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Cougars dominate NBL Teams

  • Orion Piombo Photo by Jane Peleti

  • Jack Reese Photo by Jane Peleti

  • Dimitri Johnson Photo by Jane Peleti

By: Paul Matli
January 3, 2020

The Rancho Cotate Cougars football team entered 2019 with one goal; to get past the North Coast Section Layoffs Semifinals. Not only did the Cougars accomplish that goal, they came within one game of being Division 3 State champions. It was no surprise to see the names of Cougar players all over the North Bay League-Oak Division First and Second Team list.

In total the Cougars had 15 players who made All League this season. It might have been expected because of the history they made. This shows the Cougars program is respected by coaches throughout the North Bay.

There were six members between offense and defense who made First Team All-League. Wide Receiver Jack Reese, Tight End Dimitri Johnson and Offensive Lineman Orion Piombo who were named to the offensive first team.

For those who followed the team all year these names sound familiar. These are the players front and center in almost every offensive and defensive play for the Cougars. They are the players who get the most glory after the games are over, while the players on the second team might not have been noticed as often but were just as important.

Though the Cougars’ season didn’t end exactly how they and the community wanted it to but seeing so many players honored at the end of the season is a good consolation prize and a gratifying way to officially finish the year.