Colusa 28, Clear Lake 0 – The RedHawks cruised to a victory in head coach Matt Jessee’s first game leading the program, but Colusa came out of the contest banged up. Shane Calcagno and Poli Pulido – both key players for the RedHawks – left the game with injuries. Calcagno was Colusa’s leading rusher before exiting the game in the second quarter, finishing with 56 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Calcagno’s replacement, Fernando Castillo, filled in admirably, racking up 74 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Conner Saso completed 6-of-9 passes for 51 yards – including a 14-yard touchdown to Manny Morales – and had two long passes called back due to penalties. Defensive end Brendan Garcia and inside linebacker Pedro Cardenas led the RedHawks defense with eight tackles apiece. Garcia added a sack, and fellow defensive lineman Xavier Lopez had a fumble recovery for the RedHawks. Colusa’s junior varsity team beat Clear Lake 41-13.
Colusa’s (1-0) home opener is on Friday against Trinity (0-1), which fell 45-0 to Central Valley last week. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 PM.
Williams 42, Live Oak 21 – The Yellowjackets opened their season with a resounding win over Live Oak, paced by the performance of senior quarterback Hunter Povlsen and an opportunistic defense. Williams offensive coordinator Armando Bautista promised that the Yellowjackets would air the ball out this year, and they did just that in their first game of the season. Povlsen finished the night 24-of-39 for 276 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Daniel Davalos hauled in seven passes for 103 yards and a score. Juan Zamudio returned a fumble for a score, and Samuel Navarro hauled in a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Williams’ junior varsity team fell to Live Oak 15-0.
Williams (1-0) faces a tough test on the road against Durham (0-1) on Friday, which fell 21-14 to Bradshaw Christian last week. The junior varsity game starts at 5:30 PM, and the varsity game is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM.
Maxwell 32, Woodland Christian 27 – Senior quarterback Ulises Rolon had a career night against Woodland Christian, completing 20-of-35 passes for 299 yards and five touchdowns to just one interception, willing his squad past the Cardinals on the road in Maxwell’s season opener. Rolon hooked up with senior Tony Ambriz five times for 114 yards and three scores. Cody Pearson and Greg Rangel also hauled in touchdown passes for the Panthers. Rolon added 38 yards on the ground, but the Panthers’ rushing attack – led by running back Rudy Gutierrez – was largely bottled up, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry.
Maxwell (1-0) hosts Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (1-1) of Rocklin on Friday at 7 PM.
Princeton 42, Hayfork 12 – In their first game under the new lights at the Princeton High School football field, the Eagles cruised past Hayfork to open their season. Quarterback Joey Wills led the way on offense going 4-for-6 passing for 102 yards and four touchdowns –including two to Ivan Espinoza and one to Shane Irish – to go along with 226 yards rushing and two scores on the ground.
Princeton (1-0) hosts Butte Valley (0-1) at 6 PM on Friday. Butte Valley fell to Westwood 54-6 last week to open their season.
Pierce 2-2 at Consumnes River College Tourney – the Bears beat Sheldon 2-0 (25-2, 25-15) and Liberty Ranch 2-1 (25-13, 25-27, 15-6) at the Consumnes River College Tourney on Saturday before falling to Manteca 2-1 in a tight match (25-18, 19-25, 14-16), and to Nevada Union 2-0 (12-25, 17-25). Coach Kim Travis said that Emily Ehrke (17 kills, 14 aces, 43 assists), Sierra Murphy (31 assists, 7 aces), Halle Charter (17 kills), Abby Mendoza (16 kills), and Betsy Myers (38 digs, 9 aces), had strong showings during the one-day tournament.
Pierce 3, Woodland 0 – The Bears swept the Wolves in a hard-fought three sets on Thursday in Woodland (25-20, 25-23, 25-22). Emily Ehrke, Callie Muniz, Halle Charter and Abby Mendoza had seven kills apiece for the Bears. Betsy Myers had five kills and 17 digs, and Sierra Murphy served up 15 assists and put down three kills on the night.
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