CIF Open Division championship: St. John Bosco dethrones De La Salle
Braves win line of scrimmage, show more speed and go wire-to-wire to break De La Salle's 40-game winning streak and claim nation's final game of 2013 between two national juggernauts.
CARSON, Calif. — Throughout the week, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) fourth-year coach Jason Negro described De La Salle's blend of talent, coaching and tradition as the perfect storm.
But blessed with a lightning quick tailback, polished quarterback and massive, active linemen himself, Negro's Braves had the perfect ingredients to dethrone the four-time defending state Open Division champions and perennial national power De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) Saturday with a 20-14 victory Saturday at StubHub Center.
Josh Rosen fired touchdown passes of 60 and 7 yards to Jaleel Wadood and Sean McGrew rushed for 143 yards as Bosco broke De La Salle's 40-game win streak and captured California's Open Division title. It was sealed by an interception by Gavin Windes on a fourth-down screen pass around the Bosco 35-yard line with just more than two minutes left in the game. De La Salle was down six points and driving hard for perhaps the winning score when Windes faded back and tipped the screen pass to himself.
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Bosco coach Jason Negro holds up the plaque, signaling the Braves' first State Open Division crown after first section and regional titles.
It was a smart and athletic play, one which typified Bosco's effort. Better yet, it was Windes only play of the game. He had no tackles.
"I saw (quarterback Chris Williams) peaking at me so I stopped and backed up," said Windes, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound junior. "I guess you's day I sniffed it out.
"To stop De La Salle's reign is unbelievable."
The Braves ran out the clock after Windes' interception, setting off a wild and loud celebration on the field and among the more than 12,000 estimated largely-pro Bosco fans. The total attendance for the day was 16,791, but the majority of those came late to watch this battle of national powers and to see if a Southern California squad had an answer for De La Salle, which had won four straight Open games, the last three by lopsided margins.
The Spartans made it a game when quarterback Chris Williams hit Marquis Morris with a 48-yard bomb with 6:27 left. The offense got another chance but the interception ended things, and the 2013 season across the season.
The monumental win was the last game played throughout the country and now Bosco will be considered as a mythical national champion. Beating the perennial national juggernaut sure will help the Braves' resume. They came in ranked third in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25 national rankings and De La Salle was No. 4.
"To finish the last high school game in America like this. ... amazing," Negro said. "De La Salle has one of the most storied high school programs in any sport at any level and for our kids to play like this was awesome."
But Negro and his team was confident from the start.
"Frankly, we were tired all week hearing about De La Salle this and De La Salle that," Wadood said. "We knew if we did just what we were supposed to do we'd come out on top."
Much was made of line play coming in, especially at De La Salle which boasted one of, if not its best and biggest in school history. That definitely fired up 6-foot-5, 360-pound All American guard Damien Mama, whose offensive line allowed only one sack and gave Rosen ample time to throw.
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Sean McGrew was a catalyst for the Braves.
McGrew, a 5-7, 170-pound speed merchant, had some gaping holes to run through as well. The Braves averaged 5.2 yards per rush.
"We knew we had to win the line of scrimmage," Mama said. "We took it sort of personal to be able to do that."
The Braves (16-0), who last week gave up more than 700 yards in a 70-49 Southern Regional Bowl victory over Centennial, this week shut down one of the nation's most prolific offenses, one that averaged 44 points and 450 yards per game.
Negro knew last week's totals were misleading, that Centennial gained most of its yards when Bosco had a four-touchdown advantage.
He was so confident in his defense that when the Braves won the toss Saturday, they deferred, which is something you don't often see against the Spartans, who finished with a meager 254 yards to 399 for Bosco.
"The Pac 5 (Southern Section's top division) is no joke," Negro said. "You win that and you got a shot here." The move paid off, as De La Salle punted, and Bosco went 73 yards, keyed by four runs totaling 51 yards by McGrew, to take a 3-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal by Reid Budrovich.
De La Salle lost second-leading rusher Antoine Custer (1,141 yards, 15 TDs on the year) with an ankle injury, but it rattled off four first downs but a lateral was dropped before squirting back for a loss of 20. The Spartans eventually punted and the first quarter ended with Bosco up 3-0.
This was already a minor victory for the local team, as De La Salle opened up leads of 19-0, 14-0 and 21-0 the previous three years in bowl games.
Bosco made it 10-0 with 9:01 left in the half when Rosen, considered one of the top junior quarterbacks in the country, fired a beautiful 60-yard touchdown bomb to a wide open Wadood in the middle of the field.
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Yards were tough to come by for De La Salle's John Velasco, who finished with 93 yards and a TD.
De La Salle has rarely been faced with a crucial situation, but it responded with a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive finished off on a fourth-and-1 play with an 11-yard burst off left tackle.
John Velasco, who had eight carries on the drive, scored his 29th touchdown of the year. That made it 10-7 with 4:21 left in the half.
But Bosco matched it with an equally impressive drive, this one 73 yards on 12 plays finished off with another Rosen-to-Wadood touchdown pass, this one on a 7-yard slant with 29 seconds left in the half. Again Wadood was wide open.
Most of the damage on the drive again was done by the 5-foot-7, 170-pound McGrew, who finished the half with 12 carries for 92 yards. Rosen was 7 of 9 for 119 yards.
Velasco had 15 carries for 81 yards by halftime, but SJB owned the ball and a big yardage advantage 219-141.
Negro has quickly turned Bosco into a national power. Before he got to the Bellflower campus, the Braves had missed the playoffs seven straight years. De La Salle, meanwhile, came in with four straight Bowl championships, the last three particularly lopsided, by scores of 48-8, 35-0 and 48-28. All those games were basically over by halftime.
In this one, Bosco was the team in complete command.
This was the first season for head De La Salle coach Justin Alumbaugh, who took over for Bob Ladouceur, who stepped down after last year's Open Division victory against Centennial. Ladouceur is still in the program as the team's defensive line and running backs coach.
Alumbaugh was drained and somber afterward.
"We just made too many mistakes," he said. "We couldn't protect the quarterback a couple times when we needed to throw. That first half a couple of mistakes killed us.
"Our kids played hard, I don't have any doubt about that. We fought hard, we played hard. We just didn't play well. I liked the effort that we had. You just can't make mistakes against a team like that."
A team considered one of the best in Southern California history. De La Salle has beat most of them. Quite handily even. But Alumbaugh thinks Bosco is one of the best.
"They're up there," he said. "You can clump them in with a couple. That Long Beach Poly team. They're way up there for sure. Those guys are really, really good."
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Jaleel Wadood catches a 60-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.
It definitely would have helped the Spartans to have Custer, the dynamic sophomore running back. But Bosco clearly won the point of attack. Rosen was rarely pressured and only sacked once late in the game. De La Salle averaged only 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. It came in averaging 9.0.
"He didn't even get a carry," Alumbaugh said of Custer. "We had a lot of things in the game plan designed specifically for him. We'd been putting it in for about a month. He's a dynamic talent. ... Taking him out put a little bit of a cog into our game plan but that's not the reason we lost."
They sure drew a big crowd - the biggest in state bowl history unofficially.
The game filled the lower bowl on Bosco's side and fans were still trying to pile in early in the second quarter. The crowd for the day was 16,791 with more than 12,000 estimated for the final game.
"I think we gave the crowd what they came to see," Mama said. "Our coaches gave us a great game plan and we executed. It's a perfect way to end my career and all of our seniors."
Said Wadood: "This is a game we'll remember for the rest of our lives."
St. John Bosco 20, De La Salle 14
De La Salle 0 7 0 7 — 14 St. John Bosco 3 14 0 3 — 20
First quarter B — FG, Budrovich 35, 3:40
Second quarter B — Jaleel Wadood 60 pass from Josh Rosen (Budrovich), 9:01 DLS — John Velasco 10 run (Tyler Duncan kick), 4:21 B — Wadood 7 pass from Rosen (Budrovich kick), 0:29
Fourth quarter B — Budrovich 25, 8:48 DLS — Marquis Morris 49 pass from Chris Williams (Tyler Duncan), 6:27
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS Rushing DLS — John Velasco 21-93, Hernandez 12-57, Williams 11-26, Team 2-(-19). 46-157. St. John Bosco — McGraw 24-143, Rosen 7-50, Wadood 1-8, Sims 2-3, Fields 1-(-2). Totals 38-222.
Passing Williams 6-14-2-97; Matt Robone 0-1-0-0. B — Rosen 12-17-200-2-0.
Receiving De La Salle — Marquis Moore 2-55, Joe Gervolino 1-18, Devin Asiasi 1-11, Charlie Loudon 1-10, Velasco 1-3. B — Wadood 5-113, Fields 5-58, Jared Harrell 1-23, McGrew 1-6.
Tackles DLS — Server 6, David Ortega 6, Kahlil McKenzie 6. B — Chandler Leniu 10, Malik Dorton 7.
TEAM STATISTICS First downs: De La Salle 17, Bosco 15 Net yards rushing: De La Salle 157, Bosco 199 Net yards passing: De La Salle 97, Bosco 200 Total yards: De La Salle 254, Bosco 399 Fumbles/lost: De La Salle 4/0, Bosco 2/0 Penalities/yards: De La Salle 3/15, Bosco 11/101 Turnovers: De La Salle 2, Bosco 0 Possession time: De La Salle 25:03, Bosco 22:57 Third down conversion: De La Salle 2/12, Bosco 5/12 Sacks/yards: DLS 1/4, Bosco 1/4
2013 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games ...
North: De La Salle (14-0) def. Folsom (14-1, 5-0) 45-17
South: St. John Bosco (15-0, 5-0) def. Centennial, Corona (12-3, 5-0) 70-49
North: Del Oro (13-2, 5-0) def. Serra, San Mateo (11-3, 6-0) 28-20
South: Corona del Mar (15-0, 5-0) def. Nordhoff (13-2, 3-1) 24-8
North: Central Catholic (14-1, 6-0) def. McClymonds (10-3, 5-0) 17-14
South: Bakersfield Christian (12-2, 6-0) def. View Park (13-1, 3-0) 40-8
CIF STATE REGIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL GAMES
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The matchups for the 2013 CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl Games presented by Farmers are now set following the selection of participating teams, CIF Executive Director Roger L. Blake announced Sunday. The games will be held Friday-Saturday, December 13-14, 2013, at various host sites in the North and South please see below for schedule and game locations. The Selection Committee, comprised of the 10 CIF Section Commissioners, has selected the following teams to participate in the 2013 CIF State Regional Football Championship Bowl Games Presented by Farmers.
