Justin-Siena High School has a rhythm to its offense, defense and special teams.
The Braves are getting good results, both running and passing the ball. The defense is making big plays. The special teams are doing their part as well.
“We’re making steps in the right direction,” said head coach Brandon LaRocco. “There’s still a lot to work on, don’t get me wrong. But we are making the steps that we need to make in the right direction. These next four games are going be really big for us.”
Justin-Siena won its second straight Marin County Athletic League game, shutting out Novato on Friday night at Dodd Stadium, 41-0, as Barrett Donohoe threw two touchdown passes and also ran for a score.
Donohoe completed 8 of 13 passes for 147 yards. He also ran for 16 yards.
Donohoe ran 8 yards for a touchdown. He threw a 18-yard touchdown pass to Luigi Albano-Dito and connected with Solomone Anitoni on a 37-yard scoring pass.
“He’s getting more comfortable back there,” said LaRocco. “For a junior, about the mid-point of the season is when we expect him to start feeling a little bit more comfortable back there. He threw a couple of really nice passes on some of those deep balls. We’ve been waiting to connect on those for a while now. It was good to see him make those connections downfield.
“He had a couple of good runs. A couple of designed runs and a couple of good scrambles.”
There are just four games to go in the regular season for Justin-Siena (2-4, 2-0 MCAL), and each one is so very, very important. The Braves, who have shut out their last two opponents, have games to go against Redwood-Larkspur (Oct. 13), Terra Linda-San Rafael (Oct. 21), Sir Francis Drake-San Anselmo (Oct. 27) and Marin Catholic-Kentfield (Nov. 4).
“The goal is to keep playing for as long as we can,” said Donohoe. “What we want is to keep getting wins. These wins have definitely helped us out and have got us going in the right direction. I like what we’re doing.”
Justin-Siena had just one turnover and did not punt.
Conrad Say, a first-year running back, led the rushing attack with 97 yards on 11 carries, with a long run of 45 yards resulting in a touchdown.
“He showed that burst that we’ve been looking for,” said LaRocco. “You can see him starting to find the holes and knowing where to go and then when to show that burst.”
On his only carry of the game, Anitoni ran 29 yards for the Braves’ first touchdown.
Robert Batt closed out the scoring for Justin-Siena with a 9-yard run. Batt had 62 yards rushing, and as a team, the Braves ran for 230 yards. They also had 16 first downs.
“I was happy with how we overcame some of the plays that we didn’t execute well on and how we kept fighting through the plays,” said Donohoe, who showed excellent speed on his rushing plays. ”We got through it and we figured it out and got the ball in the end zone.”
The defense for Justin-Siena was super.
Novato (0-7, 0-3 MCAL) was held to 48 yards rushing. Novato did not complete a pass and had five first downs.
John Craig recovered a fumble. Rolando Herrera blocked a punt and Colby Bates recovered the ball.
“We played great,” said Herrera, who plays defensive end and outside linebacker. “I was very happy with the defense. The thing that worked for us, it was everyone doing their job, and that really helped us out.”
Justin-Siena was ahead 13-0 in the first quarter and 20-0 at halftime. The Braves added to their total, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter.
Their longest scoring drive took six plays.
“We’ve got to keep getting better every week,” said LaRocco.
Justin-Siena JV 19, Novato 14
The Braves (4-2, 2-0 MCAL) won their third game in a row, twice coming from behind on Friday at Dodd Stadium.
Francisco Florentino scored on 8-yard run in the second quarter. Carl John Meissenhalter had the PAT kick.
Blake Hoban scored third-quarter touchdowns on a pair of 1-yard runs.
Florentino had 117 rushing yards on 12 attempts with a long run of 40 yards. Miles Williams had 76 yards on two carries with a long run of 70 yards.
Hoban ran for 42 yards on eight carries with a long run of 23 yards. Hoban completed 4 of 9 passes for 24 yards.
Michael Grieve caught two passes for 22 yards with a long reception of 14 yards.