After staying in the first half, the Terra Linda High soccer team failed to keep up with Petaluma in the second half of a 49:19 loss at San Rafael High on Saturday night.
Terra Linda (0-1) was within 21-19 in the waning seconds of the first half, but Petaluma – also the Trojans nickname – scored a touchdown after time ran out and went into halftime at 28:19.
Petaluma used his running game to control the clock and play during the second half. TL coach Dallas Hartwell estimated his team only played a handful of offensive games from the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the fourth quarter.
TL fell back 14-0 early but received two long touchdown passes from quarterback Garrett Pardo to climb back within 14-12. Pardo threw a 54-yard scoring pass to Jackson Pattani and then a 69-yard score to Kai Walker.
Petaluma scored another goal to increase the lead to 21-12, but TL’s Josiah Hernandez returned about 90 yards for a touchdown the ensuing kickoff to make it 21-19.
Petaluma’s rock-hard touchdown at halftime came after a Petaluma receiver managed to score a tipped pass for the goal.
TL has a goodbye before facing Sonoma Valley in a couple of weeks.
Prepare for baseball
Archie Williams’ standout Cal Amborn has pledged to play collegially at USF over the weekend. Last season as a junior, Amborn beat .375 in 20 games with team highs in hits (24) and RBIs (17).
The first two races for Memo Gidley in TKO Motorsports’ # 101 with Flying Lizard Bentley showed a pace at the front but in the end it was a heartbreak. Wis started the Saturday race on Road America in Elkhart Lake. Gidley and finished second, initially stayed close to leader James Safronas, but saw the Audi only centimeters away towards the end.
In Sunday’s SRO GT America race, Gidley pushed back from second on the grid to fourth on the first corner, but two bold passes brought him back to second on lap two. Then chaos followed and Gidley was a helpless victim.
An Aston Martin back in the pack blew its engine on the first lap at Turn 3 and stayed on the racing line. The next time the cars spun off the track, including the leader, which put Gidley in the lead for a few seconds. But the oil trail continued into the braking zone for Turn 5 and this time caught up with Gidley and the Porsche behind him.
The veteran from Tiburon spun off the track to the right of the driver, slipped in his tires and ended his day with a gearbox failure.