The St. Helena Carpy Gang varsity football team re-established its position in the South Division of the Mendo-Lake Empire Junior Football League on Saturday with a 31-14 victory over Middletown. The team is now 2-0 and in sole possession of first place.
Carpy Gang scored 23 points in the first quarter of the contest in just three plays of offense, coming by way of an 18-yard touchdown run by Ivan Robledo, a 47-yard TD run by Elquin Flores, and a 57-yard TD reception by Henry Dixon courtesy of QB Spencer Printz.
The final TD of the game came again from Flores on a 59-yard run, bringing his total yardage to 106 yards on just two carries.
The varsity’s next game is at Willits, against the top team in the North Division. St. Helena will look to continue the winning trend with quick and effective offense, and strong defensive play.
Middletown JV 38, St. Helena 7
Carpy Gang faced a very good Middletown Colts football team on Saturday.
“The final score was 38-7 but wasn’t a true indication of how hard our team played,” said head coach Corey Beck. “We have a lot of first-year players who played their hearts out. I’m very proud of the effort.”
The only Carpy Gang score came from a 2-yard TD run by Sam Raunegger, the first of his career. Carpy Gang has a bye this weekend and then hits the road to face Willits on Sept. 23, which will be another tough opponent.
Middletown Pee Wee 31, St. Helena 18
The big play offense of Carpy Gang wasn’t enough to overcome the larger, more experienced Middletown Colts, who prevailed Saturday afternoon at Patterson Memorial Field.
The Colts got out to a 19-0 lead before the Carpy offense exploded for three long TDs. First, running back Tony Wilmoth burst through a hole created by center Nick Groth and lineman Burleigh Weems for a 70-yard TD run. Then, the Carpy offense took to the air with quarterback Charlie Blaum hitting wide receiver Oliver Harvey for a 70-yard TD pass, followed by a screen pass that running back Nicholas Beck took 75 yards to pay dirt behind the blocking of split ends Harvey and Latiff Basille.
While the Carpy Gang defenses struggled to contain the Mustang running game, they did see some excellent defensive efforts from A.J. Johnson, Landon Spain and Roman Guzman. The Pee Wee squad will have a week off before resuming their 2017 campaign with a road game against Willits on Sept. 23.
Varsity Girls Soccer
St. Helena 2, Clear Lake 1
The Saints (2-0 overall, 1-0 North Central League I) used some late-game heroics to steal a win on the road in their league opener Tuesday.
Down 1-0 in what St. Helena head coach Tash Bunge described as “a contentious and physical affair,” the visitors buried two goals in the final 15 minutes to grab a victory in Lakeport for the first time in six years. Freshman Cydney Adamnson scored both of the goals, assisted by Harper McClain on one and Andrea Hernandez on the other.
Shining on defense for the Saints were Citlalli Garcia and Ali Flamson.
Clear Lake 3, St. Helena 0
As the injury woes continued, the Saints (2-7 overall, 0-1 NCL I) went down 25-12, 25-13, 25-16 in their league opener on the road Tuesday night.
“The girls we had healthy enough to be on the court tonight fought hard, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough against Clear Lake’s stacked team,” said Saints head coach Lauren Dickson. “We just need to get our team healthy and start having some consistency on the court.”
Varsity Boys Soccer
Clear Lake 7, St. Helena 6
The Saints (0-3 overall, 0-1 NCL I) led by as many as two goals for much of the match, but four controversial penalties will be what haunts the St. Helena side after their league-opening loss at Clear Lake Tuesday.
Brandon Olguin Martinez had a hat trick, and Raphael Nadalie, Brandon Forgie, and Diego Moya each scored a goal. Assisting on those goals, Erik Martinez had two, and Olguin Martinez and Mitchell Wilms both had one.
“Never been involved in a game where we get four penalties called on us,” said Saints head coach Ozzie Gallegos. “Regardless ... we have to learn how to keep a lead for all 80 minutes of the game. We will learn from this and hope we don’t make the same mistakes versus Cloverdale on Thursday.
“Our biggest obstacle right now is ourselves, making mistakes that is causing us not to finish the game. It will always always be a challenge to play at any Lake County game, we just have to learn from this and keep moving forward.”