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FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Quarterfinals

Division 2

Campolindo 44, Maria Carrillo 20

Granada 56, Casa Grande 28

Division 3

Cardinal Newman 49, Encinal 32

Division 5

Middletown 34, Ferndale 6

SATURDAY'S GAMES

(seedings in parentheses)

Division 2

(6) Ukiah at (3) Northgate

(5) Windsor at (4) Livermore

Division 3

(2) Rancho Cotate vs. (6) Eureka

Division 5

(3) Kelseyville vs. (11) Willits

(4) Clear Lake vs. (5) Arcata

Second-seed Cardinal Newman won 49-32 against visiting seventh-seed Encinal of Alameda in a NCS Division 3 quarterfinal on Friday night and in the process handed the Jets their first defeat of the season.

The win by the Cardinals (9-2) sets up a rematch in the semifinal next week against Rancho Cotate if the third-seed Cougars defeat sixth-seed Eureka tonight.

The Cardinals and Cougars dominated the local football scene this season. If they play each other it will set up an unusual — if not unique — third meeting this season between them.

Rancho Cotate won the first meeting 41-28 on Oct. 23 and Cardinal Newman won the rematch 34-27 11 days later to win the North Bay League championship.

Against the Jets (11-1), the Cardinals were led by quarterback Beau Barrington (4-5 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown; 11 rushes for 111 yards and two touchdowns) and Tanner Mendoza (19 rushes for 117 yards and three touchdowns).

Cardinal Newman led 28-12 at halftime and had the game comfortably in hand 49-20 before Encinal scored two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

CAMPOLINDO 44, MARIA CARRILLO 20

In a Division 2 quarterfinal, the visiting eight-seed Pumas (4-6) gave up a 95-yard kickoff return on the first play and trailed top-seed Campolindo (8-4) of Moraga the entire game.

“We started out a little rough. Giving up a return on the first play is not a good start,” Maria Carrillo coach Jay Higgins said. “We had a couple of guys out of position and missed a few tackles.”

A short time later the Pumas trailed 28-0 late in the first quarter before getting their own kickoff return for a touchdown — a 97-yarder by Khameron Perkins.

“We were struggling to get our offense going,” Higgins said. “Campolindo is a good team; they are really impressive. They had really good depth.”

Maria Carrillo fought back and kept the game from getting really out of hand, but the early deficit was too much to overcome.

“Our guys fought a good hard game for four quarters solid,” Higgins said. “It was a tall order to come back once we were down by 28.”

The Pumas were led by running back Tevita Salato (14 carries for 137 yards). Quentin Cuellar had a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter.

Maria Carrillo linebackers John Nieman and Mason Adams each had 10 solo tackles on the night and Adams had one sack.

“It was a crazy season. A lot of ups and downs,” Higgins said. “We struggled with injuries then there were the fires. We had to rebuild, regroup. For our kids to play as hard as they did I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

GRANADA 56, CASA GRANDE 28

The visiting seven-seed Gauchos (4-7) had a disastrous first quarter in a Division 2 quarterfinal and it ultimately cost them. Casa Grande went down by four touchdowns to the second seed Matadors (8-4) of Livermore and the deficit was too great to claw back from.

“We had a horrible first quarter. We had a fumble and a pick that turned into scores for Granada,” Casa Grande coach Denis Brunk said.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

Quarterfinals

Division 2

Campolindo 44, Maria Carrillo 20

Granada 56, Casa Grande 28

Division 3

Cardinal Newman 49, Encinal 32

Division 5

Middletown 34, Ferndale 6

SATURDAY'S GAMES

(seedings in parentheses)

Division 2

(6) Ukiah at (3) Northgate

(5) Windsor at (4) Livermore

Division 3

(2) Rancho Cotate vs. (6) Eureka

Division 5

(3) Kelseyville vs. (11) Willits

(4) Clear Lake vs. (5) Arcata

“We didn’t play sound defensively and we couldn’t slow them down offensively. My hats off to Granada, they did a good job and they were very aggressive,” Brunk said.

Brunk said the Gauchos’ defense was unable to stop the Granada sweep and turn it back inside. He added that offensively the Gauchos turnovers and poor field position put the Casa Grande defense in a difficult position.

Casa Grande showed signs of life in the second quarter and narrowed the deficit to 28-14 but they go no closer than 14 points behind the remainder of the game.

“We rallied in the second quarter but being down 28 points in the first quarter is quite a deal to come back from,” Brunk said. “We came out flat in the first quarter and we just got outplayed. Granada did a better job executing than we did tonight.”

Gauchos quarterback Jadon Bosarge was 9-17 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns (39 and 34 yards) and one interception.

Granada had 404 yards of total offense (343 rushing) while Casa Grande had 271 yards (242 passing).

“Our growth as a team was phenomenal,” Brunk said. “To have an 0-6 start and then win four straight before losing in the second round of the playoffs … the kids did a fantastic job.”

MIDDLETOWN 34, FERNDALE 6

The hot second-seed Mustangs (9-1) methodically dismantled the seventh-seed Wildcats (5-7) in a Division 5 quarterfinal game, but in a twist, Middletown profited from its passing game rather than its usual run-dominated offense.

“Ferndale packed the box like all schools do and dared us to beat them with our passing game,” Middletown coach Bill Foltmer said. “Our passing game was on tonight. Offensively, our quarterback (Luke Holt) had a career night.”

Holt was 12-17 passing for 220 yards with one touchdown (58 yards) and one interception. Receiver Trey O’Neill had six catches for 124 yards and running back Nico Bario had 13 carries for 78 yards and one score (eight yards).

Defensively, the Mustangs controlled the line of scrimmage and neutralized Ferndale’s big running threat, tailback Wyatt Coppini (28 carries for 78 yards).

“We crushed Ferndale’s option. Whatever yards Coppini got were tough yards, he earned them,” Foltmer said.

Middletown moves on to host the winner of tonight’s Kelseyville-Willits matchup in a semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m.

“We are playing some very good football right now,” Foltmer said. “I really like how the kids are working. I feel really good going into next week.”

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