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Live NCS Football Blog

You can find our Live NCS football blog tonight on our sister blog, East Bay Prep Sports. Ben Enos will be bringing you the action from the San Ramon Valley-San Leandro game tonight. He will also be providing updates from all the other action. Just click on the link below to get to our sister blog.

http://www.ibabuzz.com/eastbayprepsports/

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  • Dizzy

    Happy Turkey day everyone! See you all Friday nite.

  • ManO’War

    Hey Novato fans, be ready for another great Kyle Campos game, Dude’s a gamer. P.S., in that infamous Foothill game, they ran into a ready and healthy team where everything clicked – but it was also a good “wake-up, Champs!” call….

  • ManO’War

    P.S. Example, 6 of 8 kickoffs to Novato were touchbacks, but one of the others – Campos runback to the 3.

  • ManO’War

    Do we get any Prep Corner Live this weekend anytime? Hey Buzzer, Jimmy, Steve, etc., – why not play some video clips on there- would drive a little traffic to the site I bet?

  • Michael Bower

    If we had the man power to get video clips then we certainly would do that, but we just don’t have it. I don’t think we are doing a Prep Corner Live, but I haven’t checked with the gang yet. I will be blogging live from Freedom-Foothill Saturday night … Maybe Friday night. We will see.

  • descamp72

    if I had a video camera I would help u guys out

  • Jet4Ever52

    Imma Record the Encinal Kennedy game ill let u kno when i upload em

  • Mark

    Dizzy,You are good for laughs i’ll say that much and any jersey i wear will have a number after the 7 buddy. All linemen wear double digits. Keep talking Dizzy,You’ll just make the win so much sweeter. :-) And Dizzy just so you know,Jet Speed Comes from Jet Power!

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Here is a complete season stat comparision between Encinal and JFK hey JFK fan what makes you think you have a chance LOL
    Stat Comparison
    Kennedy Encinal
    Rushing Yards/Game # 33 Jerrell Walker 149.3 Rushing Yards/Game # 2 Dominique Sashington 73.2
    Passing Yards/Game # 3 Trevor Damewood 41.0 Passing Yards/Game # 10 Jonathan Brown 96.0
    Total Yards/Game # 33 Jerrell Walker 149.3 Total Yards/Game # 10 Jonathan Brown 160.0
    Tackles/Game — – Tackles/Game # 28 Abraham Amiri 10.0
    Sacks/Game — – Sacks/Game # 7 Andre Hutcherson 1.3
    Points/Game # 33 Jerrell Walker 21.3 Points/Game # 4 Xavier Milton 11.4

    Rushing Yards/Game Kennedy
    175.7

    Encinal
    250.0

    National Average:
    162.5

    Passing Yards/Game Kennedy
    20.5

    Encinal
    96.0

    National Average:
    100.7

    Total Yards/Game Kennedy
    196.2

    Encinal
    346.0

    National Average:
    259.0

    Tackles/Game Kennedy
    0.0

    Encinal
    72.4

    National Average:
    55.7

    Sacks/Game Kennedy
    0.0

    Encinal
    4.1

    National Average:
    1.6

    Points/Game Kennedy
    23.3

    Encinal
    42.5

    National Average:
    25.2

  • Mark

    I’d say the stats pretty much say it all. And the reason Sashington Doesn’t have more yards per game is because Encinal spreads the ball around more. If he was the Lone back he’d probably have at least 1400 yards rushing. He can Shake you outta ya drawers. They Don’t call him Shakes for nothing. See ya on the field Superstar! :-)

  • http://ibaBuzz Tank

    Does anyone out there have a prediction for the rematch between SRV and MV on Friday night? This game could end being one of the best games of the season!

  • PHS04

    depending on the weather friday night this could be a shootout.. I have to go with MV, Both Cal and Pittsburg want to avenge their 3 point losses..

