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RUN AFTER CATCH — Analy senior receiver Kolby Elledge fought off a Piner tackler in a Sept. 27 clash with the Prospectors. The Tigers will visit Windsor in the NBL Oak Division opener on Oct. 4.

El Mo travels to Santa Rosa, Tigers visit Windsor

The much anticipated North Bay League season starts this Friday, Oct. 4, for Analy and El Molino, with both teams kicking off their respective division schedules in a pair of road battles.

The Lions (3-2) are fresh off a bye last week and should take a full head of steam into the NBL Redwood Division campaign, after posting a 39-24 win over the Tigers on Sept. 20 in the 55th Golden Apple Bowl.

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READY — El Molino senior running back Jalen Hall (No. 2), pictured here in the Golden Apple Bowl on Sept. 20, will lead the Lions into the NBL Redwood Division opener at Santa Rosa this Friday.

The Lions will open the league schedule at Santa Rosa on Friday, a team which recorded its first victory of the season on Sept. 27 in a 30-6 win over Franklin of Stockton. Kickoff times at Ernie Nevers Field for the JV and varsity are 5 and 7:30 p.m.

Although the Panthers appear to be in a transition year and look beatable on paper, the Lions enter the contest knowing that their best will be required.

“If we execute, we’ll have a great chance to win the football game,” El Mo head coach Randy Parmeter said.

Tigers to visit Windsor

Things have not come easily for the Tigers this season, and that trend continued in a 41-0 loss at Piner on Sept. 27. Arguably the surprise team of 2019, the Prospectors (6-0) used another strong defensive effort to throttle the Analy offense, racing to a 21-0 halftime lead en route to their fifth shutout in six outings. 

“Piner jumped out to an early lead on us by capitalizing on our mistakes,” Analy head coach James Foster said. “We battled well for most of the game, but turnovers really hurt us.”

The Tigers (1-4) hope to start anew when they visit Windsor in the NBL Oak Division opener on Friday. The Jaguars (4-1) are coming off a bye last week and should pose a formidable challenge this week in their Homecoming Game.

“Windsor has been playing good football this year,” Foster noted. “Our players are excited to start league competition.”

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