De La Salle The important things: 13-0 record, North Coast Section Division I champions for 22nd-straight year. How they qualified: The Spartans beat California 49-17 in the NCS Division I final. Biggest wins: A 21-14 victory in Week 2 over Division I Regional Bowl entry Serra was the team's most unimpressive but biggest. Blemishes: None Recent history: The Spartans won the Regional Open final over Folsom last season 49-15 en route to their fourth-straight State Open championship. Won 39 straight. Ranked fifth nationally.
Folsom The important things: 14-0 record, Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champions. How they qualified: The Bulldogs defeated Oak Ridge 49-14 in the SJS D1 final. Biggest wins: Beat defending state Division I Bowl champion Granite Bay 30-14 in Week 2. Blemishes: None. Recent history: Won state Division I Bow Game and have gone 73-7 since 2008. Ranked 16th nationally.
St. John Bosco The important things: 14-0 record, Southern Section Pac-5 Division champions. How they qualified: The Braves beat Mater Dei 34-7 in the Pac-5 final. Biggest wins: An undefeated record in the Trinity League is enough big wins. Also beat Arizona power Chandler, 52-31. Blemishes: None Recent history: The Braves reached the Pac-5 semifinals last year and are 35-14 over the past four years (though some of those losses were forfeits).
Centennial The important things: 12-2 record, Southern Section Inland Division champions. How they qualified: The Huskies beat Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 26-12 for the section title. Biggest wins: Beat Liberty (Henderson, Nev.) 60-42 and beat Vista Murrieta 26-12. Blemishes: Lost to Long Beach Poly 35-28 and lost to Alemany 45-28. Recent history: A 123-17 record since 2004 and a 2008 state title.
Serra The important things: 11-2 record, Central Coast Section Open champions. How they qualified: The Padres beat Mitty 21-7 in CCS Open title game. Biggest wins: Two over WCAL co-champs Mitty, 31-7 and 21-7. Blemishes: Lost to De La Salle 21-14 and to St. Francis 41-34. Recent history: School that produced Tom Brady and Lynn Swan has won two CCS titles in three years.
Del Oro The important things: 12-2 record, SJS Division II champions. How they qualified: The Golden Eagles beat Elk Grove 20-19 in SJS D-II finals. Biggest wins: Beat defending Division I State Bowl champion Granite Bay 30-28 on Oct. 25. Blemishes: Lost to Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) 41-24 and De La Salle 41-3. Recent history: Lost in 2011 State Bowl Division I game to Helix 35-24, won at least 10 games eight of last 10 years.
Bakersfield The important things: 11-2 record, Central Section Division I champions. How they qualified: The Drillers drilled Clovis North 60-21 for the section title. Biggest wins: Beat Central (Fresno) 45-6. Blemishes: Lost 51-50 to Oaks Christian, lost 27-7 to Long Beach Poly. Recent history: A 43-8 record the past four seasons with a section title in 2011.
Mission Hills The important things: 12-1 record, San Diego Section Open Division champions. How they qualified: The Grizzlies beat Oceanside 36-14 for the school's first section title. Biggest wins: Beat Oceanside 30-6 and 36-14. Blemishes: Lost to San Pasqual, 13-10 in overtime. Recent history: A 39-11-1 record the past four seasons.
Manteca The important things: 13-1, SJS D-III champions. How they qualified: The Buffaloes beat Sacramento 49-6 in the SJS D-III championship game. Biggest win: Beat Inderkum in the SJS semifinals 45-36. Blemishes: Lost to Wilcox (Santa Clara) 28-27 in Week 2. Wilcox went 9-2. Recent history: A 45-9 record the past four seasons with two wins over Serra in the last two years.
Enterprise The important things: 12-0 record, Northern Section Division I champions. How they qualified: The Hornets beat Paradise 40-14 in NS D-I finals. Biggest wins: Beat Oakdale 23-22 to open season. Blemishes: None. Recent history: Have gone 30-6 last three years and won two straight section titles.
Chaminade The important things: 12-2 record, Southern Section Western Division champions. How they qualified: The Eagles beat Serra (Gardena) 38-35for the school's first section title in its 61-year history. Biggest wins: Beat Serra 38-35 for the section title and beat Oaks Christian (Westlake Village), 21-14. Blemishes: Lost to Hart, 55-54 in overtime, and lost to Serra (Gardena) 36-0 in league play. Recent history: A 45-9 record the past four seasons with two wins over Serra in the last two years.
Hart The important things: 12-2 record, Southern Section Northern Division champions. How they qualified: The Indians beat Valencia 28-21 to avenge a league loss. Biggest wins: Beat Chaminade 55-54 and beat Valencia 28-21 for the section title. Blemishes: Lost to Valencia 24-19 and lost to Canyon (Canyon Country) 45-38 in league play. Recent history: A 28-10 record the past three seasons.
El Cerrito The important things: 12-2, North Coast Section Division III champions. How they qualified: The Gauchos beat top seed Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 54-38 for NCS D-III crown, their first. Biggest wins: Beat previously unbeaten Campolindo (Moraga) and Marin Catholic in back-to-back weeks. Blemishes: Lost to Campolindo 42-27 and Bellarmine 28-25. Recent history: A 25-3 record the last two seasons.
Sacred Heart Prep The important things: 12-1 record, Central Coast Section Division IV champions. How they qualified: The Gators defeated Pacific Grove 56-21 in CCS D-IV finals. Biggest wins: Beat arch-rival Menlo 10-3 in rematch of 2012 CCS title game on Nov. 15. Blemishes: Lost to Terra Nova 29-15.Terra Nova finished 10-1. Recent history: Has won two straight and three CCS titles in four years.
Corona del Mar The important things: 14-0 record, Southern Section Southern Division champions. How they qualified: The Sea Kings beat undefeated Garden Grove, 42-21. Biggest wins: Beat Garden Grove in a matchup of undefeated teams for the section title, and beat Pac-5 squad El Toro, 24-21. Blemishes: None. Recent history: Three consecutive section titles, a 37-4 record over the past three years.
Nordhoff The important things: 13-1 record, Southern Section Northwest Division champions. How they qualified: The Rangers beat El Segundo, 49-21. Biggest wins: Beat Pac-5 program Thousand Oaks 28-10, and beat Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) twice: 20-17 and 24-21. Blemishes: Lost to Oak Park, 23-3, in league play. Recent history: (could be 2 titles in a row, win would be 45-8 last four seasons.)
McClymonds The important things: 10-2 record, Oakland Section champions. How they qualified: The Warriors beat Oakland 44-16 for OS crown. Biggest wins: Beat perennial NorCal small-school power Ferndale 40-7. Blemishes: Lost to Central Catholic 38-24 Sept. 13 and Menlo School 47-40 two weeks later. Recent history: Has won four straight Oakland Section titles; Lost to Central Catholic in last year's regional final. Central Catholic The important things: 13-1 record, SJS D-IV champions. How they qualified: The Raiders defeated previously unbeaten Hilmar 24-10 in D-IV title game. Biggest wins: Beat McClymonds 38-24 on Sept. 13 and Hilmar 24-10. Blemishes: Lost 47-27 to St. Mary's (Stockton) on Sept. 6. Recent history: Defending state champions won 16th section title and have gone 115-18 since 2004.
Bakersfield Christian The important things: 11-2 record, Central Section Division IV champions. How they qualified: The Eagles beat undefeated Mission Oak (Tulare) 35-34. Biggest wins: Beat Mission Oak in a section title game thriller and avenging regular-season loss to Central Valley Christian (Visalia), 21-14, in playoffs. Blemishes: Lost first two games of the season, 32-10 to Southern Section Southwest Division champion Huntington Beach and 34-33 to Central Valley Christian (Visalia). Recent history: Back-to-back section titles in 2007-08, 21-5 record the past two seasons.
View Park The important things: 13-0 record, Los Angeles City Section Division III champions. How they qualified: The Knights beat Poly (Sun Valley) 46-13 for the section title. Biggest wins: Beat LA City Section Division II teams Fremont (39-15) and Hamilton (26-13). Blemishes: None Recent history: A 65-10 record over the past six seasons with section titles in 2010-11 and 8-man titles in 2008-09.
NEW Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 25
In the 14th week of these rankings in football, the Tri-County Rock League shows some big-time strength, led by El Cerrito, Salesian and St. Mary’s of Berkeley.
Welcome to the Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area Top 25 compiled in conjunction with the award-winning Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area TV show that is aired every Sunday night on KOFY, Channel 20, San Francisco and during the week on CSN Bay Area throughout Northern California. These rankings are after games played through Saturday, November 30. We have more than 35 years of compiling high school football rankings in Northern California.
Although the second-biggest school in the league is D3 El Cerrito, you can’t knock the Tri-County Rock League and what it’s teams have done this season.
The league’s top dog, El Cerrito, is back in the CIF North Coast Section Division III title game, and like last year, the No. 3 seed will give top-seeded Marin Catholic all it can handle on Friday night at Burrell Field in San Leandro.
Despite finishing just 2-4 in league, Salesian of Richmond avenged a 21-12 league loss to a Valley Christian team that went 5-1 in league by upsetting the boys from Dublin, 19-13, in the NCS Division V championship game Saturday night at Chabot College.
Then, in the NCS Division IV playoffs, a St. Mary’s of Berkeley team that went 3-3 in league just reached the championship game against No. 2 seed Fortuna, after the Panthers took out top-seeded San Marin and its Elite 11 finalist Manny Wilkins, 35-29, on the road in Novato.
With one title under its belt and two teams still alive, the Rock has the possibility of three NCS football titles in one year, a feat never before achieved.
Here are this week’s new rankings: (Through games of November 30) (Previous ranking in parenthesis)
1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 12-0 The big news is that for the first time since the close win over Serra, the Spartans were pressed, for a while. After trailing 14-7, Sparta marched for 36 striaght points and won easily, 57-27. The Spartans have now won 38 straight and go for a 22nd consecutive NCS championship on Saturday night against California at Dublin High.
2. (2) Serra (San Mateo) 10-2 The No. 2 seeded Padres trailed 17-14 at the half but from there the defense took charge and the running game finished it off in a 28-17 Serra win over Bellarmine. In a rematch of a 31-7 Padres’ win in mid-November, Serra now meets Archbishop Mitty for the CIF Central Coast Section Open Division title.
3. (3) Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) 11-1 The No. 5 seeded Monarchs’ defense has been really impressive in the postseason. Mitty knocked off West Catholic Athletic League foe Valley Christian, 37-7, on Friday and has now outscored two CCS Open Division opponents 65-7, justifying our jumping them over Marin Catholic last week.
