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December 15, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Following CIF State Regional Bowl Game play, the schedule is now finalized for the 2014 CIF State Football Championship Bowl Games presented by Farmers. The games will be held Friday-Saturday, December 19-20, at The StubHub Center in Carson and will be broadcast LIVE and streamed online by Time Warner Cable. Seven of the 10 teams participating will return to the State Championship Bowl Games, with a combined 20 appearances and 12 wins amongst those participating since the inception of the State Bowl Games in 2006.
OPEN DIVISION: De La Salle, Concord vs. Centennial, Corona
Saturday, December 20, at 8:00 p.m.
De La Salle (13-0) is making their ninth appearance in as many years in the State Championship Bowl Games. The Spartans will be playing in their sixth consecutive Open Division game and vying for their fifth Open title after losing 20-14 to St. John Bosco last year.
Centennial (12-2) is making their fifth appearance in the State Bowl Games and second in the Open Division title game. The Huskies will face De La Salle for the second time, after losing 48-28 to the Spartans in the Open Division Championship in 2012.
DIVISION I: Folsom vs. Oceanside
Friday, December 19, at 8:00 p.m.
Folsom (15-0) defeated Grant 52-21 in the NorCal Division I game and is searching for their second State Bowl Championship after winning the Division II title in 2010.
Oceanside (14-0) won the SoCal Division I game 37-22 over Edison. The Pirates are currently 2-0 in State Championship Bowl games taking the Division II title in 2007 and the Division I title in 2009.
DIVISION II: Clayton Valley Charter, Concord vs. Redlands East Valley
Saturday, December 20, at 4:00 p.m.
Clayton Valley Charter (15-0) is making their first State Championship Bowl Game appearance after a 28-7 victory over Oakdale in the NorCal Division II game.
Redlands East Valley (14-1) defeated Ridgeview 59-42 in the SoCal Division II game and is also making their first State Bowl Game appearance.
DIVISION III: Campolindo, Moraga vs. El Capitan, Lakeside
Saturday, December 20, at 12:00 p.m.
Campolindo (15-0) defeated Sutter 35-14 in the NorCal Division III game and is making their second State Bowl Championship appearance after accepting the runner-up title in the 2011 Division III game.
El Capitan (14-0) is making their first State Championship Bowl Game appearance after defeating Paso Robles 41-0 in the SoCal Division III Championship.
DIVISION IV: Central Catholic, Modesto vs. St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano
Friday, December 19, at 4:00 p.m.
Central Catholic (11-3) defeated Capital Christian 35-14 in the NorCal Division IV game and will be playing for their third consecutive Division IV State Bowl Game crown. The Raiders are 2-1 all-time in State Bowl games.
St. Margaret’s (15-0) won the SoCal Division IV crown with a 48-21 victory over Christian. The Tartans return to the Division IV State Championship Bowl Game, for the second time, after claiming the title in 2008.
December 15, 2014
Southern California sports fans are in for a treat this coming weekend, because the record-setting teenage quarterback from Folsom High, Jake Browning, is coming to town.
He has passed for a national record 223 touchdowns in his three-year prep career. He has a state-record 85 touchdown passes this season for the 15-0 Bulldogs, who play Oceanside (14-0) on Friday night in the 8 o'clock CIF state championship Division I bowl game at StubHub Center.
While the big game of the weekend is Saturday's Open Division bowl game between Concord De La Salle (13-0) and Corona Centennial (12-2), the chance to watch the 6-foot-2 Browning in action should prove memorable. He's set to complete his finals this month and enroll at Washington on Jan. 3.
"One of the things Jake is incredible about is his anticipation and accuracy," co-Coach Kris Richardson said. "You can have the strongest arm in the world, but if you're not accurate, you won't be successful. His vision is off the charts."
Since passing for 10 touchdowns in his first varsity game as a sophomore, Browning hasn't stopped creating excitement. Under the tutelage of co-Coach Troy Taylor, a former California quarterback, Browning has been picking apart virtually every defense he has faced.
"It's definitely a unique offense," Browning said. "To execute it, I've been surrounded with a good line and good receivers."
In 2012 and 2013, Folsom won its first 14 games, only to be stopped by a giant roadblock named De La Salle. The Bulldogs lost in regional finals to De La Salle, 49-15 and 45-17. This season, regional games were abandoned in the Open Division, clearing the way for Folsom to advance out of Division I after Friday's 52-17 win over Sacramento Grant in a Northern California regional final.
"To finally play in a state championship game is going to be awesome," Browning said.
One of Browning's strengths is his focus. He has been playing quarterback since taking lessons from Taylor as a fifth-grader. He has lived in Folsom, a city of more than 70,000 in Sacramento County, since he was 5. For all the attention he receives because of his records and statistics, he insists it's not why he plays the game.
"I don't really read my news clippings or comment on it," he said. "I don't see the point. It puts unnecessary pressure on yourself. If I make a bad play, my coaches will let me know. The opinions I care about are my coaches, parents and friends. Important is surrounding yourself with the right people who aren't going to get too high or too low on you."
This will be the final week Richardson will get to watch film with Browning before he leaves for Washington and Pac-12 football.
"I'm going to miss him because he's my lunch buddy," Richardson said. "He might as well as have his own key to the office. He's a coach on the field. He fits in on every game plan."
This is a Hollywood-like moment for Browning. Lots of sports fans will get to see him perform for the first time on a big stage. He'll be sharing it with teammates he's been playing with since he was 8. But he won't care how many will be watching.
"If there was no one at the game, I would still want to play," he said. "It's not the media attention I like; it's the actual playing."
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Picks are in: Aptos, Enterprise out
In what is likely the last time that CIF section commissioners will meet on a Sunday in December and vote to essentially end the seasons of more than 30 football teams, this year’s slate of bowl games in Northern California and Southern California were determined.
Based on the Week 15 Cal-Hi Sports bowl game rankings, there were no surprises in the teams that were chosen, but that doesn’t mean that in those divisions in which the differences were slight – such as NorCal D2 and NorCal D3 – that it would have been a surprise if the vote went the other way.
In fact, in the last three years of the CIF bowl games, there have been 56 teams selected out of 58 that were the highest ranked teams in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings. The only two higher ranked teams in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings that didn’t get bowl game berths in that time were teams with forfeit losses (such as McClymonds of Oakland this year) or with an interpretation of criteria issue (such as El Cajon Christian last season).
This is considered to be the last such meeting because next year a new CIF bowl system is expected to be in place in which every section champion is going to play on in 13 separate divisions. The commissioners will still meet but they will basically be doing seedings and matchups instead of conducting a vote that will end the seasons of many teams.
“We hope the sections pass the proposal so this is the last year so many teams get left at home,” said Ron Nocetti of the CIF. “Each section will have to develop a policy of how to work with the new format if its passed in January.”
Here is a breakdown for each of this year’s CIF bowl game divisions:
De La Salle of Concord (13-0) vs. Centennial of Corona (12-2). Saturday, Dec. 20 at StubHub Center (Carson).
Since there is no more NorCal or SoCal regional games in the open division – which is really a shame this year because a Folsom vs. DLS matchup would be monstrous – the Spartans and Huskies will have an extra week to prepare for their fourth matchup in a CIF bowl game. DLS has had wins in 2007 and 2012. Centennial beat the Spartans in 2008. The winner of this game also without question will be the 2014 State Team of the Year.
This week’s new State 25 overall rankings are not yet out, but De La Salle is expected to take over at No. 1 with Centennial moving up to No. 2 in the aftermath of its win over previous No. 1 St. John Bosco of Bellflower.
And was there any thought about Folsom, given its record-breaking series of performances this season, going to the Open Division. “There was limited discussion but the committee felt the clear choice was De La Salle,” Nocetti said.
Grant head coach Mike Alberghini speaks to team after it completed 10-0 regular season. Photo: Mark Tennis.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION I
Grant of Sacramento (14-0) vs. Folsom (14-0). Friday at Sacramento State.
Grant had to win out over unbeaten CCS Open Division champ Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton but had a strength of schedule edge. The Pacers and Bulldogs also have been eyeing each other for several months but had to wait to see if Grant was going to be D1 or D2 in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Once the Pacers were officially placed in D2, they had to win the D2 section title in order to set up the matchup with Folsom.
“Its difficult they’re not moving on,” Nocetti commented regarding Sacred Heart Prep. “They’re a good team and deserved to be on the board but after looking at the criteria and strength of schedule of all the teams on the board the vote was for Grant.”
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION I
Edison of Fresno (12-1) at Oceanside (13-0), Friday.
Yeah, there’s going to some athletes making plays on both sides of the ball in this matchup between two schools with great alumni followings. With the L.A. City Section being down and with CIFSS West Valley champ Mission Viejo having losses to teams from the Central and San Diego sections (including Oceanside), this choice probably wasn’t too difficult.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION II
Oakdale (13-1) at Clayton Valley of Concord (14-0), Saturday.
When we did our updated rankings on Saturday night, the Mustangs leapt from No. 5 to No. 2 with Enterprise of Redding going from No. 4 to No. 3. Previous No. 2 Concord lost to Clayton Valley to drop while previous No. 3 Inderkum lost to Oakdale. That second spot could have certainly gone to Enterprise, but the Hornets being finished and not playing made it easier to jump Oakdale higher. The commissioners also apparently agreed that Oakdale more than overcame its one loss to Sierra of Manteca by later wins over Central Catholic, Rio Linda and Inderkum.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION II
Ridgeview of Bakersfield (12-1) vs. Redlands East Valley (13-1). Saturday at Citrus Valley (Redlands).
Some people who don’t follow the teams that closely may have been mystified why a 14-0 team from Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta didn’t get much consideration. In fact, however, a stronger case could have been made for 8-5 St. Augustine of San Diego when you study the scores of each team. Ridgeview vs. REV was the pick that made the most sense to us and the commissioners agreed. If Ridgeview doesn’t play better than it did against Dinuba, the host Wildcats could win big.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION III
Sutter (13-0) vs. Campolindo of Moraga (14-0). Saturday at Acalanes (Lafayette).
In addition to Enterprise vs. Oakdale in D2 North, the choice in this division between Sutter and Aptos was the other doozy. For us, in doing the updated Saturday rankings, it also was different than Enterprise vs. Oakdale because in choosing Aptos we actually were flipping the teams in the rankings. That’s a move that’s more difficult to do than re-shuffling, which is what had to be done in D2 North.
Aptos came close to forcing the flip, but just not quite. Sutter also did not play this weekend, but several results did break in the Huskies’ favor, including Justin-Siena of Napa beating St. Mary’s of Berkeley in the NCS D4 final. Justin-Siena lost 49-0 to Sutter.
“There was much back and forth discussion and pertinent questions,” said CIF Football Advisory Committee Chair Jim Monico regarding the Oakdale and Sutter selections. “Both of the teams not selected were very qualified but the committee voted for Oakdale and Sutter and we can’t tell you what was on their minds.”
