NCS football playoff roundup: Cardinal Newman routs Drake 53-7

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Keaton Dunsford passed for three touchdowns and 317 yards before taking a seat on the bench in the second half as Cardinal Newman advanced to the quarterfinal round of NCS Division 3 with a 53-7 victory over visiting Sir Francis Drake.

The senior passer hooked up twice with Dylan Coleman for scores and once with Ryan O’Leary.

The victory sets up an intriguing second round matchup between the perennial North Bay League powerhouse Cardinals and Sonoma County League champion Analy (10-1). That game will be played Friday on the Tigers’ home field.

Against outmanned Drake, Newman’s defense asserted itself early by forcing a first-quarter safety. The Cardinals wound up intercepting four passes.

Newman led 39-0 at halftime and coach Paul Cronin rested most of his frontline players after intermission.

Jordan Brookshire, who came in for Dunsford, ran for 63 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Newman’s record improves to 8-3 while Drake ends up 6-5.

FERNDALE 50, CALISTOGA 28

At Ferndale, Calistoga never led as the Golden Eagles advanced to the semifinal round of NCS Division 5.

The Wildcats trailed 9-0 after one quarter and 29-14 at halftime.

“They had a pretty big size advantage on us,” Calistoga coach Paul Harrell said. “They were really big on the offensive line and the defensive lines.

“Still, we had opportunities to make it closer. We had several passes dropped in the end zone.”

As he has all season, Dylan Alvarado led the the Wildcats offense.

The senior rushed for 136 yards and that upped his season total to 1,978. He scored twice on a pair of 5-yard runs.

Calistoga, the No. 6 seed, lost its last two games to wind up 8-2.

ST. MARY’S 48, FORT BRAGG 13

At Albany, St. Mary’s scored 28 unanswered points in the first quarter of the Division 4 game.

The Timberwolves’ offense came to life in the fourth quarter as Taylor Sullivan threw a pair of touchdown passes. The first was 52 yards to Shane Tupper and the second was 63 yards to Tyler Ashby.

“We battled and played hard, but they were the more talented team,” Fort Bragg coach Roy Perkins said.

“They took us out of the game early.”

Running back Zach Smith, who came in averaging 163 yards on the ground, was held to 65 by St. Mary’s.

Fort Bragg, the No. 12 seed, finishes the season with a 5-6 mark.

No. 5 St. Mary’s moves on to the quarterfinals with a 7-4 record.

ACALANES 49, SONOMA VALLEY 10

At Lafayette, the Dons advanced to the second round with a victory over Sonoma.

The No. 10 seeded Dragons conclude the season with a 7-4 record while No. 7 Acalanes takes an 8-3 record into a quarterfinal game against No. 2 Campolindo next Friday.

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