Quincy and Portola football teams finish strong

The football teams of Portola and Quincy each ended the regular season strongly, to enter the top half of the Division IV playoff brackets, which begin this Friday, Nov. 13.
The Portola Tigers defeated Colusa 42-0 last Friday to complete their season schedule with an undefeated record of 10-0. Portola shutout seven of the 10 teams they faced, earning the top playoff seed and a first-round bye. Quincy also capped the regular season with a shutout, when the Trojans defeated Esparto 28-0 last Friday. Quincy posted an overall record of 7-3 for the No. 4 seed.
The Trojans will host fifth-seeded East Nicolaus in the first round of the playoffs this Friday. Quincy defeated East Nicolaus 36-8 three weeks ago. The winner of Friday’s game will travel to Portola next Friday, Nov. 20.
On the other side of the brackets, Modoc earned the second seed and a first-round bye with an undefeated record of 9-0.
The championship game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Portola 42, Colusa 0
After taking a 35-0 lead at halftime, Portola eased off the gas in the second half with one touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Cliff Robinson and Alberto Pena each scored two touchdowns for Portola. Cole Adams and Dalton Amaral added one touchdown apiece.
The Tigers compiled 237 total rushing yards, led by Pena with 115 yards on nine carries.
Portola also gathered 169 yards through the air, as quarterback Damian Norden completed six of eight passes for 169 yards and one touchdown.
Robison led the Tigers with three receptions for 22 yards, including one touchdown catch in the second quarter.
On defense, Mario Rodriguez recorded nine total stops. Pena and Adams delivered eight stops apiece, while Chris Stanton and Ehren Bristol each claimed six.
Pena was perfect in kicking through all six PATs.

Quincy 28, Esparto 0
A 19-yard touchdown by Cal Blanton in the first quarter, an 8-yard touchdown by Cameron DiazDeLeon in the second quarter and a 66-yard touchdown by Alex Easley later in that period gave Quincy a 21-0 lead at halftime.
Devonte Smith added a 7-yard touchdown in the third quarter to complete Quincy’s scoring.
The Trojans totaled 291 yards rushing, with four ball carriers gaining more than 50 yards apiece.
Easley led with 84 yards on seven carries, followed by DiazDeLeon with 75 yards on 11 carries, Andrew Murphy with 52 yards on seven carries Jordan Rose with 51 yards on four carries.
DiazDeLeon completed three of six passes for 58 yards, with one interception. Smith made two receptions for 45 yards.
Matt Rouse was a perfect four-for-four on Quincy’s PAT kicks.

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