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Links for all game stories and feature articles from the 2011-2012 Sacramento State men’s basketball season are now available on the SacStateSports.com page.

I’ve also posted links for the articles we have so far this season, and I’ll do my best to continue to update the archives throughout the year.

What I won’t post here are non-basketball articles or game previews. You’ll have to follow the SacStateSports.com site for that.

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Justin-Siena (6-2, 3-2 MCAL) at San Rafael (1-7, 0-4 MCAL)

The Braves head to San Rafael for a rare Friday night road game. While Justin-Siena has been one of the top teams in the North Coast Section Div. IV rankings all year, San Rafael has been in the basement. For the second year in a row the Bulldogs will not be playoff eligible.

They remain the only team without a win in Marin County Athletic League play, and it’s not likely to change this week against the Braves. San Rafael will rely on a strong running game (only Justin-Siena has more yardage on the ground this season), but they have only 61 yards passing through eight games. The next lowest total is Novato’s 471.

Last week’s game against Novato wasn’t pretty on a number of levels for Justin-Siena, and when the dust settled they found themselves dropping a spot in the team stats. Herve Changeux’s 192 yards rushing is the most yards the Braves have allowed all year on the ground, and only one yard behind Jared Goff’s passing yardage from the game against Marin Catholic (also a season high against Justin).

Don’t expect lightning to strike twice, though. With no passing game to take away any pressure, the Braves should return to the number one spot next week defensively. Tamalpais, who passed the Braves, had San Rafael last week. Terra Linda, which overtook Justin in the offensive stats, was idle.

OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Marin Catholic 9 1329 2332 3661 406.8
2 Terra Linda 8 1162 1354 2516 314.5
3 Justin-Siena 8 1974 489 2463 307.9
4 San Marin 9 1263 1379 2642 293.6
5 Novato 8 1559 471 2030 253.8
6 Drake 8 861 1032 1893 236.6
7 San Rafael 8 1778 61 1839 229.9
8 Tam 8 951 759 1710 213.8
9 Redwood 8 818 524 1342 167.8
OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Tam 8 880 502 1382 172.8
2 Justin-Siena 8 771 720 1491 186.4
3 Terra Linda 8 964 730 1694 211.8
4 Drake 8 805 983 1788 223.5
5 Novato 8 762 1052 1814 226.8
6 Marin Catholic 9 1087 1167 2254 250.4
7 Redwood 8 1334 1122 2456 307.0
8 San Marin 9 1409 1465 2874 319.3
9 San Rafael 8 1646 933 2579 322.4
Rushing
Player Carries Yds TD Yds/Carry
Austin Connolly 85 758 11 8.9
Diano Pachote 67 503 5 7.5
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 60 376 7 6.3
Stephen Lum 15 97 1 6.5
Isaiah Herrera 13 75 0 5.8
Tyler Whitehead 9 71 0 7.9
Gio Casilang 19 57 0 3.0
Robert Reynoso 6 32 1 5.3
Stephen Panis 1 8 0 8.0
Latno 1 -3 0 -3.0
TEAM TOTALS 276 1974 25 7.2
Passing
Player Complete Attempt Comp. % Yds TD INT
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 26 63 41.3% 448 4 4
Stephen Lum 3 3 100.0% 35 0 0
Finn Willard 1 1 100.0% 6 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 30 67 45% 489 4 4
Receiving
Player Catch Yds TD
Brandon Weaver 8 211 3
Liam Vlaming 5 63 0
Keagan Stanier 8 136 1
Austin Connolly 6 45 0
Chris Lenbauer 1 10 0
Tyler Whitehead 1 18 0
Nick Barrango 1 6 0
TEAM TOTALS 30 489 4

Archives and photos updated!

I had some time today while I was watching paint dry, I mean, watching the Alabama game, so I’ve updated the archives section.

Links are now available on the Justin-Siena Football 2012 page for all articles that I’ve written this season.

I’ve also added a link for the article on Friday night’s 59-18 rout of Fairfield by the visiting Wolves of American Canyon on the Archives page.

Only one photo has been published this year, but I’ve uploaded it to Justin-Siena Football 2012 under the photography section.

Justin-Siena (6-1, 3-1 MCAL) at Novato (4-3, 3-1)

The Justin-Siena Braves make the long trek to Marin county Saturday to play Novato in what should be an exciting game.

According to MaxPreps.com, Justin-Siena is ranked 23rd in the North Coast Section and No. 1 in Division IV. Novato is ranked 35th in the overall section and ninth in Division III.

Both teams lost to Marin Catholic by similar scores (47-7 for the Braves, 49-7 for Novato) and both scored just 14 points in defeating Tamalpais.

