PETALUMA — What happens when a No. 16 seed faces a No. 1 seed in the North Coast Section playoffs? This: a 27-point second-quarter outburst, a 45-0 halftime lead and plenty of work for the second stringers.
Casa Grande, the top seed in Division 2, dispatched visiting Alameda 45-14 without much difficulty Saturday, getting big plays from the two guys who have been providing them all season. Quarterback JaJuan Lawson threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and John Porchivina scored three touchdowns, including a 76-yard burst that left a swarm of Hornets in his wake.
Then both retired to the bench for the entire second half.
"I think we answered the call pretty well," said Lawson, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 76 yards. "I mean, we got up 45-0 at the half, and if we'd really wanted to, we could have put our foot to the throttle and made it a lot bigger."
The undefeated Gauchos (11-0) will host a familiar foe in the second round next Saturday: the Windsor Jaguars, who came with Casa to the North Bay League from the Sonoma County League two years ago, and who hung tough in a 42-28 loss to Casa Grande on Nov. 1.