Bailey Gaither is one Paso Robles player that El Capitan is going to have to worry about. Photo: Student Sports.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION III
Paso Robles (13-1) at El Capitan of Lakeside (13-0), Saturday.
There wasn’t much debate likely needed in this division except for the CIF Southern Section reps who probably know that their realigned Northern Division probably shouldn’t have been put into D3 and instead D2. There was a lot of comments that the 350-mile distance between these schools should have caused the CIF to put the game at a neutral site halfway between them. These bowl games, however, are seeded and it would be fair to have one No. 1 seed, in this case El Capitan, give up its home field due to travel concerns. And last year, remember it wasn’t exactly a short jaunt from Bakersfield to San Marcos for the D1 South bowl game.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION IV
Capital Christian of Sacramento (13-0) at Central Catholic of Modesto (10-3), Friday.
To us, the toughest choice was in D2 North and D3 South, but for those at Sunday’s meeting. this was the division that took the most time because of the forfeit losses (four of them) that were showing on the win-loss record of Oakland McClymonds, which was unbeaten on the field.
“After Central Catholic, there were a lot of teams and multiple votes but the discussion hashed it out,” Monico said. “Capital Christian finally got the six votes.”
McClymonds, which did get bowl eligible by winning the Oakland Section title, probably had the best chance of anybody to beat Central Catholic, but not enough of the commissioners would ever vote for a team with forfeits. Salesian of Richmond, which lost on the field to McClymonds but got one of the forfeit wins, was likely also strongly considered.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DIVISION IV
St. Margaret’s of San Juan Capistrano (14-0) vs. Christian of El Cajon (13-0). Friday at Granite Hills (El Cajon).
As expected, these two unbeatens got the nod to face off. There were some at St. Margaret’s who were worried that Bishop’s of La Jolla and Liberty of Madera Ranchos, two other unbeaten teams, were poised to be chosen and frankly one of the two would have been except their enrollments for both are above 500. The only time the CIF can choose schools with enrollments above 500 in D4 is when there isn’t two below the cutoff line and this year with St. Margaret’s and El Cajon Christian there definitely were two legitimate clubs on the board.
Regional and state game selections.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The matchups for the 2014 CIF 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 12-13, 2014, at various host sites in the North and South please see below for schedule and game locations.
Additionally, the Open Division match-up for the CIF State Championship Bowl Game is now set:
Centennial, Corona (12-2, 5-0) vs. De La Salle (13-0) at StubHub Center - Saturday, Dec. 20 at 8:00 p.m.
NORTH COAST SECTION
Division I: De La Salle (Concord)
The NCS Division I title game with the last team to beat the Spartans was pretty much over quickly. The Spartans, who won a 23rd straight NCS title and improved to 13-0, led 28-0 at halftime of a 35-0 final and had outgained the Pirates 276 yards to 20 after two quarters. It would have been great to see another rematch of De La Salle and Folsom but the CIF eliminating an Open Regional game took care of that, and Corona Centennial took care of a re-match with St. John Bosco for the CIF Open Division title as well. Pittsburg finishes 10-3 this season.
Pac-5 Division: Centennial (Corona)
Going into the Pac-5 for the Huskies (12-2), who have dominated previously in the Inland Division, was a huge challenge but they got it done with a 48-41 win over defending champ and No. 1 state-ranked St. John Bosco of Bellflower. Centennial won its ninth section title under head coach Matt Logan. The Braves (12-2) had a 28-game win streak against California teams snapped. They stayed No. 1 in the state because their other loss was 34-31 to Bishop Gorman of Nevada in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 national rankings game (at least according to USA Today).
The Selection Committee, comprised of the 10 CIF Section Commissioners, has selected the following teams to participate in the 2014 CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games Presented by Farmers.
North: Grant, Sacramento (14-0, 7-0) vs. Folsom (14-0, 6-0) at Sacramento State – Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Division II: Grant (Sacramento)
The Pacers (14-0) won their first section title since they won the CIF Open Division bowl game in 2008 and claimed their seventh overall under head coach Mike Alberghini with a 21-14 victory over St. Mary’s of Stockton. The Rams (12-2) took a 14-7 lead when Demetrius Ferguson returned the second half kickoff for a score.
Division I: Folsom
Co-coaches Kris Richardson and Troy Taylor got a lot done on Saturday when the Bulldogs (14-0) dominated Tracy 55-7 for their third straight title. The game was over by halftime and QB Jake Browning took care of the national career TD pass record with his 220th in the closing minutes. No one from Tracy (10-4) took offense.
South: Edison, Fresno (12-1, 4-0) vs. Oceanside (13-0, 4-0) at Oceanside HS – Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Division I: Edison (Fresno)
It was a battle between the top two seeds as the No. 1 seed Tigers (12-1) got a 63-yard touchdown pass from Hunter Swearingen to Kamron Lewis midway through the fourth quarter which held up as the game-winning score during the 21-14 win over Liberty of Bakersfield. The Patriots, who beat Bakersfield twice this season, wrapped up at 10-3.
SAN DIEGO SECTION
Open Division: Oceanside
Trailing 13-3 in the third quarter, the Pirates (13-0) scored the game’s final 17 points to defeat Helix of La Mesa 20-13. Josh Bernard scored on a touchdown run late in the third quarter and then in the first minute of the fourth quarter Matthew Romero connected with Johnny Arzola for the lead. The only score for Helix (10-3) came on a 60-yard run by Nathan Stinson.
North: Oakdale (13-1, 6-1) vs. Clayton Valley Charter (14-0, 5-0) at Clayton Valley Charter – Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Division III: Oakdale
The Mustangs (13-1) trailed 20-0 in the first half, but went ahead quickly in the second half and held on to beat Inderkum of Sacramento 27-23. Inderkum (12-2) was hoping to earn its first-ever CIF state bowl bid.
NORTH COAST SECTION
Division II: Clayton Valley (Concord)
The Ugly Eagles bolted out to a 27-0 lead just before the half and coasted home to a 33-7 victory over a Concord team that had tested them in league in a 48-40 Clayton Valley road win. Miles Harrison rushed 24 times for 285 yards and three touchdowns (all in the first half), but it was the work of the Ugly Eagle defense that was the real story. Jake Peralta had two interceptions and the defense held Concord’s high-powered offense to just 268 yards, including 83 in the second half. Clayton Valley head coach Tim Murphy had his 12-1 Clovis East team on the board in 2006 but the CIF Central Section D1 champions were passed over for the first CIF Division I Bowl Game in favor of Canyon Country, however this year his team’s selection is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Concord finishes 12-2 with both losses to Clayton Valley.
South: Ridgeview, Bakersfield (12-1, 5-0) vs. Redlands East Valley (13-1, 7-0) at Citrus Valley HS (Redlands) – Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Division II: Ridgeview (Bakersfield)
Sheldon Croney’s six-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter was the lone score of the second half as the Wolfpack (12-1) defeated Dinuba 16-14. Lawrence White had a one-yard touchdown run followed by a field goal for a 10-0 lead, but the Emperors (11-2) took a 14-10 lead at halftime.
Inland Division: Redlands East Valley
Sticking with the family theme, the Wildcats (13-1) defeated Riverside Poly 35-31 in a showdown at Riverside Ramona to give head coach Kurt Bruich and the school its first section title. Kurt played on one of several section title teams at Fontana coached by father, Dick, who watched REV win on a late TD pass from Armando Herrera to Khris Vaughan. Poly (13-1) was hoping to win its first section title since 1984.
North: Sutter (13-0, 6-0) vs. Campolindo, Moraga (14-0, 6-0) at Acalanes HS (Lafayette) – Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Division III: Sutter
Randy Post completed 15 of 19 passes for 289 yards and five TDs as the Huskies (13-0) topped Lassen of Susanville (9-4) in a 42-7 dominating win.
NORTH COAST SECTION
Division III: Campolindo (Moraga)
The get on the board the Cougars (14-0) came through, 27-21, with just enough offense to get by a Marin Catholic team that is much improved since the early season. Quarterback Jack Stephens overcame a shaky first half that saw the score tied 14-14 to finish 13-of-25 for 207 yards and two TDs, including a 43-yarder to Duke-bound Tyler Petite that gave the Cougars a 20-14 third quarter lead they never relinquished. Marin Catholic (10-4) lost in the NCS D3 title game for the second-straight year.
South: Paso Robles (13-1, 3-1) vs. El Capitan, Lakeside (13-0, 5-0) at El Capitan HS – Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Northern Division: Paso Robles
Winning tough, hard-nosed battles is a staple of the Bearcats’ program and they did it again in a 13-10 triumph over Newbury Park. Paso improved its record to 13-1 and was given a CIF SoCal D3 bowl bid. The Panthers fell to 11-3.
SAN DIEGO SECTION
Division II: El Capitan (Lakeside)
It was a defensive battle when the Vaqueros (13-0) defeated Rancho Bernardo of San Diego 14-7. Coach Ron Burner’s undefeated squad trailed 7-0 in the first quarter before a Brad Cagle 24-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Capoocia had the game tied at halftime. Cagle ran for the game-winning score with a 6-yard TD late in the third quarter. The Broncos finished 10-2.
North: Capital Christian, Sacramento (13-0, 6-0) vs. Central Catholic, Modesto (10-3, 5-2) at Central Catholic – Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Division VI: Capital Christian (Sacramento)
The Cougars (13-0) came up with a late defensive stand to turn back Modesto Christian 35-28. They were led by two-way standout Justice Shelton-Mosley with 141 yards rushing and three TDs. The Crusaders (11-2) lost by just one point to Capital Christian earlier in the season and were 11-0 vs. everybody else.
Division IV: Central Catholic (Modesto)
Since the Raiders (10-3) won their third straight section title in this division with a 42-35 victory over Sonora, it is guaranteed they will be moved up to Division III next season. They also would no longer be eligible for D4 for the bowl games. The Wildcats finished 12-2 with their only other loss coming to D3 champ Oakdale.
South: St. Margaret’s, San Juan Capistrano (14-0, 4-0) vs. Christian, El Cajon (13-0, 3-0) at Granite Hills HS (El Cajon) – Friday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
East Valley Division: St. Margaret’s (SJ Capistrano)
Two teams with 13-0 records entered for a section championship and it was St. Margaret’s that got to leave with a first-place plaque after defeating Grace Brethren of Simi Valley 34-21. Making the most of three turnovers, which included two interceptions by Fernando Delgado in the fourth quarter, the Tartans (14-0) scored 17 straight points.
SAN DIEGO SECTION
Division III: Christian (El Cajon)
It was close at the start of the fourth quarter as the Patriots (13-0) were only ahead of San Diego Hoover by 12-9, but they opened it up down the stretch for 31-9 win and claimed a second straight section crown. The Cardinals ended at 10-3.
All Regional Football Championship Bowl Games will begin at 7:30 p.m. Divisions I and IV will play on Friday, December 12 and Divisions II and III will play on Saturday, December 13. The CIF reserves the right to alter the schedule in order to accommodate multiple games at a single site and/or television.