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    While Clayton Valley was taking a week off, Casa Grande proudly represented the Empire with a 38-12 victory over a
    talented Concord (7-3-1) team. The next program that stands between Casa an appearance in the NCS Div. II
    Championship game is undefeated Clayton Valley.
    Casa Grande began the season 2-2-1, which included a 0-1 start in Sonoma County League play. After that, the
    Gauchos turned into a whole new team. In winning their final five SCL contests, Casa earned themselves another league
    championship, and a date against Concord in the first round of the playoffs. In a game that was at its closest in the
    mid-second quarter with a 17-6 score, Casa Grande pulled away with a 24-6 halftime score.
    A number of Clayton Valley players and coaches were sure to be in the stands watching how the Gauchos play ball.
    Earlier in the season, the Eagles also claimed a victory over Concord, but by a much closer score, 29-22. These two
    teams have no common opponents, and probably haven’t found much time to scout each other too heavily. Like
    undefeated Cardinal Newman, the Eagles (10-0) will be trying to represent their region of the section.
    The winner of this game will play either Rancho Cotate or Las Lomas. Should Casa win this game, they will play host
    to either Rancho or Las Lomas, as they are the SCL Champions. As Rancho put an end to the Gauchos season in 2007,
    some extra motivation for Casa to beat Clayton will be some possible revenge against the Cougars.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Just like when Marin Catholic played Cardinal Newman, or like with their current series with St. Ignatius, when two
    Catholic schools get together to play football, there is a lot more at stake then a victory or a loss; it comes down to
    bragging rights.
    Marin Catholic and Bishop O’Dowd haven’t played each other in recent memory, but this contest could sure turn out
    to be a good one. Both schools present two squads with different strengths and weaknesses. Marin Catholic has a strong
    offense lead by their running game and fourth season varsity player, Nico Dumont. Bishop O’Dowd also has a strong
    offense, but its the Dragons defense that impresses all. BOD has posted two shutouts and three additional victories in
    which their opponents have only scored two touchdowns.
    Last week, the Wildcats destroyed the Analy Tigers, 49-8. Marin Catholic scored more points against the Tigers
    defense than any team Analy had played all season. Over 11 games, Coach Ken Paralta’s offense has put up 316
    points, which works out to be an average score of 28 points per game.
    One thing going for Marin Catholic is this game will be played during the day, which the Wildcats are most used to.
    Like Marin Catholic, Bishop O’Dowd does not have lights on their field. The winner of this game will play either Kennedy,
    or Div. III number one seed, Encinal.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Last week the Fortuna Huskies upset Piedmont with strong offense and some very timely defense. The Highlanders
    A-11 offense is hard to defend, but Fortuna did it well all game long. After a nice playoff win, Fortuna is hot and ready to
    take on the defending Div. III Champions.
    Novato simply destroyed Drake in last weeks opening contest, 49-7. The Hornets defense has only given up two
    touchdowns in the last four games, which were all Novato wins. Over the entire season, the Novato defense has given up
    only 10.9 points a game. Keep in mind, 48 points were given up against Foothill in the second game of the season.
    Without that game on record, Coach Brackets defense would have averaged only 6.5 points a game.
    Fortuna will no doubt be the underdog in this game, with a 7-4 overall record and a 3-3 record in league. Though
    Fortuna has had some success this season with their offense, they will need to play an even better game against Novato
    than they did against Piedmont. If the Huskies offense is able to score 35 points of offense, that would give them a shot at
    taking a win, but of course only if their defense does their part as well.
    Should Fortuna continue to impress, this could turn out to be a very good game. With winner of this one will advance
    to the semifinals to play either Healdsburg or Miramonte.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Greyhounds look to shock Matadors and bring home win
    By BENJAMIN HERRINGTON
    NCSNBL.com
    The Greyhounds have stumbled a few times this season, including their last two league contests against Petaluma
    and Casa Grande. Starting QB Zach Shippey missed those two games due to injury, but with his return, Healdsburg will
    be looking for an upset to help them advance towards a section championship.
    Healdsburg couldn’t spark much offense with the loss of their QB, but then again, they were playing two of the top
    three teams in the SCL. With a 38-0 loss to Casa, and a 41-6 loss to Petaluma, the Greyhounds seemed to be dead in
    the water. Last week, back-up QB David Ballisteri lead the Hounds to a come from behind 28-14 victory over
    McKinleyville. With Shippey returning to lead his team, and Andy Phillips leading up the running game, Healdsburg won’t
    just be looking to keep up with Miramonte; they will be working towards the upset.
    Coach John Wade has had some success while coaching the Matadors. This season, Miramonte was only one
    touchdown away from earning a league championship over Div. II Campolindo. The final score in a very defensive game
    was 7-0, overall the game could have gone either way. With just a little luck, the Hounds could be looking at a 10-1
    Matadors team that wants another crack at a hungry Novato team (9-2).
    In 2006, Novato beat out Miramonte for the NCS 2A Championship, 48-3. The Matadors, and coach Wade, would like
    nothing more than another crack at Novato, which could be the team that awaits the winner of this game. With so many
    great contests going on this week, this match-up was so close to being selected as the Game of the Week.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Cardinal Newman vs. Heritage
    North Coast Section – Division II – Quarterfinals
    Game Specifics

