on 38 carries and two touchdowns.
William Nunes added a touchdown run in the third quarter, finishing with 16 yards, and Ivan Gomez rushed for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
David Guerrero added 65 rushing yards on 12 carries for Tomales, which hosts Stellar Prep on Friday.
CALISTOGA 47, STELLAR PREP 7
At Calistoga, Dylan Alvarado’s 212 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns led the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0) past Stellar Prep.
Uly Mejia carried the ball twice, both times for touchdowns — the first a 22-yard scamper and the second an 86-yard run.
Orion Harrell recorded two touchdowns passes, both to Danny Alvaro, who also caught all seven of Harrell’s passes for 59 yards. Calistoga has a bye week before it plays at Upper Lake on Oct. 26.
CLOVERDALE 40, WILLITS 0
At Cloverdale, Josh Holden’s three rushing touchdowns and 143 rushing yards led the way in a rout of Willits.
Luke Bernardi also added a pair of rushing touchdowns, and finished with 120 yards on the ground.
Holden also completed two passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles play at Lower Lake at 7:30 p.m. Friday.