By PETER FOURNIER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Lower Lake High football team scored 27 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second to run away with a 49-0 victory over Willits on Friday night.
Isazah King finished with 432 all-purpose yards and five total touchdowns for the Trojans (3-5, 1-4). King returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown and also recorded an 80-yard punt-return touchdown.
King said the week leading up to the game was the “hardest week we’ve had as a team,” due in part to players walking away from the squad. But on Friday night, all of his teammates started trusting each other, he said.
King was determined to start the game off right.
“I felt really comfortable throwing the ball,” he said. “We told ourselves we were going to complete the first pass of the game.
King’s first attempt turned out to be a big one, a 53-yard completion to Brandon Maingner to help set up the Trojans’ first score. “When I made my reads and threw the ball, I knew (Maingner) was going to catch it,” King said.
Maingner finished with four receptions for 131 yards.
The Trojans play at Kelseyville next Friday at 7:30 p.m.
ST. HELENA 47, FORT BRAGG 7
At St. Helena on Friday, the Saints scored 20 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second to rout the Timberwolves.
Sebastian Segura notched three touchdowns and 153 yards rushing for St. Helena (6-2, 4-1). Davon Browne returned a punt 79 yards in the first quarter and Pepe Gallegos recorded a 14-yard interception return in the second quarter, his second in two weeks. Fort Bragg’s Zach Smith rushed for a 70-yard touchdown in the fourth.
KELSEYVILLE 36, CLEAR LAKE 14
At Lakeport on Friday, Kelseyville grabbed its first league victory as Kevin Duty ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
“We’re really excited,” Kelseyville coach Mike McGuire said.
“We needed to go somewhere and play a good program … at their house.“We’re real excited about the win.”
Our defensive line has been outstanding. We’re really confident.”
POINT ARENA 46, ANDERSON VALLEY 28
At Boonville on Friday, Point Arena’s Cody Cissna scored three touchdowns for the Pirates, who host Mendocino next Saturday at 2 p.m.
CALISTOGA 63, UPPER LAKE 6
At Upper Lake on Saturday, Calistoga scored all of its points in the first half.
Running back Dylan Alvarado finished with 229 rushing yards and four touchdowns on nine carries for the winners. Orion Harrell completed 10 of 14 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns.
MENDOCINO 90, LAYTONVILLE 50
At Mendocino on Saturday, Reed Carter celebrated his 18th birthday by running for five touchdowns and passing for another to lead the undefeated Cardinals. Preston Salmans returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, caught a TD pass and scored on a 50-yard run.
Laytonville’s Corey James scored five touchdowns in the 8-man game.