Football roundup: Gauchos top Pumas in ‘best’ game of season

Casa Grande kept Maria Carrillo scoreless in the first half and then held on for a 19-14 win Friday night in a North Bay League contest in Petaluma.



“It was the best we played all year,” coach Trent Herzog said. “We played to our potential.
“It was homecoming and it’s always nice to win on homecoming.
“We focused on slowing down Carrillo’s running back Alex Netherda and we held him to under 60 yards rushing.”
Linebacker Casey Longaker led the defense with 11 solo tackles while assisting on three more.
Casa Grande is 2-3 in league and 2-6 overall. The Pumas are now 2-3 and 4-4.


At Cardinal Newman, Craig Lucey caught two touchdown passes and ran for another.
The senior caught scoring passes  of 21 and 9 yards and also had a 56-yard run.
The Cardinals took control from the start as they led 21-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at halftime.
Quarterback Jordon Brookshire completed only four passes but three of those went for touchdowns. In addition to the two to Lucey, the sophomore also hooked up with Connor Rubattino on a 17-yard score.
Newman is now 4-1 in the NBL and 5-3 overall. Ukiah’s record is 0-5 and 1-7.


At Forestville, Will Smith threw for four touchdowns as the Tigers maintained their lead in the Sonoma County League.
Three of Smith’s scoring passes were to Kerr Johnson Jr. with the longest coming from 81 yards out in the first period.
Ja’narrick James’ 10-yard catch in the third quarter accounted for Smith’s fourth touchdown.
Analy, 4-0 in league and 7-1 overall, couldn’t shake El Molino in the first half. At intermission, the score was 13-0.
The Lions are 2-2 and 4-4.


At Healdsburg, Tristan Mertens scored the winning touchdown on a 97-yard run.
The touchdown came on an off-tackle play midway through the fourth quarter and broke a 14-14 score.
The Sonoma defense stopped Healdsburg twice inside the 5-yard line in the second half.
Max Yankovich came in at quarterback after the first quarter and completed 10 of 13 passes and threw for two touchdowns.
The Dragons are 2-2 in SCL and 2-6 overall. Healdsburg is now 1-4 and 1-7.


At Elsie Allen, the Trojans reeled off 55 unanswered points in the first half. Yuseph Kawasmi and Luke Wheless both rushed for more than 100 yards. The former had 114 and the latter finished with102. Each scored twice.