Padecky: Mendocino football has sights to see

  • The Mendocino Cardinals and Anderson Valley Panthers play eight-man football with a view of the Pacific Ocean, at Mendocino High School, in Mendocino, Calif., on October 12, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

MENDOCINO — Folks, you know, the ones who live around here, I just want to remind you of something. You got it so good. You need to know that. You may have forgotten.

Standing on the football field and looking west Saturday, I saw the Pacific Ocean through the Cypress trees. And the Point Cabrillo lighthouse. That's not a view. That's the beginning of a National Geographic special.

The public address announcer noticed a penalty flag being thrown by a game official and said over the microphone Saturday afternoon: "Looks like we got some yellow laundry out there again." And some guy upstairs is majoring in creative writing.

Mendocino vs. Anderson Valley Football


No one falls asleep during an eight-man football game. It's like watching lightning. You never know when your breath will be taken away. On Saturday, touchdowns were scored from 20, 33, 35, 40, 44 and 75 yards. When Anderson Valley's Jesus Hernandez ran it in from the 2 in the fourth quarter, I wanted to throw it back. Too short. Must be longer.

And then there's Reed Carter. Maybe there's a Reed Carter on every team. OK, I lied. There isn't a Reed Carter on every team. There probably isn't a Reed Carter on any team. I mean, look what happened Saturday at halftime.

It was Homecoming 2013 at Mendocino High School and the five finalists for both King and Queen lined up in front of the Mendocino bench and fans. Each candidate was introduced. Until Carter was announced, the highlight was the announcer presenting Cyrus Maden with "his goal to stay in college for as long as he can." Finally, a high school kid keeping it real, being actually truthful about his future.

And the winners are ...

Shanti Marcello is the Homecoming Queen.

Reed Carter is the Homecoming King.

He is Shanti's boyfriend.

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