4. (4) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 12-0 Like they have since the St. Ignatius game in week two, the Wildcats were able to use reserves but it wasn’t as early as in any of the previous nine games. The result was it only padded the numbers of Elite 11 finalist Morgan Mahalak in a 48-20 NCS D3 semifinal victory over Analy. With the Cal-Hi Sports Caravan roaming the MC sidelines, the Oregon-bound quarterback passed for 307 yards and four TDs and rushed for 124 yards and a fifth score on a 52-yard keeper.
5. (6) California (San Ramon) 11-2 With both teams banged up, it was the No. 3 seed Grizzlies avenging a one-point loss earlier in the season with a 31-17 win over Pittsburg in the NCS D1 semifinals. The reward for head coach Eric Billeci and his boys is a date with destiny as California meets Billeci’s alma mater when they take on De La Salle again after losing 55-0 during the season.
6. (5) Pittsburg 10-3** When Harris Ross scored to close it to 14-7 just before halftime against California, he re-injured his knee and that was it for him and Pittsburg in the loss. Still the overall body of work only drops them behind California and in front of the Deer Valley team they edged 28-24 in Bay Valley Athletic League action.
7. (7) Deer Valley (Antioch) 11-2** The Wolverines got their wish of playing De La Salle in the playoffs, and they did reasonably well in comparison to other teams in a 57-27 loss to the Spartans. The four TDs by quarterback Nsimba Webster and the 27 points are the most against Sparta this season. No drop in this group.
8. (10) James Logan (Union City) 9-3** Last week we said the Colts falling behind Clayton Valley might only be temporary but after the way Deer Valley played against De La Salle and the fact Logan put 44 points on the board in the loss to the Wolverines two weeks ago elevates talented young head coach George Zuber and his boys up a deuce and behind Deer Valley.
9. (11) San Ramon Valley (Danville) 7-5** Here is another case where a D1 team has to move up based on overall body of work, and the fact two weeks ago they only lost 31-24 to a California team that is in the NCS D1 title game.
10. (8) Valley Christian (San Jose) 8-4** The Warriors were shorthanded again but this second meeting with Mitty wasn’t anywhere as close as the first one.
11. (15) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 13-0 After only leading by one at the half, the Gauchos exploded in the second half against North Bay League rival Santa Rosa Montgomery to win 42-13. The NCS Division II top-seeded Gauchos are the only 13-0 team in the Bay. No, they don’t have a win over Serra like St. Francis does, but they don’t have three losses, either, and the NCS D2 field is just as good or better than CCS D2 (which is the one St. Francis is in).
12. (13) St. Francis (Mountain View) 9-3 The Lancers were a 45-21 winner over Palo Alto in the CIFCCS Division II semifinals but they still have to stay below a Valley Christian team that beat them in WCAL play, also because VC’s loss was in the Open Division. Next up is Los Gatos in the D2 title game.
13. (14) Bellarmine (San Jose) 8-4** With their showing against powerful Serra, the Bells not only don’t drop after the loss, they get a one-spot bump to stay in front of the El Cerrito team they beat on the road early in the season.
14. (16) El Cerrito 10-2 The third-seeded Gauchos stay behind the Bells and get dragged along for a two-spot bump after avenging a 15-point early season loss to No. 2 seed Campolindo with a 15-point win, in a 49-34 NCS D3 road victory.
15. (12) Campolindo (Moraga) 11-1** Campo falls in behind El Cerrito but ahead of the Miramonte team they handled easily in league play.
16. (17) Miramonte (Orinda) 10-2 We felt strongly the Mats were a sleeper in the NCS D2 playoffs, since their only losses are to Marin Catholic and Campolindo, and D3 once again is perhaps stronger than D2 in the NCS playoffs. They proved themselves by taking out a Clayton Valley team that chat rooms were trying to figure which opponent it might play in Carson. It was close, in a 44-38 road victory, but the difference was Miramonte had a passing game, as Drew Anderson threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns.
17. (9) Clayton Valley (Concord) 10-2** It got ugly for the Ugly Eagles in the loss to Miramonte. They can be no higher then right below the Mats but still above Analy. Note: Record does not include one default win.
18. (19) Wilcox (Santa Clara) 9-2** Season complete two weeks ago but remember this team has a win over Los Gatos with a loss to Milpitas and another win over Manteca of Sac-Joaquin Section. All three of those teams are playing for section titles.
19. (18) Analy (Sebastopol) 11-2** Looking at the Tigers overall body of work, which includes a win over Pittsburg and a lone loss to Miramonte prior to facing Marin Catholic, and then couple that with them playing as well against Marin Catholic as anyone other than St. Ignatius, there’s only a slight drop in this group.
20. (20) Los Gatos 9-3 The No. 2 seeded Wildcats barely broke a sweat in a CCS Division II 35-6 semifinal win over Atherton Menlo-Atherton. First-year head coach Mark Krail now has his team in the title game against St. Francis. This team’s three losses are to Mitty, Menlo-Atherton and Wilcox. They do own a win over Milpitas and they avenged the loss to Menlo-Atherton.
21. (21) Milpitas 10-2 The Trojans have a win over Wilcox but a loss over Los Gatos, with the other loss to Valley Christian. The CCS Division I No. 2 seed was a 45-0 winner over San Jose Piedmont Hills, and now meets Hollister San Benito for the championship. Fourth-seed San Benito was a 37-7 winner over top seed Alvarez of Salinas.
22. (22) Freedom (Oakley) 6-6** Season complete and for now the Falcons stay put.
23. (23) Terra Nova (Pacifica) 10-1** Season complete but the Tigers get to move up and take the place of Carmel.
24. (24) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 11-1 The Gators are into the CCS Division IV title game but it’s not against the Carmel team they thought they would be facing. After a 34-7 semifinal win over Monterey, SHP plays No. 7 seed Pacific Grove. The Breakers avenged a close league defeat to Carmel by blowing up the scoreboard in a 77-53 victory. Their lone defeat is 29-15 to Terra Nova. The winner between SHP and Pacific Grove also could be in the NorCal D3 bowl game if Hilmar were to lose to Central Catholic of Modesto (very possible) in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section D4 final.
25. (NR) St. Ignatius (San Francisco) 4-8 The lone newcomer has one stinker loss to Menlo-Atherton, 21-16, on the road. The other non-league losses are to Marin Catholic by 11 points and Terra Nova by 17 points, both higher ranked. The other five losses are to WCAL teams ranked ahead of them by 46 points combined, including a 31-24 loss at Serra. The winner of the CCS D3 semifinal was going to most likely get this spot, and St. Ignatius advanced to the finals by beating previously unbeaten and top-seeded Burlingame, 41-21, on the road. Aptos is next for a third-straight title, and second with a so-so record.
Note: McClymonds has won Silver Bowl title in Oakland Athletic League. The team is eligible to be chosen for D4 North regional bowl game and probably will be chosen.
WEEK 14 NEW STATE TOP 25 OVERALL FOOTBALL RANKINGS
(Previous ranking in parentheses; through games of Monday, Dec. 2) *Asterisk indicates season complete.
1. (1) DE LA SALLE (CONCORD) 12-0
2. (2) ST. JOHN BOSCO (BELLFLOWER) 13-0
3. (3) FOLSOM 13-0
4. (4) SERRA (GARDENA) 13-0
5. (6) MATER DEI (SANTA ANA) 11-2
6. (8) CENTENNIAL (CORONA) 11-2
7. (9) CHAMINADE (WEST HILLS) 11-2
8. (10) OAK RIDGE (EL DORADO HILLS) 12-1
9. (11) SERRA (SAN MATEO) 10-2
10. (12) MISSION HILLS (SAN MARCOS) 12-1
11. (13) VISTA MURRIETA (MURRIETA) 12-1
12. (15) MISSION VIEJO 11-1*
13. (5) LONG BEACH POLY (LONG BEACH) 11-2*
14. (7) ALEMANY (MISSION HILLS) 10-3*
15. (16) DEL ORO (LOOMIS) 11-2
16. (17) BAKERSFIELD 10-2
17. (19) ARCHBISHOP MITTY (SAN JOSE) 11-1
18. (18) ELK GROVE 12-1
19. (14) OCEANSIDE 10-3
20. (20) NARBONNE (HARBOR CITY) 11-2
21. (21) MARIN CATHOLIC (KENTFIELD) 12-0
22. (23) EASTLAKE (CHULA VISTA) 10-2*
23. (24) CORONA DEL MAR (NEWPORT BEACH) 13-0
24. (NR) CALIFORNIA (SAN RAMON) 11-2
25. (NR) CRENSHAW (LOS ANGELES) 9-4
Dropped Out: Previous No. 22 Pleasant Grove (Elk Grove); No. 25 San Pasqual (Escondido).
CIF STATE BOWL GAME DIVISIONS RANKINGS UPDATES
DIVISION I SOUTH 1. (1) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 13-0* 2. (3) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 11-2 3. (5) Centennial (Corona) 11-2 4. (6) Mission Hills (San Marcos) 12-1 5. (7) Vista Murrieta (Murrieta) 12-1 *Would be probable choice for CIF Open Division in the south if it wins section title.
DIVISION I NORTH 1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 12-0* 2. (2) Folsom 13-0* 3. (3) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 12-1 4. (4) Serra (San Mateo) 10-2 5. (5) Del Oro (Loomis) 11-2 *Would be probable choice for CIF Open Division in the north if it wins section title.
DIVISION II SOUTH 1. (1) Serra (Gardena) 13-0* 2. (2) Chaminade (West Hills) 11-2 3. (3) Valencia 11-2 4. (4) St. Augustine (San Diego) 11-2** 5. (5) Norwalk 13-0 *Would be probable choice for CIF Open Division in the south if it wins section title. **Season complete. Has won section title and is eligible for bowl game.
DIVISION II NORTH 1. (2) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 13-0 2. (3) Enterprise (Redding) 12-0 3. (5) St. Francis (Mountain View) 9-3 4. (7) Manteca 12-1 5. (6) Miramonte (Orinda) 11-2
DIVISION III SOUTH 1. (1) Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 13-0 2. (5) Garden Grove 13-0 3. (2) Mission Oak (Tulare) 12-0 4. (6) Nordhoff (Ojai) 12-1 5. (NR) El Segundo 10-3
DIVISION III NORTH 1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 12-0 2. (3) El Cerrito 11-2 3. (2) Campolindo (Moraga) 11-1* 4. (6) Hilmar 13-0 5. (7) Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton) 11-1 *Season complete; ineligible for bowl game.
