SANTA ROSA -- Three first half turnovers by the Encinal High football team turned into 20 points for Cardinal Newman, which advanced to the North Coast Section Division III semifinals with a 40-14 win over the visiting Jets on Friday in a rematch of the 2010 Division III finals.

With the victory, the Cardinals (11-1) will play the winner of Saturday's game between Marin Catholic and Miramonte next week.

The No. 3 Cardinals didn't waste time jumping on the Jets, as Phillip Wright returned the opening kickoff for 88 yards for a touchdown just 15 seconds into the contest. Wright found the end zone once again later in the quarter with a 3-yard run as the Cardinals took a 14-0 lead.

The Cardinals then scored 26 points in the second quarter.

Jacob Webb scored on a 50-yard pass play from Keaton Dunsford before Kenny Carter added an 18-yard touchdown run following a Jets fumble. Dunsford connected with Webb on another scoring pass, this time from 13 yards after Chris Steele picked off Jets quarterback Taivale Tautalatasi as the Cardinals took a 40-0 halftime lead.

Encinal (7-6) finally got on the board in the third quarter when Tyrell Carrigan opened the half with a 43-yard run before finishing the drive with a 20-yard scamper to the end zone. Tautalatasi added a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Carrigan ran for 77 yards on eight carries and added an interception. Dunsford threw for 165 yards, all in the first half, on 10 of 13 passing for the Cardinals.


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Division III Cardinal Newman 40, Encinal 14

Encinal 0 0 7 7-- 14

CN 14 26 0 0-- 40

CN -- Wright 88 kickoff return (Klein kick)

CN -- Wright 3 run (Klein kick)

CN -- Webb 50 pass from Dunsford (kick failed)

CN -- Faber 1 run (pass failed)

CN -- Carter 18 run (Klein kick)

CN -- Webb 13 pass from Dunsford (Klein kick)

E -- Carrigan 20 run (Rentschler kick)

E -- Tautalatasi 2 run (Rentschler kick)

Rushing: E -- Carrigan 8-77, Sails 14-47, Tautalatasi 15-41, Hunter 4-9, Parker 2-5. Totals 43-179. CN -- Carter 13-84, Mitchell 6-16, Faber 4-15, Steele 3-8, Wright 2-6, Dunsford 1-3, Stultz 3-(-1). Totals 32-131. Passing: E -- Tautalatasi 2-9-2 16. CN -- Dunsford 10-13-0 165, Faber 0-2-1 0. Totals 10-15-1 165. Receiving: E -- Sails 1-11, Gatling 1-5. CN -- Webb 3-79, Wright 2-40, Reyes 2-13, Lucey 1-30, Peccorini 1-3, Carter 1-0. Fumbles/lost: Encinal 5/1, Cardinal Newman 0/0. Records: Encinal 7-6, Cardinal Newman 11-1.