Football Postseason Split
Encinal advances, Alameda eliminated
After one week of play in the North Coast Section (NCS) playoffs one Alameda high school team is still alive, while the other had its season ended.
Encinal (9-2) continued its dominant season with a 47-6 smashing of Petaluma last Friday, Nov. 11, at Stargell Field. The Jets entered the contest as the favorite and lived up to expectations.
The game was never in any doubt between Encinal, the seven seed, and Petaluma, the 10 seed.
The Jets scored the first 26 points of the game. The Trojans finally scored on a run from junior Justin Wolbert before halftime. It was the Trojans’ only score of the game. Encinal continued its rout with 21 more points in the second half.
The Jets now advance to the NCS Div. III quarterfinal where they will meet West Alameda County Conference (WACC) Foothill League foe Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland. Encinal is in the WACC Shoreline League. The Dragons also cruised in its NCS opening-round game. They beat Terra Linda 56-14. Encinal lost to Bishop O’Dowd in the teams’ last two matchups in 2014 (40-0) and 2015 (20-14), but did beat the Dragons in 2013 (7-0). The two teams square off Saturday, Nov. 19, in Oakland.
The Hornets were not as lucky as their Island counterparts as they fell to Ukiah 19-12, Saturday, Nov. 12, on the road. A Hornets victory would have been a tremendous feat as Alameda was the major underdog. Encinal was the 12 seed in the NCS Div. II matchup, while Ukiah was the five seed.
The game was a defensive stalemate for much of the first half. Alameda quarterback Devin Nash broke through the scoreless seal with a five-yard touchdown pass to Kenden L. Robinson Jr. before halftime. The Hornets’ two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. Alameda scored quickly in the third quarter on a defensive touchdown. The Hornets led 12-0 midway through the third quarter, but that’s when the Wildcats pounced on Alameda.
Wildcat senior Cody Sheppard scored the first of three Ukiah rushing touchdowns of the second half on a three-yard run. The Wildcats added another touchdown a short time later to take a 13-12 lead, its first lead of the game.
Ukiah struck again on its third and final touchdown early in the final quarter on another rushing attempt. Alameda’s offense stalled and Ukiah was able to earn the first-round victory.
The Hornets end its 2016 season with a 3-8 overall record.