Tickets for the 2014 CIF Regional Football Championship Bowl Games Presented by Farmers are available at host sites. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for high school students (with a valid ASB card), seniors (65+) and children. Two tickets would be required to attend at least one game on each day.
De La Salle, Clayton Valley Charter, Campolindo selected for CIF football games
Three undefeated East Bay teams were chosen by California Interscholastic Federation commissioners to continue their football seasons while two other eligible local teams were left out of Sunday's regional and state game selections.
Clayton Valley Charter and Campolindo will play in Northern California regional games this weekend. De La Salle was picked as the North's Open Division team and will advance straight into the premier state championship game in Carson on Dec. 20.
But McClymonds, which was 12-0 on the field before recently forfeiting four games for use of an ineligible player, was left out of the Division IV regional contest it had played in the past two seasons. Salesian was also eligible for the game after winning the NCS Division V title, but was left out in favor of Central Catholic-Modesto (10-3) and Capital Christian-Sacramento (13-0).
Clayton Valley Charter (14-0) will host Oakdale (13-1) in the NorCal Division II regional game on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Campolindo (14-0) was picked for the NorCal Division III game and will play Sutter (13-0) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Acalanes.
De La Salle (13-0), which beat Pittsburg 35-0 on Saturday night for its 23rd straight North Coast Section title, will play Centennial-Corona (12-2) in the Open Division state game in Carson for the fourth time. The Spartans are 2-1 against the Huskies, who upset defending Open Division state champion St. John Bosco-Bellflower in the Southern Section's Pac-5 championship to earn the spot.
They have a bye this weekend because the Open Division regional games were eliminated prior to the season.
De La Salle, Campolindo and Clayton Valley Charter's selections were all expected. McClymonds had been considered a favorite for the Division IV game again until transfer quarterback Kevin Davidson had his eligibility appeal denied by the CIF in late November, and the four games he played in were declared forfeits.
McClymonds is particularly upset because Davidson was originally ruled eligible to play by Oakland Section commissioner Russell White before new information about his residency was investigated in the middle of the season.
"We didn't do anything wrong -- the school or the kids," McClymonds coach Michael Peters said. "We played a kid the commissioner ruled eligible at the time. It wasn't the school's fault or the kids' fault at all. It's very disappointing."
Salesian coach Chad Nightingale was also surprised to find out his team wasn't selected. The Pride was 12-1 (including a forfeit win over McClymonds) and played a challenging schedule.
"I really did think we'd get the nod over Capital Christian, to be honest," Nightingale said. "When you looked at the schedule we played this year, we did what we were supposed to do."
According to the CIF, the Division IV game in the north involved much deliberation and took three rounds of voting to make the final selections.
"That one pretty much had the most discussion of all the divisions," the CIF's Jim Monico said on a conference call with reporters Sunday afternoon.
CIF football schedule
Regional winners in divisions I through V will meet Dec. 19-20 in state bowl championships.STATE BOWL GAME -- OPEN DIVISION
De La Salle (13-0) vs. Centennial-Corona (12-2), at StubHub Center, Carson, 8 p.m.
THIS WEEK'S NORTH REGIONAL GAMES
Division I: Grant-Sacramento (14-0) vs. Folsom (14-0), at Sacramento State, 7:30 p.m., Friday
Division II: Oakdale (13-1) at Clayton Valley Charter (14-0), 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Division III: Sutter (13-0) vs. Campolindo (14-0), at Acalanes HS, 7:30 p.m., Saturday
Division IV: Capitol Christian-Sacramento (13-0) at Central Catholic-Modesto (10-3), 7:30 p.m., Friday
Footballers fall to Pinole Valley, 29-14 to end season
November 25, 2014
WHS receiver Gedi Tavares (10) was brought down after a reception in the Jag's 29-14 loss to visiting Pinole Valley in the NCS quarterfinals on Saturday. Windsor finished the season with an 8-4 record.
Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Jags finish winning campaign with 8-4 record
The varsity football Jags saw a great season come to a halt on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the North Coast Section Division-2 playoffs, falling to visiting Pinole Valley, 29-14.
The loss signaled the end of one of the most successful seasons in school history and the best since winning an NCS title in 2011, giving Windsor a final season record of 8-4.
Although the season-ending loss was a tough pill to swallow, the Windsor brain-trust walked off the field satisfied with the tremendous play of their charges this year.
“We had a great season but just weren’t ready for it to end,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “We had a special group of guys that made practice fun to be at every day and games even more fun. “I think we surpassed expectations but we knew as a group we could go as far as we wanted, and it would only be dictated by ourselves.”
The 2014 campaign was a roller-coaster ride, as the Jaguars opened the season with seven consecutive wins before dropping three straight to finish the league schedule with a third-place mark of 4-3.
“If you would have told me we’d start out 7-0 I would have laughed, but our guys had something special within themselves,” Amick reflected. “Through the three-game losing streak and from losing six starters in five weeks (to injury) they never panicked and I will be forever grateful and thankful for all of them.”
The Nov. 22 meeting with Pinole Valley looked to be a favorable match-up on paper for the third-seeded Jaguars, but it was apparent by the second quarter that the Spartans were much better than their number 11 seed.
Things started well for the Jags in the opening period, as senior quarterback Jalen Roman called his own number on a 49-yard touchdown run to give Windsor a 7-6 lead at the end of one.
It was one of the few highlights of the night for the Jaguars, as the Spartans took command in the second period with a pair of scores to lead 19-7 at the half.
The Windsor defensive unit stiffened in a scoreless third quarter to keep game within reach, and the Jags gave fans hope when fullback Dmitri Acken found pay-dirt on a one-yard burst with six minutes left to cut the deficit to 19-14.
It was not to be, as Pinole Valley answered a minute later with an 80-yard touchdown run to extend the lead back to 12. The Spartans added a late insurance field goal en route to a 29-14 win.
PINOLE VALLEY 29, WINDSOR 14
November 27, 2014
At Windsor, the visiting Spartans spotted the Jaguars an early lead before taking command of the Division 2 game in the second quarter.
By halftime, Pinole led 19-7 and Windsor was unable to get closer after that.
Quarterback Jalen Roman gave the Jaguars the only lead they would enjoy with a 49-yard run in the first quarter.
Windsor was the second higher-seeded team No. 11 Pinole has eliminated in the tournament. The Spartans defeated No. 6 Tennyson in the opening round. The Jaguars were the No. 3 seed.
Windsor began the season with seven consecutive wins before losing four of its last five games. The 8-4 record represents the Jaguars’ best since the undefeated 2011 season that resulted in a 15-0 mark.
Windsor back on track
November 15, 2014
Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)
By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
WINDSOR — The Windsor High School football team broke its three-game losing streak to win a North Coast Section Division 2 first-round playoff game against the Dublin Gaels, 35-9, Friday night in Windsor.
“It was a confidence thing,” head coach Vic Amick said in explaining Windsor’s mentality early in the game. “Coming off three losses and they got the momentum early. Then we just settled in and we said, ‘we can do this.’ ”
With the Gaels drawing first blood on a field goal in the second quarter, some of the Jaguar players even seemed to turn to each other, Amick said, as if to ask, is this happening again?
“I think it was a mental thing to get us started,” he added, “and after the last three weeks, we knew we didn’t want to go there again.”
The Windsor offense found its niche, however, as the Jaguars scored four touchdowns before halftime.
Quarterback Jalen Roman said that while the team wasn’t shaken heading into Friday’s playoff game, the pressure of the playoffs needed to be acknowledged.
“We just had to say OK and settle in after all the hype about playoffs,” he said. “We mixed up the routine and even though we were slow to start, we knew our offense was going to get it done and our defense was going to make the stops.”
Roman led Windsor with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and also found Max Brown for an 8-yard touchdown.
In a complete team effort, the Jaguars extended their lead with an 8-yard touchdown from Austin Evans, a 2-yard carry for a touchdown from Bradley Clark, and a 45-yard touchdown from Gedi Tavares.
“I wasn’t trying to do too much by myself,” Roman said. “I was trusting my offensive line and trying to get everyone involved.”
Dublin quarterback Josh Nobida scored the Gaels’ only touchdown on a 2-yard push in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars’ defense all but shut down their first-round opponent.
In their previous three games and the only three losses of the regular season, the Jaguars’ defense gave up a combined 74 points.
“Our defense settled in and made some great adjustments,” Amick said. “They have two great receivers and we forced them to throw the ball. Our defense played great tonight.”
Roman finished with four pass completions for 73 yards and recorded 15 carries for 97 yards with two touchdowns.
“The offensive line played really great tonight and made some great runs,” he said, “and Jalen was Jalen.”
Brooks Skinner and Jackson Baughman also contributed to Windsor’s offensive game, finishing 5-for-22 and 3-for-17 rushing yards, respectively.
The Jaguars — breaking their three-game losing streak after going the majority of their season undefeated — improved their overall record to 8-3, while the Gaels dropped to 4-7 and were eliminated from the NCS Division 2 playoffs.
Amick said that consistency was going to be key in any further success for the Jaguars in the playoffs.
“Moving forward,” he said, “we need to be playing our best football. Play the entire 48 minutes as the best football team we can be.”
Windsor will face the winner of today’s game between Tennyson and Pinole Valley.
The Jaguars need to get out to a quicker start in their next game, Roman said, and complete every play with precision.
“We need to finish out and get every last stop,” he said, “then we can come home and get on to the next one.”
6 NBL teams get spots in NCS football playoff field...
By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Redwood Empire didn’t snare a top seed for the upcoming North Coast Section Tournament, but the selection committee showed its respect for the North Bay League by inviting all six schools that were eligible.
Dmitri Acken and the Windsor Jaguars are seeded third in the NCS Division 2 football playoff field. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)
In fact, the voters thought so highly of the NBL that five will have home games in the first round this weekend. Only two league teams missed the playoffs.
Brackets were released Sunday.
The lone team going on the road is league co-champion Rancho Cotate. The Cougars will be in Fremont Friday night to face unbeaten John F. Kennedy in a Division 3 game.
Rancho is the No. 7 seed while the Fremont school is No. 10. However, Kennedy got the home game because it won the Mission Valley Athletic League.
The Cougars tied Cardinal Newman for the NBL title, but lost the league’s tiebreaker and with it an automatic home game. The drawing for the tiebreaker took place before the season.
Newman is also in the Division 3 bracket as the No. 8 seed and will entertain No. 9 Novato on Saturday night.
Maria Carrillo coach Jay Higgins believes the committee got it right by giving the NBL five home games to start the playoffs.
“Our league has quality teams this season and there was parity,” he said. “It was well-balanced and at the top, there was little difference among the teams.
“I’m excited, this is the fun part of the season.”
The Pumas, the No. 4 seed in Division 2, host No. 13 American from the MVAL on Friday night.
Carrillo wound up 4-3 in league and the Pumas kept Rancho from winning sole possession of the title by defeating the Cougars, 34-28, on Oct. 17.