Tamalpais and Marin Catholic have been the exception for Justin-Siena rather than the rule this season. Aside from those two games, the Braves have scored 42 points or more every week. Throw out the game against Marin Catholic, and Justin has not allowed more points than the 15 San Marin scored last week.

Novato has been all over the board with losses to Foothill (52-9), Cardinal Newman (28-0) and Marin Catholic, and wins over Petaluma (42-3), Tamalpais (14-7), San Marin (21-14) and Redwood (41-6).

Here’s the weekly stat update:

 

 

OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Marin Catholic 8 1168 2066 3234 404.3
2 Justin-Siena 7 1896 458 2354 336.3
3 Terra Linda 8 1162 1354 2516 314.5
4 San Marin 8 1082 1207 2289 286.1
5 Novato 7 1314 460 1774 253.4
6 Drake 7 808 940 1748 249.7
7 San Rafael 7 1679 61 1740 248.6
8 Tam 7 713 709 1422 203.1
9 Redwood 7 720 391 1111 158.7
OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Justin-Siena 7 527 709 1236 176.6
2 Tam 7 781 502 1283 183.3
3 Drake 7 644 717 1361 194.4
4 Terra Linda 8 964 730 1694 211.8
5 Novato 7 692 1022 1714 244.9
6 Marin Catholic 8 1034 1075 2109 263.6
7 Redwood 7 1153 950 2103 300.4
8 San Rafael 7 1408 883 2291 327.3
9 San Marin 8 1311 1322 2633 329.1
Rushing
Player Carries Yds TD Yds/Carry
Austin Connolly 72 727 11 10.1
Diano Pachote 61 478 5 7.8
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 53 351 6 6.6
Stephen Lum 15 97 1 6.5
Isaiah Herrera 13 75 0 5.8
Tyler Whitehead 9 71 0 7.9
Gio Casilang 19 57 0 3.0
Robert Reynoso 6 32 1 5.3
Stephen Panis 1 8 0 8.0
TEAM TOTALS 249 1896 24 7.6
Passing
Player Complete Attempt Comp. % Yds TD INT
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 21 52 40.4% 417 4 4
Stephen Lum 3 3 100.0% 35 0 0
Finn Willard 1 1 100.0% 6 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 25 56 45% 458 4 4
Receiving
Player Catch Yds TD
Brandon Weaver 7 205 3
Liam Vlaming 4 55 0
Keagan Stanier 7 127 1
Austin Connolly 4 37 0
Chris Lenbauer 1 10 0
Tyler Whitehead 1 18 0
Nick Barrango 1 6 0
TEAM TOTALS 25 458 4

Hornets lose 6 straight

VACAVILLE – The Sacramento State Hornets lost their sixth-consecutive game Friday night against UC Davis by a score of 10-2.

The Hornets (1-6) fell behind early and weren’t able to recover in a penalty-filled game. More than 30 penalties were called in total.

Trailing 6-2 with under eight minutes to play, Sacramento State could not take advantage of multiple powerplays.

UC Davis rookie Gordon Dickson recorded 4 goals and 4 assists, and Lucas Digati added a hat trick and 2 assists for the Aggies.

The Hornets have four weeks until their next game – a rematch with UC Davis on Nov. 10.

Basketball season has arrived!

The Sacramento State Hornets men’s basketball team officially opened practice today. For me that means it’s time to promote another website.

I work as a staff reporter for SacStateSports.com. If you’re looking for information about what’s going on with Sacramento State sports teams, this is the place. My first article of the season has been posted, so please take a look.

Justin-Siena (5-1, 1-1 MCAL) vs San Marin (2-5, 2-2 MCAL)

Not enough time for a full preview this week thanks to midterms, but my colleague Andy Wilcox has you covered.

Here’s my weekly stats update:

Rushing
Player Carries Yds TD Yds/Carry
Austin Connolly 61 629 8 10.3
Diano Pachote 48 356 2 7.4
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 48 315 6 6.6
Stephen Lum 14 90 1 6.4
Isaiah Herrera 12 72 0 6.0
Gio Casilang 17 54 0 3.2
Robert Reynoso 6 32 1 5.3
Stephen Panis 1 8 0 8.0
Tyler Whitehead 7 55 0 7.9
TEAM TOTALS 214 1611 18 7.5
Passing
Player Complete Attempt Comp. % Yds TD INT
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 17 47 36.2% 342 4 4
Stephen Lum 2 2 100.0% 29 0 0
Finn Willard 1 1 100.0% 6 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 20 50 40% 377 4 4
Receiving
Player Catch Yds TD
Brandon Weaver 7 205 3
Liam Vlaming 2 18 0
Keagan Stanier 6 98 1
Austin Connolly 3 28 0
Chris Lenbauer 1 10 0
Tyler Whitehead 1 18 0
TEAM TOTALS 20 377 4

