Saturday’s high school football roundup: Analy dominates SCL rival Piner

Ja’narrick James, who is averaging more than 10 yards per carry, rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns Saturday afternoon as visiting Analy defeated Piner, 50-14.

The big afternoon gives James a season total of 662 yards on 61 touches.

Analy wasted little time asserting itself in the Sonona County League game as the Tigers raced to a 22-0 lead after one quarter.

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James set the tone with a 10-yard scoring jaunt. That was followed by Xavier Freeman’s 18-yard TD run and a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Will Smith.

James’ final score came in the second quarter from 3 yards out.

What James gives away in height (he’s 5-foot-5), he makes up for in quickness.

“He’s a special player,” Piner coach John Antonio said. “He’s got excellent speed and is difficult to bring down.”

Quarterback Will Smith had a productive afternoon as he passed for 161 yards, including a 40-yard TD pass to Kerr Johnson, Jr.

Johnson also scored the game’s final points with a 75-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter.

Piner’s touchdowns came on a pair of Tyler Okiyama passes. In the second quarter, he connected with Tony Martignoli from the 15-yard line and then in the fourth, he found Ty Simmons for a 10-yard score.

The win improves Analy’s league mark to 2-0 and 5-1 overall. Piner drops to 1-2 and 3-4.


At Petaluma, quarterback Dominic Pedersen passed for 207 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs remained unbeaten in NBL II play.

It was the first time in his career that the junior surpassed the 200-yard mark.

St. Vincent went to the air to score its first points when Jacob Farinha caught a 25-yard pass from Pedersen. The second was a 2-yard toss from Pedersen to Austin Booth.

The third aerial score came in the third quarter, a 60-yard completion to Kyle Dannewitz.

Leading the ground attack was Manny Reyes with 169 yards on 11 carries. He scored twice on runs totaling 90 yards.

St. Vincent is now 2-0 in league and 2-4 overall. Upper Lake, still looking for its first points of the season, is 0-2 and 0-6.


At Santa Rosa, Daniel Maples threw for five touchdowns in the Eagles’ win.

Four of the scoring passes were to Morgan Giuseponi and the other was caught by Maples’ younger brother Willie.

“That’s the most touchdown passes I’ve thrown in a game,” the elder Maples said. “Four were streak patterns and the other was a skinny post over the middle.”

Anchoring the defense were Paul Bartholow (14 tackles and a fumble recovery) and Willie Maples (12 tackles, a fumble recovery and a sack).

RVC is 2-2 in NCL III and 2-4 overall. Potter Valley’s record is 0-4 and 1-6.