Football previews: Friday’s games

Rancho Cotate (5-3, 3-2 NBL) at Cardinal Newman (6-2, 4-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.
Last week: Rancho Cotate beat Maria Carrillo, 42-28. Cardinal Newman defeated Windsor, 44-27.

Notable: After scouting the Cardinals, Rancho coach Ed Conroy called quarterback Keaton Dunsford the most accurate passer his team will face this year. “I don’t know what his completion percentage is, but I haven’t seen him miss many targets,” Conroy said . . . It’s been an up-and-down year for the Cougars. “This is a group that’s hard to figure out,” Conroy said. “They work hard, but sometimes we don’t play very well and when that happens, it’s mistakes that kill us.” … In the win against Carrillo, receiver Chris Taylor-Yamanoha had his best game of the season. “He was going up and taking balls away from defenders,” Conroy said of the sophomore … Rancho is 0-3 on the road … The Lucey brothers, Kevin and Craig, rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Cardinals against Windsor. “Their running styles are very similar,” coach Paul Cronin said. “I just wish their parents had a few more sons.” … About tonight’s game, Cronin said “we need to be more physical in all areas.” … Newman is 2-2 at home.

The pick: Cardinal Newman

Windsor (4-4, 2-3 NBL) at Casa Grande (8-0, 5-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Windsor lost to Cardinal Newman, 44-27. Casa Grande defeated Ukiah, 45-14.

Notable: John Porchivina, the Gauchos’ leading rusher, is an old school football player, according to his coach. “He is extremely tough and one of the most physical players I have ever coached,” coach Trent Herzog said. “He loves contact.” The 215-pound senior has averaged 92 rushing yards per game … Dan Greisen has been one of the main cogs for the defense with nine sacks. “He has a great work ethic, a great attitude and he plays 110 per cent every play,” Herzog said. “He plays with a passion that you love as a coach.” … The coach believes the key to beating Windsor is slowing down the Jaguars’ spread offense and containing wide receiver Matt Basich … Windsor likely needs to win one of its last two games to qualify for the North Coast Section playoffs. After Casa, the Jaguars end the regular season hosting Montgomery.

The pick: Casa Grande

Montgomery (7-1, 4-1 NBL) at Maria Carrillo (3-5, 2-3)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Montgomery beat Santa Rosa, 14-6. Maria Carrillo lost to Rancho Cotate, 42-28.

Notable: The Vikings’ offense has been out of sync the past two weeks. “We’ve lacked consistency,” coach Dean Haskins said. “There just wasn’t the intensity we had in some games earlier in the season.” The reason could’ve been the Vikings were overconfident because they were playing teams at the bottom of the standings (Santa Rosa and Ukiah). Unless the Vikings return to midseason form, they’ll be on the short end of the score against Carrillo … In order to make the playoffs, the Pumas will need to win tonight and next Friday against Ukiah … While the Montgomery offense has sputtered, the defense has been solid all year and yields an average of only 15 points per game … Montgomery will get a boost with the return of defensive specialist Anthony Bautista. He missed the Santa Rosa game with an injury.
The pick: Maria Carrillo

Petaluma (4-4, 2-2 SCL) at Analy (8-1, 5-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Petaluma did not play. Analy defeated Elsie Allen, 65-0.

Notable: This is Analy’s final regular season game. The Tigers have a bye next weekend. “I like having our bye the last week of the regular season,” coach Dan Bourdon said. “It gives us a week to get back to basics before the playoffs. However, first we need to concentrate on Petaluma. They run that triple veer option and they have the players that know how to do it. Their quarterback (Patrick Bailey) is quick and we’ve been impressed watching their running backs (Gabe Medina, Yusef Kawasmi and Donovan Reece) on film.” … Analy has clinched a tie for the SCL crown and a win will give the Tigers the outright title Analy’s offense is averaging 41 points per game and the defense allows an average of 12 … Coach Rick Krist says the key for Petaluma is to control the ball and keep Analy’s offense off the field. ”We’ve really improved on our offensive line and we’re going to give it our best shot.”

The pick: Analy

Santa Rosa (2-6, 0-5 NBL) at Ukiah (2-6, 0-5)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Santa Rosa lost to Montgomery, 13-6. Ukiah fell to Casa Grande, 45-14.

Notable: Since moving from tailback to quarterback, Ukiah’s Cheyenne Noda is running for an average of 120 yards per game and passing for 150. “He’s one of the most dynamic players in the NBL,” coach Jeff Burrell said … The Wildcats haven’t played a solid home game yet, according to Burrell. “I’m expecting us to continue to show improvement against Santa Rosa,” he said … Ukiah starters Victor Lopez (center) and Marcus Scott (linebacker) are hurt and won’t play … Santa Rosa’s Vince Jones was injured in the Montgomery game and had to be helped off the field.

