Dragons can’t escape an American Canyon avalanche
Sonoma shutout 45-0 in final nonleaguer, open SCL at Analy Friday
Senior special teams standout Hosea Reyes (No. 28) returns a kick for a big gain during the Dragons’ nonconference loss Friday night at American Canyon.
Jim Deely/Special to the Index-Tribune
In their fourth and final nonleague game before opening Sonoma County League play, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity football boys were coming off a thrilling 41-39 win over San Marin, were now facing a formidable foe, not only on the road, but also on its homecoming.
Hoping to get the jump on American Canyon’s high-powered offense and stout and stingy defense, the Dragons got an early opportunity when they forced a fumble on the host’s first drive, with senior Keenan Tuohy making the recovery in the middle of the field. Unfortunately, Tuohy, along with junior Austin Bailey, would leave the game with injuries.
But on Sonoma’s first play, junior quarterback Dan Deely, who was coming off an outstanding performance against San Marin, had the ball slip his grasp while passing and it was intercepted.
Then the speedy Wolves were back in business and, going on the offensive, scored five straight touchdowns to hold a commanding 35-0 halftime lead. With their strong-up-front defense continually pressuring Deely and smothering Sonoma, the Wolves went on to win by a 45-0 final score.
The Dragons (2-2 nonconference record) will next open their SCL season against title-favorite Analy in Sebastopol this Friday night, Sept. 21, and, following a bye, they will host the league’s new member-school, Piner, for their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 5, at Arnold Field.
Sonoma’s junior varsity football team dropped a 21-0 nonleague decision at American Canyon on Friday, while the freshman gridders will host Ukiah at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 20, at Arnold Field.
Dragons of the Week
The Dragons of the Week in Sonoma’s wild 41-39 nonleague win over San Marin Friday evening at Arnold Field were Ed Pomeroy, Keenan Tuohy and Hosea Reyes.
Pomeroy, a 5-foot, 10-inch, 145-pound junior defensive back, turned in a strong effort in the secondary, especially against the run with seven unassisted tackles.
Tuohy, a 6-3, 200-pound senior outside linebacker, recovered a first-quarter fumble and had four unassisted tackles.
Reyes, a 5-5, 155-pound senior running back and special teams player,, stepped up and did a solid job of returning kicks.
The Dragons of the Week are sponsored by Eraldi’s Men’s Wear and Shoes, and Broadway Market.