    Location: Cardinal Newman High School

    Date: 28 November, 2008

    Time: 7:00pm

    Day: Friday

    Game Series

    Series tied 0-0

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    Sonoma County Redwood Empire
    “Pride of Sonoma County Football Fans”

    Sonoma County Redwood Empire
    “Pride of Sonoma County Football Fans”

    Away Team: Heritage Patriots

    Record: 7-4 (2-3)
    Last Season: 7-4 (5-2)

    Section: North Coast
    League: Bay Valley Athletic

    Enrollment: 1886
    State Division: North II

    Head Coach: Jeff Haagenson
    Colors: Columbia Blue/Gold

    #1
    #8
    Home Team: Cardinal Newman Cardinals

    Record: 10-0 (7-0)
    Last Season: 11-2-1 (7-0)

    Section: North Coast
    League: North Bay League

    Enrollment: 858
    State Division: North III

    Head Coach: Paul Cronin
    Colors: Cardinal/Gold

    Cardinals open playoffs against East Bay foe
    By BENJAMIN HERRINGTON
    NCSNBL.com
    In a close contest that was tied 7-7 entering the fourth quarter, the Heritage Patriots pulled off a 21-7 victory with a
    serge of offense against the Redwood Giants. The Heritage program is still new to the East Bay, but with that contest
    behind them, they have already secured their first North Coast Section playoff victory. Now for the Patriots, its out of the
    frying pan and into the fire…
    Cardinal Newman’s undefeated North Bay League Champions have already been called the best team to come from
    the Santa Rosa Catholic school. With a 10-0 record, the Cardinals are making school history as they streak towards a
    NCS Div. II Championship, and a possible CIF Div. III State title. Cardinal Newman has made quick work of all their league
    opponents this season, with the closest contest coming against Ukiah, in a 46-20 victory. The game was not nearly as
    close as the score indicates, as the halftime score was 34-0.
    Heritage may not be undefeated, but the Patriots have also competed against some of the best teams in the section.
    One loss came to Pittsburg, who is poised to make a run against De La Salle in the NCS Div. I playoffs. Another came
    against undefeated Clayton Valley by a score of 10-0 which turns out to be the Eagles closest game of the season. A
    third loss came against Freedom (10-1), who will be playing Foothill this week, also in the Div. I playoffs.
    The Patriots compete in a much tougher league than Newman, but the Cardinals have shown the Empire all season
    that they can beat anyone on their schedule. The winner of this one will play either Campolindo or Ygnacio Valley. Should
    Newman win, it will mean another home game for the Cardinals.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Rancho Cotate vs. Las Lomas
    North Coast Section – Division II – Quarterfinals
    Game Specifics