Longtime Rancho coach Ed Conroy was philosophical after seeing the Division 3 bracket:
“If we have to go on the road for the first game, that’s the way it is,” he said. “Of course we would’ve loved to have a home game. Still, we’re happy to be in the playoffs.”
The Cougars (7-3) come into the tournament having won seven of their past eight games and three in a row.
Other NBL teams in the tournament are: Windsor, Casa Grande and Montgomery.
The brackets also include four schools from the Sonoma County League. However, only league winner Analy has an opening-round home game. The Tigers, seeded No. 4, will play No. 13 El Cerrito on Saturday night.
“We wound up right around where I expected,” Analy coach Daniel Bourdon said. “We drew a solid team for our first game. It’s going to be a tough one.”
El Cerrito is 5-5 but competed in the strong Tri-Counties Athletic League.
After studying the draw, Bourdon said there’s no doubt in his mind that the Division 3 bracket is stronger than Division 2. NCS determines divisions based on school enrollment.
No. 11 Petaluma joins Analy in Division 3 while No. 10 El Molino and No. 11 Piner will compete in Division 4.
Among small schools in the Empire, St. Helena got the highest seed. The Saints are No. 3 in Division 5 and will play host to No. 14 South Fork on Saturday night.
St. Helena is one of six NCL I teams to receive an invitation.
“We’re happy that the committee saw we were a quality league,” St. Helena coach Brandon Farrell said.
“As for our team, we’re happy to be playing at home and happy to see some new teams. It’s is an exciting time of the year when you have a team good enough to be in the playoffs.
NCS playoffs offer myriad intriguing possibilities
November 10, 2014
By NATE SMITH
November 10, 2014
The seeding committees have spoken, and the table is all set for the North Coast Section playoffs. Let's take an overall look at the divisions, with more detailed break-downs of games to come to come weekly:
Key Match-ups: Two first round games jump off the page right away. Eighth-seeded James Logan hosts San Ramon Valley in a rematch of a regular-season game won by the Colts, 28-23. The Wolves did not have Dru Samia and a few other starters in that game and will hope to make things different this time around.
Antioch heading to San Leandro is a game that could potentially feature two of the biggest talents in the Bay Area. Antioch's Najee Harris leads the section in rushing yards, and if he is healthy, San Leandro will start UCLA-bound quarterback Stephen Johnson III.
Intriguing possibilities down the road include Liberty at California in the quarterfinals, with two very different styles of play offensively, but two fast and aggressive defenses. A Freedom at Pittsburg rematch in the quarterfinals will happen if the Falcons can get past Monte Vista in the first round. The Pirates needed 17 second-half points to overcome a halftime deficit in the first meeting between the schools.
Pittsburg at Foothill would be the semifinal that many are hoping for, and with the winner facing De La Salle, would almost feel like the section title game before trying to slay the giant.
Players to Watch: De La Salle RB Antoine Custer, Foothill QB Kyle Kearns, Foothill WR Isaiah Langley, California RB Justin Locklear, Pittsburg DE David Lui, Liberty WR Willie Williams, Freedom OL Dominic Frederickson, San Leandro QB Stephen Johnson III, Antioch RB Najee Harris, Logan QB Christian Leota, San Ramon Valley WR JJ Koski, Monte Vista QB Jake Haener, Amador Valley RB Ledre McCullough, Heritage DB Sam Hinn
Sleeper: While identifying a sleeper is usually a lost cause in a bracket with De La Salle, we'll give it a shot with Pittsburg. The Pirates' defense might be the best in Northern California, aside from the Spartans, and could potentially keep them in the game.
Analysis: De La Salle has already easily dispatched the best that the EBAL had to offer, along with signature wins over out-of-state and Southern California opponents. This ultimately still feels like their warm-up for the Open Division state playoff bowl title game. The rest of the games leading up to the final should be more intriguing than the championship game.
“There is definitely a lot of depth and parity this year,” said Pittsburg Vic Galli. “All the teams seem to have big wins but also one or two surprising losses, so it will be exciting to see what happens.”
Key Match-ups: The potential for a Concord versus Tennyson game in the semifinals would be exciting for anyone that loves offense. Windsor is the three seed, but has lost three straight coming into the playoffs, although it did lead at halftime in all three games. An all-North Bay League quarterfinal between Maria Carrillo and Casa Grande would be an enticing match-up, which the Gauchos won the first time, 19-14. The Pumas would have the right to host as the higher seed, however.
But ultimately, what everyone is anticipating in this division is a rematch in the title game between Concord and Clayton Valley. The Eagles won the first game 48-40, but had to hold off a furious Minutemen rally to do so. That game might get the best crowd of any of the championship games.
Players to watch: Clayton Valley RB Miles Harrison, Clayton Valley RB Justin Zapanta, Clayton Valley LB Rich Peralta, Concord QB Mitch Daniels, Concord RB Malik Blackburn, Concord WR Mason Knight, Mt Eden WR Dominic Williams, Northgate RB Matt Huang, Windsor QB Jalen Roman, Tennyson QB Christian Silva, Tennyson RB Tukai Laginikoro, Hayward QB Juni Moi Moi, Casa Grande RB Spencer Torkelson, Casa Grande LB Casey Longaker, Dublin RB Tyree Williams, Pinole Valley WR Chris Salmeron, American RB Jared Luty
Sleeper: While the chances of Clayton Valley and Concord getting derailed on their way to a rematch appear slim, Tennyson has an explosive offense and is experienced enough to feel confident. The Lancers slumped a little in their last two games, but with tough wins over Bishop O'Dowd and Castro Valley, remain a threat to both Windsor in the quarterfinals and Concord in a potential semi-final game.
Analysis: Ultimately the top two seeds are the only ones who have established themselves. Anything other than a rematch in the title game will be a complete shock.
Key Match-ups: The first round is full of tense games in what is one of the deepest brackets in the section. Cardinal Newman and Novato battle for bragging rights in the North Bay, while Acalanes takes on a tough Bishop O'Dowd team which took San Leandro to overtime. Rancho Cotate was given the seventh seed, but must travel to face undefeated Kennedy, which might be one of the best 10 seeds this bracket has ever seen. Alhambra hosts a Petaluma team that just pushed Analy to the wire in the SCL title game.
Players to watch: Campolindo RB Nick Fadelli, Campolindo TE Tyler Petite, Cardinal Newman QB Jordan Brookshire, Novato QB Robbie Cassee, Analy QB Will Smith, Analy RB Ja'Narrick James, Acalanes QB Casey Harrington, Bishop O'Dowd QB Chris Hagmaier, Las Lomas RB Zack Fulks, Rancho Cotate QB Gunner Mefferd, Rancho Cotate RB Carlos Franco, Kennedy RB Kaleem Abubukari, Marin Catholic QB Darius Peterson, Tamalpais QB Jack Harris, Alhambra RB James Gonsalves, Petaluma RB Yusef Kawasami
Sleeper: Marin Catholic may have finished in a three-way tie for their league title, but finished the season playing at an extremely high level. Their defense was lights out at the end of the season, which could give it the opportunity to make a deep run and challenge for the title.
Analysis: After going undefeated in league play for the fourth straight season, Campolindo is a heavy favorite. Both Marin Catholic and Las Lomas could play the role of spoiler, though, and a 9-1 Analy team with offensive firepower might be a tough test in the semifinals. The road is not easy for the Cougars, as they will face league champions beginning in the second round with either Cardinal Newman (NBL) or Novato (MCAL).
Key match-ups: The 8-9 match-up in the first round has the potential to be a high-scoring contest with contrasting styles of play. Fort Bragg has a prolific passing game led by Kaylor Sullivan, while Moreau's run game has been extremely effective, averaging nearly 250 yards per game.
Outside of the first round, a semifinal game between Piedmont and Justin-Siena would feature two of the surprise teams from different parts of the section. Both teams have strong rushing attacks and play good defense.
Players to watch: St. Mary's RB Tamarick Pierce, St. Mary's RB Stevie Harvey, Piedmont RB Gabriel Watson, Fort Bragg QB Kaylor Sullivan, Fort Bragg WR/DB Lucas Triplett, Moreau Catholic RB/DB Jullen Ison, Moreau Catholic RB Jason Hinton, Lower Lake QB Isazah King, McKinleyville QB Kyle Spalding, McKinleyville RB Bailey Turner, McKinleyville WR Travis Nickols, Justin-Siena RB William Boyd Jr., Piner DL Peter Barbieri
Sleeper: If any team appears physically equipped to challenge St. Mary's for the title, it might be Justin-Siena. The Braves have done a good job of keeping games low scoring, and can control the clock with their veer option offense. Coach Rich Cotruvo has been here many times before as well, and will have his team in the right mindset to handle the pressure.
Analysis: Nothing against No. 4 seed San Marin, which did play well in an early season loss to Justin-Siena, but it appears that three teams have a shot in this division. St. Mary's should get past San Marin or Del Norte to reach the title game, and it would be a shock if someone other than Piedmont or Justin-Siena is waiting for them.
Key match-ups: The 5-12 game in the first round is a rematch from an early-season game in which Valley Christian-Dublin, the 12 seed, defeated Stellar Prep, 34-24. You don't usually see a much higher seed given a rematch in the first round against a team which beat it the first time.
The other intriguing match-ups all seem to be in the bottom half of the bracket. With three 9-1 teams in the bottom half, the quarterfinals and semifinals could all see some very high-quality football played. No. 2 seed St Bernard Catholic should face either No. 3 St Helena or No. 6 John Swett in the semifinals.
Players to watch: Salesian DB Prentiss Reid, Salesian RB Charles Hillary, Salesian RB Dalonnie Crater, St Bernard QB Noah Davis, St Bernard WR Jack Rice, Berean Christian WR Isaiah Hodgins, Tomales RB Willy Lepori, California School for the Deaf RB Jax Pedersen, Cloverdale RB Luke Bernardi, St Helena QB Jack Preston, St Vincent RB George Sammon, California School for the Deaf QB Zane Pedersen, Valley Christian WR Jairus Woodson, South Fork DL Justice Sherman, John Swett DE Jamonte Moore
Sleeper: Keep an eye on the No. 6 seed, John Swett. Swett allowed more than 18 points just once this season, and the defense posted three shutouts. While a victory in the title game would appear to be a stretch, getting there might not be.
Analysis: Outside of De La Salle in Division I, Salesian is the closest thing to a lock in any of the divisions. The Pride plays teams above their division all year, and their two losses were both to powerhouse programs outside of the section. They have a cast of seniors led by Reid, Hillary, Kyree Harvey, Jordan Cole and Kameron Carr who are motivated to go out on top, and have the ability to do so.
NORTH COAST SECTION FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
No. 1 De La Salle (10-0) bye
No. 9 San Ramon Valley (6-4) at No. 8 Logan (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 13 Heritage (5-5) at No. 4 California (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Antioch (6-4) vs. No. 7 San Leandro (6-4) at Burrell Field 7 p.m.
