PD Preps Insider: Empire football teams faceoff in playoffs

In the first round of the North Coast Section football playoffs, there are five rematches between teams that met in the regular season. Three of those games involve three matchups between Redwood Empire schools team that met in the regular season.

In Division 2 today, Windsor will travel to Rancho Cotate. On Sept. 27, the Jaguars lost 43-14 to their North Bay League rivals.

When Petaluma visits Analy today, it will mark their second meeting in a month. On Nov. 1 in Sebastopol, the Tigers prevailed 42-13.

The other Empire rematch will be between NCL I rivals Kelseyville and St. Helena. The Saints won the first game on Sept. 27, 42-12.

The other rematches are Amador Valley at Granada (Division 1) and College Park at Northgate (Division 2).The football playoffs will span the next three weekends with the finals Dec. 6-7. Sixteen area school received invitations.

Soccer tripleheader

A tripleheader Saturday at Rancho Cotate High School will decide three NCS soccer championships. NCS officials announced the soccer tripleheader Thursday.

The games will start at 2 p.m. with top-seeded Sonoma Academy facing No. 2 Middletown at 2 p.m. in the Division 3 girls final. That will be followed at approximately 4:30 by No. 1 Montgomery against No. 2 Tamalpais for the Division 1 boys title. In the finale, No. 1 Maria Carrillo and No. 2 Montgomery will face off for the Division 1 girls championship at approximately 7 p.m.

Duty doesn’t call

Kelseyville running back Kevin Duty is one of the top rushers in the North Coast Section, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the statistics on Maxpreps.com.

Kelseyville doesn’t submit its statistics to the national high school sports website, and so Duty’s name is not found on MaxPreps.com’s NCS statistical rushing leaders. Duty has rushed for 1,484 yards — an average of 148.4 per game — on 165 carries. The total would slot him third among the reported NCS statistical leaders.His 25 touchdowns would rank second.

Duty has been invited to take part in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C., at the end of the season. Eighty top seniors from around the nation are invited annually.

Galloway coaches from a seat

St. Vincent head coach Gary Galloway enjoyed his 201st career football win, a 27-14 victory Saturday against Calistoga. He sat in a camp chair well behind the Mustangs’ bench with his injured foot elevated. After the game, he was only able to move around using crutches.

Galloway and his team benefited greatly from the performance of St. Vincent’s assistant coaches.

The in-game coaching was left in the hands of offensive coordinator Taylor Galloway and defensive coordinator Justin Galloway. The two are the head coach’s nephews. They called the plays and executed the game plan that knocked Calistoga from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Other assistants Joe Murphy, Wes Stitchler and Bill Pedersen helped the Mustangs deliver a co-NCL II/Bay League title.

Alvarado disappointed

Calistoga’s Dylan Alvarado pushed his rushing average to an NCS-leading 204.7 yards per game, but Saturday’s loss at St. Vincent left him in the dumps.

Alvarado ran for 128 yards and a touchdown but the 27-14 loss in the regular-season finale was the Wildcats’ first of the season and cost them the outright championship of the NCL II/Bay League, which they ended up sharing with St. Vincent. Calistoga was penalized 10 times for 105 yards.

“It’s really frustrating to make the mistakes we did, like jumping offsides,” he said.

Playing both sides

Two-way players can still be found in large school prep football, though their ranks are thin.

The Empire’s top team — Casa Grande — has a handful including three who put up big numbers on both sides of the ball against Cardinal Newman last week. The Cardinals also feature athletes who play both offense and defense.

The standouts for Casa Grande included: John Porchivina, 139 rushing yards, seven tackles, sack, forced fumble; Zakk Molina, three catches for 74 yards, five tackles; Miles Gardea, a big reception, five tackles, interception.

On the Cardinal Newman side, Dylan Kolman had a big night receiving to go with typically top tackling. Kolman had four catches for 84 yards to go with seven tackles.

The Press Democrat’s Michael Coit and Ted Sillanpaa and Press Democrat correspondent Howard Senzell contributed to this report.

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