DIVISION IV SOUTH 1. (NR) Christian (El Cajon) 11-1** 2. (1) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 10-3* 3. (2) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 11-2 *Season complete. Ineligible for bowl game. **Could be reclassified this week as D4 South from D2 South. For details,
DIVISION IV NORTH 1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 12-1 2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 10-2* 3. (3) Le Grand 12-0* *Season complete but both have won section titles and are eligible for bowl game.
How NorCal football finals are shaping up...
To get to the CIF State Championship Bowl Games, football teams must be selected by the state's commissioners to play for the regional championships. To be picked, teams must win a section title.
With that information, here are the Metro teams that have the best shot at getting picked for the regional in each division.
Open Division: As long as De La Salle-Concord (11-0) wins its 22nd straight North Coast Section crown, the Spartans are a shoo-in. If someone shocks them along the way, they probably earn a spot. Nationally ranked Folsom (12-0), from the Sac-Joaquin Section, is the most likely Open opponent.
Division I: Since De La Salle will eliminate the rest of the NCS schools, the winner of the Central Coast Section Open, either Serra (9-2), Mitty (10-1), Bellarmine (8-3) or Valley Christian (7-4) will get locked into this game. Look for its opponent to be Del Oro-Loomis (9-3) or Elk Grove (11-1), which should win the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament but are each classified D1 by the CIF.
Division II: The winner of the NCS - Clayton Valley-Concord (11-1), Casa Grande-Petaluma (12-0) or Miramonte-Orinda (10-2) - will likely get picked. Look for its opponent to be Enterprise-Redding (11-0), considered the best Northern Section team in years. St. Francis (8-3) will make a strong case if it wins the CCS title, though it has a tough game with Palo Alto (6-5) Friday. Inderkum-Sacramento (10-2) will be a strong candidate as well if it wins two more games.
Division III: Again, the NCS will go, either Marin Catholic-Kentfield (11-0), Campolindo-Moraga (11-0) or El Cerrito (10-2). If Burlingame beats St. Ignatius and goes 13-0, it will be hard to rule out the Panthers. The winner of the CCS's Division IV tournament - either Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton (10-1), Carmel (11-0), Pacific Grove (10-1) or Monterey (7-3) - will also be a strong candidate to face the NCS champion. All fit under the CIF's Division III enrollment criteria.
Division IV: McClymonds-Oakland (9-2) has had little resistance in the Oakland Athletic League and should win the section title. If Valley Christian-Dublin (8-3) wins in NCS Division V, it will also be a strong candidate. Defending champion Central Catholic-Modesto (11-1) will be the opponent.
Updated 10:18 pm, Monday, November 25, 2013
CIF STATE BOWL GAME DIVISIONS RANKINGS UPDATES
DIVISION I SOUTH 1. (1) St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 12-0 2. (3) Long Beach Poly (Long Beach) 11-1 3. (6) Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 10-2 4. (4) Alemany (Mission Hills) 10-2 5. (5) Centennial (Corona) 10-2
DIVISION I NORTH 1. (1) De La Salle (Concord) 11-0 2. (2) Folsom 12-0 3. (3) Oak Ridge (El Dorado Hills) 11-1 4. (4) Serra (San Mateo) 9-2 5. (5) Del Oro (Loomis) 10-2
DIVISION II SOUTH 1. (1) Serra (Gardena) 12-0 2. (2) Chaminade (West Hills) 10-2 3. (4) Valencia 10-2 4. (7) St. Augustine (San Diego) 10-2 5. (9) Norwalk 12-0
DIVISION II NORTH 1. (1) Clayton Valley (Concord) 10-1* 2. (2) Casa Grande (Petaluma) 12-0 3. (3) Enterprise (Redding) 11-0 4. (4) Inderkum (Sacramento) 10-2 5. (5) St. Francis (Mountain View) 8-3
DIVISION III SOUTH 1. (1) Corona del Mar (Newport Beach) 12-0 2. (2) Mission Oak (Tulare) 11-0 3. (3) Oak Park (Agoura Hills) 11-1 4. (4) Monrovia 11-1 5. (5) Garden Grove 12-0
DIVISION III NORTH 1. (1) Marin Catholic (Kentfield) 11-0 2. (2) Campolindo (Moraga) 11-0 3. (3) El Cerrito 10-2 4. (4) Analy (Sebastopol)11-1 5. (5) Carmel 11-0
DIVISION IV SOUTH 1. (1) Christian (El Cajon) 10-1 2. (2) Bishop Diego (Santa Barbara) 10-2 3. (3) Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo) 10-2
DIVISION IV NORTH 1. (1) Central Catholic (Modesto) 11-1 2. (2) McClymonds (Oakland) 9-2 3. (3) Le Grand 11-0
Windsor turns tables on Rancho Cotate...
Rancho Cotate’s Chris Taylor-Yamanoha stretches for a pass but can’t get enough of the ball to stop Matt Basich’s second interception of the game. (CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat)
By MICHAEL COIT THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
ROHNERT PARK — Football playing friends convinced Christian Roberge to join Windsor’s varsity this season and the senior running back had another big game in the Jaguars convincing win at Rancho Cotate to open the section playoffs.
Providing consistent rushing yards to balance a strong Jaguars’ passing game, Roberge was difficult to bring down all night. Never tackled for a loss, Roberge also tossed a pass in the scoring drive that helped Windsor regain momentum for the 32-10 win on the road.
“My teammates are my brothers. We all work our hardest,” Roberge said. “Tonight we just did our job. We just took what the defense gave us.”
Windsor’s defense matched the offensive effort. Forcing six turnovers, Windsor twice snagged interceptions with the Cougars near the Jaguars goal line — the second Jalen Roman returned 99 yards for a touchdown. The Jaguars’ top receiver, Matt Basich, filling in for an injured defender, had three of Windsor’s five interceptions.
Rancho Cotate had kept the game close with a field goal to open the second half and controlling the ball with those deep drives to keep Windsor’s offense on the sidelines. Yet the Cougars could not make the big plays, ending the young teams up and down season.
“The turnovers hurt, but you can’t blame one person. We stayed in the game,” said defensive anchor Steven De Souza, who had two sacks in the contest. “Windsor’s a very good team.”
A good team, indeed, as Windsor is playing best when games count the most.
Defeating Montgomery in the North Bay League finale to qualify for the North Coast Section playoffs, Windsor is playing with confidence. The win over Rancho Cotate erased the bad taste of a lopsided loss against the Cougars to open league play.
Now the Jaguars get the winner of tonight’s Casa Grande-Alameda game in the second round of the NCS Division 2 playoffs.
“We came into it like it could be our last game,” said Roman, who led all receivers with 138 yards. “I wanted to stay confident and loose and give it my all for my teammates.”
Setting the tone early was Roberge, who touched the ball on half of Windsor’s plays in the Jaguars first drive to take a lead Windsor would not relinquish. Roberge finished with 68 yards rushing in the game and his one catch was a third-down grab to keep that opening drive alive.
“We felt in control this whole game,” Roberge said.
First, though, Windsor had to regain the lead following Rancho Cotate’s game tying drive on the Cougars second possession of the contest.
Fast back Carlos Franco peppered Windsor with runs and Rancho Cotate reached the end zone on a 38 yard pass from Gunner Mefferd to Chris Taylor-Yamanoha.
Respond the Jaguars did. Playing with a sense the game was there for the taking Windsor went on a 14-play drive featuring McAlvain at his scrambling best. The senior connected on slants and screens to keep moving the Jaguars, who converted a pair of third downs.
The third attempt ended with a Rancho Cotate sack. No bother — Jedi Tavares hit a 42-yard field goal with distance for much more.
Holding Rancho Cotate to a touchdown and leading by 10 points at half time, Windsor had to feel good. The Cougars scored more than 40 points in each of their past three games.
Yet the Jaguars would be forgiven any uneasiness early in the third quarter. A holding penalty and sack pushed Windsor back near their goal line, where the Jaguars punted.
With a short field, Rancho Cotate drove inside the Windsor 10. But the Cougars settled for a Kevin Nguyen 23-yard field goal.
Windsor came back with a 74 yard scoring drive, overcoming two holding penalties. The drive — including the Roberge pass to McAlvain and a fourth down conversion by Roberge — was capped by a Roman 30 yard scoring catch.
Game for a comeback, Rancho Cotate would take the ball down the field only to be stopped twice near the end zone.
So confident was Windsor that the Jaguars went for a fourth down conversion at their own 30 yard line. Windsor turned over the ball on downs. Still, Rancho Cotate would not score.
“We think we’re starting to peak now at the right time,” Roberge said.
Michael Coit can be reached at email@example.com.
NCS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS...
D-1 (12) LIBERTY (BVAL) 5-5 @ D-1 (5) JAMES LOGAN (CA) 8-2
D-5 (7) ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC (HDNL LITTLE 4) 8-2 @ D-5 (2) VALLEY CHRISTIAN (TCAL-R) 7-3
Windsor stuns Montgomery, 24-0
By HOWARD SENZELL FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Windsor’s Colin McAlvain (19) threw three touchdown passes against Montgomery on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)
Windsor, needing a win to become eligible for the North Coast Section playoffs, responded to the challenge by playing its best game of the year while defeating visiting Montgomery, 24-0, Friday night.
Quarterback Colin McAlvain threw for all three touchdowns. He found Jalen Roman for 20 and 80 yards and hooked up with Matt Basich for a 70-yard score in the first quarter.
The win improved the Jaguars’ record to 5-5 which means they are eligible to apply for a berth in the North Coast Section tournament.
“It was the biggest game of the year and the guys played their best,” coach Vic Amick said.
Defensive specialists Mitch Bruning and Alex Borowski led the way for Windsor’s first shutout of the season. Bruning had nine tackles while Borowski had five tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
McAlvain completed 11 of 20 passes for 274 yards. Roman had seven receptions for 192 yards.
Montgomery is assured of an NCS berth. The Vikings finished 8-2 and tied with Cardinal Newman for second place in the North Bay League at 5-2.
Jaguars blank Montgomery 24-0 to earn playoff spot...
photo by Greg Clementi
Quarterback Colin McAlvain (19) handed off to running back Dimtri Acken in the Jags’ 24-0 win over visiting Montgomery on Nov. 8. Windsor will visit Rancho Cotate this Friday, Nov. 15 in the NCS playoff opener.
Ninth seeded Windsor visits Rancho on Friday in NCS rematch
The varsity football Jaguars saved their best game of the season for when it counted most, jumping all over visiting Montgomery in the North Bay League finale, 24-0.
The victory was as significant as it was impressive, pushing Windsor’s record to 3-4 in league and an even 5-5 overall, stamping the team as North Coast Section playoff eligible.