No. 3 Pittsburg (8-2) bye
No. 11 Monte Vista (4-6) at No. 6 Freedom (6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Amador Valley (6-4) at No. 5 Liberty (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 2 Foothill (8-2) bye
No. 16 Newark Memorial (4-6) at No. 1 Clayton Valley Charter (10-0), 7 p.m.
No. 13 American (7-3) at No. 4 Carrillo (6-4), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Hayward (5-5) at No. 2 Concord (9-1), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Dublin (4-6) at No. 3 Windsor (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Mt. Eden (7-2-1) at No. 8 Montgomery (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Miramonte (3-7) at No. 5 Casa Grande (4-6), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Granada (2-8) at No. 7 Northgate (5-5), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Pinole Valley (4-6) at No. 6 Tennyson (5-4-1), 1 p.m.
No. 16 Ygnacio Valley (3-7) at No. 1 Campo (10-0), 7 p.m.
No. 12 O’Dowd (5-5) at No. 5 Acalanes (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Rancho Cotate (7-3) vs. No. 10 Kennedy-Fremont (10-0) at Fudenna Stadium, 7 p.m.
No. 11 Petaluma (7-3) at No. 6 Alhambra (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Novato (7-3) at No. 8 Cardinal Newman (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 13 El Cerrito (5-5) at No. 4 Analy (9-0), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Mt. Diablo (3-7) at No. 2 Las Lomas (8-2), 8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Tamalpais (6-4) at No. 3 Marin Catholic (7-3), 1 p.m.
No. 12 Lower Lake (5-5) at No. 5 Del Norte (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Kennedy-Richmond (5-5) at No. 2 Piedmont (10-0), 7 p.m.
No. 14 Kelseyville (4-6) at No. 3 Justin-Siena (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 1 St. Mary’s (9-1) bye
No. 9 Moreau Catholic (5-5) at No. 8 Fort Bragg (8-2), 7 p.m.
No. 13 Terra Linda (4-6) at No. 4 San Marin (7-3), 1 p.m.
No. 10 El Molino (6-4) at No. 7 McKinleyville (4-6), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Piner (5-5) at No. 6 Fortuna (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 12 Valley Christian (4-6) vs. No. 5 Stellar Prep (7-3) at Chabot College 7 p.m.
No. 14 South Fork (5-5) at No. 5 St. Helena (9-1). 7 p.m.
No. 1 Salesian (8-2) bye
No. 8 Cloverdale (6-4) at No. 9 St. Vincent (6-4), 1 p.m.
No. 13 Tomales (7-3) at No. 4 Middletown (7-3), 7 p.m.
No. 15 Ferndale (4-5) at No. 2 St. Bernard (9-1), 1 p.m.
No. 10 California School for the Deaf-Fremont- (8-2) at No. 7 Berean Christian (5-5), 1 p.m.
No. 11 St. Patrick-St. Vincent (3-7) at No. 6 John Swett (9-1), 7 p.m.
By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
After trailing through three quarters Friday night, Cardinal Newman scored with 3:25 remaining and then held on to defeat visiting Windsor, 23-20, in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Jaguars had a chance to tie the game with six seconds left, but Gedi Tevares’ 41-yard field goal attempt came up short.
Newman completed the North Bay League portion of the season with a 6-1 mark. That’s the same record as Rancho Cotate, but the Cardinals get the league’s automatic invitation to the North Coast Section tournament because of the league’s tiebreaker procedure.
The Cardinals fell behind Windsor, 20-9, before scoring the final 14 points of the game.
Damian Wallace’s 95-yard kickoff return and a two-point conversion in the third brought Newman to within three points.
After the teams traded possessions without scoring early in the fourth, Craig Lucey then scored on a 19-yard run. The point after failed.
Jordon Brookshire, the Cardinals quarterback, was outstanding. He rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries. One of those runs resulted in a 41-yard touchdown.
The sophomore was equally as impressive with his passing. He completed eight of nine throws for 80 yards.
Jalen Roman, the Windsor quarterback, also had a big night. He rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown and completed 15 of 22 passes for 130 yards.
Last-play TD gives Pumas win at Windsor
By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
On the last play of the game, Alex Netherda scored from the 1 to give visiting Maria Carrillo a 41-35 victory against Windsor on Friday night in their North Bay League game at Windsor.
Netherda’s touchdown culminated a 20-point rally by the Pumas. They trailed 35-21 with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter.
An 86-yard pass to Netherda from Walker Rotherham started the comeback.
Then, with 4:41 remaining, Josh Groesbeck’s 54-yard run and Yvette Perez’ kick made it 35-35.
Netherda finished the night with 102 rushing yards on 20 carries. Groesbeck led the team with 125 yards on 10 touches.
Netherda was also his team’s leading receiver with two catches for 85 yards.
The senior did it on both sides of the ball. He had two interceptions and a team-high eight solo tackles.
The loss was the second in a row for Windsor after the Jaguars began the season with seven consecutive wins.
Windsor is now 7-2 and 4-2 in the NBL. The loss knocked the Jaguars out of a first-place tie in league. Rancho Cotate and Cardinal Newman share first place with 5-1 records. Rancho Cotate defeated Cardinal Newman in their head-to-head meeting.
Maria Carrillo is 5-4 and 3-3.
Late rally lifts Rancho to win over Jags
October 29, 2014
Windsor defender Bradley Clark (33) pounced on a Rancho Cotate fumble in the Jag’s 30-19 varsity football loss to the visiting Cougars on Friday. Windsor will host Maria Carrillo on Oct. 31.
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:09 pm
Windsor falls into first-place tie; entertains Maria Carrillo Friday
The varsity football Jaguars fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Friday, as visiting Rancho Cotate used a second-half rally to spoil the Windsor homecoming, 30-19.
The loss dropped the Jags to 4-1 in league and 7-1 on the year, forging a three- way tie with Rancho Cotate and Cardinal Newman for first place in the North Bay League.
Windsor will need to regroup quickly this week, with a home Halloween match-up looming with Maria Carrillo this Friday, Oct. 31. The Pumas (2-3, 4-5) are coming off a 19-14 loss to Casa Grande and represent another test for the Jaguars this week.
“Carrillo will be tough,” WHS Head Coach Vick Amick predicted. “They beat the team we just lost to so we’ve got to show up on Monday ready to work and put last week behind us or else it will hurt us going into Friday night. We’ve just got to put our heads down, and work to get better.”
Friday’s homecoming meeting with the Cougars was a tale of two halves, with Windsor claiming early dominance to grab a 16-0 halftime lead, only to give it up after intermission in a strong Rancho comeback.
The Jag’s defense was nearly impenetrable in the early going, as linebacker Mitchell Bruning blocked a Cougars punt on their opening possession, scooped it up and took it to the house for a 6-0 Windsor lead.
The defense held on Rancho’s next series, and Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman capped a short drive with a one-yard scoring run to increase the advantage to 13-0. The Jaguars finished up a tremendous first half with a Gedi Tavares field goal to make it a 16-0 ballgame at the break.
The Cougars did not pack it in, mounting an eight-minute, third-quarter drive resulting in a one-yard scoring plunge by quarterback Gunner Mefferd. Carlos Franco ran in the ensuing two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 16-8 at the end of three.
The Cougars stunned the home crowd early in the fourth quarter, as Franco broke loose on a 25-yard touchdown run, followed by a successful two-point conversion try to knot the contest at 16-all.
Roman put his team back in business on Windsor’s next possession, ripping off a nice gain on a keeper to set up an eventual 25-yard Tavares field goal to re-take the lead at 19-16.
It would be the last hurrah for the Jags, as Rancho answered with a long scoring drive, highlighted by a fourth-down conversion and capped by an 11-yard scoring pass from Mefferd to Chris Taylor-Yamanoha with 3:59 remaining. The Cougars sealed the win moments later when defender Danny Shelton intercepted a Roman pass and took it to the house en route to a 30-19 Rancho Cotate victory.
“It was a tough one to swallow knowing that we had the lead with four minutes left,” Amick noted. “We didn’t capitalize off early turnovers, and we didn’t capitalize twice in the red-zone. Everything that went wrong was self inflicted mistakes. They’re a good football team that played 48 minutes while we did not.”
Roman finished up with 79 passing yards, adding 47 yards rushing and one touchdown. Chris Licea had a solid game with 40 yards on the ground.
Leading defenders included Bradley Clark (10 tackles, FR), Alex Tranceto (6 tackles, FF) and Bruning (8 tackles, blocked punt, TD).
Cougars rally to hand Jaguars first loss of season
October 24, 2014
By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Rancho Cotate football team rallied in the second half and handed Windsor High School their first loss of the season, beating the Jaguars 30-19 Friday night in Windsor.
“Early on, I was worried,” Rancho Cotate head coach Ed Conroy said. “We were flat and unemotional and we had a talk about it. We knew they were going to play at a really high level and we had to respond.”
Rancho Cotate’s Carlos Franco runs the ball between Windsor’s Braxton Canady, left, and Austin Evans, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)
Mitchell Bruning got the Jaguars on the board early, after he blocked the Cougars’ first punt and scrambled the last three yards for the touchdown.
Jalen Roman carried the ball for a touchdown and then a field goal from Gedi Tavares gave the Jaguars a 16-0 lead at the end of the first half.
The difference was in the execution after half time, as the Cougars were able to play for the entire four quarters, Windsor head coach Vic Amick said.
“We came out all guns blazing and it really was the best-case scenario for us,” he said. “Hats off to Rancho for competing all four quarters.”
The Cougars found the missing spark and ignited their offense to open the second half, as Mo Ward recorded all five carries of his carries for 38 yards in the second half.
Quarterback Gunner Mefferd said he felt everything click after they were in the right mindset.
“I just realized that we were getting in our own heads,” he said. “We just needed to relax.”
Mefferd carried the ball for one yard and the Cougars’ first touchdown, as Carlos Franco completed the two-point conversion.
“I just saw my teammates’ heads down and had to bring them up,” he said. “It feels so great to beat them (Windsor).”
Franco then helped close the gap on Windsor’s lead, as a 25-yard touchdown and Cooper Nicks’ two-point conversion tied the game at 16.
“It messed with our heads,” Franco explained about the slow start, “but I just kept telling everyone that it was OK. We have to continue to play and that’s what we did.”
A 25-yard field goal from Tavares was the last effort that Windsor could muster on offense as Rancho Cotate continued to roll.
“We just caught on and couldn’t be stopped,” Mefferd said. “Feels so amazing to beat Windsor here. I haven’t lost on this field in my entire varsity career and it just feels so amazing.”
Mefferd connected with Chris Taylor-Yamanoha and an interception returned for the touchdown by Danny Shelton sealed the Cougars’ victory in front of Windsor’s homecoming crowd.
“We played better defense and we got some momentum,” Conroy said. “Every time they kicked the ball off, our boys were down there making plays.”
The defense was the greatest improvement after last week’s 34-28 loss at Maria Carrillo, Conroy said, as he gave full credit to the defensive line and their coverage of Roman.
“The quarterback was running for his life and we weren’t going to let him get anywhere,” he added.
