Homecomings for PHS, Casa

Casa Grande and Petaluma high schools entertain their past and crown royalty at homecoming celebrations this week. Highlight for both will be crucial league football games on Friday night. Both Casa's Gauchos and Petaluma's Trojans are undefeated in their respective leagues going into their homecoming games.

Casa Grande will host Maria Carrillo on the east side of town, while on the west side, Petaluma will welcome El Molino to Durst Field.

Tomales has a tough chore in the North Central League II/Bay Football League, while St. Vincent has a high noon shootout with St. Elizabeth on Saturday at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland.

Pumas no bargain

Casa Grande gets no bargain in its homecoming opponent. After losing their first two games to Analy (63-6) and Benica (31-26), Maria Carrillo's Pumas have run off three straight wins, including two in North Bay League play, to match Casa Grande with a 2-0 league record.

In their two league wins, the Pumas have totaled 92 points in rolling bast Santa Rosa, 50-30, and Windsor, 42-26.

The Casa Grande defense, coming off its first shutout of the season, a 45-0, blanking of Santa Rosa last week, will face a severe test against a Puma offense that has come alive now that league play has begun.

Key to the Maria Carrillo attack is junior quarterback Julian Gonzalez, who, like Casa quarterback JaJuan Lawson is a threat both passing and running.

But Gonzalez doesn't have to carry the Puma load by himself. He has two exceptional running backs in senior Sage Ritchie and exciting sophomore Alex Netherda. Netherda led the way in the win over Windsor, running for 131 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

History, at least this season's history, suggests Maria Carrillo may have a tough time keeping Casa Grande's wide-open offense in check. The Gauchos have scored less than 30 points in only one game this season. That came in their only loss, a 35-14, shut down by Napa. They scored 34 in a 34-21 win over a very good Heritage team and scored more than 40 in each of their other three games.

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