NCS football roundup: Analy outduels Acalanes, 48-41

Analy advanceds to semifinal game of NCS Division 3 with victory. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Chris Taylor-Yamanoha tries to push past Las Lomas High School's Lincoln Kiragu during the game held at Las Lomas High School, Friday, November 21, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat

NCS Football Roundup: Rancho Cotate pulls off Division 3 stunner

Cougars upset Las Lomas 
behind Carlos Franco’s 175 yards,
three touchdown passes by Gunner Mefferd Read Article →
St. Helena quarterback Jack Preston tries to stay inbounds as he runs away from St. Patrick-St. Vincent's Chris Stinchcomb during their game in Saint Helena on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS football playoffs: St. Helena marches past St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 30-18

QB Jack Preston made a mental move, and a physical one, to get his team back on the right track. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Bailey Brown goes up for the ball with Josh Groesbeck during football practice held at Maria Carrillo High School, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas’ goal: Gridiron glory

Football team hopes to echo school’s success in other sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Newman coach names his MVP

It wasn't the QB or halfback whom coach Paul Cronin wanted to talk about after the game. Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Football, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →
St. Vincent ball carrier George Sammon breaks loose for a touchdown with the Cloverdale defense in pursuit, Saturday Nov. 15, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS football roundup: Analy handles El Cerrito with ease in opener

Will Smith passed for six touchdowns as Analy easily handled El Cerrito, 68-7; St. Vincent rallies past Cloverdale Read Article →

NCS football: Big first-half run propels Casa Grande

After falling behind early, Gauchos steamroll Miramonte 48-6 Read Article →

NCS football playoffs: Cardinal Newman pounds Novato in win

The game wound up being as hard-fought as you would expect. Read Article →

NCS football playoffs schedule, Nov. 21 and 22

Schedule for NCS quarterfinal games on Nov. 21 and 22. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Alex Netherda runs the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo cruises past American in NCS opener, 49-13

In explosive display of offense, Carrillo ran wild on smaller, less athletic school. Read Article →
Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Windsor back on track

The Windsor High School football team beat Dublin, 35-9, in an NCS first-round game Friday, breaking a three-game losing streak in the process. Read Article →

NCS football: Rancho Cotate rolls past Kennedy

Gunner Mefferd throws for four touchdowns as Cougars put their offense on display in 38-16 victory Read Article →

Friday’s NCS playoffs roundup: St. Helena wins big; Petaluma, Kelseyville, Lower Lake out

St. Helena came alive in the second half and defeated visiting South Fork, 45-18, in a North Coast Section Division 5 playoff game Friday night. Read Article →
Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his team earlier this season. (Photo by The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Tomales coach Feliciano steps down

After 19 years as head coach, Leon Feliciano is hanging up his whistle. Read Article →

Fort Bragg’s request denied by NCS

McKinleyville will not be removed from the football playoffs Read Article →
Dmitri Acken and the Windsor Jaguars are seeded third in the NCS Division 2 football playoff field. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

6 NBL teams get spots in NCS football playoff field

Despite no top seeds, all six schools eligible for the tournament were invited Sunday. Read Article →

NCS football schedule for Redwood Empire teams

FOOTBALL First round (Seedings in parentheses) Friday’s games Division 2 
(3) Windsor vs. (14) Dublin, 7 p.m. (4) Maria Carrillo vs. (13) American, 7 p.m. Division 3 
(7) Rancho Cotate at (10) John F. Kennedy*, 7 p.m. (11) Petaluma at (6) Alhambra, 7 p.m. Division 4 
(12) Lower Lake at (5) Del Norte, 7 p.m. […] Read Article →
St. Vincent's George Sammon during a September football game. (CONNER JAY/ PD FILE)

St. Vincent rides NCL II dominance to league crown

Mustangs scored seven straight touchdowns for 49-12 win. Read Article →
Ja’Narrick James breaks clear of the defense in a game with the West County Tigers in their Pop Warner midgets championship season of 2010. (Photo by Jim Deis)

Benefield: West County’s youthful Tigers learned how to roar

Four years ago, Jim Lewis coached a group of eighth-graders to the Pop Warner midgets championship while having under his tutelage some of the brightest stars in the current local prep football constellation. Read Article →
Analy's Ja'narrick James runs the ball during the game held at Petaluma High School, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Analy rules SCL again

The victory was Analy's 20th in a row in Sonoma County League play. Read Article →

Football roundup: Fourth-quarter touchdown lifts Cardinal Newman

Cardinals earn automatic berth in NCS playoffs with 23-20 victory over Windsor Read Article →
Michael Ross (1) tries to block a punt by Santa Rosa High kicker Ben Cutcher (87) during the first half of the Rancho Cotate home game against Santa Rosa High Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (Photo: Erik Castro / for The Press Democrat)

Cougars crush Panthers, await NCS playoff seeding

Rancho Cotate took care of business on Friday night, overwhelming the Panthers 54-7 and locking up a share of the NBL regular season title. Read Article →

El Molino holds off Piner at goal line for 15-12 win

The Lions held off a rallying Piner team to win 15-12 Friday night. Read Article →
Xavier Freeman (2) and Ja'Narrick James (20) star for the second-ranked Analy Tigers. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, for The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Rankings: Week 10

Which teams top the large- and small-school rankings? Read Article →
Fort Bragg quarterback Kaylor Sullivan. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Fort Bragg’s Kaylor Sullivan dominating the competition

Fort Bragg quarterback Kaylor Sullivan is setting records and leading the Timberwolves to the verge of an NCL I championship Read Article →

Football roundup: Casa Grande rolls past Santa Rosa

Gauchos' 39-0 victory is their third in past four games Read Article →
Fort Bragg quarterback Kaylor Sullivan rolls out of the pocket to look for an open receiver. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Fort Bragg hangs on to beat Cloverdale

By RICHARD J. MARCUS FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT CLOVERDALE — It was a memorable Halloween night on Friday for Fort Bragg as the Timberwolves squeaked by with a 20-14 victory in a late-season NCL I showdown against the host Eagles. The Timberwolves stiffened up for two defensive stands in their red zone in the final […] Read Article →

Football roundup: Last-play TD gives Pumas win at Windsor

Alex Netherda scored from the 1 to give visiting Maria Carrillo a 41-35 victory Read Article →
Cardinal Newman quarterback Jordan Brookshire accounted for three touchdowns in the Cardinals' win at Montgomery. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Full speed ahead for Cardinal Newman

It was 52-13 by game's end and Newman had moved to 5-1 in league. Read Article →