On Sunday the NCS seeding committee obliged, awarding the Jags the ninth seed in the 16-team playoff tournament. Windsor will open the playoffs this Friday, Nov. 15 against North Bay rival Rancho Cotate in Rohnert Park. Kickoff time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Cougars handed the Jags a 43-14 loss in their regular season meeting on Sept. 27, but it was a much different Windsor team six weeks ago. The Jaguars enter the postseason as a dangerous opponent fully capable of pulling the upset.
“We feel good, we might not have won every game since Maria Carrillo, but as a staff and players we believe we have gotten better every week,” Jags head coach Vic Amick said.
Should the Jaguars beat Rancho, they will advance to face the winner of the Casa Grande-Alameda game on Nov. 22 or 23 (TBD).
The complete list of NCS Division-2 playoff teams in seeding order is Casa Grande (10-0), Clayton Valley (9-1), Miramonte (8-2), Montgomery (8-2), Concord (7-3), Northgate (8-2), Las Lomas (6-4), Rancho Cotate (6-4), Windsor (5-5), Washington (6-4), College Park (6-3-1), Newark Memorial (6-4), American (7-3), Tennyson (7-3), San Lorenzo (5-5) and Alameda (6-4).
Jags playoff intensity
Friday’s critical meeting with Montgomery was win or go home for the Jaguars, needing a win to extend their season.
“We just asked our guys to play for each other and told them they were literally facing their last game if they didn't play our style of football for 48 minutes,” Amick noted.
Windsor responded with playoff intensity, imposing their will on the Vikings on both sides of the ball.
Windsor set the tone on defense when a blocked punt had the Vikings driving to the Jaguars four-yard line on its first possession. A forced fumble by Windsor defender Alex Borowski ended the threat, and the Jags capitalized on a 55-yard scoring strike from quarterback Colin McAlvain to receiver Matt Basich. Geddi Tavares added the PAT kick and Windsor led 7-0 at the end of one.
The Jags went up by two scores early in the second period when McAlvain directed a 57-yard drive resulting in a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Roman, who dove over the pylon to give the Jags a 14-0 advantage at the half.
There was no let-up for the Windsor defense in the third quarter, as Roman picked off a Vikings pass to put the Jags in business at the Monty 22. The ensuing drive resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Tavares for a 17-0 lead.
Montgomery mounted its best drive of the night on its next series, marching to the Windsor one-yard line before the Jags shut it down with an inspired goal-line stand. The threat ended with a clutch fourth-down tackle by Bradley Clark to keep the Vikings off the board.
Windsor put the game out of reach on its next possession, as Roman scored on an 80-yard catch and run to make it a 24-0 ballgame at the end of three. The Jags’ defensive unit would dominate the final period as Windsor cruised to a 24-0 victory.
McAlvain had a solid night under center, completing 11 of 20 yards for 230 yards passing and three touchdowns. Roman had his best game of the year, hauling in seven catches for 192 yards and a pair of scores. Basich added four receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown.
Leading defenders included Borowski (8 tackles, INT, FF), Roman (7 tackles, INT), Mitchell Bruning (7 tackles), and Chava Carrillo (2 tackles for loss, sack).
Porchavina rushes for Casa record 301 yards...
By HOWARD SENZELL FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
John Porchivina ran for a school record 301 yards Friday night as Casa Grande remained unbeaten with a 42-28 victory against visiting Windsor.
It broke the record of 287 yards set by Joe Trombetta in 2003.
Three of Porchivina’s runs were for touchdowns. He accounted for both the Gauchos’ scores in the first quarter, the first from 36 yards out and the second from 83 away.
His third touchdown came in the fourth quarter and gave Casa a 28-14 lead. Both teams scored twice in the final quarter.
“Porchivina is one of the most physical players I’ve coached,” Trent Herzog said.
“The offensive line played super in front of him. They opened holes at the line of scrimmage and John did the rest.”
Playing on the line were: Miles Gardea, Brendan Jackson, Julian Lopez, Peter Parrick, Greg Poteracke and Alec Runge.
The Gauchos are 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the NBL. They’ve clinched at least a tie for the league crown and can win it outright with a victory against Cardinal Newman on Friday.
Windsor 7 7 0 14–28 Casa Grande 14 7 7 14–42
CG-John Porchivina 36 run (Matt Abramo kick) CG-Porchivina 83 run (Abramo kick) W-Dmitri Atkins 1 run (PAT good) CG-Cody Houston 3 run (Abramo kick) W-Matt Basich 49 pass from Colin McAlvain (PAT good) CG-Porchivina 2 run (Abramo kick) W-Atkins 1 run (PAT good) CG-Kyle Chase 2 pass from JaJuan Lawson (Abramo kick) CG-Lawson 36 run (Abramo kick) W-Basich 33 pass from McAlvain (PAT good)
Passing: Casa Grande-Lawson 11-14, TD. Receiving: Casa Grande-Miles Gardea 3-78. Rushing: Casa Grande-Porchivina 24-301, 3 TDs; Houston 7-57, TD
Records: Wind. 4-5, 2-4; CG 9-0, 6-0
WHS Jaguars battle Cardinal Newman in 44-27 loss...
Photo by Jean Fruth
Big Play Man
Windsor senior receiver Matt Basich (at left) has been a go-to player for the varsity footballers this season. The Jags will visit Casa Grande on Friday, Nov. 1.
Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
By Greg Clementi Sports Editor
Windsor visits unbeaten Casa Grande this Friday
High school football victories come in various forms and are seldom defined by wins and losses alone.
That was the story on Friday when Windsor gave perennial North Bay League power Cardinal Newman all they could handle before a couple of late touchdowns allowed the visitors to escape with a 44-27 win.
The setback evened the Jaguar’s season record to 4-4 and 2-3 in the NBL, while Newman improved to 6-2 on the year and 4-1 in league.
Windsor will continue a challenging league schedule this Friday, Nov. 1 when it visits first-place Casa Grande in Petaluma. The Gauchos (5-0, 8-0) are coming off a 45-14 win over Ukiah last week and have out-scored their opponents by a margin of 189-57. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Windsor hangs tough
The Jaguars played one of their best games of the year against Newman, churning up nearly 300 rushing yards against the vaunted Cardinals defense, including 180 from senior running back Christian Roberge and another 80 yards and three scores from fullback Dmitri Acken.
It wasn’t quite enough, as a late Jags turnover ultimately sealed their fate.
“Our game plan was to run the ball right at them, WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “Our offensive line did a great job in leading the way and the running backs were tough and physical.”
Windsor trailed 30-27 in the fourth quarter when Cardinal Newman ended the Jaguar’s’ upset bid with two scores in a 30-second span. The last touchdown came on a 35-yard return on a fumble recovery.
“It was a great game, and the score didn't tell how close it was,” Amick noted. “We had two turnovers and against a good team those are mistakes you cannot have.”
Newman drew first blood in the opening period when running back Kevin Lucey ended a drive with a three-yard scoring burst for a 7-0 lead. The Jags came right back on their next possession when Acken dove over from a yard out to cut the deficit to 7-6.
The Jaguars answered a 30-yard Newman field goal when Roberge busted loose on an 18-yard touchdown scamper for a 12-10 lead at the end of one.
The see-saw battle raged on in the second period when Lucey scored from five yards out to give the Cardinals a 16-12 advantage. The Jags clawed back on their next drive with a three-yard scoring run by Acken, followed by a Geddi Tavares PAT kick to re-take the lead at 19-16. Newman finished off an explosive first half with a two-yard run by Zach Stoltz for a 23-19 edge at the break.
The Cardinals appeared to gain separation early in the third quarter when quarterback Keaton Dunsford directed a sustained drive ending in a seven-yard scoring run by Lucey for a 30-19 advantage.
But the Jags would not go quietly, as quarterback Colin McAlvain engineered a scoring march culminating in another five-yard touchdown run by Acken. McAlvain converted the ensuing two-point conversion try when he hit receiver Jalen Roman in the end zone, cutting the deficit to 30-27 at the end of three.
Cardinal Newman put the contest out of reach with nine minutes left when Lucey found pay-dirt on a 13-yard touchdown, and defender Pat Evans sealed the Cardinals’ fate when he scooped up a Windsor fumble and took it 35 yards to the house en route to a 44-27 win.
Newman tops Windsor 44-27...
By HOWARD SENZELL FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Cardinals Newman’s Craig Lucey runs through the Windsor defense Friday in Windsor. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)
Kevin Lucey rushed for three touchdowns and his younger brother, Craig, ran for one as visiting Cardinal Newman scored a 44-27 victory against Windsor Friday night.
Craig, who’s a junior, had the game’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run while Kevin found paydirt from 5, 7 and 13 yards.
The game was closer than the final score shows. Newman led 30-27 going to the fourth quarter. Kevin Lucey scored his last touchdown early in the quarter and then linebacker Pat Evans picked up a fumble and took it 35 yards to paydirt with 8:48 remaining.
Although he didn’t throw a touchdown, Cardinals quarterback Keaton Dunsford had a big hand in the outcome. The senior completed 25 of 35 for 271 yards. His favorite receiver was Kevin Lucey (10 catches for 121 yards).
Windsor’s Christian Roberge was the game’s leading rusher with 177 yards on 24 carries. He scored once on an 18-yard run.
Newman is now 4-1 in the North Bay League and 6-2 overall. The Jaguars are 2-3 in league, 4-4 overall.
Footballers notch 59-19 Homecoming romp over Santa Rosa
The varsity football Jaguars enjoyed some home cooking on Friday against visiting Santa Rosa, turning in their most complete game of the year in a 59-19 Homecoming romp.
The Jags’ second straight victory puts them over the .500 mark with an overall record of 4-3 and an even 2-2 in North Bay League play. More importantly, it keeps the team in the hunt for a possible NCS post-season bid.
“It was nice to be home in front of the school and community,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “We were able to show them how we’ve grown and stuck together as a team and family since the last time we saw them against Benicia. We came out early and did our jobs.”
The schedule will get considerably tougher starting this Friday, Oct. 25 when Windsor plays host to visiting Cardinal Newman. The Cardinals (3-1, 5-2) are fresh off a 48-27 win over Maria Carrillo last week and come in riding a two-game win streak.
“We will have to be ready to compete at a championship level for four quarters,” Amick noted about his team’s next opponent. “We’ll need to protect the ball, slow down the game and keep their offense on the sideline to keep our crowd and our fans in it.”
Jags maul Panthers
Windsor senior quarterback Colin McAlvain had his team in the end zone early and often on Friday against Santa Rosa, as the Jags set the tone with four touchdowns in the opening quarter to grab a 29-0 lead. The Jaguars added another pair of scores in the second quarter for a 42-12 halftime advantage.
