Saint-Vincent brings home perfect football record for Ukiah
The road doesn’t get any easier for the St. Vincent football team.
So far, Saint-Vincent has fought for four consecutive victories against Saint-Bernard and Saint-Hélène. Friday night, the Mustangs face the Goliath of their season by playing Ukiah against a school with more than 1,600 students against 220 in Saint-Vincent.
Still, at the start of the game at Ukiah, it will be the Wildcats who will look to tie the series with the Mustangs after Saint-Vincent shocked the North Bay League Oak side with a decisive 24-7 victory in the season. spring shortened by COVID.
Ukiah enters the game 1-3 for the current season. The game will give the Mustangs a good opportunity to see how they could compete with their own Redwood division of the North Bay League. Ukiah faced Redwood favorite Montgomery almost tied in their opener, losing 23-16.
Ukiah also lost a close game against Eureka, who are expected to be one of the best teams in the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 4 League, losing 23-15. The Wildcats’ only victory came last week against Marin County Athletic League Redwood 17-12.
“They will be better prepared for us this time around,” said St. Vincent coach Trent Herzog. “We took them by surprise last time, but they will be ready this time.
“Ukiah is a tough place to play and they’ll have a big crowd coming home. “
That doesn’t mean Mustangs are backing down from their greatest enemy.
“This victory last year really boosted our confidence,” said the coach. “We know we can win, but we’re going to have to play our best game. They are the best 1-3 team in the world.
Last week the Mustangs went about business with a 42-0 victory over Sonoma Valley.
St. Vincent had his usual balanced offensive attack against the Dragons, rushing for 179 yards behind Kai Hall’s 134 yards, two touchdown efforts and passing for 124. Quarterback Eddy Stone had the most striking stat in the game , attempting two passes and completing both for touchdowns for a total of 108 yards.
Defensively, St. Vincent had 17 players credited with tackles, led by Jake DeCarli with 13, Dante Antonini with 12 and Liam O’Hare with 10.