MCAL FOOTBALL: Marin Catholic (2-1) at Justin-Siena (3-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.
Dodd Stadium, Napa, Calif.

Napa Valley Register preview

The Wildcats have won nine straight against the Braves dating back to 2002. To put that in perspective: I was starting my junior year at Justin-Siena the last time the Braves won.

While Justin enters Marin County Athletic League play with three straight blowout wins, Marin Catholic is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Vacaville. The Wildcats lost a fumble with 1:22 remaining, and Vacaville scored the winning touchdown with five seconds left.

Last season’s matchup came down to 30 seconds at the end of the first half. Then junior Jared Goff completed a dangerous pass over the middle for a 55-yard touchdown. The pass sailed right between the outstretched arms of a Braves’ defender. A little bit left or right and it would’ve been at least incomplete if not an interception.

That play was followed by a Justin-Siena fumble on their next possession. The ball skipped all over the place as Braves and Wildcats dove to recover it. Eventually it was Marin Catholic emerging with the ball in the endzone.

After that game, Braves head coach Rich Cotruvo said he felt his team had given Marin Catholic their toughest test since the MCAL season began. They’ll have to do it again if they hope to extend their streak to four-straight wins.

STATS:

OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Terra Linda 3 640 625 1265 421.7
2 Justin-Siena 3 1047 165 1212 404.0
3 Marin Catholic 3 343 805 1148 382.7
4 San Rafael 3 1068 28 1096 365.3
5 San Marin 3 444 550 994 331.3
6 Drake 3 466 466 932 310.7
7 Novato 3 534 125 659 219.7
8 Tam 3 378 256 634 211.3
9 Redwood 3 281 199 480 160.0
OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Drake 3 130 275 405 135.0
2 Tam 3 302 130 432 144.0
3 Justin-Siena 3 207 236 443 147.7
4 Novato 3 311 360 671 223.7
5 Terra Linda 3 485 194 679 226.3
6 Redwood 3 245 635 880 293.3
7 Marin Catholic 3 429 603 1032 344.0
8 San Rafael 3 752 475 1227 409.0
9 San Marin 3 629 679 1308 436.0

TEAM LEADERS:

Rushing (Carries-Yards-TD): Marin Catholic – Akili Terry 58-294-2. Justin-Siena – Austin Connolly 29-473-7.

Passing: Marin Catholic – Jared Goff 47-87-803-2TD-1INT. Justin-Siena – Marcus Armstrong-Brown 4-14-165-3TD-1INT.

Receiving (Catch-Yards-TD): Marin Catholic – Andrew Celis 15-257-2. Justin-Siena – Brandon Weaver 3-150-3.

*Stats for Marin County teams courtesy of the Marin Independent Journal. Stats for Justin-Siena provided by Andy Wilcox and Bryan Metcalf.

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Posted on September 13, 2012, in Football, High School and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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