The other day I put a post on the facebook page asking if anyone would like to help us report your team to hit the like button and I would get back to you.

Well there were a few more likes than I expected.  I did get a hold of a couple but time got away with me.  If you want to help us cover your team send me an email, tell me what team you follow and I will send back and email on how you can help.   The main part would be texting scores as the games go on so we can keep all the fans up to date.  We have had great success with this over the last couple of years and it has been a BIG help in us keeping people updated on the events happening around the area.

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This is where we were when the football season ended last season.

The last High School Football rankings of 2012

No. 1 Rancho Cotate

No. 2 Analy

No. 3 Cardinal Newman

No. 4 Casa Grande

No. 5 Sonoma Valley

The first rankings of 2013 will be posted in three weeks.

Let the games begin.


Pittsburg (8-4) at No. 2 Analy (12-1)

This isn’t the Pittsburg’s first trip to Sonoma County.  Its last one was on November 4th, 2005 when they went to Casa Grande and took a 31-14 win.

More recently, Pittsburg opened last season with a 40-27 win over Clayton Valley.  It was Clayton Valley’s only loss until the Division 2 Nor Cal Championship game.  The week before, Clayton Valley handed Rancho Cotate its only loss in NCS Championship game.  The two schools were in the same league until 2008.

In pre-season North Coast Section rankings at MaxPreps Pittsburg is ranked No. 3 behind De La Salle and El Cerrito.  They are a more modest No. 16 in the SF Chronicle rankings of Bay Area team.   In the East Bay rankings they are tied for No. 3 with El Cerrito.

Pittsburg senior running back Harris Ross rushed for over 1,000 yards last season, averaging over ten yards a carry.  Over half of that was in the final three regular season games of the season.

No. 3 Cardinal Newman (11-2) at Modesto Christian (6-5)

It is the second year in a row that the two teams open the season.  Last year Cardinal Newman won 48-20.

The 6-5 start record was the first time they have finished over .500 since 2009 when they finished 15-0, which included a Division 3 state championship.

Cardinal Newman has been to the Division 3 state championship game twice.

Modesto Christian was hit hard by graduation but do return Senior Defense End Aaron Foster who led the team in tackles and tied for the lead in sacks.

Cardinal Newman has another quarterback to keep an eye on. Senior Keaton Dunsford who pass for over 2,000 yards in 2012.

Eureka (4-6) at No. 4 Casa Grande (7-4)

For the second straight year these two teams open the season.  Last year Casa Grande went to Eureka and took a 43-14 win.    That was part of a 0-3 start for Eureka, which ended less than .500 for the first time since 2006.

Jason White coaches his first game at Eureka after spending the last two seasons at St. Bernard’s and posting a 14-9 record.  Last year they lost in the NCS Division 5 semi-finals to eventual champion Ferndale 20-13.

Pinole Valley (3-7) at Montgomery (3-7)

Dean Haskins makes his coaching debut for Montgomery.

Both teams try to regain the form of better days.

Pinole Valley finished under .500 for the first time since at least 2000.  The high water mark was in 2010 when they went 11-1-1.  The only loss was to Rancho Cotate in the NCS playoffs.

The two teams opened 2012 with Pinole Valley rallying for a 38-28 win.

Santa Rosa (4-6) at Petaluma (4-6)—YSN365.COM GAME OF THE WEEK

This is game No. 78 of the longest series in the area, with Santa Rosa holding a 43-34 lead. The first game was played in 1921.

The two teams have opened the last four seasons against each other with Santa Rosa winning the last three.

Petaluma has lost twelve straight non-league games, including the three to Santa Rosa.  The Trojans last non-league win was on September 25th, 2009 when they edged Rancho Cotate 14-12.  That was Rick Ellison’s last year as coach and the team that went through the regular season undefeated before losing in the second round of the NCS playoffs to Eureka.

Windsor (4-6) at Granada (4-6)

Windsor is an example on how hard it is to follow up a historic season.  After going undefeated and winning its first section title ever they finished under .500 for the first time since 2008.

Granada is a Division 1 team from Livermore who has finished over .500 once since 2002.  They are the second team on this preview that has a De LaSalle connection.  Granada is in the East Bay League, which De LaSalle won from 2008-2011 before leaving the league in 2012.

