There is only one absolute positive way of making sure you make the North Coast Section.
That is winning your league.
Yes there are more non-league champions in the North Coast Section playoffs than there are league champions and it isn’t hard to guess in most cases who will get in. Add to that a league champion doesn’t get any major advantage over non-league champions as far as a seeding goes.
The only advantage a league champion has is they will get a first round home game against a non-league champion whether they are a lower seed or not.
But still, there is only one absolute positive way of making sure you make the North Coast Section.
That is winning your league.
The first local team to absolutely positively wrap up a North Coast Section Champion is the Analy Tigers who cinched the their second straight Sonoma County League championship with a 65-0 win over Elsie Allen.
Analy has a one game lead with one game to go and has the league title because of the head to head tie-breaker advantage over second place Sonoma Valley.
NORTH BAY LEAGUE
No. 1 Casa Grande 45 Ukiah 14
No. 3 Montgomery 14 Santa Rosa 6
No. 4 Cardinal Newman 44 Windsor 27
No. 9 Rancho Cotate 42 No. 10 Maria Carrillo 28
There were no major upsets in the NBL, but was some suspense.
One game that didn’t have much suspense was the Casa Grande win over Ukiah, which raises the Gauchos record to 8-0 and keeps them their one game lead in the NBL race with two to go.
Casa Grande broke away from a 7-7 tie with four second quarter touchdowns. Then John Porcivina scored his third touchdown on 95 yard kickoff return that opened the second half. Porcivina scored from all angles running one in and catching one of JuJuan Lawson’s three touchdown passes.
Casa Grande can clinch a tie for its first North Bay League football championship if they win its last regular home game of the season next week against Windsor.
Windsor came close to helping out Casa Grande, before losing wild game to Cardinal Newman, who is one of the two teams tied for second place one game behind Casa Grande.
There were four lead changes in the first half as neither defense could stop the other offense.
All of Cardinal Newman touchdowns were rushing until Pat Evans returned a fumble 35 yards in the fourth quarter for the game’s last score. Kevin Lucey scored three of the touchdowns and even though he wasn’t throwing touchdown passes, Keaton Dunsford was 25 for 35 for 271 yards.
Christian Roberge rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown and Dimitri Atkins rushed for three touchdowns for Windsor.
Lucey scored two of his touchdowns in the second half, the second on a 13 yard run with 9:03 left which gave Cardinal Newman a 37-27 lead. On the next play Evans scored his defensive touchdown to put the game away.
Cardinal Newman host Rancho Cotate next week before finishing the regular season with a home game against Casa Grande.
The other team one game behind Casa Grande is Montgomery who for the second straight week struggled to beat one of the two winless league teams in the NBL.
Last week it was a triple overtime 38-35 win over Ukiah.
This week it was a different kind of game in a win over Santa Rosa.
Logan Francavilla went over the 1,000 yard mark for the season and scored on a three yard run with nine minutes left to break a 6-6 tie.
Montgomery ends the season against Maria Carrillo and Windsor.
In the other game Rancho Cotate dealt a severe blow to Maria Carrillo playoff hopes.
Maria Carrillo went on a nine minute drive in the second quarter to take a 14-13 lead with 3:52 left. By halftime Rancho Cotate had a 28-14 lead, which was part of a 22 point run.
The Rancho Cotate sophomore combination of Gunner Mefferd and Chris Taylor-Yamanoa had their best game. Mefferd tied a school record with five touchdown passes, three of them to Taylor-Yamanoha. The record was set in 1974 by Lou Re.
Maria Carrillo drops to 3-5 and needs to win its last two games to become eligible for the NCS playoffs. They end the season with a home game against Montgomery and go on the road to Ukiah.
Rancho Cotate moves to 5-3 and had already qualified.
SONOMA COUNTY LEAGUE
No. 2 Analy 65 Elsie Allen 0
No. 7 Sonoma Valley 46 El Molino 26
Healdsburg 19 Piner 18
In 2012 Analy won the school’s first ever outright SCL title. They can make it two straight with a win over Petaluma to end the regular season next week.
Either way they will be the SCL champion in the NCS playoffs.
Will Smith completed all eleven passes and threw one touchdown and J’Narrick James rushed for three scores as Analy had a 52-0 halftime lead over Elsie Allen.
Analy has won thirteen straight SCL games. There last loss was to Casa Grande by a 10-9 score on October 21st, 2009.
