Santa Rosa-based Rattlers play for semipro football league title
The North Bay Rattlers, a Santa Rosa-based semipro football team with nine national championships on their resume, are still looking for their first league title in the Pacific Coast Football League. They’ll get a shot at it when they face off Saturday against the Pacifica Islanders in the PCFL championship game.
The game will be played at Burrell Field in San Leandro and kicks off at 6 p.m.
The Rattlers are in their second season playing in the 12-team PCFL. Last season, they were upset in the semifinals of the PCFL playoffs with a 26-21 loss to the Capital City Fury.
The championship matchup pits the undefeated Rattlers (10-0) against a team that has just one loss, a 32-22 defeat against the Rattlers on March 14. The Islanders (9-1) average 27.3 points per game — fifth in the PCFL — and boast a stout defense, second in the PCFL in scoring defense at 8.6 points per game.
The Rattlers are the top team in the league on offense and defense, scoring 54.6 points and allowing 8.2 per contest.
The Rattlers, who average 375 yards per game on offense, are led by a strong passing attack, throwing for 283.3 yards per contest. The Rattlers have four quarterbacks who have split snaps during the season. Michael Nichols has thrown for 1,040 yards and 15 touchdowns; Albert Higgs has thrown for 905 yards and 14 touchdowns; Logan Hollis Jr. has thrown for 476 yards and seven touchdowns; and Terrance “T-Bell” Bell has thrown for 412 yards and four touchdowns. Kyle Providence is the Rattlers’ top receiving target, with 726 yards and eight scores. On defense, the Rattlers are led by Valentino Tenis Retamoza and Michael Buddy Love Connor, who both have 97 tackles this season.
The Islanders’ offensive attack is more ground-based, as Pacifica ranks first in rushing yards per game with 219.8. The Islanders are led by Jason Harrison, who led the PCFL in rushing yards with 663 and ranked second in rushing touchdowns with four. Marquis Brooks (354 yards, four touchdowns), Jihad Mahasin (350 yards, three touchdowns) and Sal Washington (292 yards, one touchdown) are also contributors to the Islanders’ run game.
Pacifica’s defense is led by Joe Cheso, who leads the team with 75 tackles, and Mape Galuega, tied for fourth in the PCFL with 10 sacks.