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Running back John Porchivina broke loose for a school record 301 rushing yards as Casa Grande clinched the North Bay League football title with a 42-28 win over stubborn Windsor Friday night.

Porchivina took advantage of a tremendous push up front by the Gaucho forward wall running for over a hundred yards in each half to eclipse the school rushing mark of 287 yards as Casa led for the entire game over the offensive-minded visiting Jaguars. The previous record was set by Joe Trombetta in 2003.

"John will get the credit he deserves, but it would not have been possible without the effort up front by our entire line," said a happy coach Trent Herzog. "This was one of our best offensive games of the season. The line opened the holes and Porch found them."

The win clinches at least a tie for Casa in the North Bay standings with one final game against second-place Cardinal Newman in Santa Rosa next Friday. "We have already got a first place (North Coast section playoff) selection in the conference pre-league drawing held before the beginning of the season," noted Herzog. Newman held off Rancho Cotate, 42-41, to remain one game behind the Gauchos.

Casa Grande (9-0) will attempt to cap a perfect regular season with a win over Newman, but the task could be a difficult one. Newman runs the same spread offense as Windsor and the Jags scored four times from many angles to keep the game on Casa's Senior Night very entertaining.

The Gauchos scored on their first three possessions to almost turn the game into a rout early. Porchivina scored on runs of 38 and 83 yards in the first period and Windsor had no defensive answers. The long-striding senior pulled away from every pursuer on both runs.

Following a two-yard touchdown burst by teammate Cody Hughson, the Gauchos went up 21-7 and drove again into scoring territory. The drive stalled however, and a 34-yard field goal attempt by Matt Abramo sailed wide of the uprights.

Windsor quarterback Colin McAlvain kept his club in the hunt by completing enough key passes from the spread formation to keep drives alive. After a double pass play got the ball deep inside Gaucho territory in the first period, the Jaguars hustled to the line of scrimmage to score a touchdown on a 20-yard run by Christian Roberge before the Gauchos could react. The tally cut the margin to 14-7 and Windsor began to stay close enough to make things interesting.

In the second quarter, McAlvain connected with wide out Matt Basich on a 63-yard scoring play when a Casa defender in the secondary fell in coverage.

"I thought we did a better job defensively in the second half, but there are still some things we have to tighten up," said Herzog after congratulating his players on their NBL title.

Casa Grande went right back to work in the third quarter with a scoring drive of 77 yards in eight plays. More good work by Porchivina and a 38-yard hookup between JaJuan Lawson and Miles Gardea got the ball deep into Windsor territory.

Porchivina scored for the third time in the game to make the count more comfortable at 28-14 at the end of the period. His touchdown run of two yards once again came with a big push up front.

Casa outscored the Jaguars 14-7 down the stretch with many reserves getting some playing time on both sides. Gaucho touchdowns came on a five-yard pass reception by Kyle Chase and a 26-yard gallop by Lawson on a keeper. On the Chase touchdown Porchivina fooled everybody on both sides of the line of scrimmage by vaulting over the line and it appeared that he had the ball. A wide open Chase and quarterback Lawson knew better.

Windsor (4-5) came into the game giving up an average of 30 points per game to its opponents and the Jags struggled again defensively in the road contest.

"We could play as many as seven more weeks," Herzog told his team, "There are 18 teams still eligible in the North Coast Section if they all petition. It looks very much like we would play on the opening week of the playoffs. Right now we have to concentrate on Cardinal Newman and finish off our regular season."

Gardea and Casey Longaker had notable defensive efforts for the Gauchos. The biggest defensive effort of the contest came in the final stanza when defensive end Daniel Greisen spun McAlvain to the turf for a 12-yard loss.

Offensive linemen Brendan Jackson, Julian Lopez, Peter Parrick, Greg Poteracke and Alec Runge were all praised by Herzog for their collective work in the game. The big Gaucho line corps averages 259 pounds across the front.

Lawson also chipped in with the only pass interception of the contest in the final quarter, returning the ball 28 yards in the other direction.

McAlvain tossed for 238 yards for Windsor, and was a threat on each possession.

Defenders Alex Boroski and Demetri Acken had outstanding efforts for the Jaguars.

Casa Grande held off Windsor, 20-6, in the junior varsity game.