Friday’s high school football previews

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Windsor beat Casa Grande, 27-7. Montgomery lost to Rancho Cotate, 42-20.



Notable: The Jaguars, the lone unbeaten large school in the Redwood Empire, played their worst game of the year against Casa. “We made a lot of mistakes,” coach Vic Amick said. “We fumbled three times, we were intercepted twice in the red zone and also had a number of blown coverages.” … One of the few bright spots was the running of Jalen Roman. The quarterback collected 255 yards en route to a three-touchdown game. … “This week, we spent a lot of time on fundamentals,” Amick said. “Fundamentals will win us games in the fourth quarter.” … Montgomery coach Marcello Bautista said for his team to be successful, the Vikings must win the turnover battle. “Windsor is undefeated and will come into the game with a lot of confidence,” he said. “If we play a fundamentally sound game, we can be successful.” … Bautista has been happy with the play of his running backs — Shawn Byrd, Ke’shawn Walker and Charles Stone.
The pick: Windsor

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Cardinal Newman won at Maria Carrillo, 42-28. Rancho Cotate defeated Montgomery, 42-20.
Notable: The Cougars are 27-1 on their home field in recent years. “It’s always a plus playing at home,” coach Ed Conroy said. “Beyond that, I can’t explain why we have such a good home record.” … Conroy isn’t fooled by Newman’s record. “They played a tough preleague schedule,” he said. “They’re a good football team.” … The Cougars have won three straight, and Conroy said the defense and running game have led the way. … The most valuable player for the Cougars has been Carlos Franco. Against Montgomery, he rushed for three touchdowns and had a pick-6 for another score. “He’s super aggressive,” Conroy said. “He moved from safety to linebacker this season and I’ve been impressed by his improvement.” … Newman relied on its ground game to defeat Carrillo. Quarterback Jordon Brookshire only threw four times and completed all four. However, he had his best running game by far with 245 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. … The Cardinals rushed for 447 yards and it would have been more had they not lost four fumbles. … Pat Evans had 14 unassisted tackles.
The pick: Rancho Cotate

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Santa Rosa defeated Ukiah, 14-7. Maria Carrillo lost to Cardinal Newman, 42-28.
Notable: “If we can eliminate the mistakes we’ve made the last two weeks we’ll be fine,” Pumas coach Jay Higgins said. “Both those games were winnable.” … The Newman score was 21-21 late in the third quarter. … Running back Alex Netherda gained only 50 yards, well off his season average. However, the senior made up for it on defense with nine solo tackles. … An emphasis in practice this week has been tightening up special teams play. … For Santa Rosa, Harvey McPeters returns as starting quarterback. He dislocated his shoulder in the season opener. … Cassius Banks, who did a good job replacing McPeters, will return to the wide receiver position. … In the win over Ukiah, Angel Affaro and Devonte Manning were outstanding. … “Our mentality is to make the playoffs,” coach Dave Duncan said. “We’re aware that every game is a must-win.”
The pick: Maria Carrillo

MIDDLETOWN (4-1) at ST. HELENA (5-0)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Middletown beat Fort Bragg, 28-19. St. Helena defeated Lower Lake, 48-14.
Notable: The winner of this game has the inside track to winning the NCL I title. … Both teams are 2-0 in league. … Anthonie Guzman racked up a career-best 185 yards in the comeback win over Fort Bragg (the Mustangs trailed 13-0). “He has a great game every week,” coach Bill Foltmer said. “He does everything for us.” Guzman also returned an interception for a touchdown. … Also scoring on an interception was Wyatt Hall. “He’s getting better every week,” Foltmer said. “He’s a lot smoother than at the start of the season.” … Middletown has the stingiest defense in the Empire, yielding 13 points per game. … St. Helena scores an average of 33. … Saints coach Brandon Farrell believes the teams are even. “We need to limit turnovers, negative plays and create mistakes on the other end,” he said. … In recent weeks, Farrell has been impressed with the play of Cole Lyons, Mark Martin and John Wheeler.
The pick: Middletown

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Petaluma defeated Piner, 23-12. Healdsburg won at Elsie Allen, 54-12.
Notable: The Greyhounds lost low-scoring games against St. Helena (13-10) and Middletown (12-0). … The 54 against Elsie Allen is twice as many as Healdsburg scored in a previous game. “We finally got into the end zone,” coach Todd Beth said. “I don’t even want to count up how many times we failed to score in the red zone. Morale is good and we’re hoping the Elsie Allen game has set the tone for the rest of the season.” … Beth expects Petaluma will try to run the ball a majority of the time. … Petaluma coach Rick Krist called the win over Piner “a step in the right direction. We’re where we anticipated being at this time of the year.” … Krist lauded the recent play of Tyler Williams and Casey Goddard. “We needed both guys to step in as linebackers in the Piner game despite little practice. They came through.” … Krist said the Healdsburg team is much better than its record and said the Greyhounds have a lot of experience on the offensive line. … Home field may make the difference in this one.
The pick: Healdsburg


Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Sonoma lost at Analy, 55-20. McClymonds did not play.
Notable: This is the first game for the Oakland school since defeating Analy, 55-14, on Sept. 26. … That means Sonoma will be playing two of the premier teams in the Bay Area in successive weeks. … “We’ll show up ready to play in a city environment,” coach Bob Midgeley said.  “Our goal is at the end of the night we want to leave the field with our heads up. We’re going to try and win every play.” … Wide receiver Tristan Mertens will probably miss the game with a sore sternum and ribs.
The pick: McClymonds

CASA GRANDE (0-5) at UKIAH (1-4)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Casa Grande lost to Windsor, 27-7. Ukiah was defeated by Santa Rosa, 14-7.

Notable: The biggest surprise in Empire football this season is that the defending NBL champion Gauchos are winless. … “The players have stayed together,” coach Trent Herzog said. “They have remained committed to each other. I felt we really did some positive things in the Windsor game. We forced three turnovers and we did well defending Windsor’s rushing attack. JJ Anderson played his best game of the season. We were in the game at halftime and into the third quarter trailing, 14-7.”

The pick: Casa Grande 
ELSIE ALLEN (0-6) at EL MOLINO (3-2)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Elsie Allen lost to Healdsburg, 54-12. El Molino did not play.

Notable: Kudos to the Lions. Halfway through the season and they’ve already surpassed last year’s win total (two). … “We’ve spent the last two weeks getting healthy and working on fundamentals,” coach Randy Parmeter said. … Mitchell Fricker (broken wrist) is not expected to play for El Molino. … Elsie Allen will have its best two players — Jalen Busby and Bradley Greiner — healthy for the game.

The pick: El Molino 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Fort Bragg lost to Middletown, 28-19. Kelseyville defeated Cloverdale, 21-14.

Notable: Timberwolves quarterback Kaylor Sullivan is closing in on 2,000 passing yards. After throwing for 293 in the Middletown game, he has 1,888. Sullivan has completed 66 per cent of his passes. He’s thrown for 17 touchdowns and been intercepted eight times. … Lucas Triplett has been his favorite receiver with the two connecting on seven scores. … Brett Jacomella leads the Timberwolves with 32 tackles followed by Hunter Casey and Cadu Whitlock with 27 apiece. … The Knights are led on offense by Robert McLean. He racked up 153 yards in the win over Cloverdale.

The pick: Kelseyville
CLEAR LAKE (3-2) at LOWER LAKE (2-3)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Last week: Clear Lake lost at Willits, 32-8. Lower Lake was beaten by St. Helena, 48-14.
Notable: Robert Calderon anchors the Lower Lake defense with 36 solo tackles and 55 total. … Isazah King is closing in on the 1,000 yards rushing plateau. The quarterback enters this game with 755. … Clear Lake scored the game’s first eight points at Willits before being outscored 32-0. … The Cardinals have lost two straight.
The pick: Lower Lake

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Cloverdale lost to Kelseyville. Willits defeated Clear Lake, 32-8.

Notable: Sean Leslie has done an excellent rebuilding job in his first year as the Wolverines head coach. Last year, Willits was 0-10.

The pick: Willits
TOMALES (4-1) at CALISTOGA (0-5)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

Last week: Tomales defeated Upper Lake, 42-0. Calistoga lost to St. Vincent, 68-13.

Notable: Tomales’ Willy Lepori is nearing 1,000 rushing yards. He enters this game with 805 which means he’s averaging 161 per game. … The senior is also his team’s leading receiver with 172 yards. … Ty Evenich and Alex Palomanes are the top tacklers for the Braves with 26 apiece. … Dante Feliciano leads the team with three sacks.

The pick: Tomales

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Mendocino beat Round Valley, 35-2. Anderson Valley did not play.

Notable: This is a rematch of the Sept. 12 game which the Panthers won 42-7. Like this game, that was in Anderson Valley. It will be closer this time around but still give the edge to the home team.

The pick: Anderson Valley

Kickoff: 7 p.m.

Last week: Point Arena beat Potter Valley, 50-20. Laytonville lost to Rincon Valley Christian, 60-22.

Notable: These schools are going in opposite directions. The visitors have won two straight and the home team has lost two in a row. … The Pirates have a punishing ground game led by Codey Cissna (796 yards) and Joby Baker (426). … On defense, Point Arena has gotten 35 solo tackles from Rolando Marquez and 34 from Joe Henderson.

The pick: Point Arena

 — by Howard Senzell
For The Press Democrat