Fortuna (7-4) at Healdsburg (3-7)

This is the third straight year these two teams have met with Fortuna winning each of the last two seasons. 

Fortuna has finished over.500 the last four seasons.  The best of those four seasons was in 2011 when they went 11-2.

Healdsburg is coming off a season in which they finished under .500 for the first time since 2004.

Both teams are in Division 4.

St. Helena (11-2) at Tomales (6-5)

St. Helena is on the biggest roll since the school won 47 straight in the mid 60’s.  Over the last two seasons they are 22-3.  The losses were not good timing.  Two of them ended the season in the NCS playoffs and the other cost them the NCL I championship last season, losing an overtime heartbreaker to Fort Bragg 22-21.

Tomales saw a 39 game league streak without a loss and a six year league championship run come to an end in 2012.  Returning is running back Anthony Feliciano who rushed for over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Willits (6-4) at El Molino (1-9)

Both teams have new coaches with Nick Willimanson at Willits and Randy Parmeter at El Molino.   They are taking over programs that have recently had different results.

After going 3-18 in 2008 and 2009, Willits has been over .500 the last three season.

El Molino on the other hand after a 7-5 finish in 2010, its best season since 1997, have followed that up by going 4-6 and 1-9.

Calistoga (6-5) at Cloverdale (1-9)

Calistoga tries to keep the momentum going.  After a winless 2011, they qualified for the NCS playoffs in 2012.

Cloverdale is trying to turn things around.  Since going 9-2 in 2010 they have gone 2-27-1 since.

McKinleyville (3-7) at Fort Bragg (10-2)

Fort Bragg is the defending NCL I champion.  They took a big hit by graduation from that team but do have one big player returning.  That is running back Zach Smith who rushed for over 1,800 yards and eighteen touchdowns.


No. 5 Sonoma Valley (7-4) at Redwood (1-9)

Bob Midgley makes his coaching debut with a lot of hope. 

For the second straight season that Sonoma Valley is opening the season with three games against Marin County League teams.   Last season they opened the season with a 36-0 win over Redwood as part of a 2-1 start.

Sonoma Valley has had at least two pre-league games against Marin County League teams over the last four seasons and is 5-5. 

Elsie Allen (0-10) at Drake (6-6)

Madison Lott makes his coaching debut for Elsie Allen.  They start the season against three teams that finished at least .500 last year.

Ukiah (1-9) at Piner (4-6)

One of the three NBL-SCL pre-league games as Jeff Burrell coaches his first game for Ukiah since 1991. 

The two teams are coming off different kind of seasons.  Ukiah had one of its worst ever, Piner its best in several.

This is a former NBL game in a series that was dominated by Ukiah.  Piner joined the NBL and played Ukiah every season.  It is believed the only year that Piner defeated Ukiah was in 1990 when they won the NBL championship.

St. Vincent (10-3) at St. Bernard’s (7-5)

St. Vincent is coming off a season that they had double figures in wins for the first time since 2008. 

Former Piner head coach Matt Tomlin makes his coaching debut for St. Bernard’s.  Tomlin was also an assistant on the undefeated Windsor team two seasons ago.

This is the third straight season the two teams open against each other.   They have split the last two years.  Tomlin graduated for St. Bernard’s in 1995.

Notes…No. 1 Rancho Cotate and Maria Carrillo open the season next week. Both have home games, Rancho Cotate against Alhambra, Maria Carrillo against Analy…Clayton Valley, who defeated Rancho Cotate in the championship game in the NCS Division 2 playoffs last year, open this year at De La Salle…Division 3 Championship Marin Catholic has another Division 1 College quarterback.  Morgan Maalak, who is a senior and starts his first game on Saturday with a home game against Miramonte, has already committed to Oregon.  The Marin Catholic opener starts at 1 pm.  Six and a half hours later the Cal Bears open up its regular season at Berkeley with a game against No. 22 Northwestern in a game that will be on ESPN2. Jared Goff, who passed for over 3,600 and 40 touchdowns last season for Marin Catholic, will become the first freshman in school history to open the season as the starting quarterback.

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