With the game out of reach, Windsor emptied its bench after the break, out-scoring the Panthers 17-7 the rest of the way en route to a 59-19 win.
McAlvain put up some impressive offensive numbers, completing 15 of 18 pass attempts for 240 yards and four touchdowns.
The receiving corps was led by Matt Basich (6-88 yards, 2 TDs), Jalen Roman (8 -89 yards, TD), and Paris Henry (1-25 yards, TD).
Leading ground-gainers included Carlos Guzman (6-68 yards, TD), Dmitri Acken (6-60 yards), and Christian Roberge (6-8 yards, TD).
Anchoring a strong Windsor defensive unit were Roman (8 tackles, 2 INTs), Anthony Rea (7 tackles, 2 INTs), Sam Fletcher (8 tackles), Alex Borowski (10 tackles), and Evan Legaspi (6 tackles 2 pass break-ups).
Windsor entertains Santa Rosa this Friday in Homecoming Game
The varsity football Jaguars finished off a protracted four-game road swing in winning style on Friday, scoring a lopsided 37-14 win over the Ukiah Wildcats.
The Jags did it the old fashioned way, using a tremendous push from their offensive line to open gaping holes for running back Christian Roberge. The senior back turned in a great performance, rushing 25 times for a career-best 195 yards and one touchdown.
Quarterback Colin McAlvain kept the chains moving and the clock running, completing 12 of 24 passes for 185 yards and three scores in presiding over Windsor’s best offensive effort to date.
The victory pushed the Jaguars’ record to 1-2 in the North Bay League standings and 3-3 overall, good for fourth place behind Casa Grande (6-0), Montgomery (2-1), Cardinal Newman (2-1), Rancho Cotate (2-1) and Maria Carrillo (2-1).
“We came together and understood what had to be done on Friday,” head coach Vic Amick said following the win over Ukiah. “We didn’t play perfect but it was the closest we have been. We needed to get our confidence back and also capture some momentum coming home for the next three of four games.”
Windsor will enjoy some much-needed home cooking beginning this week, as the team prepares for a Friday, Oct. 18 clash with the visiting Santa Rosa Panthers in the Homecoming Game. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Santa Rosa fell to 0-3 in league and 2-4 on the year with a 45-0 loss to Cardinal Newman last week, its fourth straight defeat after starting the season with a pair of wins.
The 37 points scored against Ukiah represented the most by the Jaguars this season, a good sign as the team starts the second half of the fall campaign.
Senior receiver Matt Basich continued an outstanding season, pulling down eight catches for a team-high 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Talented junior wide-out Jalen Roman had two receptions for 45 yards and one score, while bruising running back Dmitri Acken also found pay-dirt for the Jaguars.
Leading a great defensive effort were Sam Fletcher (8 tackles, sack), Mitchell Bruning (10 tackles), Anthony Spallino (10 tackles), Alex Borowski (8 tackles, sack), and Evan Legaspi (INT).
Jags comeback falls short in 21-14 loss to Maria Carrillo
Offensive Coordinator DJ Sexton (middle) rallied the troops during a timeout. The Jaguars will visit Ukiah this Friday, Oct. 11 in a 7:30 p.m. varsity kickoff.
Windsor visits Ukiah on Friday to close out long road swing
The varsity football Jaguars saw a potential comeback fall just short at Maria Carrillo on Friday, falling to the host Pumas 21-14 in a North Bay League clash in Santa Rosa.
The loss dropped the Jags to 0-2 in NBL play and 2-3 on the season.
The game followed a familiar script for the Jaguars this year, with a lack of consistency for 48 full minutes continuing to plague the team.
“I know I sound like a broken record but we didn't play four quarters of football,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “We played good enough to win defensively, but (offensively) it was just too little too late.”
The good news for Windsor fans lies in the knowledge that the Jags will finish off a protracted, four-game road swing this week when they visit Ukiah on Oct. 11. Kickoff times starting with the JV game are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats (0-2, 2-3) have also dropped their first pair of NBL outings, including a tough 7-0 loss to Rancho Cotate on Friday.
Comeback falls short
Windsor’s latest setback was of the heartbreaking variety, nearly erasing a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter before a late interception dashed any hopes of a miraculous finish.
The Jaguars struggled against the Puma’s strong offensive attack, yielding 400 yards of total offense, including 190 yards rushing to Maria Carrillo running back Alex Netherda.
The Pumas jumped on top in the opening quarter when Netherda broke loose on a 44-yard touchdown run, and a two-yard run from Clayton Pool in the second quarter gave Carrillo a 14-0 lead at the half.
Windsor finally got it going in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points in a three-minute span. Quarterback Colin McAlvain capped a pair of scoring drives with touchdown passes to Jalen Roman and Carlos Guzman to cut the Puma lead to 21-14.
The Jag’s defense came up with a big stop late in the game to give the offense one more shot, but an interception in the final minute would seal Windsor’s fate in a 21-14 Maria Carrillo win.
Offensive standouts included receiver Matt Basich (11-146 yards), Roman (10-60 yards rushing, 2-60 yards receiving, TD), and Guzman (1 reception, TD).
The Jags got some great defensive efforts from their underclassmen, including sophomores Mitchell Bruning (12 tackles), Anthony Spallino (11 tackles, FF), and Sam Fletcher (8 tackles, FR). Other top defenders were Jermey Thompson (10 tackles, 2 sacks), and Roman (10 tackles).
Football team stumbles...
WHS football receiver Jalen Roman (11) was swarmed by tacklers in a 43-14 loss at Rancho Cotate on Sept. 27. The Jags visit Maria Carrillo this Friday in a 7:30 p.m. kickoff
The Jaguars kicked off the North Bay League football campaign in disappointing fashion on Friday, dropping a 43-14 decision at defending NBL champion Rancho Cotate.
The Jags struggled to maintain offensive consistency against the Cougars, who established early control of the line of scrimmage and game clock. Rancho forced key turnovers that would seal Windsor’s fate by halftime.
“Rancho was a good team but it’s hard to beat a good team when you turn the ball over,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “It’s the first time all year we have lost the turnover battle. Also we had a hard time winning individual battles. It takes 11 guys on every play doing their job.”
Windsor (2-2, 0-1) will resume league play this Friday, Oct. 4 when it visits Maria Carrillo in Santa Rosa (5/7:30 p.m.). The Pumas are 1-0 in league and 2-2 overall after recording a 41-21 win over Santa Rosa last week and figure to pose a stern test for the Jags on Friday.
“Carrillo is no slouch of a team, they’ve got good running backs and a good running game, which we’ve failed to show people we can stop,” Amick noted. “The key is to stop the run defensively. Offensively the key is for our O-line to protect our quarterback and open running lanes. Their D-line is the strength of their defense. It’s a big week for us with our backs against the wall,” he added.
Cougars set early tone
Rancho Cotate set the tone on its opening drive against the Jaguars, ripping off a 13-play, 68-yard march that consumed over six minutes of the first quarter. The drive resulted in a one-yard scoring plunge and a 7-0 lead.
The Cougars forced a Windsor punt and then used a punishing running game to mount another 65-yard scoring drive on their next possession, this one culminating in a 20-yard touchdown burst to make it 14-0.
Jag’s return-man Shane Swenson provided one of the highlights of the game on the ensuing kickoff, receiving the ball at the four and taking it 96 yards to the house. The PAT kick failed and the Jags trailed 14-6.
Rancho quickly regained momentum on their next offensive series, converting a couple of critical third down situations on an 80-yard march ending with a 38-yard touchdown strike. The Cougars added a run for the two-point conversion and led 22-6. Rancho used an interception and forced fumble to finish the half with a six-yard scoring pass for a 29-6 advantage at the break.
The Jaguars showed heart in mounting a drive early in the third quarter culminating in a scoring pass from quarterback Colin McAlvain to receiver Matt Basich, but the Cougars would add another two scores of their own in the second half en route to a 43-14 win.
The Jaguars sustained a pair of serious injuries in the game, as running backs Christian Roberge (possible concussion) and Hunter Hanson (broken ribs, punctured lung) were lost for an unspecified amount of time.
Basich turned in a stellar offensive performance against Rancho, catching 11 passes for 147 yards and one score. There were no other stats available at press time.
Rancho Cotate bounces back, beats Windsor...
Rancho Cotate’s Carlos Franco runs through the Windsor defense during Friday night’s game. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
By MICHAEL COIT THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
ROHNERT PARK — Playing simple yet determined football, Rancho Cotate took control early and made big plays to keep Windsor in check for a North Bay League opening win Friday.
Rancho Cotate began the game with a 13-play drive and kept Windsor’s offense on the sideline for much of the first half with a strong running game. Then the Cougars answered Windsor’s third-quarter scoring drive with a sack and fumble recovery for a touchdown in the 43-14 win.
“We kind of went back to our old school ways. We knew we could beat them up front,” said running back Malik Newton, who led all ball carriers with 106 yards.
Down three scores beginning the second half, Windsor showed no quit, outgaining their hosts in the final two periods. But the Jaguars were hurt by the back-breaking fumble and an end zone interception, totaling four turnovers in the game.
“Things may not have gone our way,” said Windsor receiver Matt Basich, who finished with 11 catches for 157 yards. “But what I know is this group has a lot of heart. We always bounce back.”
Both teams were 2-1 going into the game. And each team’s goals were clear.
Rancho Cotate sought to regain footing following a drubbing at American Canyon. A very good week of workouts had the Cougars set for a rebound.
“We tried to practice a little bit better. We tried to refocus our team,” said Rancho Cotate coach Ed Conroy.
Windsor has started games strong, but struggled to put away opponents. A constant for the Jaguars is camaraderie boosting confidence that the team can compete every week.
“We need to improve on playing four quarters. We haven’t put together four quarters yet in any game,” said Windsor coach Vic Amick.
Scoring in all four periods, Rancho Cotate played a complete contest Friday. The Cougars were a step quicker across the field and often shed tacklers, gaining valuable additional yards.
The best drive was the game opener. Running the ball 10 times and mixing in several passes including a fourth-down conversion, Rancho Cotate ran off more than half the first quarter to take a lead the Cougars would not relinquish.
Staying with the run for their entire second possession, the Cougars scored again two plays into the second period.
Minimizing mistakes by limiting pressure on the offense was Rancho Cotate’s strategy. The Cougars largely kept the the ball on the ground — 223 rushing yards — and passed enough to keep Windsor from packing the line.
“We tried to narrow it down. We wanted to keep it simple,” Conroy said.
In a first half when Rancho Cotate ran twice as many plays as Windsor, the Jaguars managed to stay in the game with one defensive stand and Shane Swenson’s 94-yard kickoff return for a score.
