Football: Analy runs wild with 42-13 win over Petaluma

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Analy running back Ja'Narrick James, left, prepares to stiff-arm Petaluma's Donavan Reece during Friday's game in Sebastopol.

Analy running back Ja’Narrick James, left, prepares to stiff-arm Petaluma’s Donavan Reece during Friday’s game in Sebastopol.

SEBASTOPOL — The Analy Tigers football team relied heavily on their successful running game as they ran away with the Sonoma County League title in their 42-13 win Friday night at home against the Petaluma Trojans.

The Tigers headed into halftime with a lead of 21-10, before they were able to dominate on the ground in the second half and finish with their sixth and final win of the regular season, finishing 6-0 in the SCL.

“We tried to be balanced but we didn’t like how things were going through the air so we relied on our ground game,” coach Daniel Bourdon said.

For Petaluma, the offensive plan was to try to maintain possession to limit Analy’s powerhouse combination of Ja’Narrick James and Kerr Johnson Jr.

“Our offense was about what they gave us,” Trojans head coach, Rick Krist, said. “If we tried to get too cute with them, they probably would have scored 80 on us. We had to be smart with it.”

The Trojans were great with controlling the clock, but a few mistakes and some quick scores from the Tigers was too much to overcome.

“These guys do a great job. We were concerned with the run game coming in and we knew it was going to be a battle,” Bourdon said. “We were able to get a couple quick scores and open things up a bit.”

Petaluma fell to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the SCL.

“Our offensive line — which is about 60 pounds lighter than everyone they have — they did a great job holding up the line,” Krist said.

Analy heads into a bye week and the Tigers will spend it on the practice field in preparation for the North Coast Section playoffs.

“We’re feeling good,” Bourdon said. “We’re going to playoffs with a win so next week is going to be getting back to the basics.”

The fundamentals cannot be stressed enough, he added, as the Tigers need to work on their precision in order to continue their success.

“Come playoff time, we are going to have to be a lot more crisp than we have been the last few games,” Bourdon said. “Step it up another notch in all areas.”

For players like James and Johnson, the trick is remain level-headed and not let their undefeated record in the regular season make them too confident.

“Going into the bye week we have to stay focused and going into playoffs we need to piece together games like these more often,” James said. James finished the night with 12 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns. The goal is to play Analy football, in order to be better than their 2012 playoff run.

“We are on to bigger and better things,” James said. “We got to the semifinals last year and we didn’t play Tiger football.”

Kerr, who finished with 161 yards and a touchdown, knows that despite a successful regular season, it won’t suit the Tigers well to underestimate their future opponents.

“I feel pretty good,” Kerr said, “but we can’t get it in our heads that we are all high and mighty.”

 

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