In Bob Midgley's inaugural season as head coach, Sonoma Valley High School's varsity football boys delivered an auspicious regular season that produced a 7-3 overall record and a 4-2 Sonoma County League mark good for second place, and punched their ticket into the postseason.
Seeded 10th in North Coast Section Division-3, the Dragons faced a big and fast seventh-seeded Acalanes team in Saturday's NCS opener in Lafayette and turned in a hard-fought, postseason effort that, unfortunately, was played out in total comeback mode.
Yielding two touchdowns in a 13-second span midway through the first quarter, Sonoma scored on a 20-yard field goal by junior Noe Baron, before giving up another touchdown and facing a 21-3 deficit.
With the first half winding down, the Dragons answered back with an impressive 11-play drive, fueled by senior Austin Bailey's two 16-yard runs, with standout quarterback Dan Deely threading the needle on a 19-yard pass to fellow senior Ed Pomeroy, who made an outstanding end-zone catch in traffic for a touchdown.
But Pomeroy hurt his shoulder on the second-quarter highlight play and was done for the game. Deely joined him on the sidelines after sustaining a third-quarter foot injury and Acalanes cruised to a 49-10 win and Sonoma's upbeat season came to an end.