|NBL all-stars overpower SCL 26-0
Courchaine, Reynolds click for TD pass
There is no doubt that from top to bottom, the North Bay League was stronger than the Sonoma County League during last year’s high school football season.
The NBL removed any lingering doubt with a 26-0 victory over the SCL in the 40th annual Kiwanis All-Star football game at Montgomery High in Santa Rosa on Saturday, July 20.
Rancho Cotate quarterback Michael Courchaine’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Jacob Webb of Cardinal Newman provided the game’s first score and all the points the NBL would need as its defense stifled the SCL all night.
Courchaine connected with teammate Nick Reynolds for an 18-yard touchdown pass to put the NBL up, 14-0. Newman’s Chris McDonnell’s 45-yard field goal upped the NBL’s lead to 17-0 with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining in the first half.
The NBL defense put an emphatic end to the first half by trapping Analy’s Kyle Lewis in the end zone for a safety with 15 seconds remaining in the first half.
Julian Gonzalez’s 21-yard touchdown run with 1:26 left in the third quarter was the second half’s only score. Gonzalez was from Maria Carrillo in Santa Rosa.
The SCL’s first down didn’t come until the third quarter.
This series, which began as a game between high schools from Sonoma and Marin counties before a format change in 1992, is tied at 11 games apiece.
Rancho Cotate had 14 players on the NBL roster, and Cougars assistant coach Gehrig Hotaling was the head coach for the winning side.
Along with Courchaine and Reynolds, the Cougars on the NBL roster were receiver Carlos Soto, kicker Rodrigo Perez, receiver Thomas Sory, linebacker Ty Brantley, running back Jalon Luque, defensive end Tyler Mitchell, defensive lineman Shae Smith, linebacker Fono Misi, offensive lineman A.J. Davison, defensive lineman Austin Davis, offensive lineman Tyler Rosentreter and receiver Sofala Poti.