Rancho Cotate wins big as NBL play begins

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Host Rancho Cotate scored six touchdowns in the first half while defeating defending North Bay League champions Casa Grande, 45-10, Friday night.

Rancho Cotate's Joey Trono breaks through the grip of Casa Grande's Kaleo Garrigan during the game held at Rancho Cotate High School, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Rancho Cotate’s Joey Trono breaks through the grip of Casa Grande’s Kaleo Garrigan during the game held at Rancho Cotate High School, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

It was the league opener for both teams.

Carlos Franco was the offensive star as he ran for two touchdowns and caught a 10-yard pass for a third score.

Michael Ross led the defensive unit with 11 tackles while Oscar Nava had eight tackles and a sack.

The Cougars have now won two straight and are 2-2. Casa drops to 0-4.

WINDSOR 49,
UKIAH 7

At Windsor, the Jaguars became the only undefeated large school in the Redwood Empire.

Windsor led 21-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at halftime.

Quarterback Jalen Roman ran for 160 yards and passed for 130 more. He also had three long touchdowns called back because of penalties.

The Jaguars are now 4-0.

CARDINAL NEWMAN 48,
SANTA ROSA 19

At Cardinal Newman, Kasey Mansen had three touchdown runs of more than 55 yards.

The senior’s first score was a 77-yard kickoff return. That was followed by a 55-yard fumble recovery and then a 91-yard kickoff return.

Quarterback Jordon Brookshire had a good night as he completed 14 of 20 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

EL MOLINO 27,
HEALDSBURG 24

At Healdsburg, Eddie Taylor scored three touchdowns and the Lions defense thwarted a fourth-quarter drive by the Greyhounds.

Healdsburg had the ball at the El Molino 7-yard line with six minutes remaining but could advance no further.

“We kept the ball for the rest of the game,” El Molino coach Randy Parmeter said.

“Our defense was great the entire game. We only gave up one offensive touchdown.”

Steve Mori, Eddie Taylor and Jeremy Pearson were among the defensive stalwarts.

SONOMA VALLEY 13,
PETALUMA 5

At Sonoma, Tristan Mertens ran for both touchdowns as the Dragons won their first game of the season.

Mertens’ first score came in the third period on a 57-yard run and then in the fourth, he bulled his way into the end zone from four yards out.

The 155-pound senior finished the night with 189 yards on 17 carries.

In a game marred by turnovers, Petaluma had seven and Sonoma finished with four. The Trojans led 2-0 at the half.

MENDOCINO 40,
POTTER VALLEY 20

At Potter Valley, Preston Salmans and Kyle Moore each scored two touchdowns as the Cardinals improved to 3-1.