Favored to comfortably cruise toward a fourth straight Sonoma County League victory in their Friday night home finale at Arnold Field, the Sonoma Valley High School varsity football boys instantly established defensive control over Elsie Allen and scored a quick touchdown – but then the offense sputtered.
Leading just 7-0 after one quarter, the Dragons righted their offensive course and tallied four second-quarter touchdowns for a dominating 34-0 halftime lead, before exchanging third-quarter end-zone visits with Elsie Allen for a 41-6 advantage early in the second half.
Sonoma’s gridders then proceeded to tack on two more touchdowns en route to their 55-6 drubbing of the visiting Lobos.
With everyone on the team seeing action and contributing, Sonoma had seven players score touchdowns, including two on 27- and 4-yard runs, respectively, by senior quarterback Dan Deely, who also passed for three touchdowns to junior Tristan Mertens for 10 yards, senior Ed Pomeroy for 55 yards, and senior Mitch Hood for 4 yards, while senior Austin Bailey ran one in from 56 yards out.
After taking over the quarterback duties from Deely in the third quarter, Hood tossed a pair of touchdowns to junior Kyle Dunevent for 10 yards, and to senior Hank Anderson for 18 yards, with junior place-kicker Noe Baron booting five extra points, and Mertens adding two extra-point kicks.
Defensively, Sonoma had multiple players record quarterback sacks, while forcing the Lobos into two turnovers, with junior Andre Alcantar recovering a fumble, and standout sophomore Sam Cordano intercepting a pass.
For the second-place Dragons, it was their fourth consecutive SCL win after dropping the opener to first-place, defending champion Analy, and improving their overall record to 7-2, with their final game of the regular season on the road this Friday night, Nov. 8, at Durst Field against longtime league rival Petaluma.
Before last Friday evening’s home finale win, Sonoma honored its football and cheerleading seniors and their parents.
The Dragon football seniors included Anderson, Bailey, Deely, Hood, Pomeroy, Gregorio Alvarez, JJ Bollman, Dante Chipchase, Todd Decendario, Joe Decker, Kyler Fritz, Isais Gonzales, Cordell Kenniston, Dario Minatta, Matt Robinson, Adrian Roman, Jose Rubio, Brandon Santana, Dylan Sanders and Jose Valencia.
Sonoma’s senior cheerleaders are Sammie Agulara, Jordan Cramer, Brittany Daly, Iman Flores, Savanah Halby and Sherylyn Myers.
Dragons of the Week
The Dragons of the Week in Sonoma’s 55-6 Friday night SCL win over Elsie Allen at Arnold Field are Brandon Santana, Kyle Dunevent and Sam Cordano.
Santana, a 5-foot, 9-inch 195-pound senior defensive end, applied constant pressure in the Lobos’ backfield and recorded two solo quarterback sacks and assisted on two more.
Dunevent, a 5-9, 155-pound junior wide receiver, caught five passes, including a 10-yard reception for a touchdown.
Cordano, 5-10, 155-pound linebacker, turned in another strong defensive effort and came up with a big second-quarter pass interception which directly led to Sonoma’ third touchdown.
The Dragons of the Week are sponsored by Eraldi’s Men’s Wear and Shoes, and Broadway Market.