Small school football wrap-up: St. Vincent coach Galloway gets win No. 200

By TED SILLANPAA
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

St. Vincent High football coach Gary Galloway earned his 200th career win Saturday and, boy, was it a a big one.

Galloway’s Mustangs beat Upper Lake, 68-0, to set up a showdown with Calistoga for the North Central League II/Bay League title next weekend.

Galloway became the 21st coach in the greater Bay Area to earn 200 football coaching victories, according to a list compiled by Cal-Hi Sports. His record in his 30th season at the helm is 200-117-1.

The Mustangs are 4-1 in league. They host first-place Calistoga (5-0 NCL II/Bay) next Saturday at 2 p.m. with the championship on the line.

George Sammon caught touchdown passes of 70 and 31 yards from quarterback Jack Richardson as St. Vincent jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first half. Sammon later scored on a 39-yard touchdown run. Running back Derek Murphy had 89 yards and two touchdowns.

The game was played with a running clock in the second half as St. Vincent’s defense held Upper Lake to 32 yards of total offense. Gabe Anderson led Upper Lake with 20 rushing yards.

Galloway has coached at St. Vincent since 1979. He has four North Coast Section football championships and won or shared 10 league titles.

He is the longest-tenured active coach in the NCS, according to Cal-Hi Sports and has 501 victories in his 29 seasons as the Mustangs’ baseball coach. Galloway’s many seasons as St. Vincent’s boys basketball coach, likely, give him more than 1,000 high school coaching wins.

Mendocino 56, Point Arena 14

Senior Reed Carter ran for five touchdowns and threw for a sixth as host Mendocino won its second consecutive NCL III eight-man football title with a 56-14 win over Point Arena on Saturday.

The Cardinals also finished unbeaten for the second consecutive season.

Carter, the returning NCL III Offensive Player of the Year, had touchdown runs of 39 and 50 yards to highlight a busy afternoon. He also threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Jake Casey.

Mendocino is 5-0 in league and 7-0 overall as it prepares to host the inaugural Redwood Bowl next Saturday at 1 p.m. in a rematch against Point Arena (4-3, 4-1).

Oscar Rios had a 60-yard touchdown run for Point Arena. Kulsll Garner caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Cody Cissna. Casey got the scoring started with an 11-yard run in the first quarter for Mendocino.

Mendocino is 15-0 over the last two seasons. The Cardinals carry a 18-game winning streak dating back to 2011.

Friday’s games

Middletown 38, Clear Lake 6

Austin Benson rushed for four touchdowns Friday night as Middletown High clinched at least a tie for the North Central I football championship.

The host Mustangs scored 22 unanswered points and raced past Clear Lake, 38-6.

Middletown is 6-0 in the NCL I and 8-1 overall. They have a one-game lead over second-place St. Helena with one game left in the regular season. The Saints lost to the sizzling Mustangs 21-6 in Middletown on Oct. 11.

The running back Benson had two 37-yard touchdown runs, then raced 63 yards for a score. He added an 8-yard burst late in the contest.

Senior Brad Beckwith bulled into the end zone from two yards out to open the scoring for Middletown. Brad Bologna caught a pass from quarterback Josiah Amos for the 2-point conversion.

Clear Lake responded when quarterback Adrian Adams hooked up with David Mansell for a 26-yard scoring pass. The kick failed to leave the Mustangs up 8-6.

Clear Lake falls to 3-3 in the NCL I and into a tie for fourth place with Fort Bragg. The Cardinals are are 5-4 with one game remaining.

Cloverdale 42, Fort Bragg 27

At Fort Bragg, the four-game losing streak to open the season is a distant memory as the Eagles moved into sole possession of third place in the NCL I with the win. A victory in the final regular season game, coupled with a Saint Helena loss, would push Cloverdale into a tie for second place.

Senior quarterback Josh Holden threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Greg Scarmella and a 23-yard scoring toss to Luis Gutierrez. He ran in from six yards out as the Eagles pulled away in the second half after ending the first half tied 14-14.

Sophomore running back Luke Bernardi ran for three scores for Cloverdale finishing with 216 yards on the ground. Gutierrez kicked five conversions.

Fort Bragg running back Zach Smith scored three touchdowns.

Cloverdale is 4-2 in the league and 4-5. Fort Bragg tumbled to 3-3 and 4-5.

Kelseyville 59, Lower Lake 29

At Lower Lake, Kevin Duty returned a kickoff 88 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns to lift the Knights to a lopsided victory.

Robert McLean scored two touchdowns as first-year head coach Mike McGuire’s team improved to 2-4 in the NCL I and 5-4 overall. Lower Lake is 1-5 in league and 3-6 overall.

Julius Nelson’s touchdown rounded out Kelseyville’s scoring.

Isazah King ran for all four of Lower Lake’s touchdowns and for two 2-point conversions. St. Helena 60, Willits 0

Saint Helena 60, Willits 0

At Willits, the Saints kept their hope for a co-NCL I title alive with a lopsided victory on the road.

St. Helena is 5-1 in the league and 7-2 overall, one game behind unbeaten, first-place Middletown. The Saints host Cloverdale Nov. 8 to end the regular season. Middletown will visit Lower Lake.

Sebastian Segura rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

Quarterback Jack Preston threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Davon Browne, followed by a 4-yard toss to Gatlin Blakeley. Kile Grayson, Jahvier Otero, Pepe Gallegos and Cole Lyons all ran for touchdowns for the Saints. Raul Bernal booted four extra-points.

The Saints’ defense was led by Tony Navone with nine tackles.

Willits falls to 0-6 in the NCL I and 0-8 overall.

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