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Napa High football

Napa High running back Brandon Herter (20) see a big hole after taking a handoff from quarterback Caden Cortese against Archbishop Riordan at City College of San Francisco on Sept. 9.

The Tri County All Star Game, featuring high school senior football players from Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties, is Saturday at 12 p.m. at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma.

The game, now in its fifth year, is designed to bring awareness to kids in foster care.

According to the game’s website,, “The Tri County game hopes to give them a little dignity. Every year our mission is to bring awareness to these kids.”

Part of the proceeds from the game is used to buy backpacks for kids in foster care.

The Tri County All Star Game is a matchup of the Maroon team against the White team.

St. Helena High’s Christian Cia (defensive back) and Casey Walker (linebacker) are on the Maroon roster. Tom Harris of Piner-Santa Rosa is the Maroon team’s had coach. Denis Brunk of Casa Grande is the head coach for the White team.

The Maroon team’s uniforms are black, gold and maroon. The White team’s uniforms are red, white and blue.

There are 15 players from Napa Valley schools on the White roster. They include Justin-Siena’s Ronnie Caretti (wide receiver), Rolando Herrera (linebacker), Alec Nogara (defensive line) and Ret Torkelson (defensive end); Vintage’s Ray O’Brien (linebacker), Isaiah Garcia (quarterback), Jesse Chaidez (defensive back), Abdiel Ballines (kicker/punter), Bruno Martinez (offensive line), Max Craig (offensive line), Demetrio Martin (tight end) and Merrick Barnett (wide receiver); and Napa’s Alex Perez de Leon (defensive back), Brandon Herter (defensive back) and Christian Sanchez (center).

Anyone that brings a new backpack to the game will get in for free.

Several hundred backpacks will be spread out near each end zone.

Coaches from the area schools nominate players for the game.

Matt Williams is the game’s director.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids up to high school age. It’s free for those age 5 and under and those with a military card.


Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the