NCL I football: Big first half propels Middletown

By RICHARD J. MARCUS
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Middletown dominated Willits with a huge first half Friday night and rolled to a 54-6 victory in the North Central League I opening game for both teams. The Mustangs (3-1, 1-0) jumped to a a 33-0 halftime lead, sparked by running back Wyatt Hall.

Hall scored on a 70-yard run on the game’s first play and finished the game with 243 yards on 11 carries and three touchdowns.

“It was a pretty good way to start the game,” Middletown coach Bill Foltmer said. “Tonight was a total team effort.”

Middletown’s Joey Burns then scored on a 4-yard run followed by a 44-yard scoring scamper by Hall and the rout was on.

“Our offensive line opened up some holes and Wyatt made some guys miss,” Foltmer said. “Our defense played great. The kids just made plays and we forced them into a lot of three-and-outs.

Middletown quarterback Connor Armstrong was 9-of-14 passing for 93 yards with two touchdowns, including a 17-yard scoring pass to receiver Anthonie Guzman to give the Mustangs a 27-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

St. Helena 44, Kelseyville 7

At Kelseyville, the Saints (4-0, 1-0) remained undefeated after their runaway victory against the previously undefeated Knights (3-1, 0-1). St. Helena led only 16-7 late in the third quarter but scored four touchdowns in the final 14 minutes to cruise to the victory.

“We did some things really well in the first half but they kind of wore us down in the second half,” Kelseyville coach Mike McGuire said. “St. Helena is really good. They move the ball all over the field.”

Kelseyville’s lone score came on a 55-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Devin Dugger to receiver Noah Lyndall.

Fort Bragg 29, Lower Lake 28

At Lower Lake, the Timberwolves (3-1, 1-0) narrowly defeated host Lower Lake (2-2, 0-1) in a thrilling back-and-forth league opener.

Cloverdale 26, Clear Lake 0

At Clear Lake, the Eagles (3-1, 1-0) defeated the Cardinals (3-1, 0-1) after building a 26-0 lead in the first three quarters.