Portola tops East Nicolaus

Shannon Morrow

Ricky Lowdermilk focuses on the game. Lowdermilk captured three interceptions in Portola’s win last Friday night. Photo by Shannon Morrow

Sports Editor

The Portola High School football team improved its record to 4-4 last Friday night, when the Tigers posted a 41-24 victory over the visiting East Nicolaus Spartans.

The Tigers, relying primarily on their well-honed running game, totaled 296 yards rushing. Zach Martinez led the attack with 20 carries for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

East Nicolaus was never able to key on Martinez, thanks to Portola’s three other competent ball carriers. Klint Williams earned 74 yards on nine carries, Oscar Romero gained 49 yards on six carries and Ricky Lowdermilk claimed 40 yards on three carries.

Lowdermilk delivered a 36-yard touchdown run for Portola’s opening score, and Romero recorded the Tigers’ next touchdown, also in the first quarter.

Martinez contributed Portola’s next three offensive touchdowns, one in the second quarter and two in the third quarter.

Lowdermilk snagged three interceptions in the game, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. David Borgmeyer added one interception.

Beyond the four turnovers, the Spartans’ offense was further hampered by Portola’s team tackling.

Williams, who led the Tigers with six tackles and eight assists, was followed by Romero (six tackles, two assists), Piero Selvaggio (two tackles, seven assists), Teila Peiler (one tackle, 10 assists) and Kollin Osbourn (eight assists).

Efrain Cardenes and Chaske Orr combined for a sack.

Portola’s special teams was also solid. Romero was good on five of six PAT kicks, and Lowdermilk averaged more than 40 yards a punt (five for 203 yards).

The Tigers travel to Colusa (1-6) this Friday.

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