AMERICAN CANYON, Calif. – The American Canyon Wolves opened their season with a convincing 38-22 win against Will C. Wood Friday night at Wolf Den Stadium.
Led by Jomon Dotson and Gary Cooper, the Wolves racked up over 400 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
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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:
And the MCAL team stats:
|OVERALL TEAM OFFENSE|
|OVERALL TEAM DEFENSE|
*Stats for MCAL schools courtesy of MarinIJ.com. Stats for Justin-Siena courtesy of Bryan Metcalf and Andy Wilcox, Napa Valley Register.
The Justin-Siena Braves improved to 3-0 with a rout of Piner Friday night at Dodd Stadium in Napa, Calif.
A link to my article has been posted on the “Justin-Siena football 2012” page.
The Braves had to battle not only the other team, but the officials as well. The first half was excellent, but they let the game get out of control in the second.
A late hit was called against the Braves when the d-line was pushed into Piner’s quarterback, but when the Piner line started piling onto the player after the whistle there was no foul.
It wasn’t the only time they missed a personal foul, either. There was also an illegal cut block on a blitzing linebacker. Cut blocks are legal in one-on-one battles between down linemen, but nowhere else. They are dangerous because of the potential for serious knee injuries.
I would love to be giving these officials praise because they were great for 90 percent of the game, but unfortunately the 10 percent they weren’t was irresponsible.
I’ve finally caught up with posting links to articles written for the Napa Valley Register. There are now pages for Justin-Siena Football 2010 and 2011, as well as an archives page for stories that aren’t part of any specific collection.
Most recent articles will always be at the top of the list, and please remember that all work is copyrighted property of the author and appropriate publisher.
This morning I added an archives page to the articles section. This is where I will post links to articles written before this site went active. I’ve already posted my coverage of the 2011 Justin-Siena Braves football team, and will keep working backwards as best I can with more coverage.
I’ve also added a page to the photography section which includes selected photos from the 2011 football season. Again, I’ll keep adding more as I find time (a.k.a. nights I can’t sleep or days when I’m really bored).