    Location: Rancho Cotate High School

    Date: 29 November, 2008

    Time: 7:00pm

    Day: Saturday

    Game Series

    Series tied 0-0

    2008

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    Sonoma County Redwood Empire
    “Pride of Sonoma County Football Fans”

    Sonoma County Redwood Empire
    “Pride of Sonoma County Football Fans”

    Away Team: Las Lomas Knights

    Record: 8-3 (3-2)
    Last Season: 13-1 (9-0)

    Section: North Coast
    League: Diablo Foothill

    Enrollment: 1581
    State Division: North II

    Head Coach: Doug Longero
    Colors: Maroon/Gold

    #3
    #6
    Home Team: Rancho Cotate Cougars

    Record: 9-1 (6-1)
    Last Season: 10-3 (6-1)

    Section: North Coast
    League: North Bay League

    Enrollment: 1746
    State Division: North I

    Head Coach: Ed Conroy
    Colors: Red/White/Navy

    Rancho opens NCS on new home turf
    By BENJAMIN HERRINGTON
    NCSNBL.com
    Last season the Ranch played all of their NCS playoff contests on foreign fields. Every game last year was an away
    game for the Cougars, but now, with six victories at home, Rancho Cotate enters the playoffs hosting Las Lomas.
    Last week, Las Lomas drove five hours North to play Eureka in a game that couldn’t be decided in regulation. With a
    score of 28-28, Eureka took the Knights into overtime, in a game that favored the Knights to win by a considerable
    margin. Overall the Knights did win with a final score of 35-34.
    Rancho Cotate had a week off to prepare their secondary for the passing attack the Knights bring with them. With
    Diante Jackson as the number one receiver, and a quarterback that is nipping on Diantes heals, scholarship wise, the
    Rancho defensive backs will be tested to the extreme.
    This contest will feature at least two very interesting match ups right off the bat. The first will be Rancho Safety Cody
    Allen against Jackson. With one of the most prolific receivers in Northern California going up against one of the best
    secondary players in the Empire, this match up alone could determine the games out come. The second match up
    involves what has become known as the Rancho Fab-4. Alicea, Guinn, Murray, and Torres against the Las Lomas
    offensive line could determine not only the accuracy of their QB, but of course the outcome of the game.
    With a possible NCS Div. II Championship at stake, Rancho and Las Lomas will be pulling out all the stops, with the
    winner moving on to play either Casa Grande (8-2-1) or Clayton Valley (10-0).

  • ManO’War

    Hey Michael Bower, maybe solicit clips from the people if you can play them? What format, can we send .wmp or maybe .avi?

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    ManO’War who is your team in DIV III?

  • Michael Bower

    Send videos to me at mbower@bayareanewsgroup.com and I can play them…or just put them on youtube and send me the link. Try sending in .wmp if you can. I think .avi is OK too.

  • Tony

    The game between O’Dowd and M.C will be won up front. The BOD D-Line is unforgiving, their NT is uncompromising I watched him singlehandedly shut down the middle lane in every game he has played and that included the San Leandro game. M.Cs RBs will then have to run across field where the O’Dowd LB Chris Martin will also shut him down. The only way for MC to beat O’Dowd is to air it out. No one scores on O’Dowd down the middle!
    O’Dowd’s O-Line is where the problems are if they can step it up on Saturday then MC is going to lose in a close one. I am predicting 31-29 to O’Dowd.

  • hsfootballfan

    Novato fan Jet Alum…Are u a member if the text network? If you are please text the scores of the Encinal game so Ben can send out texts to all the fans waiting patiently at home or at a different game!