Rancho Cotate improved to 4-1 in the North Bay League, 5-3 overall, while Windsor’s loss put them at 4-1 in league and 7-1 overall.
The Jaguars’ first loss of the season was going to come any day, Amick said, because of the “average offense” they’ve been playing with.
“But the sun will rise and we will play football next week,” he said. “This doesn’t mean our season is over.”
Jags footballers stay perfect with win over Santa Rosa...
Windsor's Austin Evans (6) scored on a second half pass reception to help lift the Jags to a 33-16 varsity football win over host Santa Rosa on Oct. 17. The Jags will entertain Rancho Cotate this Friday in the homecoming game.
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Windsor to host Rancho Cotate Friday in Homecoming Game
The varsity football Jags kept their historic unbeaten streak alive on Friday, using a tremendous second-half performance to power past the host Santa Rosa Panthers, 33-16.
The victory extended Windsor’s season record to a perfect 7-0 and 4-0 in the North Bay League, good for sole possession of first place.
The latest in the string of victories did not start well for the Jaguars, as they battled back from a lethargic first half to win going away.
“We started slow on Friday, down 8-5 at the half,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “We lost the battle at the line of scrimmage in the first two quarters but we ended up getting it fixed and squared away in the second half.”
The Jaguars will face one of their stiffest challenges of the season this Friday, Oct. 24 when they entertain visiting Rancho Cotate in the annual homecoming game. The Cougars are fresh off a 34-28 upset loss to Maria Carrillo to fall to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the NBL. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
“Rancho will be a tough test for us this week,” WHS coach Vic Amick predicted. “They’re good year in and year out, and will have it out for us considering we beat them at home in the playoffs last year and it’s our Homecoming. We just have to prepare and worry about how we execute,” he added.
The mark of every winning team lies in a strong finish, and that was certainly the case on Friday at Santa Rosa.
Down 8-5 with the lone first-half highlight a 35-yard Gedi Tavares field goal, Windsor cranked up its potent offensive attack after intermission.
Quarterback Jalen Roman set the tone in the third quarter in directing a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown march to consume eight minutes and grab the lead for good.
Linebacker Anthony Spallino kept the momentum on the Windsor sideline on the Panther’s next possession, intercepting a Santa Rosa pass and taking it to the house for a two-touchdown advantage. Roman would add second-half scoring passes to receivers Anthony Rea and Austin Evans en route to an eventual 33-16 win.
Although not their best effort of the year, the Windsor charges continued to show resilience and determination, key ingredients needed in a championship run.
“Our guys never quit on one another and their confidence never waivers,” Amick noted. “Good teams always find a way to win.”
Roman turned in another remarkable performance under center, finishing with 100 yards and two touchdowns through the air while adding 110-yards on the ground. Other offensive leaders were Anthony Rea (8-90 yards receiving, TD), Austin Evans (receiving TD), and Tavares (35-yard field goal).
Top defenders were Evans (3 sacks, safety), Spallino (7 tackles, INT, TD), and Mitchell Bruning (8 tackles).
Jags footballers stay perfect with 10-7 win on Friday
October 11, 2014
Quarterback Jalen Roman led the Jaguars to a tough 10-7 win over host Montgomery on Oct. 10. The Jags will put their unbeaten record on the line this Friday at Santa Rosa.
Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 12:17 pm
Windsor pushes record to 6-0; visits Santa Rosa on Friday
It may not have been pretty, but it was a “W.”
That was the sentiment as the unbeaten Jaguars walked off the field following a 10-7 dog-fight over host Montgomery on Friday, keeping Windsor’s magical season alive at a perfect 6-0 and 3-0 in the North Bay League.
Although the win was ugly from an offensive standpoint, the Jaguars were no doubt pleased with the game-saving effort of its defensive unit.
“It was a tough game and Montgomery gave us their best fight,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “Offensively we need to be better upfront and in letting our playmakers make plays. Defensively we were lights out, it was one of the best performances I've seen in some time.”
Next up for the Jags is a Friday, Oct. 17 visit to Ernie Nevers Field to take on Santa Rosa. The Panthers ran their record to 1-2 in league and 1-5 on the season with a 35-26 loss to Maria Carrillo last week.
“Going into Santa Rosa we have to fight ourselves in the mid-season grind and have a great week of practice,” Amick noted.
It was apparent early on that Friday’s meeting at Montgomery would not be business as usual for the potent Windsor offense, but rather a grind-it-out battle won in the trenches.
The Jaguars drew first blood in the opening quarter on a 34-yard field goal by kicker/receiver Gedi Tavares for an early 3-0 lead, accounting for all the points scored in the game’s first 24 minutes. The Vikings threatened just before the half, but their 75-yard drive would go unrewarded when a bad snap ruined a 22-yard field goal attempt.
Still clinging to a 3-0 in the third quarter, defender Evan Legaspi picked off a Vikings pass to give Windsor the ball at midfield. Jag’s quarterback Jalen Roman made Monty pay on the ensuing series when he hooked up with Tavares on a 50-yard catch and run to put the Jaguars up 10-0 at the end of three.
Montgomery climbed back into the game in the fourth quarter, cashing in on a two-yard keeper from quarterback Richard Flores to cut the deficit to three points. It was all Windsor would allow the rest of the way as they dug in for a gritty 10-7 win.
Roman finished up with eight completions on 18 pass attempts for 84 yards and one touchdown, while adding 36 yards on the ground. Other top offensive players were Jackson Baughman (12-57 yards rushing, 2-16 yards receiving), Hunter Hanson (3-15 yards rushing), Dmitri Acken (2-12 yards rushing), Aron Hermasillo (1-4 yards rushing), Brooks Skinner (1-3 yards rushing), Tavares (1-50 yards receiving, TD), Mitchell Bruning (1-5 yards receiving), Legaspi (1-7 yards receiving), and Anthony Rea (1-6 yards receiving).
Although complete stats were unavailable, leading defenders included Sam Fletcher (10 tackles), Acken (5 tackles, 2 sacks) and Legaspi (INT).
Windsor struggles but stays perfect
October 11, 2014
By RICHARD J. MARCUS
For The Press Democrat
Friday night’s 10-7 grind-it-out victory by the visiting Jaguars over Montgomery was no masterpiece, but it was enough to keep Windsor (6-0, 3-0) undefeated and retain a share of the top NBL top -spot. The Vikings, on the other hand, will drop to the middle of the pack in league standings.
“The game wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win and we will take it any way we can get it,” Windsor (6-0, 3-0) coach Vic Amick said. “We have a lot of mistakes to clean up.”
Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman breaks into the clear. (Press Democrat / Kent Porter)
It was Montgomery (2-4, 1-2) that burned itself with costly mistakes at the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third quarter, leading to the key stretch of the game.
With the Jaguars leading 3-0 courtesy of a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter by Gedi Tavares, the Vikings put together an impressive 75-yard drive in the final minute of the first half. The drive stalled, however, and Montgomery lined up for a 22-yard field goal attempt by Jordan Page. The snap was slightly high and it went through the holder’s hands for a blown opportunity.
The Vikings did not convert the long drive into any points, giving Windsor momentum going into the half.
“We got a big stop defensively at the end of the half,” Amick said. “They make that field goal and it’s a different game.”
Montgomery coach Marcello Bautista concurred: “That missed field goal hurt, but we had our opportunities. Then in the second half we threw an interception and let Windsor score on the next play.”
To wit, the Vikings retained possession to start the second half, but three plays in Montgomery quarterback Richard Flores was intercepted by Windsor’s Evan Legaspi at the 50-yard line.
On the next play, Jaguars quarterback Jalen Roman had a rarity — time to sit in the pocket — and took advantage. Roman aired out a long bomb to a streaking Tavares, who beat double coverage for the 50-yard touchdown and a 10-0 Windsor lead.
“It was a hitch-and-go route and I have complete faith in Gedi. He is a track guy,” Roman said. “I threw it and knew he scored when I heard the crowd cheer.”
Both quarterbacks were under duress much of the night. Roman (87-187, 8478 yards passing) was slowed by an ailing foot and Montgomery dialed up the defensive blitz frequently to pressure him on passes and keep him contained on the ground (16 rushes for 36 yards).
“We knew he was slowed up and we wanted to put some pressure on him,” Montgomery coach Marcello Bautista said.
“Our offensive line did not play well tonight to say the least,” Amick said. “They made a lot of mistakes and didn’t execute like in practice.”
Meanwhile, Windsor’s defensive front kept Montgomery’s offense under lock-and-key most of the night, included sacking Flores (15-32, 173 yards) four times and flushing him from the pocket at critical times.
“Windsor is big up front defensively,” Bautista said. “Our offense struggled but they played better than the last few games. Flores played better then he has in previous games.”
Montgomery trailed 10-0 until 5:41 left in the fourth quarter when the Vikings put together an 85-yard drive, culminating in a 2-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak by Flores.
The Vikings had one last shot with three minutes to go as they took possession at their own 38-yard line. Several Windsor defensive sacks and a costly offensively interference penalty against the Vikings led to a 4th-and-30 and Montgomery was forced to punt. Windsor salted away the remaining 1:31 to seal the win.
“Our defense stepped up big tonight,” Roman said.
“Our defense won the game, that was pretty evident,” Amick said. “Montgomery is a good football club.”
The Vikings were left with the empty feeling of losing a game they know they could have won.
“Windsor is a good team. It was a good high school football game,” Bautista said. “If we minimized our mistakes the game would have had a different outcome.”
Unbeaten footballers roll over Casa Grande
October 8, 2014
RUN AFTER CATCH
Mitchell Bruning (8) avoided a Casa Grande defender after a reception in the Jags 27-7 win over the Gauchos on Friday. The Jags went to an effective ground game in the fourth quarter, and the Windsor defense did the rest.
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:51 am
Jags push record to 5-0; visit Montgomery on Friday
Happy days are indeed here again for the WHS football program, as the Jaguars continue to roll over anything in their path.
The Jags claimed perennial power Casa Grande as their latest victim, running roughshod over the visiting Gauchos on Friday in a 27-7 romp.
The resounding victory extended Windsor’s North Bay League record to 2-0 and pushed their season mark to 5-0, just the second time in the program’s history that the team has been unbeaten after five games.
Friday’s win was especially sweet for the Jags, after suffering a 42-7 loss at the hands of the NBL champion Gauchos last year.
“It was a big win for us,” WHS coach Vic Amick said. “This group is special and joined special company becoming the second team to beat Casa in school history along with the undefeated team (in 2011).”
Next up for the Jags is a Friday, Oct. 10 visit to Montgomery, who fell to 1-1 in league and 2-3 on the year after suffering a 42-20 loss to Rancho Cotate last week. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Slow start, strong finish
Windsor shook off a sluggish start in the Oct. 3 meeting with Casa Grande, overcoming a fumble on its opening drive and a couple of damaging mistakes that would keep the game close.
