Small school football roundup, Week 7

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

There’s a logjam behind first-place Middletown High after Friday’s North Central League I football games.

Middletown beat host Kelseyville, 43-6, to improve to 4-0 in the league and 6-1 overall. There are now four teams behind the Mustangs with identical 3-1 NCL I records.

Resurgent Fort Bragg, St. Helena and Cloverdale each won Friday night to grab a share of second place. Clear Lake lost to drop to 3-1.

Here’s a look at Friday’s contests:

Middletown 43, Kelseyville 6

At Kelseyville, tight end Brad Bologna caught three touchdown passes from Josiah Amos as the Mustangs improved to 6-1.

Bologna had five receptions for 136 yards. Amos completed 14 of 19 passes for 198 yards. Austin Benson rushed 16 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns.

Kelseyville’s Kevin Duty had a big game, rushing 23 times for 126 yards and a 34-yard touchdown.

“Kelseyville put nine guys in the box defensively to try to stop the run,” said Middletown coach Bill Foltmer. “That opened up the passing game for us.”

Foltmer praised the Knights, who trailed just 12-6 after the first quarter.

“They started out really well,” Foltmer said. “They moved the ball well in the first half. It was a close, intense game until we pulled away.”

Fort Bragg 42, Willits 6

At Willits, running back Zach Smith ran for 325 yards and four touchdowns as the Timberwolves advanced their record to 4-3 overall.

Smith had 32 carries, including an 87-yard touchdown run. River Saunders kicked all six extra points for the winners.

Gabe Ybarra returned a pass interception 46 yards for a TD.

“I have to compliment Willits because they battled us,” said Fort Bragg coach Roy Perkins. “They’re a little short on talent this year, but it wasn’t easy for us by any means. Willits played really well defensively and kept battling.”

St. Helena 41, Clear Lake 6

At St. Helena, quarterback Jack Preston had 258 yards of total offense for the Saints. He passed for 147 yards and two scores, while rushing for 111 and a touchdown.

St. Helena is 5-2 overall heading into a big game at home next week versus Fort Bragg.

Preston had a 60-yard touchdown run included in his seven carries. He completed 5 of 9 passes with scoring tosses to Gatlin Blakeley and Jackson Graff.

Clear Lake’s score came on Adrian Adams’ 9-yard pass to David Mansell in the fourth quarter.

Cloverdale 28, Lower Lake 7

At Lower Lake, Luke Bernardi rushed for two touchdowns as the Eagles inched their overall mark to 3-4. Cloverdale faces it’s toughest test yet when it hosts Middletown next Friday night.

Cloverdale quarterback Josh Holden ran for a TD, then threw a scoring toss to Damon McKinney. Holden completed a pass to Luke Bernardi for a 2-point conversion. Louie Gutierrez kicked 3 extra-points.

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