  • jfk titan55

    haha i like how these never has beens keep talkin trash… you guys know nothing about JFK of fremont do me a favor and look at the schools we played than look at the schools encinal played… you cant make no judgement off the stats from the season we went against logan and newarks defense o my bad encinal doesnt know anything about those teams cause there too busy playin schools that they have no business playin… all the never has been dads and coaches need to stop talkin there shit and leave it up to gamne day

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    hsfootballfan … I am not a member of the text network send me a link to the web site or give me the info and I will sigh up.I would be more than happy to send updates

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    D-I title returns to Paradise
    By RICK SILVA-MediaNews Group
    Posted: 11/27/2008 12:04:41 AM PST

    — The Paradise High football team used the legs of senior running back Tyler Lui and a suffocating run defense on Wednesday night to beat Shasta 33-14, claiming its third Northern Section Division I Championship in four seasons.
    The win gave 11-1 Paradise its fourth championship since the 2000 season and fifth in school history.

    “It feels great, the kids worked real hard all year,” Paradise coach Rick Prinz said. “Our defense was nails, we stood toe-to-toe with them.”

    The Bobcats’ defense started the game by forcing the Wolves into a three-and-out, but Lui fumbled the punt at the Bobcat 16.

    One play later, Shasta running back Evan Taylor beat the Bobcats’ defense to the corner for a 16-yard run and a 7-0 lead, with 9:40 to go in the first quarter.

    Lui said the fumble didn’t faze him, saying the adversity the seniors faced while falling well short of reaching the familiar section title game in 2007 helped them overcome early errors.

    “I had confidence in our team,” he said. “I knew it was early in the game. Things happen and the team that made the least mistakes would win.”

    The Bobcats responded quickly, tying the game at the 7:57 mark when junior tailback Tanner Moyse broke up the middle for a 59-yard touchdown run. Moyse finished the night with 119 yards on 16

    carries.
    On the ensuing drive, Bobcat defensive lineman Devin Flesher intercepted a Brooks Beaudette pass at the line, giving Paradise the ball at the Wolves’ 8-yard line.

    Two plays later, Dillon Orlando scored from 6 yards to give the Bobcats there first lead of the night, 13-7, with 6:32 to go in the first quarter.

    Shasta was able to take the lead when a short Paradise punt gave the Wolves the ball at the Paradise 33.

    Taylor’s second TD, a two-yard run, culminated a nine-play drive that gave the visitors a slim 14-13 lead with 9:55 left in the half.

    Taylor led Shasta with 75 yards on 18 carries, which was a better performance than the 51-yard night he had when the two teams met on Halloween.

    Paradise then put together a 15-play, 64-yard drive that featured two fourth-and-1 plays, the biggest of which was a 22-yard pass from Orlando to Lui that put the ball on the Shasta 1-yard line.

    Orlando then scored his second TD of the night on a 1-yard sneak, giving Paradise a 19-14 lead after the 2-point conversion failed.

    It stayed that way until midway through the fourth quarter, when Lui, who led all rushers with 125 yards on eight carries, broke the game open.

    His 63-yard run with 4 minutes left in the game finished off a five-play 85-yard drive, giving the Bobcats a 26-17 lead.

    “Huge runs for Lui, really the last two plays we ran,” Prinz said. “He had a great game and we’re going to miss him.”

    After Paradise’s Bryce Barron intercepted Beaduette on the next Shasta drive, Lui rambled 45 yards for the game’s final score and put a punctuation mark on the night.

    “Real proud with how we played in the second half,” Prinz said. “Field position was a tough battle in the first half, but we won it in the second half.”

    Rick Silva writes for the Paradise Post.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Fortuna coach says Novato best team in section
    By Bruce Meadows
    Special to the Advance
    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 3:32 PM PST

    Fortuna High football coach Mike Benbow doesn’t think Novato deserves to be the No. 3 seed in the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.

    But the Hornets should hold on before they get their stingers buzzing.

    “They should be No. 1,”said Benbow after watching Novato’s 21-0 win over Marin Catholic and then a 49-7 first-round NCS romp over Drake this past Saturday. “They are the best team in the section.”

    Benbow was impressed when the Hornets� (9-2) blanked Marin Catholic, a team still alive in the Division III playoffs after the No. 5 Wildcats beat up on No. 12 Analy last Saturday, 49-14. But his respect grew when he watched the Hornets dismantle Drake.

