The full moon rises as the Greenville Indians drive down into Mercy’s territory to win 42-25 Sept. 20 in Greenville. Photo by James Wilson
Last Friday was a good night for all Plumas County high school’s football teams. Across the board, Plumas County’s teams played their best to pull off four wins.
Greenville (2-2) struggled a bit in the first half at home before showing no mercy to Mercy, winning 42-25. Quincy (1-2) pulled off its first win of the season by taking down Incline Villiage 49-3 at Feather River College.
Both Portola (2-1) and Chester (3-0) had to travel for their games, yet still got the wins. Portola defeated Weed 43-26, while the Chester Volcanoes erupted on Fall River’s field for a 32-21 victory.
Greenville 42, Mercy 25
Greenville’s defense was solid and its offense was on the prowl Friday night. The Indians focused more on their passing game, which rewarded them with some pretty big plays. The Indians had a modest 22-18 lead at the half, then came back to blow Mercy out of the water in the second half.
“We made some good adjustments at the half,” explained Greenville’s coach, Justin Allan. “Our level of conditioning was higher, so we wore them out.”
Cooper Kingdon, Greenville’s quarterback, went 12 for 21 passing for a total of 342 yards. Kingdon himself also had 64 yards rushing on seven carries. Defensively, Kingdon contributed five tackles to the game.
Darian Potts helped the Indians with 34 yards rushing and 65 yards receiving, which culminated in two touchdowns. Potts started the Indians’ domination off with a 31-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter.
James Martinez helped the team in receiving with 105 yards on five catches. Martinez also rushed 36 yards, including a carry into the end zone with 26 seconds left in the first half.
Walker Meyers led the offense in receiving with 113 yards on three catches, including a touchdown reception. Logan Carmichael rushed 64 yards on eight carries and caught a 54-yard touchdown pass.
The Indians travel to Herlong on Saturday to play at 1 p.m.
Quincy 49, Incline 3
Quincy’s score finally reflected the strength of its team last Friday as the Trojans steadily increased their lead to win their first game this season. Quincy was defeated by both Chester and Fall River earlier this season by only a handful of points and at the end of the game.
“We played how we’re capable of playing,” commented Quincy’s coach, Tom Goss. “We made a couple mental errors the last couple games. This week our defense played to their potential. I was proud of how aggressive they were on the line.”
Erik Schwartz continued passing for Quincy last Friday, as Matt Beeson stayed out because of an injury. Schwartz showed off his running abilities as well with 12 carries that resulted in 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Jordan Meisenheimer added to Quincy’s score with two rushing touchdowns. Meisenheimer carried the ball seven times for 83 yards. Keston Pilgrim was Quincy’s other big rusher with 74 yards on six carries.
Tristin Ray made Quincy’s last touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown rush.
Friday is Quincy’s homecoming with a game against Durham at 7 p.m.
Portola 43, Weed 26
Despite a five-hour bus ride, the Tigers started ready to play and carried their excellence through the game until the end. Portola got its streak running right off the bat with a beautiful play by Tim Benbow.
Benbow received a kickoff from Weed at the 10-yard line, then busted through defensive players to run the ball 90 yards for a touchdown. Benbow had 17 carries for 140 yards and three touchdowns Friday.
Benbow also got two sacks and six tackles on defense. One of Benbow’s sacks was in the end zone, giving Portola a safety in the first quarter. Portola allowed one Weed touchdown in the same quarter, but by halftime was ahead 15-6.
“I thought we played better in the second half than we did in the first,” commented Portola’s coach, Steve Heskett. “We still haven’t played our best four quarters yet, but we will.”
Portola rallied for 28 points in the second half to win the game. Kameron Osbourn received a two-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Mike Martinez went four for six passing for 130 yards including two touchdown receptions.
Portola will stay on the road this week, traveling to Hamilton City on Friday to play at 5:30 p.m.
Chester 32, Fall River 21
Chester proved once again to be the unstoppable powerhouse of Plumas County. Fall River took down the Trojans the previous week in a hard-fought battle, but Chester went in and stopped the team dead in its tracks.
“It was a very physical game, but I think our guys were better prepared physically to go four quarters,” said Chester’s coach, Terry Hernandez. “We had to make some adjustments at the half, but dominated after that.”
Chester came out playing on top of its game and led 14-0 in the first quarter. Fall River came back and led 15-14 by halftime. The final half was when Chester truly buckled down and made some plays.
Hunter Morris was versatile as ever on both offense and defense. As quarterback, he completed four passes for 85 yards. One of his passes was a 20-yard connection to Eddie Perez for a touchdown.
Morris’ ability to run with the ball, though, truly made him stand out. Morris carried an 24 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the team in tackles with nine.
Jeremiah White was the next leading rusher with 21 carries for 127 yards. David Estacio contributed five carries and one reception to forward the Volcanoes an extra 59 yards.
Chester travels to Burney on Friday to face the Raiders at 7:30 p.m.