The Carpy Gang varsity team continued their undefeated campaign with another impressive wins last weekend against the Middletown Colts, 44-21.
In just three plays from scrimmage, St. Helena scored its first touchdown on an outside run by Elguin Flores. On the next possession, quarterback Spencer Printz executed a perfect option keeper that even had the referees fooled as the play was inadvertently blown dead on the fake to Ivan Robledo, who was tackled by three Colts while Printz ran untouched into the end zone.
Two plays later, Robledo’s running was able to break through for another score. Flores scored the next two TDs, the first on a 37-yard run and the second on a Colts’ onside kick attempt he scooped and ran back 50 yards. The final touchdown was a pass thrown by QB Thomas Herdell to receiver Keaton Smith.
The Carpy defense was stellar once again with two interceptions, one by Printz and the second by David Aguilera, two sacks, and seven tackles for loss – two of them by cornerback Clayton Gambill.
After a bye this weekend, Carpy Gang will host unbeaten West Shore. The game is a make-up for the contest rescheduled during the North Bay Fires.
“We are really looking forward to this home game,” said head coach Joe Herdell. “After missing two home games due to the fires, and this being the first of two games against West Shore, we want to set the tone here at home and then regroup for the championship game.”
All three Carpy Gang teams will play Saturday, Nov. 11 in St. Helena for their final regular season home games (4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.). The Varsity will play in the Mendo-Lake Empire Junior Football League championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, in Lower Lake against the West Shore Cardinals at 7:30 p.m.
Middletown JV 30, St. Helena 6
The first quarter provided some of the game’s most dynamic action, with Sam Raunegger dashing 50 yards to tie the game at 6-6. Carpy Gang’s defense was led by a strong performance from inside linebacker Andrew Mendes.
Middletown Pee Wees 20, St. Helena 0
After a two-week layoff, Carpy Gang Pee Wee football team got back into action but ran into an undefeated Colts team in their return.
Carpy had a couple of long drives, with most of the yardage coming from the strong running of Adam Herdell and Landon Spain, but a couple of turnovers and a strong Colts defense kept the Carpy Gang from reaching the end zone.
The squad showed great improvement on the defensive side of the ball, forcing a couple of turnovers, highlighted by Tony Wilmoth’s fumble recovery and 20-yard return.
Kelseyville 3, St. Helena 0
The playoff-bound Knights dispatched the visiting Saints in three games last Wednesday, 25-21, 25-10, 25-10. Lindsay Martin led the offense with 16 kills.
St. Helena was forced to make some late changes to the lineup and put sophomore Lucia Abreu in a senior position on the floor. Saints head coach Lauren Dickson said she was pleased with the hard effort of her side game in the season finale.
“Lucia did a great job running the offense, and Lindsay had another great night ... Ellie Blakeley also played great defense and Brooke Preston was a solid force at the net,” she said. “Unfortunately our offense just fell short against Kelseyville’s strong defense.”
Varsity Girls Soccer
St. Helena 4, Kelseyville 1
The Saints (10-2 overall, 9-1 North Central League I) followed Tuesday’s upset win over perennial power Middletown with a confident result at Kelseyville Wednesday in the team’s regular season finale.
Senior striker Cynthia Vargas led the attack with two goals. Freshman midfielder Tina Almanza had a goal and an assist. The Saints scored twice in each half — one of them an own goal by the Knights.
Varsity Boys Soccer
St. Helena 3, Kelseyville 1
The Saints (4-8-1 overall, 4-6 NCL I) finished the year on a high note, winning their final three games and two on back-to-back days last week, downing Middletown 3-0 in their home finale before toppling the Knights on the road Wednesday.
That win streak was also a small revenge tour of sorts as the Saints evened their season record after losing to Clear Lake, Middletown and Kelseyville in the first meetings.
Kelseyville 2, St. Helena 1
The Saints forced a third game but were unable to complete the rally, losing 25-14, 23-25, 15-9 Wednesday in Kelseyville.
Stephanie Menegon had two aces and Eva Grace had one ace. Kaitlyn Glakeler had four assists.
Head coach Kimberly Hurtado highlighted the efforts of Zoe Long on the back row, and the front-row hitting by Liesl Wolf-Heinemann, Carter Dahline, Arlen Robledo and Olivia Andersen.
“Although they lost, it was one of their strongest games they played,” she said. “I’m very proud of them.”
Saints girls soccer to host opener
St. Helena was awarded the No. 6 seed in the North Coast Section Division 1 playoffs, and was expected to host 11th-seeded Kelseyville at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Patterson Memorial Field.
The winner will move on to face third-seeded Fortuna (13-4-3), out of the loaded Humboldt-Del Norte League, in the quarterfinals Saturday in Fortuna.
Results from Wednesday’s playoff action was unavailable due to early print deadlines. Visit napavalleyregister.com/sports or pick up next week’s paper for full coverage.