High school football previews, Week 1


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: The game matches the reigning champs of the NBL and SCL…The schools used to play every year until Windsor moved to the NBL in 2012…Casa coach Trent Herzog says his team must accomplish the following in order to win: “We need to limit Analy’s big plays while they’re on offense, we have to win the turnover battle and we must play our responsibilities. On offense, we need to control the clock, run the football and limit our mistakes.”…No doubt Analy has big play athletes in running back Ja’Narrick James, wide receiver Kerr Johnson and quarterback Will Smith. The trio thrived last year, but four of the five linemen that blocked for them graduated this past June…Analy coach Dan Bourdon believes the key to the game will be whether his revamped offensive line can contain a solid Casa defense…The guess here is no.

The pick: Casa Grande


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: Panthers coach Dave Duncan says the winner of this game will be the team that executes. “We did that in our scrimmage game against Sonoma Valley,” he said. “Our defense didn’t allow a touchdown. I think we’re prepared for a good game.”…Duncan is happy with the talent level on his team, and is keeping his fingers crossed that his key players avoid injuries…If Santa Rosa is to have a good year, Jahi Hayes, Devonte Manning, Harvey Peters and Shane Simpson will lead the way…Last year, the teams met in the season opener and the Panthers prevailed, 33-0.

The pick: Santa Rosa


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: The Giants’ front line could present a problem for the Pumas. In the middle are Ryan Pozivenec (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) and Alex Kosinsiki (6-foot-5, 280)…”
Redwood presents issues for us,” Carrillo coach Jay Higgins said. “They have speed and size that we don’t have. The key for us is not to give up chunks of yards through the air.”…Carrillo’s strength looks to be the offense where running back Alex Netherda, quarterback Walker Rotherham and tight end Jared Brazis lead the way…Both schools finished 4-6 in 2013.

The pick: Maria Carrillo


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: Jaguars coach Vic Amick knows Granada will come to town seeking revenge. “Last year in Livermore we came from 21 points down to win in the final seconds,” he said. “When this year’s schedule came out, I’m sure the Granada players circled this game.”…Sophomore running back Jackson Baughan will miss the game and be out six weeks with a chipped bone in his shoulder…Senior Jalen Roman will be making his
varsity debut at quarterback for Windsor.

The pick: Windsor


Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Notable: Lions coach Randy Parmeter said this game will be won in the trenches. “We’ll do just fine if our offensive line plays physical and the defense controls the line of scrimmage,” he said. “Our defensive secondary is strong and so is our offensive backfield.”…Steve Mori has looked good quarterbacking in practice…El Mo scrimmaged recently with St. Vincent and Healdsburg…Tyler Bald will start at center replacing Leo Garza (dislocated finger)…In Sean Leslie, Willits has its third head coach in as many years. Last year, the Wolverines finished 0-10 including a 25-0 loss at El Molino.

The pick: El Molino


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: The Lobos lost two of their best players in last Saturday’s scrimmage against Cloverdale, St. Helena and Calistoga. Quarterback Jalen Busy broke his collarbone diving into the end zone and receiver Bradley Greiner fractured his thumb. “We’re not very deep,” coach Madison Lott said. “This is a hard pill to swallow.”…Mike Van Guilder will fill in at QB and Raysean Barrios will play wide receiver…Deer Valley is a Division 1 school while Elsie Allen is in Division 4.

The pick: Deer Valley


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: In last season’s opener, the Greyhounds lost 14-7 at home to Fortuna. “We let one get away that night,” coach Todd Beth said. “We didn’t finish drives.”…This year’s team returns seven starters on both offense and defense. “We’re a more mature team,” Beth said. “Hopefully, that shines through.”…Healdsburg is completely healthy going into the game.

The pick: Healdsburg


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: This will be Darin Brodnansky’s head coaching debut. He’s been on the Cardinals staff for 10 years…”I believe we’re ready,” he said. “We’re a well-rounded team. We have a good line, strength in the backfield and a hard-hitting defense.”..Last season in Miranda, South Fork eked out a 28-24 win.

The pick: Clear Lake


Kickoff: 5:30 p.m.

Notable: The Braves will only suit up 14 players while Hoopa has 37 athletes on its roster. “Our numbers will go up for our second game,” Tomales coach Leon Feliciano said. “We’ll be thin on depth for this first game but the guys we have are good athletes.”…Among the front-line players ready for Hoopa are: Alex Palomores, Dante Feliciano and Willy Lepori…Hoopa defeated Tomales in the 2010 and ’11 NCS Division 5 championship games.

The pick: Hoopa Valley


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Notable: The Warriors’ lone win last year was over Potter Valley. That score was 52-14. Laytonville finished 1-6 while the Bearcats wound up 1-7.

The pick: Laytonville.