Here is the recap of SRJC’s win over No. 1.
It was a game the Bear Cubs dominated statistically, as SRJC opened its home season with an overtime 24-17 win over Butte, who went into the game as the State’s No. 1 ranked team and is the State’s Defending Champion.
The box score doesn’t look like that kind of a game, as SRJC outgained Butte by 150 yards, had ten more first downs and was plus 2 in the turnover battle. The only stat that was a bright one for Butte was that they had ten sacks.
After falling behind early, Christian MacAlvain (Windsor) threw the first of his three touchdown passes to give SRJC a 10-7 lead late in the first quarter. The Bear Cubs would not trail again.
The only score in the second half was a third quarter field goal by Butte to tie the game at 17-17.
SRJC had a couple of chances to win the game in regulation, but missed two field goals in the last four minutes.
It took SRJC five plays to score in the overtime when MacAlvain threw his third touchdown pass, teaming up with Terrence Drew.
It was Drew’s second touchdown catch of the game and part of a 5 catch 118 yard day. MacAlvain ended up passing for 307 yards and the three touchdowns.
Butte’s chance in the overtime were blown up from the start. A false start penalty and a sack by Vai Taito (Rancho Cotate) gave them the ball at the 44 on a 2nd and 29 situation. That led to what was basically a Hail Mary on fourth down that was intercepted in the end zone by Natu Hezchias (Piner) to preserve the upset.
This is pretty heady stuff for SRJC, who defeated a Butte team that going into the game went 29-4 over the last three seasons, including 10-1 last year and the 2013 State Championship.
As you might guess the result had a big effect on the State Rankings. Butte moves from No. 1 to No. 9 and SRJC moves up from No. 12 to No. 5.
SRJC is at unranked Sacramento on Saturday.
You could make a case this area has the best Girls High School Soccer in the country. To help that claim two schools, Maria Carrillo and Montgomery, are ranked in the top six in one rating service IN THE COUNTRY.
This isn’t a first. The last two seasons Maria Carrillo finished No. 1 in the same rankings which is called the FAB 50. They are the first school that has been No. 1 two straight seasons since the FAB 50 started in 1999.
Montgomery finished No. 22 in the same rankings. That might have been a little bit of a rip-off. The Vikings finished 19-3 and all three losses were to Maria Carrillo. All three losses were by one goal and one of those was in overtime.
I’m not really sure how rankings are done Nationwide, in the rankings this week, Maria Carrillo is No. 1 and Montgomery is No. 5. Both schools helped their cause to be high in the rankings this past weekend. Both teams took turns beating teams from Virginia and Maryland. The team from Virginia, Bishop O’ Connell was ranked No. 15 in the Pre-Season rankings. The team from Maryland, Good Counsel was ranked No. 12 in the country last week.
The ranking game continues. Maria Carrillo will host No.25 Issaquah of Washington on Saturday (the 20th). The following Friday Montgomery travels to Alta, Utah, a team that has been in the Top Ten in years past.
They can’t forget about the NBL which starts this week. Take away Maria Carrillo and Montgomery the rest of the NBL is a combined 25-12-4. Montgomery opens league play today (the 17th) when they host Casa Grande who is 4-0-2.
ONLY THE BEGINNING ?
The Fort Bragg offense is putting up some big numbers and they may have only just begun. In a 2-1 start, the Timberwolves have scored at least 35 points in each of their games and are averaging over 500 yards a game.
That is mainly because they are a pass happy team and are very good at it. The scary part about it is most of that passing offense is provided by underclassmen.
Quarterback Kaylor Sullivan, who has averaged over 400 yards and five touchdown passes a game, is a Junior.
Three of his four leading receivers are underclassmen, including Sophomore Lucas Triplett, who is averaging 120 yards receiving. In last week’s 35-19 over El Molino, he had ten catches for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
Sullivan passed for 446 and four scores. The 446 is his second highest passing total of the season. He passed for 466 in the opening 46-36 loss to McKinleyville. He threw eight touchdown pass in his lowest passing yard game of the season. All those TD passes came in the first half in a 55-0 win over Encina Prep. He threw for 315 yards in that first half of play.
THE TOUGH PRE-LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Scheduling up can lead to this. The North Bay League has taken a hit because of the way they have scheduled. The four teams that are expected to be in the NBL race, Cardinal Newman, Casa Grande, Montgomery and Rancho Cotate are a combined 2-8. Cardinal Newman and Casa Grande are done with Pre-League play, while Montgomery and Rancho Cotate each have a game this week.
The combined record of the teams Cardinal Newman and Rancho Cotate have played is 7-1 and the teams Casa Grande and Montgomery have played are 6-1.
Records can be deceiving. That depends on the schedule. A better judgment might be the Power Rankings in which 25 or up is considered good.
Both of the teams Cardinal Newman lost to have a rating of higher than 40 which is better than good.
All three of Casa Grande’s losses are to 30+ teams, as are both of the Montgomery losses.
The 0-2 start by Rancho Cotate is to 20+ teams.
Maria Carrillo’s only loss is to Analy who sits at 33.5.
One of Santa Rosa’s losses is to a team rated 24.5 and they meet one at 33.5, while Ukiah meets a team in the mid 40’s this week.
That leaves Windsor, who has started 3-0. At the beginning of the season the pre-league schedule looked loaded. Two of the three teams on the schedule had a rating of over 25 and one was over 40.
This season, at least so far, they haven’t lived up to that. The three teams are a combined of 1-8 and the highest rated team is a 10. Now of course, three of the eight losses and part of the lower rankings are all because Windsor defeated them and all three wins were fairly one sided.
By the way Analy is 2-0 going into its game at Montgomery this Friday. Montgomery has the highest rating when comparing the numbers of the two teams Analy has beaten at 17.6. Of course, Analy has hurt the rating of both of those teams. A week from Friday Analy is at McClymonds of Oakland, who has rating of 25.4 and went to the Nor Cal championship game last season.
My email address is [email protected]