The pick: Ukiah

Tomales (5-3, 2-2 NCL II/Bay) at Calistoga (7-0, 4-0 NCL II/Bay)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Tomales lost to St. Vincent, 18-14. Calistoga defeated Upper Lake, 63-6.

Notable: It’s very possible Dylan Alvarado could rush for 2,000 yards this season. The 170-pound senior has gained 1,539 going into the last two games of the season. If he goes for a few yards above his 220 average, the 2,000 plateau will be in his sight … Alvarado isn’t the only runner the Wildcats have. Ulises Mejia averages nine yards per touch and Max Caldera picks up an average of seven … Tomales coach Leon Feliciano said the key for his team on defense is to get Alvarado going sideways instead of up the field. “On offense, our goal is to keep the clock running with long drives,” he said. “That will keep Calistoga’s offense off the field.”

The pick: Calistoga

Sonoma Valley (6-2, 3-1 SCL) at Elsie Allen (1-7, 0-4 SCL)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Sonoma Valley won at El Molino, 46-26. Elsie Allen lost to Analy, 65-0.

Notable: Gabe Bernstein, one of the Dragons’ top rushers, is questionable with back spasms … Sonoma’s defense held El Molino to negative yardage on the ground, but gave up several long passes that eventually resulted in touchdowns. “Preventing the big play has been a focus in practice this week,” coach Bob Midgley said … Quarterback Dan Deely continues his outstanding season. He’s gained 1,490 total yards. Through the air, the senior has thrown a dozen touchdown passes with only two interceptions … For Elsie Allen, quarterback Jalen Busby is playing at a high level.

The pick: Sonoma Valley

Clear Lake (5-3, 3-2 NCL I) at Middletown  (7-1, 5-0 NCL I)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Clear Lake lost to Kelseyville, 36-14. Middletown won at Cloverdale, 43-7.

Notable: The stingiest defense in the Redwood Empire belongs to the Mustangs. They allow an average of four points per game. At one point, they posted four consecutive shutouts. According to coach Bill Foltmer, linebackers Brad Beckwith and Adam Cade make-up the heart of the unit. Also having outstanding seasons are: defensive end Wyatt Hall, strong safety Cody Chorjel, cornerback Austin Benson and defensive back Anthony Guzman … A victory tonight and Middletown will clinch at least a tie for the league crown, … Clear Lake has lost two straight.

The pick: Middletown

Cloverdale (3-5, 3-2 NCL I) at Fort Bragg (4-4, 3-2 NCL I)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Cloverdale lost to Middletown, 43-7. Fort Bragg fell to St. Helena, 44-7.

Notable: The Eagles are 2-0 on the road and the Timberwolves own a 3-1 home record … Both schools narrowly beat Kelseyville. Cloverdale eked out a 23-22 victory while Fort Bragg prevailed, 44-42 … The Eagles had a three-game winning streak snapped by Middletown … The Timberwolves had won two straight before running into St. Helena.

The pick: Fort Bragg

St. Helena (6-2, 4-1 NCL I) at Willits (0-8, 0-5 NCL I)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: St. Helena defeated Fort Bragg, 44-7. Willits lost at Lower Lake, 49-0.

Notable: The 153 yards Sebastian Segura gained against Fort Bragg raises his season rushing total to 1,100 … The Saints’ defense is stingy, allowing only nine points per game … Willits hasn’t scored more than six points in a game.

The pick: St. Helena

Lower Lake (3-5, 1-4 NCL II/Bay) at Kelseyville (4-4, 1-4 NCL II/Bay)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Lower Lake beat Willits, 49-0. Kelseyville won at Clear Lake, 36-4.

Notable: Despite missing a game, the Trojans’ Isazah King has 1,064 all-purpose yards. His rushing figure is 725 and he’s gained an average of 9.8 per touch … .Eric Moreno has run for 724 yards and he’s carried the ball 33 more times than King … On defense, Anthony Williams leads LL with eight sacks … Ryan Dahnekes has made 49 solo tackles and assisted on 32 others. He’s followed by Jon Deakins (57), Brendan Manginer (56) and Moreno (54) … Kelseyville began the season with three straight wins but has lost four of five since then.

The pick: Kelseyville

Laytonville (1-5, 1-3 NCL III) at Anderson Valley (4-3, 2-2 NCL III)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Laytonville lost at Mendocino, 90-50. Anderson Valley lost to Point Arena, 46-28.

Notable: This is the second time this season the schools have met. Anderson Valley won 74-14 on Aug. 30 … The Trojans’ Corey James ran for five touchdowns last Saturday at Mendocino … .The Panthers have lost two straight. Prior to that, they’d won three in a row.

The pick: Anderson Valley

— Howard Senzell, for The Press Democrat

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