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San Marin slaps 1st loss on Dragons

After back-to-back wins to open head coach Bob Midgley’s inaugural season, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity football boys played their third straight, and definitely toughest, nonleague Marin County team on a warm and windy Saturday afternoon in Novato.

Facing a strong San Marin squad directed by its star senior quarterback Manny Wilkins – considered a Division-1 college prospect as one of the top-four quarterbacks in the North Bay – the Dragons struck first behind their standout all-league senior quarterback and defensive back Dan Deely.

When the Mustangs fumbled on their first possession, Deely came up with the recovery and then led the offense on an eight-play drive that he culminated with his nine-yard touchdown run to give Sonoma a 6-0 first-quarter lead.

But the Dragons weren’t as sharp as they were in their prior two wins, especially in the tackling department, despite Deely running for another touchdown and passing for 186 yards – including a 63-yard touchdown pass-play with senior Cordell Kenniston – he was constantly harassed and sacked.

With Wilkins throwing three touchdown passes and running for two scores – accounting for 15 Mustang touchdowns in three games – San Marin dominated from the second quarter on and rolled to a 47-19 victory.

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