A scoring drive to open the second half buoyed Windsor and the Jaguars defense followed by forcing Rancho Cotate to punt. Leading the Jaguars defense was Jeremy Thompson with six tackles. Windsor back Hunter Hanson balanced Colin McAlvain’s sharp passing to carry the Jaguars to the score, a fourth down touchdown grab by Basich.
But Hanson was forced from the game by an injury on the drive. In the first half starting back Christian Roberge was injured and didn’t return.
Driving again, Windsor lost a fumble on a sack and Evan Kyorkian picked up the loose ball and ran untouched 54 yards for the score.
On the next possession Windsor drove to the Rancho Cotate 7. On third-and-goal McAlvain’s pass was tipped and Isaiah Barragan got the interception.
Leading the Rancho Cotate defense was defensive back Cale Tuttle with six tackles and a sack, playing defensive end on passing downs. Anchoring the Cougars line was Steven DeSouza, who had a sack and recovered a fumble.
“Windsor’s a good team. We had the right calls for the right plays,” DeSouoza said. “Everyone just did their jobs.”
WHS running back Christian Roberge rushed for a team-high 128 yards in helping the Jaguars to a 29-23 win over Washington of Fremont on Saturday. Windsor will visit Rancho Cotate this Friday, Sept. 27 in the NBL opener.
Windsor opens NBL season on Friday at Rancho Cotate
The varsity football Jaguars got back into the win column on Saturday, holding off a game Washington squad, 29-23 in the pre-league finale in Fremont.
The Jags (2-1) will quickly turn their attention to this Friday, Sept. 27 when they visit perennial power Rancho Cotate in the North Bay League opener. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
After starting the season with a pair of wins, the defending NBL champion Cougars fell to 2-1 last week in suffering a 56-12 loss to American Canyon.
Saturday’s game at Washington was a tale of two distinctly different halves, as the Jags led 15-0 after the first quarter and took a 23-6 lead into the halftime locker room.
Junior place-kicker/receiver Geddi Tavares supplied much of the offense, connecting on field goals of 20, 28 and 42 yards. He also scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colin McAlvain to help build a 17 point cushion. Interceptions by Hunter Hanson and Jarod Rorbach helped kill potential Washington drives.
“We played a great 1st half, and came out fired up and started fast,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “Our O-line gave us a great push, our running backs ran hard, and our defense forced interceptions on the first two drives.”
The Huskies (0-3) mounted a spirited comeback after intermission, outscoring the Jags 17-6 after the break to make a game of it in the fourth quarter. The Windsor defensive unit proved to be the difference late in crunch time.
Afterward, a relieved Amick addressed his team’s second-half performance.
“In the second half we just didn't play to our potential offensively,” he noted. “We need to play four quarters of football going forward into league.”
Also scoring touchdowns for the Jags were Hanson, on a 10-yard run, and short yardage specialist Dmitri Aicken, who dove over the goal line from a yard out.
Windsor picked off four interceptions in the game, the last two by sophomore standouts Evan Legaspi and Mitchell Bruning. The Jags’ defensive line recorded four sacks on the night.
Offensive leaders for the Jags included McAlvain (11-17, 120 yards passing), Christian Roberge (26-128 yards rushing), Hanson (5-30 yards rushing, TD), and Matt Basich (6-66 yards receiving).
Leading defenders were Aicken (4 tackles, 3 sacks), Bradley Clark (4 tackles, sack), Mitchell Bruning (6 tackles, INT), Sam Fletcher (6 tackles), Rorbach (4 tackles, INT), and Legaspi (2 tackles, INT).
Teddy Tevaras caught a touchdown pass and kicked three field goals Saturday night to lead visiting Windsor to a 29-23 victory over Washington in Fremont.
Tevaras’ field goals were from 25, 27 and 42 yards. The junior’s TD came on a 10-yard pass from Colin McAlvain. The Jaguars led 15-0 after one quarter and 23-6 at halftime. They were outscored 17-6 after intermission.
“We played a great first half but just went through the motions in the second half,” coach Vic Amick said. “We ran the ball with a lot of success in the first half but didn’t play with much emotion after that. We didn’t play four quarters of football.”
Hunter Hanson (10-yard run) and Demitri Atkin (1-yard run) also scored touchdowns for Windsor (2-2).
The Jaguars open NBL play next Friday at Rancho Cotate. After that, they visit Maria Carrillo and Ukiah.
Football team falls to Benicia 34-27 in home opener
Senior receiver Matt Basich (3) scored on a 10-yard pass play in the Jag's 34-27 loss to visiting Benicia on Friday.
The varsity football Jaguars are just two games into the 2013 schedule but one thing has become abundantly clear- this will not be a dull season.
Fresh off a miraculous comeback win in the season opener a week earlier, Windsor made its home debut in front of a packed house on Friday against Benicia.
Although not a thing of beauty from an execution standpoint, the Jags nearly overcame mistakes and miscues with heart and determination before falling just short of their second win. In a game that featured big momentum swings and even bigger plays, the visiting Panthers did just enough to pull it out in the final seconds to emerge with a 34-27 victory.
“It was a tough one on Friday, Benicia was a good football team and we gave them way too many opportunities,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “We started fast but just had too many mental and physical mistakes to win the game.”
The Jags got off to a fast start in the first half, as quarterback Colin McAlvain engineered an 83-yard, seven minute drive culminating in a five-yard scoring run from Shane Swensen. The PAT kick failed and Windsor led 6-0 at the end of one.
Windsor’s Jeremy Thompson pounced on a Benicia fumble moments later at the Panthers 35, and the Jags cashed in four plays later when McAlvain hooked up with big-play receiver Matt Basich on a 10-yard touchdown strike. Swensen hauled in the ensuing pass for the two-point conversion and Windsor led 14-0.
Benicia got it going on its next possession, mounting an 85-yard march ending with a 10-yard scoring strike to make it a 14-7 ballgame. The Panthers forced a Windsor punt and used a short field to mount a 55-yard drive culminating in a nine-yard touchdown run. Mitchell Bruning blocked the PAT kick and the Jags led 14-13.
Disaster struck on the Jag’s next possession when Benicia blocked and recovered a Windsor punt in the end zone for a touchdown, adding the two-point. conversion for a 21-14 halftime lead.
The Jags defense forced a Benicia punt midway through the third quarter and mounted a 69-yard march ending in a spectacular,19-yard touchdown pass from McAlvain to Basich to even the score at 21-all. Benicia wasted no time in answering the score with another of its own, finding pay-dirt on a five-yard touchdown run to re-take the lead at 27-21 at the end of three.
The fireworks continued early in the fourth quarter, as Windsor recovered a fumble near midfield and cashed in on the opportunity with an eight-yard scoring burst from Christian Roberge. The PAT kick failed and the game was again knotted at 27-apiece.
Windsor had its chances to take the lead late in the period, but a pair of fourth down scrambles by McAlvain came up just short of the first down marker. The Panthers would pull it out with 18 seconds left in regulation with a 35-yard pass play on a third and 13 to escape with a 34-27 victory.
McAlvain finished the night with 20 completions on 39 pass attempts for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Other offensive leaders were receivers Basich (11 catches 115 yards, 2 TDs), and Jalen Roman (3 catches 54 yards).
Leading defenders were Hunter Sollom (9 tackles, FF, sack), Bruning (5 tackles, sack, FR), Alex Borowski (8 tackles), and Sam Fletcher (5 tackles).
Windsor’s scheduled home game against Oakland this Friday, Sept. 13 has been cancelled. The Jags will be back in action on Saturday, Sept. 21 when they visit Washington of Fremont (5/7:30 p.m.).
Shocking comeback in football opener
Quarterback Colin McAlvain threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns through the air while running for the winning score in a dramatic, 39-36 varsity football win over Granada in the season opener on Aug. 30. The Jags play their first home game this Friday, Sept. 6 against Benicia.
Windsor erases 22-point deficit to post dramatic 39-36 win
Football openers don’t get any more exciting or dramatic than Friday’s preseason donnybrook at Granada, as the Jaguars put fans and opponents on notice of perhaps great things to come this year.
Trailing 29-7 at the break, the Jags staged a miraculous second-half comeback culminating in a five-yard touchdown scamper by senior quarterback Colin McAlvain with eight seconds left to pull out an unlikely 39-36 win.
Exhausted and relieved after it was over, head coach Vic Amick walked off the field knowing his team had dodged a bullet in its season debut.
“What most impressed me was how our team handled adversity,” he said. “We were down big at half and our young men believed in us as coaches and in one another. They never stopped believing we could win.”
The Jaguars will ride a wave of emotion into their home opener this Friday, Sept. 6 when they play host to visiting Benicia. Varsity kickoff time is 7 p.m.
The Panthers, who play in the Solano County League, are coming off an 8-4 playoff season in 2012 and recorded a 27-24 win over Livermore in their season opener last week, posing a formidable challenge to the Jags on Friday.
“We need to start faster,” Amick noted. “We need to have a better week of practice going into our first home game.”
Slow start, strong
Windsor was off to a particularly slow start against a fired up Granada squad on Friday, as the Matadors dominated the game and scoreboard to grab a 29-7 halftime lead.
The Jaguars awoke from their early slumber at intermission, reeling off 25 unanswered points to surge into the lead at 32-29 in the fourth quarter. The Matadors would not go quietly, answering Windsor’s score with one of their own to re-take the advantage at 36-32 with 1:20 remaining.
Enter McAlvain, in the midst of a tremendous season-opening performance. The senior signal-caller marched his team 80 yards in 72 seconds, a drive highlighted by a 45-yard completion to running back Christian Roberge and culminating in a five-yard keeper for the winning touchdown.
McAlvain finished the night connecting on 20 of 29 pass attempts for 340 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another score. Other offensive leaders were Roberge (19 carries, 75 yards, TD), receiver Matt Basich (10 catches, 128 yards), Jalen Roman (4-105 yards receiving, TD), Shane Swenson (2-51 yards receiving, TD), and place kicker Geddi Tavares (28-yard field goal).
Defensive stalwarts were Hunter Sollom (10 tackles), Roman (8 tackles, FF), Swenson (7 tackles), Jarod Rorbach (5 tackles, 2 pass deflections), and Sam Fletcher (5 tackles, one for loss).
Windsor rallies for impressive win...
By HOWARD SENZELL FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Quarterback Colin McAlvain scored on a 5-yard run with eight seconds left as Windsor rallied for a 39-36 win against host Granada Friday night at Livermore in the opening game for both teams.