The Jags drew first blood in the opening period, as quarterback Jalen Roman hit receiver Gedi Tavares on a seven-yard scoring pass for a 7-0 lead at the end of one. Windsor went up by two scores early in the second when receiver Mitchell Bruning hauled in a 40-yard touchdown strike from Roman for a 14-0 advantage. The Gauchos kept within striking distance with a 29-yard scoring pass to cut the deficit to 14-7 at the half.
The Jags, behind a great defensive effort and a strong push from the offensive line, got it rolling after intermission, with a pair of Windsor drives resulting in a five-yard touchdown strike from Roman to Sam Fletcher, followed by a seven-yard scoring run by Roman to make it 27-7.
The Jags went to an effective ground game in the fourth quarter, and the Windsor defense did the rest en route to a 27-7 victory.
Roman enjoyed another terrific night under center, completing 11 of 17 passes for 256 yards and three scores, while adding 60 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Other offensive leaders included Bruning (7-150 yards receiving, TD), Tavares (4-50 yards receiving, TD) and Fletcher (1-5 yards receiving, TD).
Anchoring the Windsor defensive unit were Dmitri Acken (8 tackles), Bradley Clark (6 tackles, sack) and Fletcher (6 tackles).
Windsor makes it look easy
October 7, 2014
Windsor’s Hunter Hanson, left, protects his quarterback Jalen Roman, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, October 3, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)
By KERRY BENEFIELD
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
There was a moment in the fourth quarter Friday night that defined the dominance of the Windsor Jaguars.
The play didn’t seal the game, that was already nailed. But it put a resounding Jaguar stamp on the contest.
There were 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Windsor was up 27-7 over the visiting Casa Grande Gauchos. It was Jaguars ball at midfield with five yards to go on fourth down. Go for it? No question. There was no look to the sideline by wizard-like quarterback Jalen Roman, he just called the play. And the Jaguars promptly picked up seven yards.
There was never any doubt. It’s as if when the Jaguars want something, they just take it.
“There’s no discussion,” Roman said. “We knew that play would get us seven, eight yards.”
That is the way these Jaguars roll. Without doubt. With a confidence that befits a 5-0 team that has beaten teams in the air and on the ground, but usually behind their dynamic leader, Roman.
“I told you he was special,” Jaguars head coach Vic Amick said.
Special? Well, only if 252 passing yards, 60 rushing yards and one touchdown indicates anything above average. And he would have had one more touchdown had a glorious scamper into the end zone not been called back for holding.
And the soft-spoken Roman said he started out a little nervous. After all, only one Windsor football team had ever beaten the Gauchos before.
Make that two.
The season has been a dramatic turnabout for both squads that squared off Friday night.
The Gauchos mauled opponents right and left last season, roaring to a 13-0 record before falling to Miramonte High School in the North Coast Section Championship game. That team featured two offensive and defensive stars who are currently suiting up for Division 1 programs.
That Casa squad took apart the Jaguars 42-7.
But that was last season.
This season, the Gauchos have yet to win a contest and a squad that routinely posted 40 points a game last year is having trouble getting on the board.
It’s a new story for Windsor, too.
Last season, the Windsor Jaguars went 6-6 overall and 3-4 in league.
This season, it’s a different story. Entirely.
Friday night’s game highlighted a team Amick said is good now but could become utterly dominating. Cut the mistakes, the interceptions, the fouls from Friday night’s game and the result could have been even more lopsided.
“That’s the scary thing about our team,” he said.
Despite “hitting for the cycle on mistakes,” according to Amick, the Jaguars were up 14-7 at the half. They were a breath away from adding six more but Roman’s pass just shy of the goal line was picked off with about 20 seconds left in the second quarter.
In the second half, there were more highlight-reel plays from Roman. A broken play that sent the speedy QB scrambling, then rolling to his right before lofting a pass to Mitchell Bruning. That was Roman’s favorite of the night.
“I kind of just floated it to him, kept my eyes down the field,” he said.
Remarkably, this is the first season at the helm for Roman. Last year, he was catching balls from senior quarterback Colin McAlvain.
But that was last year. This season, Roman’s the senior and Roman’s the guy.
“His arm is as strong as they come,” Amick said before the game.
“We could line up Jalen anywhere on the field and he’s going to be the best player at it.”
Part of what makes these Jaguars special, besides that 5-0 start, is their closeness. Most of these key players have been together since pee-wee football.
That pays dividends at this level, and this crop of Jaguars is reaping the rewards — and making life miserable for everybody else.
“We knew we had a special group of guys,” Amick said. “We knew we had the talent to do whatever we please to do.
“They are as tight a group as we have ever had,” he said.
AT CASA GRANDE
Windsor 7 7 13 0 – 27
Casa Grande 0 7 0 0 – 7
W- Gedi Tavares, 7 yard pass from Jalen Roman (Tavares kick)
W – Mitchell Bruning, 40 yard pass from Roman (Tavares kick)
CG – Kaleo Garrigon, 29 yard pass from J.J. Anderson (kick Matt Abramo)
W – Sam Fletcher, 5 yard pass from Roman (PAT failed)
W- Roman, 7 yard run (Tavares kick)
You can reach staff columnist Kerry Benefield at 526-8671 or firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @benefield.
Unbeaten Jags pound Ukiah 49-7 in opener...
October 7, 2014
POUNDING THE ROCK
WHS quarterback Jalen Roman churned up 160 yards on the ground to lead the unbeaten Jaguars past visiting Ukiah, 49-7. Windsor will host Casa Grande on Oct. 3.
Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 12:34 pm
Windsor entertains Casa Grande this Friday
The Jaguars enjoyed some home cooking on Friday in the North Bay League football opener at a packed Kirkpatrick Stadium in Windsor, jumping all over visiting Ukiah in a 49-7 romp.
The resounding victory was Windsor’s fourth in as many outings, the best start for the program since capturing the North Coast Section title in 2011.
The Jaguars will put their win streak on the line when they host Casa Grande this Friday, Oct. 3. Kickoff times for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m. The Gauchos (0-1, 0-4) are off to their worst start in years following a 45-10 loss to Rancho Cotate last week.
Although the Jag’s previous three wins followed a different script, Friday’s victory at the expense of an over-matched Wildcat’s squad was equally impressive.
“We knew we had to start fast, we had to be tough and execute at a high level,” WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “There were some pre-game distractions with the lightning and thunder and the JV game being postponed and then canceled. It was hard to overcome, but we are able to achieve our goals.”
Windsor got the crowd into it early when linebacker Sam Fletcher picked off a Ukiah pass and took it to the house for a stunning 7-0 lead with just 15 seconds gone. The Jags went up by two scores on their next possession, capping a 65-yard march with a short scoring burst from Dmitri Acken to make it 14-0. The Wildcat’s defense had no answer on Windsor’s next drive, resulting in another short touchdown run to put the Jags up 21-0 at the end of one.
The Windsor defensive unit kept the ‘Cats off the board in the second quarter, stopping a couple of promising drives to take over on downs. The Jaguars obliged when a long pass play from quarterback Jalen Roman to receiver Mitchell Bruning set up another five-yard touchdown run by Acken. The Jags finished up an explosive half when Roman broke loose for a spectacular 60-yard scoring run off a keeper for a 35-0 lead at the break.
The Jaguars used the big cushion to get their bench involved after intermission, but their was no let-up in sight as Windsor powered to an eventual 49-7 win.
Roman (9-14, 140 yards passing, TD) enjoyed another brilliant night with his legs, churning up 160 yards on the ground with one score, and had another three touchdowns called back due to penalties. Other top offensive players included Acken (40 yards rushing, 2 TDs), Hunter Hanson (5-40 yards rushing, TD), Gedi Tavares (3-50 yards receiving, TD, 7 PAT kicks), and Brooks Skinner (3-30 yards receiving, TD).
Top defenders were Fletcher (10 tackles, INT, TD), Anthony Spallino (8 tackles), Bruning (8 tackles), Austin Evans (2 sacks) and Braxton Canady (sack).
Lightening cancels JV game
Friday’s quick-moving weather system caused game officials to cancel the junior varsity game between Windsor and Ukiah. At press time no make-up date had been set.
Second half rally sparks Jaguars past Miramonte, 49-27
POUNDING THE ROCK
Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman (11) found a hole in the Jaguar's 49-27 victory at Miramonte on Friday. The Jags pushed their record to 3-0 entering the bye week.
Windsor extends record to 3-0 entering bye week
The Jaguars finished up an unbeaten pre-league football schedule on Friday, using a big-play defense and a strong second half push to roll past defending North Coast Section Division-2 champion Miramonte, 49-27.
The impressive victory made it 3-0 to start the 2014 campaign, the first time the varsity squad has won its first three games since capturing the NCS title in 2011. In fact, the Jags represent the only North Bay League team still unbeaten this year.
With an open date on Friday, Windsor enters its bye week with a full head of steam and two weeks to prepare for the next challenge – a Friday, Sept. 26 home clash against Ukiah in the NBL opener.
Slow start, strong finish
It was a tale of two halves in Orinda on Friday, as the host Matadors did the bulk of their damage in the first half before Windsor got rolling after intermission.
Miramonte drew first blood in the opening period when QB/defensive back Ryan Anderson picked off a pass and raced 55 yards for an early 7-0 lead. The Jaguars answered when quarterback Jalen Roman found receiver Mitchell Bruning on an 11-yard scoring strike to knot the contest at 7-7. Windsor later used a 17-yard interception return by linebacker Sam Fletcher to grab a 14-7 edge at the end of one.
The Matadors surged back into the lead in the second quarter when Anderson fired a 12-yard touchdown pass to Clayton Stehr to tie the game at 14-all. Miramonte capped a strong first half with a 78-yard scoring pass for a 20-14 advantage at the break.
The second half belonged to Windsor, as big-play man Mitchell Bruning cashed in with a blocked punt, falling on the ball in the end-zone. Gedi Tavares followed with one of his eventual seven PAT kicks for a 21-20 Jags lead.
Following a key interception by linebacker Anthony Spallino, Windsor fullback Dmitri Acken cashed in with a 10-yard touchdown burst to make it 28-20. Roman finished up a stellar period when he hit Bruning on a 15-yard scoring dagger for a 35-27 cushion after three.
Windsor’s stifling defense owned the final quarter as the Jaguars iced the game with a five-yard touchdown pass from Roman to Bruning, followed by a one-yard scoring plunge from Hunter Hanson en route to a 49-27 win.
“Miramonte was a battle, we came out super flat in the first half,” WHS head coach Vic Amick reflected. “We didn't change anything at the half, we just told them we need to play better team football and to play with more passion and more heart.”
Roman logged his third straight 100-yard rushing performance, churning up 150 yards on 14 carries, adding another 112 yards passing and three touchdowns. Other offensive leaders were Bruning (7-75 yards receiving, 3 TDs), Acken (11-100 yards rushing, TD), Hanson (6-50 yards rushing, TD), and Lance Langhals (2-18 yards receiving).
Leading defenders were Fletcher (8 tackles, INT, TD), Spallino (8 tackles, INT) and Bruning (blocked punt, TD).
