Friday night football roundup: Rancho beats Newman in OT

For The Press Democrat

Justin Zinnerman scored on a 6-yard pass from Gunner Mefferd in overtime to lift Rancho Cotate to a 45-38 victory against the visiting Cardinal Newman Friday night.
The Cougars got the ball first in the extra period and scored on a fourth-and-goal from the 6.
On its possession, Newman also had a fourth-and-goal from the 6. However, the Cardinals gained only a yard as the Rancho defense stiffened.
The Cardinals took a 31-28 lead into the fourth quarter after trailing 14-10 at halftime.
With the win, Rancho is 28-1 on its home turf. This season, the Cougars are 3-0 in the NBL and 4-2 overall.
Newman’s record is 2-1 in league and 3-3.


Santa Rosa's Kalei Aukai stops Maria Carrillo ball carrier Seth Vernon, Friday Oct. 10, 2014 at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa’s Kalei Aukai stops Maria Carrillo ball carrier Seth Vernon, Friday Oct. 10, 2014 at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

At Maria Carrillo, Alex Netherda scored four touchdowns to lead the Pumas to the NBL win.
The senior ran for two scores and also caught a pair from passes from quarterback Walker Rotherham.
Carrillo is 3-4 and 1-2 in league while Santa Rosa drops to 1-5 and 1-2.

At Ukiah, sophomore Spencer Torkelson rushed for two touchdowns and 154 yards as the Gauchos picked up their first win of the season.
Torkelson scored on runs of 11 and 16 yards.
“We played well,” coach Trent Herzog said.
Casa, the defending NBL champs, led 30-0 at halftime.

At Oakland, the home team beat its second SCL opponent in the past three weeks.
The unbeaten Warriors defeated Analy, 55-14, on Sept. 26.
“McClymonds is the best team we’ve played,” Dragons coach Bob Midgeley said. “They have a lot of speed and are more physical than they look on film.”
Sonoma is 1-5 while McClymonds improves to 5-0.

At Healdsburg, Greg Thomas kicked a 28-yard field goal with one second on the clock to lift the Trojans to victory.
Thomas had a busy night. In addition to the field goal, he ran for a 34-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and kicked four extra points.
Yuszef Kawasami also had a big night for Petaluma. He rushed for 233 yards on 16 touches and scored twice.
Michael Van Dorn led the Healdsburg offense with 35 carries for 207 yards and two TDs.
Petaluma is 2-1 in the SCL and 5-2 overall while Healdsburg drops to 1-2 and 1-6.

At Tomales, Wily Lepori set the tone with an 85-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff.
The Braves led 20-0 after one quarter.
Lepori rushed for 150 yards and also caught a touchdown pass.

  • Katherine Wilson

    Hahaha I just said pretty much the same thing in the THREE page article they wrote after Newman beat Monty 54-13 or whatever the score was…but my mistake I actually thought they had written an entire HALF a page about the Rancho/Newman game..seems its closer to 1/4 of a page…

  • Anonymous

    Great Coverage of the Rancho Newman Game PDPreps! Good thing Rancho won. If Newman had won, you guys might have actually had to write an article about the game. Not that we expect journalists to be unbiased but c’mon!!! You could have done just a little better than that.

  • Rockin’ Rod

    Great Newman-Rancho game………….both sides played hard. One of the best games I have seen in years.