    “They are very good,” said Benbow, whose No. 11 Huskies (7-4) won their first-round game by stopping No. 6 Piedmont, 35-13. “They are well-balanced and do so many things well.”

    He said one key is obvious: keep the Novato offense on the sidelines as long as possible and try to make the Hornets start drives deep in their own territory.

    “You can’t score if you don’t have the ball,” said Benbow, in his first year as head coach after serving as defensive coordinator for 13 years. “Novato has a lot of speed on offense and defense and we have to slow them down.”

    Novato coach Travis Brackett calls Fortuna “big, with a good running game,” adding “they can pass when they have to and can set up the pass by running the ball so much.”

    Novato defensive coach Jim Morena and two other assistants watched Fortuna beat Piedmont last week� and calls the Huskies “a hard-nosed team” that runs from different offensive formations, including a wishbone.

    “They won because they kept Piedmont’s offense off the field and controlled the ball,” said Morena. “They really rely on their running game and only passed six times against Piedmont.”

    Benbow might have an idea to try a few passes after watching Drake score its only TD against Novato on a 90-yard bomb to open the second half, but that wrinkle will no doubt be ironed out in the Hornets’ practices this week.

    “We will win or lose this game because of what we do in practice this week,” said Brackett.

    As far as Novato starters seeing limited action against Drake ��” most offensive and defense starters were on the sidelines in the second half ��” Brackett doesn’t see that as a problem.

    “They will get plenty of work in practice this week,” he said.

    Novato has won nine in a row after dropping its first two games, while the Huskies’ season has been up and down.

    The Hornets play in a league that has two outstanding teams ��” Novato and Marin Catholic ��” with the rest a notch or two below, while the Huskies play in a four-team league and play each Humboldt-Del Norte opponent twice.

    Fortuna beat Arcata (1-8) twice, split with Del Norte (5-5) and lost twice to Division II Eureka (6-4).

    Fortuna didn’t spend much time on synthetic turf like Novato’s, but Benbow got his team on Cal’s field for a walk-through before the Piedmont game and hopes to practice somewhere in Marin County when the Huskies get to town Friday. They also were able to practice on the artificial turf at Humboldt State.

    The Huskies are led on offense by running back Brad Cobb (1,200 yards) and on defense by middle linebacker Jose Aguilar, “a force,” according to Benbow.

    “We do like to run, but we’ll pass,” he said. “We do what the defense gives us.”

    The Huskies feature a big center (300 pounds) and some good-sized linemen that make the running game go, but Benbow doesn’t think his team is generally any bigger than Novato.

    “We will use speed, like Novato,” he said. “They ( Novato) really fly to the ball.”

    Benbow said the Huskies made some key plays at crucial times in the win over Piedmont and will have to duplicate that effort Saturday.

    “We like to control the ball,” said Benbow. “We concentrate on getting first downs, and if we do, the touchdowns take care of themselves.”

    Fortuna won an NCS title in 2000, while Novato has claimed NCS championships in 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2002.

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Prep football: Kristoff a calming force under center for Marin Catholic
    Brian Bainum
    Posted: 11/26/2008 01:11:57 PM PST

    Click photo to enlargeMarin Catholic quarterback Nate Kristoff looks downfield for a receiver… (IJ photo/Jeff Vendsel)«12»Related
    NCS football, second round
    Nov 25:
    Prep football: Sister of support – Tomales High standout Richie Douglas-Nielson has a big fan in caregiverNATE KRISTOFF isn’t a towel-waver. He usually won’t be jumping up and down on the sideline, screaming encouragement to his teammates, or pounding his chest after a particularly good pass play.
    By the same token, Kristoff, the quarterback on the Marin Catholic High football team, will never throw his hands up in disgust after a lineman jumps offsides or holds his head in his hands after an interception.

