Saturday’s high school football previews

CALISTOGA (0-4) at ST. VINCENT (0-4)

Kickoff: 2 p.m.

Last week: Neither team played.

Notable: These two shared the NCL II title last year … There’s reasons the two schools enter the game winless … In 31 years at St. Vincent, coach Gary Galloway  said this is the toughest preleague schedule one of his teams has faced. “Everyone of them was a quality team,” he said. “I think it’s going to pay dividends as we play schools in our league.” … The Mustangs played their best half of football in their last game when they scored 21 against undefeated St. Helena. However, the Saints held on to win, 27-21. “That was a confidence builder,” Galloway said. “The guys are feeling good and looking forward to league.” … St. Vincent is healthy for the game and lineman Jordan Pech and defensive back Austin Booth are both coming back from injuries … The last time the Mustangs started a season with four losses was 1985 … St. Vincent has beaten Calistoga 12 consecutive times … ”They have a lot of talent every year and this year is no different,” Calistoga coach Paul Harrell said. “They played a challenging preleague schedule.” … Timmy Montenez, who was supposed to play quarterback for the Indians, was injured on the first play of the first game. He’ll play today but will line up as a wide receiver on offense and safety on defense … St. Vincent’s George Sammon needs 14 rushing yards to reach 1,000 in his career … It’s homecoming on the Petaluma campus.

The pick: St. Vincent


TOMALES (3-1) at UPPER LAKE (0-4)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

Last week: Neither team played

Notable: This is also the league opener for these schools … It could reach 100 degrees on the field and that concerns Braves coach Leon Feliciano. “We don’t get that much heat in Tomales,” he said. “Hopefully, that won’t be a factor. Our goal is to get off to a quick start and if we do that, everything else will fall into place.” … The Braves have one of the premier backs in the NCL II in Willy Lepori. He averages 159 yards per game and has scored eight touchdowns … He’ll get help today when fellow running back Ivan Gomez returns for the first time this season … Tomales has four players with more than 30 tackles: Ty Evenich 35, Lepori 34, Johnny Barajas 32 and Alex Palomares 31.

The pick: Tomales



Kickoff: 2:30 p.m.

Last week: Round Valley lost at Point Arena, 50-32. Mendocino won at Potter Valley, 40-20.

Notable: Since having their 21-game win streak snapped Sept. 12 at Anderson Valley, the Cardinals have won two straight … The schools played opening week with Mendocino coming out on top, 44-6 … ”Round Valley has definitely improved since then,” Mendocino coach Theron Miller said. “They have a strong running attack. We’re not looking past them.” … Cardinals defensive end Taylor Gordon will miss the game with a knee injury … The Mendocino field has been renovated. The bleachers have been repaired and revamped and a terrace near the bleachers has undergone extensive work … Mendocino will get another shot at Anderson Valley next Friday.

The pick: Mendocino

Howard Senzell, for The Press Democrat