Dragon gridders claw way to win over Piner

Junior wide receiver Tristan Mertens caught three touchdown passes and senior quarterback Dan Deely scored two more on the ground as the Sonoma Valley High Dragons came back from a 21-7 deficit Saturday and beat Piner 32-30.

The Dragons were down 21-7 in the third quarter before Deely scampered in to make it 21-14.

Sonoma scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to take a 32-21 lead. But Piner hit a field goal with 1:16 to play and then recovered the ensuing onside kick and scored a touchdown with 20 seconds left to make it a 32-30 game. The Pioneers failed on the two-point conversion and tried another onside kick. This time the Dragons recovered and the game was over.

The Dragons are now 4-2 overall, and 1-1 in SCL play. Sonoma entertains Healdsburg on Friday in the Dragons’ homecoming game.

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