Windsor rolls at Miramonte, improves to 3-0
By PHIL BARBER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
ORINDA — A 2-0 start was great news for Windsor, but wins over Granada and Benicia were a little different from Friday night’s assignment. This was Miramonte, one of the top football programs in the Bay Area and the reigning North Coast Section Division 2 champion, and it was on the road.
“We made that a point of emphasis, that they have something that we want,” Windsor coach Vic Amick said. “That was ours three years ago, but we haven’t tasted that in a while. We kind of emphasized that all week in practice. They’re defending champions, and they’re not gonna let us come into their house and lay down.”
Amick’s crew was up to the challenge. The Jaguars served notice that they may be ready to contend for a North Bay League title, overcoming a 20-14 halftime deficit and running away with an impressive 49-27 win.
Windsor is 3-0 for the first time since it went undefeated and won a section title in 2011. Miramonte, shockingly, is 0-3.
Windsor scored on an interception return by Sam Fletcher, a blocked punt and recovery in the end zone by Mitchell Bruning, and three touchdown passes from Jalen Roman to Bruning in a game that was full of big plays.
Some of those big plays came at the end of the second quarter, and they very nearly undid Windsor.
With the score 14-14, Miramonte got the ball on its own 26 with 1:49 left in the half. Moments later, facing third-and-12 at the Windsor 47, Matadors quarterback Ryan Anderson found Spencer Hardwick over the middle; a Jaguars defender took a bad angle to the receiver, and Hardwick sped for a touchdown.
After a botched extra point, Miramonte recovered an onside kick and was right back in business.
Then came a huge turning point. As the seconds wound down, Anderson lofted a Hail Mary pass that Matadors receiver Sutter Lindberg grabbed out of the sky. The home crowd erupted, but Lindberg was ruled down at the 1 – with no time on the clock.
Windsor had dodged a bullet.
Whatever the Jaguars coaches said to their players at halftime it worked.
Windsor quickly forced Miramonte to go three-and-out, and Bruning blocked the punt and fell on it in the end zone to give his team a 21-20 lead. The Jaguars added a 10-yard run by massive lineman-turned-running back Dmitri Acken and a 15-yard scoring pass from Jalen Roman to Bruning, sandwiched around an interception by Anthony Spallino, and the rout was on.
“Maybe it was hot. Maybe we got here a little too early today, I don’t know what it was. But we were flat,” Amick said. “And that’s not who we are. We’ve worked too hard, done too many things in the offseason to come out that flat in the first half. Our guys have heart. They’re a great family. We never quit on each other.”
Miramonte wasn’t quite finished. On the final play from scrimmage of the third quarter, Anderson hit Lindberg with a pass, two Jaguars missed tackled and Lindberg went 78 yards for a touchdown that cut the score to 35-27.
Undaunted, Windsor dominated the fourth quarter and left with a big victory.
Roman rushed for 146 yards and passed for 112 in the game, brushing aside an early pick-six that put his team in a 7-0 hole just 2:10 into the game. He also recovered a fumble to preserve a drive and make a touchdown possible
“Great leader,” Amick said. “I’ve said this and I’ll say it again: He’s one of the better players in the Empire. He’s a straight-out football player. He’s not a quarterback by nature. He’s a football player by nature. He does special things that we can’t even tell him to do.”
Acken rushed for 58 yards in the second half as he wore down the Matadors.
The crazy thing is, Windsor can get even better. The Jaguars were missing several injured players Friday, including three lineman, and will get most of them back soon. And Amick said his kids aren’t “great practice players” yet.
They do play with heart, though, as the coach told them after the game. Then he gave them the good news:
“Bye week. No film tomorrow.”
Windsor gets a week off and returns to open North Bay League play against Ukiah.
Footballers power past Benicia, 21-7...
Mitchell Bruning is one of a strong group of juniors on an improved Jaguars football squad this season. The 2-0 Jags will visit Miramonte this Friday.
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jaguars put 2-0 record on line at Miramonte on Friday
The varsity football Jaguars logged their second straight win of the campaign on Friday, slipping past home-standing Benicia in impressive fashion, 21-7.
The victory avenged a 34-27 loss to the Panthers last season and gives the Jags added momentum heading into a titanic road clash at perennial power Miramonte this Friday, Sept. 12 (5/7:30 p.m.).
“It was a good quality win, we've had that one circled since last year when they stole one at home from us,” victorious WHS coach Vic Amick said. “It was big for us and our young team to go on the road and play the way we did.”
Despite missing key starters, particularly on the offensive line, Windsor churned up 275 yards on the ground against Benicia, the bulk of the damage done by quarterback Jalen Roman and bruising fullback Dmitri Acken.
“I'm very proud of our offensive line which was without starters Kyle Davis (concussion) and Cameron Caughey (dislocated shoulder),” Amick noted. “Other guys stepped up and we were able to run the ball behind them.”
The Panthers drew first blood on Friday on their opening drive to take an early 7-0 lead, but it only served to awaken a determined Windsor squad. The Jags clawed back in the first period when Acken capped a prolonged march with a four-yard touchdown burst, knotting the contest at 7-7 at the end of one.
The Jaguars broke the deadlock in the second quarter, finding pay-dirt on another 29-yard scoring jaunt from Acken for a 14-7 edge. Windsor’s defensive unit spoiled a couple of promising Panther’s drives with interceptions late in the period to help preserve a seven-point lead at the break.
The second half belonged to Windsor, with a strong push from the front seven effectively throttling the Benicia offense for the last 24 minutes. The Jags iced the game in the third quarter on a one-yard scoring plunge from Roman to cap an eventual 21-7 win.
“I'm just proud of how we’ve played with so much passion and togetherness as a unit,” Amick noted. “These kids have worked as hard as any group we've had and the two games so far have been a justification of that.”
Roman eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the second straight game, churning up 136 yards on 19 carries and one score while completing seven of 12 pass attempts for 90 yards. Acken finished a great night with 11 rushes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Leading the defensive charge for Windsor were Lucas Campos (10 tackles), Evan Legaspi (8 tackles, INT), Sam Fletcher (8 tackles), and Anthony Rea (7 tackles, INT).
Jags run past Granada, 30-10 in season grid opener...
Football receiver Gedi Tavares hauled in a long pass in the second quarter to key a 30-10 win over visiting Granada in the season opener on Aug. 29.
Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The varsity football Jaguars served notice of great things to come on Friday, turning back visiting Granada, 30-10 in the much anticipated season opener before a packed house at Kirkpatrick Stadium.
Windsor used outstanding efforts from many of their skill position players and a dominant effort from the men in the trenches to erase an early 10-3 deficit.
Senior quarterback Jalen Roman logged a sensational 2014 debut under center, completing 11 of 15 pass attempts for 133 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 10 rushes for 100 yards on the ground.
“I thought we played great for starting 16 juniors,” victorious WHS head coach Vic Amick said. “There were times when we sputtered but I couldn't be more happy with the heart and passing we had for four quarters.”
The Jags (1-0) will quickly turn their attention to their next pre-league obstacle – a Friday, Sept. 5 visit to Benicia. The Panthers (0-1) are coming off a 48-13 loss to Concord in their opener last week. Kickoff for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Dominant second half keys win
The Jaguars drew first blood on Friday with a field goal in the opening quarter, but the Matadors answered with 10 straight points for a 10-3 lead.
It would prove to be the high water mark for Granada, as Roman found speedy receiver Gedi Tavares on a long scoring pass early in the second peirod to knot the contest at 10-10 at the break.
The second half belonged to Windsor, as the Jaguar’s defense began to take control of the line of scrimmage. Leading 17-10, Windsor linebacker Sam Fletcher intercepted a pass and took it 20 yards to the house to open up a 23-10 advantage at the end of three.
“Sam’s pick was huge and gave us life in the second half,” Amick noted.
The Jaguars added one more insurance score in the fourth quarter en route to a 30-10 win.
In addition to Roman, other big offensive contributors included Tavares (3-60 yards receiving, TD), Mitchell Bruning (5-45 yards receiving, TD), and Lance Langhals (TD). Leading defenders included Bruning (10 tackles), Cameron Caughey (2 sacks), Fletcher (INT, TD), and Evan Legaspi (INT).
Sept. 5 @ Benicia (5/7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 12 @ Miramonte (5/7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 26 @ Ukiah (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 3 @ Casa Grande (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 10 @ Montgomery (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 17 @ Santa Rosa (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 24 @ Rancho Cotate (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 31 @ Maria Carrillo (5/7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 7 @ Cardinal Newman (5/7:30 p.m.
September 2, 2014
Senior quarterback Jalen Roman (11) will lead an improved Jaguar’s squad, as the team kicks off the 2014 campaign this Friday against visiting Granada.
Jaguars football season returns
September 2, 2014
Windsor kicks off season on Friday vs. Granada
The varsity football Jaguars figure to field a blend of talent and experience this fall, as they look to battle for the upper echelon in the rough and tumble North Bay League.
Windsor is in the final stages of preparation for the season opener in the friendly confines this Friday, Aug. 29 against visiting Granada, as the JV and varsity kickoff off at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
The Jaguars have their sights set firmly on a return to the post-season, after finishing the 2013 NBL campaign tied for fifth place at 3-4. Windsor scored a win over Rancho Cotate in the NCS opener before finishing the year at an even 6-6.
The team figures to benefit greatly from a season of growth with 23 juniors and 15 seniors on this year’s roster, a team that is battle-tested and ready to take the next step toward football prominence.
The list of key returnees starts with senior quarterback Jalen Roman, a proven playmaker who moves over from the wide-receiver spot of a year ago. With the ability to burn the opposition with both his arm and legs, Roman should keep defenses guessing as he directs a balanced offensive attack.
Other key returnees on offense are bruising fullbacks Dmitri Acken and Anthony Spallino, and running backs Hunter Hanson and Bradley Clark. Wide receivers include Evan Legaspi, Anthony Rea, Jared Evans and Lance Langhals, and tight end Mitchell Bruning.
The Jaguars will feature one of the best weapons in the league with returning kicker Gedi Tavares.
Defensively, Windsor will boast an outstanding linebacking corps that includes run-stopping juniors Mitchell Bruning and Sam Fletcher, and seniors Anthony Spallino, and Bradley Clark. The defensive backfield will be led by Legaspi, Rea, Langhals and Roman. Tackle Dmitri Acken will anchor the D-Line.
The Jags will need to negotiate a tough league schedule, with perennial powers Casa Grande, Rancho Cotate and Cardinal Newman expected to be the top dogs in the chase for the NBL crown.
2014 WHS football schedule
Aug. 29 — Granada (5/7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 5 — @ Benicia (5/7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 12 — @ Miramonte (5/7:30 p.m.)
Sept. 26 — Ukiah (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 3 — Casa Grande (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 10 — @ Montgomery (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 17 — @ Santa Rosa (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 24 — Rancho Cotate (5/7:30 p.m.)
Oct. 31 — Maria Carrillo (5/7:30 p.m.)
Nov. 7 — @ Cardinal Newman (5/7:30 p.m.)
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