NCS football: Piner, Healdsburg bounced out


San Marin played like the No. 1 seed in NCS Division 4 on Saturday afternoon while defeating visiting Piner 52-20.

The Mustangs took control of the game in the second quarter and led 35-0 at halftime. The lead grew to 45-0 before Piner got on the scoreboard.

“I’ll be surprised if San Marin doesn’t win Division 4,” Prospectors coach John Antonio said. “They’re a great team.”

San Marin shredded the Piner defense for 514 yards and seven touchdowns.

Quarterback Manny Wilkens, who will play for Arizona State next year, completed 10 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.

Piner quarterback Noel Hernandez was nearly as good. He threw for 207 yards and a pair of scores.

The senior connected with Tony Martignoli for the Prospectors’ first score and in the fourth quarter teamed with Justin Tauaefa for a 17-yard touchdown.

“We didn’t know Hernandez would be cleared to play until Friday night,” coach John Antonio said.

“He had a partially collapsed lung.”

The third Piner touchdown was scored by Isiah Carter on a 35-yard fumble return.

If it’s any solace to Piner, San Marin played its best game of the year against them.

“This is by far the best all-around game that we’ve had,” coach Steve Sanfel said.

“We did exactly what we wanted to do.”

Piner finishes the season 6-6 and made the NCS Tournament for the first time in a decade.

“We had a great year, a great run,” Antonio said. “We’re proud we got as far as we did and we definitely have something to build on.”

San Marin will take a 9-2 record into the semi-final round where St. Mary’s awaits.


At Healdsburg, the visitors from Humboldt County grabbed an early 21-0 lead and were never threatened.

Del Norte, the No. 11 seed, is now 6-6.

No. 3 Healdsburg finishes the season with a 6-5 mark.


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