The Jaguars trailed 29-7 at half. Granada led 36-31 when Windsor got the ball at its 20-yard line with 1:20 remaining. The big play on the drive was a 45-yard completion from McAlvain to Christian Roberge.
“We believed we were the better team and we never stopped believing,” coach Vic Amick said. “I told the guys at halftime that if we played the way we’re capable, we’d come back and win.”
Windsor 39, Granada 36
Windsor 7 0 10 22-- 39
Granada 19 10 0 7-- 36
W -- Mcalvain 69-yard pass to Roman (Tevares kick)
G -- Soltis 7-yard run (Dremalas kick)
G -- Shinnick 6-yard run (kick failed)
G -- Soltis 45-yard run (conversion failed)
G -- Soltis 5-yard run (Dremalas kick)
G -- Dremalas 25-yard field goal
W -- Mcalvain 6-yard pass to Sollom (Tevares kick)
W -- Tevares 31-yard field goal
W -- Roberge 8-yard run (Tevares kick)
W -- Mcalvain 21-yard pass to Swenson (Mcalvain to Swenson 2 point conversion good)
G -- Barnett 6-yard run (Dremalas kick)
W -- Mcalvain 6-yard run (Tevares kick)
Rushing: W -- Roberge 19-68, Mcalvain 11-(-1), Aken 1-1; Totals: 31-68. G -- Soltis 11-146, Shinnick 12-76, Silva 5-21, Campiotti 4-6, Offill 3-(-6), Barnett 5-62; Totals: 40-305. Passing: W -- Mcavain 20-29-0-332. G -- Offill 11-19-0-64, Barnett 1-1-0-13; Totals: 12-20-0-77. ME -- Sturholm 6-15-1-98. A -- Sternad 13-26-2-206. Receiving: W -- Roman 4-103, Roberge 2-39, Basich 10-128, Sollom 1-6, Langhals 1-5, Swenson 2-51; Totals: 20-332. G --- Revay 5-31, Silva 1-3, Soltis 2-23, Shinnick 2-7, Anderson 2-13; Totals: 12-77. Fumbles/lost: W -- 2/1; G -- 2/1. Records: Windsor 1-0, Granada 0-1.
California Top 75 (2009)
De La Salle’s State Team of the Year streak now extends to four years too
With new regional bowl format, suspense for this selection has become obsolete. Still, we’ll continue to make it official since our list of honorees extends back to 1891.
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In three of the first four years of the CIF state bowl games, it most certainly was not automatic which winning team was going to be chosen the following week as the overall Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year.
In 2006, it was Oaks Christian of Westlake Village edging Lutheran of Orange. Then in 2008 it was Centennial of Corona being tabbed just barely in front of Grant of Sacramento, followed by 2009 when De La Salle of Concord got the nod instead of Servite of Anaheim.
After the Spartans won CIF Open Division titles in 2010 and 2011 in romps of 48-8 and 35-0, however, there was no debate. And even if their 48-28 win last Saturday over Centennial in this year’s CIF Open Division bowl game had been closer, there would have been no debate, either.
That’s because starting this year the CIF instituted new regional bowl games that lead into the state bowl games. If the old format was being used, De La Salle probably would have played unbeaten Narbonne of Harbor City in the Open Division with Granite Bay and Corona Centennial matching up in D1 and Folsom and Gardena Serra in D2. What if, for example, had Folsom won that game and finished 16-0? There could have been least be some questions, even small, that the Spartans might not be the state’s No. 1 team.
Now, with teams like Folsom and Narbonne getting eliminated in the regional round, there’s no question whatsoever that the CIF Open Division champion is also going to be the Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year.
For De La Salle, this year’s top statewide finish is the program’s 16th in the last 21 seasons. The Spartans also have won five CIF state titles in the last six years and have won 54 of their last 55 games. They are taking a 26-game win streak into next season and have won 55 consecutive games against California opponents. Their last loss was in their third game of last season to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and their last loss to a California team was 21-16 to Corona Centennial in the 2008 CIF Division I state bowl game.
With 33 touchdowns and more than 2,100 yards, Tiapepe Vitale put his name among some of the best running backs in De La Salle history, including Maurice Jones-Drew, D.J. Williams, Patrick Walsh, Atari Callen, Lucas Dunne, Terron Ward and Saleem Muhammad.
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Head coach Bob Ladouceur, who just finished his 33rd season, has said that a decision will be announced after the Christmas break about next year, but it is fairly certain he’ll be coaching at the school in some role. During his career, Ladouceur has won more CIF North Coast Section championships (28) than losses (24). Obviously, with a career record of 399-24-3, he needs just one more to become the first coach in California with 400 career victories and join a select group of national coaches.
While this year’s Spartan team gave up more points than year, its defense still ranks as among the school’s best ever. Last year’s defense, led by linebacker Michael Barton, after all, didn’t have to face an offense quite as good as Corona Centennial, which had set a new state record for total offense yards even before the last game. This year’s defense also was led by a linebacker, senior USC commit Michael Hutchings, and features three others bound for major colleges, including defensive ends Austin Hooper and Victor Egu (Cal) along with linebacker D.J. Moffitt.
One of the reasons that the DLS offense ended up being as well-oiled as ever and scored 49, 52, 48 and 48 points in its last four games was the play of junior quarterback Chris Williams. Coaches will admit he had some inconsistent outings as the new starter earlier in the season, but when it was time to step up later in the season and in the playoffs he made clutch throws, clutch reads on the triple-option and didn’t make too many mistakes.
The team’s rushing leader, much like seniors Terron Ward (now at Oregon State) in 2009 and Lucas Dunne in 2010, was senior Tiapepe Vitale. He scored four times in the final win against Centennial and ended with 2,102 yards rushing and 33 touchdowns.
Das Tautalatasi, who also rushed for more than 100 yards against Centennial, figures to be that senior leader at running back next season. The junior, however, could be just as good as a safety on defense. Other underclass standouts who look like they’ll be senior leaders for De La Salle in 2013 include Williams at quarterback, Sumner Houston (6-3, 245) at defensive tackle, Larry Allen Jr. (6-2, 250) at offensive guard and Marquis Morris (6-0, 165) at receiver.
Congratulations to the De La Salle Spartans, the 2012 State Team of the Year.
CAL-HI SPORTS STATE TEAMS OF THE YEAR ALL-TIME HONOR ROLL
(Last 103 years listed, but it goes back further than that to 1891 in our files, as compiled from 1891 to 2003 by the late Nelson Tennis)
2012 — Concord De La Salle (15-0) 2011 — Concord De La Salle (13-1) 2010 — Concord De La Salle (14-0) 2009 — Concord De La Salle (13-2) 2008 — Corona Centennial (15-0) 2007 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 2006 — Westlake Village Oaks Christian (15-0) 2005 — Ventura St. Bonaventure (14-0) 2004 — Mission Viejo (14-0) 2003 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 2002 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 2001 — Concord De La Salle (12-0) 2000 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 1999 — Concord De La Salle (12-0) 1998 — Concord De La Salle (12-0) 1997 — Concord De La Salle (12-0) 1996 — Concord De La Salle (12-0) 1995 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 1994 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 1993 — Rialto Eisenhower (14-0) 1992 — Concord De La Salle (13-0) 1991 — Santa Ana Mater Dei (13-1) 1990 — Merced (14-0) 1989 — Fontana (14-0) 1988 — Carson (12-1) 1987 — Fontana (14-0) 1986 — El Toro (14-0) 1985 — Vista (13-0) 1984 — Riverside Poly (13-1) 1983 — Mountain View St. Francis (13-0) 1982 — Anaheim Servite (11-1) 1981 — San Jose Bellarmine (12-0) 1980 — Wilmington Banning (12-0) 1979 — Huntington Beach Edison (12-2) 1978 — Visalia Mt. Whitney (13-0) 1977 — Rancho Cordova (12-0) 1976 — Wilmington Banning (12-1) 1975 — Rancho Cordova (11-0) 1974 — Vista (13-0) 1973 — Hacienda Heights Los Altos (12-1) 1972 — Santa Fe Springs St. Paul (13-0) 1971 — Carson (12-0) 1970 — La Puente Bishop Amat (12-1) 1969 — Pasadena Blair (13-0) 1968 — Alameda (9-0) 1967 — Anaheim (12-1) 1966 — Pico Rivera El Rancho (13-0) 1965 — San Jose Bellarmine (9-0) 1964 — Stockton Stagg (10-0) 1963 — Los Angeles Loyola (12-0) 1962 — Los Angeles Loyola (12-0) 1961 — Monterey (8-0) 1960 — Redwood City Sequoia (9-0) 1959 — Long Beach Poly (11-0) 1958 — Long Beach Poly (11-0-1) 1957 — Berkeley (8-0) 1956 — Downey (12-0-1) 1955 — San Diego (11-0-1) 1954 — Vallejo (9-0) 1953 — Santa Monica (10-0-1) 1952 — Santa Monica (11-0-1) 1951 — Pomona (12-0) 1950 — Compton (11-1) 1949 — Compton (10-1) 1948 — Long Beach St. Anthony (11-1-1) 1947 — L.A. Washington (8-0) 1946 — Alhambra Keppel (8-0) 1945 — Santa Ana (11-1) 1944 — Alhambra Keppel (8-0) 1943 — Redondo Beach Redondo (6-0) 1942 — La Verne Bonita (11-0) 1941 — Piedmont (9-0) 1940 — Piedmont (8-0) 1939 — Alhambra (10-0) 1938 — Stockton (8-0) 1937 — L.A. Manual Arts (8-0) 1936 — L.A. Manual Arts (8-0-1) 1935 — Long Beach Poly (9-0) 1934 — Piedmont (8-0) 1933 — S.F. Galileo (8-2-1) 1932 — Inglewood (10-2) 1931 — Santa Ana (13-0) 1930 — Berkeley (11-0-1) 1929 — Berkeley (11-0-1) 1928 — Lodi (9-0) 1927 — Bakersfield (12-0) 1926 — San Mateo (9-1-1) 1925 — Los Angeles (10-0) 1924 — Berkeley (11-0) 1923 — Bakersfield (10-0-1) 1922 — Bakersfield (10-0-1) 1921 — Bakersfield (9-0-1) 1920 — Bakersfield (9-1) 1919 — Long Beach Poly (12-0) 1918 — L.A. Manual Arts (9-0) 1917 — L.A. Manual Arts (11-1) 1916 — San Diego (12-0) 1915 — Pasadena (7-1) 1914 — Pomona Rugby (12-0) 1913 — Pomona Rugby (11-0) 1912 — Berkeley Rugby (7-2-1) 1911 — Los Angeles Rugby (9-0) 1910 — Alameda (5-0)