And for the team stats:

OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Marin Catholic 7 1055 1787 2842 406.0
2 Justin-Siena 6 1611 377 1988 331.3
3 Terra Linda 7 1049 1075 2124 303.4
4 San Marin 7 965 1105 2070 295.7
5 San Rafael 6 1512 53 1565 260.8
6 Drake 6 666 819 1485 247.5
7 Novato 6 925 373 1298 216.3
8 Tam 7 713 709 1422 203.1
9 Redwood 6 630 330 960 160.0
OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Justin-Siena 6 401 626 1027 171.2
2 Tam 7 781 502 1283 183.3
3 Terra Linda 7 889 557 1446 206.6
4 Drake 6 577 709 1286 214.3
5 Novato 6 602 961 1563 260.5
6 Marin Catholic 7 959 902 1861 265.9
7 Redwood 6 764 863 1627 271.2
8 San Marin 7 1022 1253 2275 325.0
9 San Rafael 6 1266 762 2028 338.0

Justin-Siena (4-1, 1-1 MCAL) at Tamalpais (5-1, 2-1 MCAL)

The Justin-Siena Braves stole victory from Tamalpais last year with a last-second pass from Matt Lawson to Brandon Weaver after Tam failed to run out the clock on their previous possession.

Both teams look to be much improved this season, so expect even more drama on Saturday afternoon.

Tam brings the best defense (171.2 yards allowed per game) in the league against the Braves offense (347.6 yards per game), which is second only to Marin Catholic (391.5).

However, Tam’s offense (205.5) ranks 8th out of the nine MCAL schools. They’ll need to step up on defense, because it’s not likely their offense will get a dramatic jump against Justin. The Braves are right behind the Hawks on the defense standings (171.6 yards per game).

Here’s a look at the season stats so far:

Rushing
Player Carries Yds TD Yds/Carry
Austin Connolly 52 592 8 11.4
Diano Pachote 37 265 1 7.2
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 38 275 5 7.2
Stephen Lum 14 90 1 6.4
Isaiah Herrera 12 72 0 6.0
Gio Casilang 17 54 0 3.2
Robert Reynoso 6 32 1 5.3
Stephen Panis 1 8 0 8.0
Tyler Whitehead 5 30 0 6.0
TEAM TOTALS 182 1418 16 7.8
Passing
Player Complete Attempt Comp. % Yds TD INT
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 12 37 32.4% 285 4 4
Stephen Lum 2 2 100.0% 29 0 0
Finn Willard 1 1 100.0% 6 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 12 31 39% 320 4 4
Receiving
Player Catch Yds TD
Brandon Weaver 4 164 3
Liam Vlaming 2 18 0
Keagan Stanier 5 95 1
Austin Connolly 2 15 0
Chris Lenbauer 1 10 0
Tyler Whitehead 1 18 0
TEAM TOTALS 14 302 4

And the MCAL team stats:

OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Marin Catholic 6 839 1510 2349 391.5
2 Justin-Siena 5 1418 320 1738 347.6
3 Terra Linda 6 881 1002 1883 313.8
4 San Rafael 5 1452 34 1486 297.2
5 San Marin 6 658 1016 1674 279.0
6 Drake 6 666 819 1485 247.5
7 Novato 5 772 295 1067 213.4
8 Tam 6 630 603 1233 205.5
9 Redwood 5 574 267 841 168.2
OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Tam 6 572 455 1027 171.2
2 Justin-Siena 5 342 516 858 171.6
3 Novato 5 386 684 1070 214.0
4 Drake 6 577 709 1286 214.3
5 Terra Linda 6 833 494 1327 221.2
6 Marin Catholic 6 806 824 1630 271.7
7 Redwood 5 596 790 1386 277.2
8 San Rafael 5 959 673 1632 326.4
9 San Marin 6 962 1234 2196 366.0

*Stats for MCAL schools courtesy of MarinIJ.com. Stats for Justin-Siena courtesy of Bryan Metcalf and Andy Wilcox, Napa Valley Register.

Justin-Siena hosts Terra Linda

Busy week this week, so this will be a short preview. The Justin-Siena Braves (3-1, 0-1 MCAL) are hosting the Terra Linda Trojans (4-1, 1-1 MCAL) tonight at Dodd Stadium in Napa, Calif.

