Facing the two toughest opponents on their schedule in a three-week span, with a bye in between, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity football boys were dealt back-to-back losses after opening Bob Midgley’s first season as head coach with consecutive wins.
Unfortunately for the Dragons, their second straight loss was a decisive one delivered in Friday night’s Sonoma County League opener at Arnold Field by the visiting defending champion, Analy.
Four plays after taking the opening kickoff, the tough and talented Tigers were on the scoreboard as small-of-stature, but elusive and mercurial, junior running back Ja’Narrick James turned the right corner and buzzed down the sideline for a 55-yard touchdown, and Sonoma found itself in instant chase mode.
With their first possession, the Dragons put together a 12-play drive directed by standout senior quarterback Dan Deely and highlighted by his 18-yard run and two completed passes to senior wide receiver Mitch Hood for 27 yards.
But the promising drive turned pointless and from there it was all Analy as James tallied three more touchdowns and added a pair of two-point conversion runs for 28 of 30 first-half points, with an early third-quarter punt return for a 70-yard touchdown made it a 37-0 advantage en route to a 44-14 win.