Saturday football roundup: Tony Martignoli throws 4 TD passes, guides Piner past Elsie Allen

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Quarterback Tony Martignoli threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns as Piner spotted visiting Elsie Allen a first-quarter lead before rallying to score a 43-9 victory Saturday afternoon in the SCL opener for both teams.

Piner quarterback Tony Martignoli. Monday Aug. 18, 2014 at Piner High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Piner quarterback Tony Martignoli. Monday Aug. 18, 2014 at Piner High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Two of Martignoli’s TD tosses were to Isiah Carter, one for 14 yards and the other from 31 yards out. He also clicked for scores with Tyler Okiyama (60 yards) and Ty Simmons (75 yards).

Elsie Allen led 3-0 after one quarter but was outscored 37-0 in the middle periods.

“They (Elsie Allen) came out strong and I think our guys overlooked them,” Prospectors coach John Antonio said. “However, we broke out in the middle quarters.”

Piner’s offense rolled up 552 yards. Carter led the ground attack with 123 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown run.

The Prospectors’ defense has been playing well in recent weeks and was stout again. When Elsie Allen (0-5) scored in the fourth, it marked the first touchdown Piner (3-2) had allowed in nine quarters.

The Prospectors (3-2) have also been penalized a lot this season and Saturday was no exception. They were whistled for 19 infractions totaling 222 yards.

With 1:20 left in the game, Lobos running back Nicholas Hercules suffered a neck injury and was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital. His condition was being determined Saturday night. The game was called at that point.

ANDERSON VALLEY 76, RINCON VALLEY CHRISTIAN 40

At Santa Rosa, Cesar Soto and Jared Johnston combined for seven rushing TDs to lead the undefeated Panthers to the NCL III win.

Soto scored four rushing TDs as his team led 21-6 after one quarter and 48-20 at halftime.

RVC’s Daniel Maples, showing he has recovered from an early season injury, finished with outstanding numbers. The quarterback racked up 346 yards through the air and ran for 202 more.

Maples rushed for three touchdowns and threw for three.

Anderson Valley is now 5-0 while the Eagles drop to 0-4.

POINT ARENA 50, ROUND VALLEY 32

At Point Arena, the Pirates got off to a quick start and never looked back while winning the NCL III game.

The score was 22-0 after one period and 40-12 at halftime.

“We were great today,” coach Tom Iliffe said. “We played good enough to beat any team in our league.”

Point Arena had a strong running game with Cody Cissna racking up 95 yards and two TDs. while Joby Baker tallied 89 yards and a score.

The Pirates are 2-2, while Round Valley drops to 1-4.