PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande, Analy football to play in 2014, 2015

Local football players don’t always disappear after high school. Sometimes they show up at Santa Rosa Junior College. The SRJC roster currently includes 32 Redwood Empire products, many of whom are playing significant roles for the Bear Cubs.

In last Friday’s 49-21 loss to Butte College, two of the best players on the field were linebackers Vaimaa Taito of Rancho Cotate and Darrian Roman of Windsor. Taito had 10½ tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.

Roman had five tackles, but his performance was more impressive than that. He has played running back for most of the year at SRJC, but was moved to linebacker for the Butte game because of injuries to the defense. Roman also played a bit on offense, carrying once for 2 yards and catching a pass for 13 yards.

Powerhouse opening

The two best football teams in the Empire this season, Analy and Casa Grande, will play each other at the start of the next two seasons. Analy will host in 2014, Casa in 2015.

Closing in on 200th win

St Vincent’s win against Emery last Saturday was Mustangs head football coach Gary Galloway’s 198th career victory. Galloway has three regular-season games this season to reach 200 career wins. There are currently three active CIF-NCS coaches who have achieved that mark, including Middletown’s Bill Foltmer with 223.

Galloway has coached the Mustangs since 1984 and is the longest active coach in the North Coast Section. His career record is 198-117-1 and he has led his team to four NCS championships (1984, 1993, 2005, 2008) and 10 league championships (shared or solo).

St. Vincent (4-2, 2-1 NCL II/Bay) plays 7:30 tonight at Tomales. The Mustangs close the regular season with home games against Upper Lake on Nov. 2 and Calistoga on Nov. 9.

Money coming in for track

About $63,000 has been raised to fund an $800,000 all-weather track around Casa Grande’s football field, currently encircled in dirt.

Puma girls No. 4 nationally

The Maria Carrillo girls soccer team is ranked No. 4 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches of America U.S. winter rankings. Exeter of New Hampshire is No. 1.

Maria Carrillo (14-0-1) is No. 1 in the West Region, followed by Bishop Gormon of Las Vegas. Montgomery’s girls are eighth in the region. No Empire boys teams were mentioned in this week’s polls.

Fort Bragg finally healthy

The Fort Bragg football team has hovered around .500 throughout the season, but appears primed to make a run at the North Coast Section Division 4 playoffs.

The Timberwolves are 4-3 overall, but 3-1 in the NCL I now that running back Zach Smith and quarterback/linebacker Tyler Ashby are finally back in the lineup.

“This is the first time all year that we’ve been completely healthy,” said Fort Bragg coach Roy Perkins. “Zach’s totally healthy. Tyler has been just exceptional.

“Our fate is in our own hands now. We’re exactly where we want to be.”

The Press Democrat’s Phil Barber, Bob Padecky and Ted Sillanpaa contributed to this report.

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