Saturday’s games: Pin-point Okiyama on target for Piner

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Piner's offense and defense practice in August at Piner High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Piner’s offense and defense practice in August at Piner High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Piner gets the spotlight Saturday in Empire high school football. The 2-2 Prospectors host Elsie Allen, which is still looking for its first win.

In other games today, Anderson Valley travels to Santa Rosa to face Rincon Valley Christian and Point Arena welcomes Round Valley.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s matchups:

ELSIE ALLEN (0-4) at PINER (2-2)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Last week: Elsie Allen lost to Willits, 58-6. Piner defeated Burton, 54-0.

Notable: Tyler Okiyama is completing 72 percent of his passes for the Prospectors. He’s thrown five touchdown passes and has yet to be intercepted. The 180-pound senior shares signal-calling duties with Tony Martignoli. … Ty Simmons has caught four scoring passes. … Peter Barbieri is leading the defense with five sacks and 32 tackles. … Henry Ahching and Devin Reeder each have 25 tackles. … “We ran the ball successfully against Burton and that’s what we want to do against Elsie Allen,” Piner coach John Antonio said. … That means running back Isiah Carter (248 yards on the season) will get plenty of touches today. … Elsie Allen coach Madison Lott reported the loss to Willits took a physical toll on his team.

The pick: Piner

ANDERSON VALLEY (4-0) at RV CHRISTIAN (0-3)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Anderson Valley beat Potter Valley, 82-30. Rincon Valley Christian forfeited against Mendocino.
Notable: Anderson Valley is averaging 54 points per game. … The Panthers’ finest moment came Sept. 12 when they defeated Mendocino, 42-7. That snapped the Cardinals’ 21-game winning streak dating to 2011. … Daniel Maples, RVC’s quarterback, has recovered from an injury and has been cleared to play. His only action came in the first game of the year. “He’s 95 percent healthy,” coach Robert Gray said. … The flu bug hit the Eagles this week but Gray is optimistic he’ll have 18 players suit up for the game. … “We’ll be playing a great team,” he said. “We’ll have to bring our ‘A’ game to be successful.”

The pick: Anderson Valley

ROUND VALLEY (1-3) at POINT ARENA (1-2)

Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.

Last week: Round Valley beat Laytonville, 40-6. Point Arena lost to Phoenix Academy, 50-32.

Notable: Running back Cody Cissna is having an outstanding season, rushing for 158 yards per game. Cissna was the leading ground gainer in NCL III last year. … Joby Baker is also having success. He averages 84 yards per game. “Those two give us a solid running game,” coach Tom Iliffe said. … Point Arena has only put the ball in the air eight times in three games. . . . This is the league opener for Point Arena. … Round Valley began NCL III play with the win against Laytonville. The week before, the Mustangs lost to Laytonville, 38-36, in a non-league game.

The pick: Point Arena