Saturday’s high school football roundup: Anderson Valley stays unbeaten

By Howard Senzell
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Undefeated Anderson Valley clinched at least a tie for the NCL III title on Saturday afternoon with a 42-22 victory against host Point Arena.

The Panthers can win the league outright in the regular-season finale Friday night at Laytonville.

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Both schools came into Saturday’s game with 4-0 league records. However, it didn’t take long for Anderson Valley to assert its superiority.

It was 22-0 at halftime.

Running back Cesar Soto and quarterback Tony Pardini accounted for a majority of the Panthers’ yardage and points.

“My props go to Soto and Pardini,” Point Arena coach Tom Iliffe said. “They were the difference.”

The field was muddy and that slowed down Point Arena’s top rushers Jobe Bake (12 carries for 41 yards) and Cody Cissna (12-33).

“They couldn’t get going,” Iliffe said. “Cissna, in particular, had trouble cutting when he was running.”

Panthers coach Danny Kuny said he’s not surprised his team is 8-0.

“This is a group of kids that play and practice hard,” he said. “They’re dedicated and love the game.”

RV CHRISTIAN 46, ALMA HEIGHTS 26

At Rincon Valley Christian, the Eagles scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter after the visitors, also nicknamed the Eagles, had rallied to pull even at 26-26.

Paul Bartholow’s 45-yard kickoff return put RVC (3-5) ahead for good in the non-league game.

In the second quarter, the Eagles’ homecoming enthusiasm was muted when quarterback Daniel Maples had to leave the game with an injured leg. He did not return.

Before taking a seat on the bench, the senior rushed 10 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

Bartholow picked up the defensive slack with three touchdown runs, in addition to the kickoff return.