Analy will host Casa Grande to start the 2014 football season.
Sonoma Valley kept its hopes of a co-championship alive with the win over El Molino. Dan Deely threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more.
El Molino hung in this game, trailing 19-13 in the second quarter when the Dragons scored three straight touchdowns.
The 26 points, which included an 85 yard kickoff return by Lonnie Selec-Gasper, was the most points scored by El Molino this season.
Healdsburg became eligible for the NCS Division 4 playoffs and may have wrapped up at least one home game with its thrilling win over Piner.
The game had two kinds of personalities in a game Piner seem to have in control a good portion of the way.
The first half was all about defense and missed opportunities. Piner had a 6-0 halftime lead with two interceptions, one of them in the red zone which cost them a chance to have a bigger lead.
The seemed to be taken care of when Piner went on a 78 yard-nine play drive that took up nearly half the third quarter and took a 12-0 lead.
The game then took a wild turn when Healdsburg hit the first of two long touchdown passes, that was more run than pass from junior quarterback Ramsey Witke to running back Tystan Cleaver. The first went 76 yards to cut the lead to 12-7. That set up a finish that every score the rest of the way was a lead change.
The last lead change came with 2:28 left when Cleaver took his second short pass and turned it into a long touchdown, this one 59 yards to give Healdsburg a 19-18 lead.
That wasn’t the end of the suspense as Piner, as they did so many times on the night, took the ball into Healdsburg territory as the clock ran under two minutes. But they failed to convert a fourth down play and Healdsburg ran out the clock.
It was a brutal loss for Piner who falls to 3-5 and needs two wins to become eligible for the NCS playoffs. They end the season against El Molino and Elsie Allen.
No. 5 Middletown 47 Cloverdale 7
St. Helena 47 Fort Bragg 7
Kelseyville 36 Clear Lake 14
Lower Lake 49 Willits 0
Middletown continues its march through the NCL I with an easy win over Cloverdale.
Austin Benson rushed for most of his 148 yards in the first half as Middeltown took a 27-7 lead.
Middletown is 7-1 on the season, the lone loss the forfeit of its opening game against Salesian, and are zeroing in on the league championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCS Division 5 bracket.
The night started with four teams waiting for Middletown to come back to them with one league loss.
It ended with one.
That one is St. Helena who defeated Fort Bragg, who was one of the other teams with one league loss.
Sebastian Segura rushed for 153 yards and three first half touchdowns as St. Helena took a 41-0 lead. Davon Browne returned a punt 79 yards and Pepe Gallegos returned an interception 14 yards as St. Helena scored three touchdowns in each of the first two quarters.
St. Helena is 6-2 on the season and will be joining Healdsburg in the NCS Division 4 playoffs. St. Helena lost to Healdsburg 16-14 earlier this season. The Saints other loss was to Middletown.
The other one loss team was Clear Lake who lost to Kelseyville in the annual Bass Bowl. It was the first league win for Kelseyville.
Kevin Duty rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns.
St. Vincent 18 Tomales 14
Stellar Prep 26 CSD Fremont 24
Calistoga (6-0, 3-0) at Upper Lake (0-6, 0-3)
CAL PREPS PROJECTION: Calistoga by 62
Emery (5-3, 2-2) BYE
As Calistoga prepares for its game at Upper Lake today, they now know who is in their rear view mirror in the NCL II/Bay Football race.
In a battle of one loss teams, St. Vincent rallied to defeat Tomales to move into sole possession of second place.
Derek Murphy scored two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the second with eight minutes left to give St. Vincent its first lead of the night.
Tomales followed with a drive inside the 10, but a personal foul penalty set them back and the drive ended up with on an interception in the end zone sewed up the game for St. Vincent.
St. Vincent host Calistoga to end the regular season in two weeks in what has the potential to be for the league championship.
#13 SRJC (4-2, 0-1) at Foothill (2-4, 0-1)
SATURDAY 1PM—KBBF 89.1 FM
SRJC meets the only Nor Cal league team that is under .500.
Foothill lost its opening league game to No. 4 San Mateo 33-0.
SRJC lost its opener to No. 1 Butte 49-21.
This is the first time in four weeks that SRJC is on the road.
The highlight matchup for the league will be played at the same time with No. 7 San Francisco at No. 4 San Mateo.
No. 1 Butte host DeAnza. The three top ten ranked teams all won its league opener.
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