    If you’re looking for highs and lows in the emotional spectrum, Kristoff is not your man. Words like steady, stable and calm are more apt for the junior. They are traits which have served Kristoff well in his first season under center with the Wildcats. MC (8-3) travels to Oakland to take on Bishop O’Dowd (10-1) in a second-round North Coast Section playoff game Saturday at 1 p.m.

    Kristoff’s numbers are modest in a year where he took over after incumbent starter John Tewhill’s back troubles kept him on the sidelines indefinitely. His highlight reel is short, but Kristoff has been efficient in guiding an MC offense that put up 28.7 points per game.

    “I think Nate is at a good place,” MC coach Ken Peralta said. “He’s a young guy. He’s still super young at the varsity quarterback position, but he’s got 11 games under his belt and he gets better every week.

    “He’s starting to understand coverages and understand what people try to do to us. He’s a real smart kid and a real cool customer. At quarterback, that’s good to have.”

    Tranquility is a trait that stands out at
    , between the smashing hits of Nico Dumont, the hooting and hollering from the very physical linemen and the frantic instructions from Peralta or any number of the other MC assistant coaches on the sidelines. Yet it’s something that has served Kristoff well.
    “I kind of like to just go out there relaxed,” Kristoff said. “You can’t let things bother you or it’ll mess you up on upcoming plays.”

    So far, nothing has been able to mess up Kristoff for too long. He has had some rough games, most notably a sub-par performance against Novato in a game that decided the MCAL champion, but his overall stats look good – 1,008 yards passing and 10 touchdowns, two of which came just last week in the Wildcats’ 49-8 rout of Analy in the first round of the playoffs.

    “A lot of what makes him special is his personality,” said senior Dino Ghilotti, MC’s leading receiver. “On the field he’s calm and collected. He doesn’t get pressured and he’s calm in the pocket.”

    When the pass rush forces Kristoff out of the pocket, he either makes plays running or improvises to find receivers off their routes. It’s a bit of a switch from Tewhill, who Peralta said was a better pocket passer with a stronger arm.

    “Once the play breaks down, that’s really something you can’t prepare for,” Wildcats tight end Kai Cortright said. “That’s an area where he’s made some plays and he’s improved a lot.”

    Peralta was planning to plug Kristoff in at cornerback with Tewhill healthy, although both players took snaps in summer passing leagues. But when Tewhill’s back was slow to heal, Kristoff found himself as one of the few MCAL quarterbacks without any varsity experience. Any doubts about his ability to perform, however, were quickly quelled when, with under five minutes to go in the first half of MC’s opener against Vallejo’s St. Patrick-St. Vincent, Kristoff tossed a perfect pass to Ghilotti for a 28-yard touchdown that put the Wildcats up 14-0 at the break.

    “I had spent the last two years with John and he knew exactly where to throw me the ball,” Ghilotti said. “I knew it would take some time to get that same feel with Nate, but the St. Pat’s game is when I knew he could do it.”

    Since then, Kristoff has been growing into the position. He credits his teammates with easing the initially chaotic transition to starting quarterback.

    “When your line blocks so well and when everyone is keying on your running game, it makes my job easy,” Kristoff said.

    The way he carries himself, it certainly seems easy.

    “He’s probably one of the funniest kids on the team,” Cortright said. “He’s relaxed and making jokes, ready for anything. He doesn’t stress out over plays if he doesn’t understand exactly what to do. He’ll just go out and make the best of it. That’s how he is, he turns everything into a positive.”

  • hsfootballfan

    Novato Fan Jet Alumni….. here is the link ncsnbl.com jut click on the text network link on the home page and register your cell phone. The moderator will hopefully forward your score from the game…he (Ben Herrington) is definitely a Northbay guy but I will try to convince him the importance of knowing the scores from playoffs on the other side of the bay! Thanks

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    hsfootballfan … O that one yes I am already sighed up. I thought there might be one for the east bay

  • Hawaii

    MV wins. SR is not that good. They have one guy. and MV will stop him

  • hsfootballfan

    Great, be sure to text the score from the Encinal game and O’Dowd MC if you go.

