After Sonoma Valley High School’s varsity football boys didn’t score until the third quarter of their season-opening 18-13 road win at Redwood the week before, they wasted no time putting points on the scoreboard in Bob Midgley’s first home game as Sonoma’s new head coach Friday night at Arnold Field.
Taking possession of the ball at the 35-yard line after visiting Terra Linda’s opening kick went out of bounds, senior quarterback Dan Deely and senior running back Austin Bailey preceded to lead the Dragons to a quick early touchdown and then reached paydirt three more times for a 28-0 halftime lead.
Though the bedazzled Trojans picked up their pace in the second half and scored the only points of the third quarter, they never were able to completely recover from the first-half offensive eruption by the Sonoma gridders, who tacked on two more fourth-quarter touchdowns en route to an impressive 42-14 nonleague win.
"We hit them hard at the start and took the wind out of them and they could never get it back. Our offensive line play was the key and enabled us to rush for 308 total yards," said Midgley. “We’re a young team when it comes to varsity experience but we improved after the first game and we need to keep getting better every week.”
On Sonoma’s first play from scrimmage, Deely connected with senior Cordell Kenniston on a 16-yard pass-play, followed by Bailey breaking free for a 37-yard run and, on just the third play from scrimmage.