This matchup has seen some great games over the years. Greg Schiano would be proud of the time the Trojans forced a fumble and scored the game winning touchdown when Justin went for the kneel down several years ago.

More recently, the Trojans handed the Braves a surprising 23-19 defeat to open the MCAL season last year. Justin came out sluggish and fell behind early. No bonus points are awarded for valiant comebacks.

Here are the MCAL overall team offense and defense rankings entering this week:

OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Marin Catholic 5 636 1355 1991 398.2
2 Terra Linda 5 876 951 1827 365.4
3 Justin-Siena 4 1186 269 1455 363.8
4 San Rafael 5 1452 34 1486 297.2
5 San Marin 5 610 842 1452 290.4
6 Drake 5 582 746 1328 265.6
7 Novato 4 701 201 902 225.5
8 Tam 5 478 504 982 196.4
9 Redwood 4 431 258 689 172.3
OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE
School G Rush Pass Total Avg
1 Tam 5 488 382 870 174.0
2 Justin-Siena 4 326 467 793 198.3
3 Terra Linda 5 595 433 1028 205.6
4 Drake 5 425 610 1035 207.0
5 Novato 4 338 510 848 212.0
6 Redwood 4 393 635 1028 257.0
7 Marin Catholic 5 663 815 1478 295.6
8 San Rafael 5 959 673 1632 326.4
9 San Marin 5 891 1140 2031 406.2

And here are the Justin-Siena individual statistics through four games:

Rushing
Player Carries Yds TD Yds/Carry
Austin Connolly 38 510 7 13.4
Diano Pachote 32 257 1 8.0
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 29 173 3 6.0
Stephen Lum 12 90 1 7.5
Isaiah Herrera 12 72 0 6.0
Gio Casilang 17 54 0 3.2
Robert Reynoso 2 15 1 7.5
Stephen Panis 1 8 0 8.0
Tyler Whitehead 1 7 0 7.0
TEAM TOTALS 144 1186 13 8.2
Passing
Player Complete Attempt Comp. % Yds TD INT
Marcus Armstrong-Brown 9 28 32.1% 234 3 2
Stephen Lum 2 2 100.0% 29 0 0
Finn Willard 1 1 100.0% 6 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 12 31 39% 269 3 2
Receiving
Player Catch Yds TD
Brandon Weaver 4 164 3
Liam Vlaming 1 15 0
Keagan Stanier 4 65 0
Austin Connolly 2 15 0
Chris Lenbauer 1 10 0
TEAM TOTALS 12 269 3

NFL Replacement Officials

The world is up in arms today over the Seatlle Seahawks victory on Monday night.

A mistake was made, the NFL has acknowledged that. Offensive pass interference should have been called against Golden Tate, which would have ended the game.

Up for debate is the call that was made. The officials determined that Tate and Green Bay Packers defensive back M. D. Jennings caught the pass simultaneously, and therefore possession belongs to Tate and the Seahawks.

Whether you agree with the call or not, the fact is that these replacement officials have become a scapegoat. The Packers should be pointing the finger at themselves first for even being in that position.

Here’s the breakdown of the Packers’ first half: five drives, 27 plays, 82 yards, Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times, and Green Bay never crossed midfield.

Those two scoring drives in the third quarter? Both stalled out. Credit the Seahawks defense for holding the Packers to a field goal both times, but Green Bay was driving and ran out of steam.

They made enough mistakes to lose that game.

Complain all you want about the officials making a poor call at the end of the game, at least they showed up for the full 60 minutes.

Honestly, I can only tell that Jennings caught the ball first – not simultaneously – after seeing it about 10 times on a 37-inch high-definition screen. On my smaller 32-inch HDTV, (which is foolishly connected to a cable box that does not receive an HD signal) I can’t tell whose hands are where. I think we are predisposed to doubt the ruling on the field because we doubt the officials. We see the mistakes because we are looking for them.

But what about the mistakes ESPN has been making? Last week they showed a graphic that had Carolina playing the New York Giants on Thursday, and playing the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 20. The problem? Thursday WAS Sept. 20. Unlike the replacement officials, who are rookies working games far above the usual skill level they have worked in the past, ESPN is “the worldwide leader in sports.” Simply double-checking their own website (or the NFL’s) would have given them the information they needed. Even if it were a typo, I will not accept that excuse. Why? Because they won’t cut these officials a break.

I’m not saying the officiating has been good. In fact I agree it has been atrocious. However, I am tired of the officiating being used as an excuse. The Packers and Seahawks both played poorly. They should be focused on fixing their pathetic excuses for offense rather than on the officials.

Who would have ever thought Jay Cutler complaining about his teammates would actually be the most correct response to a poor performance?