  • ManO’War

    Yo Michael Bower, how much space you have in email to receive clips? Might have to do the youtube thing. Go see for not great quality (fans pushing, jumping on ricketty bleachers) but runback from a kid that started the Foothill down 17-0 comeback vs. Amador: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYNqFlz2CY4&NR=1 (Use the good quality playback of course.) Got this from a website. Will this work for playoff clips? Might get some at MV-SRV.

  • Jet4Ever52

    Happy Thanksgiving all and see you all on Gameday at Encinal I will try blog live from the game

  • Steve R. Waterhouse

    hey Jet, i’ll be covering the game. come by and say hi. i’ll buy you a hot dog at halftime

  • http://contracostatimes.com Novato Fan Jet Alumni

    Prep football playoffs: Marin second-round preview capsules
    Staff Report
    Posted: 11/27/2008 05:19:55 PM PST

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    Fortuna (7-4) at Novato (9-2)
    Saturday, 1 p.m., Novato
    Outlook: The No. 3-seeded Hornets resume their attempt to win a fourth consecutive North Coast Section title with a Division III playoff game against Fortuna, the winner of the Humboldt-Del Norte League Big Four division. The 11th-seeded Huskies run a split-back veer offense, so Novato’s primary concern on defense will be to stick to its assignments to limit Fortuna’s option play. “The veer relies on people getting away from their assignments, so we’ll play assignment football,” Novato coach Travis Brackett said. The Hornets’ coach thinks his squad’s experience against MCAL-foe Justin-Siena, which runs a veer offense, should come in handy. If that Oct. 25 game serves as any indicator, the Hornets should be just fine, as they beat the Braves 30-0. Moreover, Novato has limited its opponents to an average of less than 11 points per game while averaging 40 points. Offensively, the Hornets look for a balanced attack, with slightly more emphasis on the passing game, since the Huskies come from a league in which most teams tend to run the ball. Quarterback Jeff Stephens should be able to hook up with wideout Jacob Davis while Kyle Campas and Ricardo Mendez anchor Novato’s running game.

    Marin Catholic (8-3) at Bishop O’Dowd (10-1)
    Saturday, 1 p.m., Oakland
    Outlook: The Dragons already have a taste of MCAL football this year, as they’ve beaten San Rafael 35-10 and Tam 35-14, the latter

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    game coming last week in the first round of the NCS Division III playoffs. MC, seeded fifth, is hoping to do a better job keeping O’Dowd’s talented backs under wraps than its league brethren. Fourth-seeded O’Dowd has a thunder and lightning combination in the quick and explosive Mario Brown and the bigger bruiser Cherod Simpson. The individual matchup to watch, however, may come on the other side of the ball, where MC’s Nico Dumont will try to gain tough yards against O’Dowd’s stout defense, namely junior linebacker Chris Martin, who is already piquing interest from several Pac-10 schools including USC and Cal. “He’s a Pac-10 guy for sure,” MC coach Ken Peralta said of Martin. “It’s going to be a real challenge for our kids, but we’ll have fun with it.” Though MC’s strength is its running game, it may need to have some success passing the ball as well. “We need to keep them honest,” Wildcats quarterback Nate Kristoff said. The Wildcats haven’t advanced past the second round of the playoffs since 2005, when they beat Del Norte 20-6 before falling to Novato in the NCS Class 2A Redwood

  • Jet4Ever52

    Steve R. Waterhouse
    oh haha i will i will imma be wearin a blue beanie that says Hawaiian and of course the Nail House Sweater big Hawaiian lol

  • Dizzy

    Mark,

    Your stats are missing one crucial piece of information, its the stats of the other back. So since national average is 167 yards a game, and we have according to your stats 175, add another 107 to that and thats our rushing average. Its best to watch a JFK game in 1/2 speed so you can actually watch the talent of the two backs.

  • Mark

    Not my Stats Dizzy.