PD Preps Insider: Don’t bother calling during playoffs

John Porchivina (42) is among a handful of Casa Grande players who are asking college football recruiters to back off while the team is involved in the NCS playoffs. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

John Porchivina (42) is among a handful of Casa Grande players who are asking college football recruiters to back off while the team is involved in the NCS playoffs. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

If you’re a college coach, don’t bother calling or texting a player on the Casa Grande football team. Members of the team decided to impose a blackout during the playoffs. If the Gauchos make it to the state championships, that game will be played the weekend of Dec. 20-21.

“This (recruiting) is not something we’re worried about right now,” Casa coach Trent Herzog said. “We have one goal from here on out and that’s to take it one week at a time. We’ve decided to shut down the recruiting talk until after the season. We don’t want any distractions.”

Seniors JaJuan Lawson, John Porchivina and Miles Gardea are being recruited by Division I colleges, while Daniel Greisen is getting attention from Division 2 schools. Juniors Casey Longaker, Matt Abramo, Brendan Jackson and Peter Parrick also have been contacted by recruiters.

On Saturday night, unbeaten Casa Grande will host NBL rival Windsor in the quarterfinal round of NCS Division 2.

Basich catches on as DB

One of the Empire’s top prep football receivers also has a nose for the ball on defense. Matt Basich filled a hole in the Windsor defensive backfield due to an injury during last weekend’s NCS game against Rancho Cotate.

Basich snagged two interceptions in the first half and a third in the final period.

Playing both ways in the contest, Basich was held to one catch by a Rancho Cotate defense focused on not letting him beat the Cougars. But that opened up the passing game for Jalen Roman, who had nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown.

An inopportune injury

There’s never a good time for an injury, but you have to feel for Montgomery soccer player Taylor Fager. The sophomore tore her ACL last Thursday, two days before the Vikings played Maria Carrillo for the NCS Division 1 title.

“It was a fluke,” coach Pat McDonald said. “There was no contact involved, she jumped and came down wrong. There was a pop and we knew right away it was serious. She’s our strongest defender, so it was devastating for all of us.”

Crutches in hand, Fager was on the sideline Saturday night as Montgomery lost 2-1 to Maria Carrillo.

Bring on the big schools

Sonoma Academy’s NCS girls soccer champion prepared to chase the crown by scheduling bigger schools in nonleague play.

“We scheduled as many bigger schools as we could in the preseason,” Coyotes coach Chris Ziemer said. “We didn’t lose to a small-school team all year. Playing those bigger schools really prepared our girls for the league and the postseason. We challenged the girls and they rose to the occasion.”

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

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