Friday football roundup: Maria Carrillo defeats Redwood, 21-14

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Tomales defensive back Jacob Sampietro tips the ball away from Hoppa's Jarod Fullerton in the first quarter. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Tomales defensive back Jacob Sampietro tips the ball away from Hoppa’s Jarod Fullerton in the first quarter. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo scored twice in the first quarter and then held on to defeat visiting Redwood, 21-14, in Friday night’s opener for both teams.

The Giants had two opportunities to tie the score in the final three minutes, but the Pumas’ defense stiffened both times.

“The defense held tough when they needed to,” Carrillo coach Jay Higgins said. “That unit came up big.”

The Pumas started quickly, scoring twice in the first quarter. Alex Netherda opened the scoring with a 3-yard run at the 10:10 mark. Four minutes later, Walker Rotherham completed a 15-yard scoring pass to Josh Groesbeck.

Both teams scored once in the second period. Carrillo found paydirt when Rotherham completed a 19-yard pass to Jordan Rosado.

The home team failed to score in the second half while Redwood got a touchdown with six minutes left.

“We limped to the finish line,” Higgins said. “We came out real fast, moving the ball at will while the defense shut them down.

“The game got a little sloppy at the end.”

Netherda led the defense with five solo tackles and an interception. Fahestus Chomba came up with five solo takedowns while Rosado had four.

Redwood outgained Carrillo, 294 yards to 227. The Giants picked up 13 first downs compared to seven for the Pumas.

WINDSOR 30, GRANADA 10

At Windsor, quarterback Jalen Roman ran for 100 yards and passed for two touchdowns as the Jaguars again opened the season with a win over the visitors from Livermore.

A year ago, Windsor came from 21 points down in the fourth quarter to win by a point.

Roman, starting his first varsity game at quarterback, completed 11 passes for 133 yards.

“Jalen bruised his heel in the first half but played through the injury to lead his team to the victory,” coach Vic Amick said.

Sam Fletcher came up with the defensive play of the game. He intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown in the third quarter.

“It was 10-10 at the time and that changed the game,” Amick said.

“Our defense was very good in the second half,” Amick added.

Mitchell Bruning led the Jaguars defensively with 10 tackles.

EL MOLINO 47, WILLITS 34

At Willits, the Lions grabbed an 18-point halftime lead enroute to the victory.

“It feels good to get that first win,” coach Randy Parmeter said. “We weren’t crisp on defense and had a few communication breakdowns. All things considered, we’ll take it.”

The second quarter was a wild one as El Molino put 27 points on the board and Willits responded with 16.

Eddie Taylor scored twice for the visitors. Also scoring were Josh Wright, Bryce Miller and Jeremy Pearson. Ryan Fernandez led the Lions in tackles with 12.

DEER VALLEY 49, ELSIE ALLEN 0

At Elsie Allen, the Wolverines did all their scoring in the first half.

The only drama was guessing what time the visitors would arrive. The team bus was stuck in traffic coming from Antioch and didn’t arrive until 30 minutes past scheduled kickoff.

The game finally got underway at 8:25 p.m., 55 minutes late.

TOMALES 41, HOOPA VALLEY 12

Tomales High thumped the visiting Hoopa Valley Warriors 41-12 Friday night in the opening game of the season for both squads.

Suiting up just 14 players, the Braves were up 28-6 at the half.

Senior running back Willy Lepori scored four touchdowns and was also instrumental in key stops at linebacker.

The win avenges the Braves’ two playoff losses to the Warriors in 2010 and 2011 and marks the beginning of 19-year coach Leon Feliciano’s final season at the helm.

OTHER RESULTS

Analy 47, Casa Grande 14

Petaluma 13, Santa Rosa 12

Fortuna 35, Healdsburg 21

Clear Lake 32, South Fork 0

McKinleyville 46, Fort Bragg 36

Potter Valley 44, Laytonville 14

Press Democrat staff columnist Kerry Benefield contributed to this report.