PD Preps Insider: Trojans offer helping hand to opponents

The Petaluma High Trojans are making a habit of this.

Coach Rick Krist’s football squad presented a gift certificate for a letterman jacket and all the embroidery and extras to Sonoma Valley senior lineman Mikey Seelye at last Friday’s game between the two teams. Seelye, who wears No. 66 for the Dragons, was diagnosed with cancer just days into the season and won’t play a snap of his senior year.

Petaluma High School's football practice, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.  (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma High School’s football practice, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

“They wanted him to have something special,” Seelye’s mom, Kelly, said of the Trojans.

The care package also included a gift certificate to an area restaurant and other items.

It is the second time this season that the Petaluma High football team has rallied for another squad. The team presented a gift basket with $560 in cash as well as a load of other gift certificates and goodies to the squad from Vintage High, who were rocked by the magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit Napa in August.

“Their coach is a class act,” Dragons head coach Bob Midgley said of Krist. “It was a pretty neat deal. My wife was crying.”

Pressure drop

Not much went for right for the Analy football team in its 55-14 loss to McClymonds last Friday. But lost in the Tigers’ return-to-earth moment was a pretty good pass rush. They put McClymonds quarterback Kevin Davidson on the ground four times — and had him pinned in the backfield on several other occasions, only to have the powerful QB wriggle away.

Linebackers Tristan Savage and Isaac Kangas each had a sack. Angelo Muniz and Zach Vangrin combined for one, and the Tigers got a group sack when a pack of them swamped Davidson following a fumbled snap.

Davidson, one of the top passing prospects in Northern California, passed for 437 yards and six touchdowns for the Warriors that night.

Gauchos in shock

Casa Grande football figured to take a step back with the graduation of JaJuan Lawson and John Porchivina — the All-Empire offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively — and several other key performers from last year’s North Bay League-championship team.

But the Gauchos’ fall has been shocking. After four games last year, they were 4-0 and had outscored opponents 124-51; right now they are 0-4, and have been outscored 166-27. In 2013, Casa Grande scored just 12 points in a victory at Heritage, but put 28 or more points on the board in every other game. This year Trent Herzog’s team has yet to score more than 14.

Granted, the Gauchos have played a very tough schedule thus far. And it doesn’t get easier, at least not right away. They play at undefeated Windsor this Friday.

Lobos player recovering

Nicholas Hercules, who was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital after being injured in the final minutes of the Elsie Allen-Piner football game last Saturday, is recuperating and should play again this season.

Turns out the running back suffered a strained neck and concussion. “The doctor ran all kinds of tests on him including a CT scan,” coach Madison Lott said.

“We’re just so thankful it wasn’t more serious. He’ll be out at least two weeks.”

Press Democrat staff writers Phil Barber and Kerry Benefield, and correspondent Howard Senzell contributed to this report.