UPDATE: El Molino Lions win the 56th Golden Apple Bowl

By Greg Clementi, Sonoma West Times & News, April 2, 2021

Battle for the Apple – The Lions hoisted the coveted Golden Apple trophy following a 39-24 victory over the Tigers in the 55th meeting between rivals in 2019. The teams will meet for the 56th and possibly final time this Friday, April 2 on the Lion’s home field in Forestville. Varsity kickoff is 7 p.m.

UPDATE: EL MOLINO HIGH SCHOOL WINS THE GOLDEN APPLE BOWL 35 – 27.

Annual clash of rivals could be final game in long history

The best high school football rivalry in Sonoma County will be renewed tonight, Friday, April 2, in what could be the final meeting between teams.

The El Molino Lions and Analy Tigers will take the field in the 56th annual Golden Apple Bowl on the Lions’ home turf in Forestville, with JV and varsity kickoff times set for 4:30 and 7 p.m.

With the season delayed six months due to the pandemic and school consolidation looming on the horizon, the game takes on added significance and figures to conjure up its share of emotion and nostalgia on both sides.

“I know we’re all looking forward to it,” El Mo head coach Jerod Brown said. “As an El Molino alum, I know the importance of the game and how much it means to the community. I also think this game sort of signifies a semi return to normal.”

The Lions enter the game trailing 31-24 in the overall series after snapping a nine-game losing skid with a 39-24 win over the Tigers when they last met in 2019.

El Molino is 1-1 so far this season, combining a 43-2 win over Healdsburg with a 32-12 loss to Ukiah last week. The Tigers enter the contest with a 1-0 mark, having defeated St. Vincent, 25-20 in their opener on March 26.

The Lions possess one of the top quarterbacks in the North Bay in senior Weston Lewis, a run and pass threat. Senior receiver Jackson Dunkle will be his top pass-catching target. Along with Lewis, senior back DJ Ramalia will handle most of the rushing duties. Defensively, the Lions will rely on leading tacklers Dylan Dekker, Soul Berna and Erik Dimond.

The Tigers are buoyed by the return of veteran head coach and former Analy quarterback Dan Bourdon after a four-year hiatus. Leading the Analy offensive attack are senior quarterback Jake Acosta, senior running back Trenton Vogel and senior receiver Nick Kraemer. Anchoring the Tiger defensive unit are senior linebackers Dylan Pederson, Vogel and Cole Hunter, while Kraemer will lead of the defensive backfield.

Analy booster Loretta Castleberry passed along this link so you can watch it live: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/el-molino-high-school-forestville-ca/gam05a5eb63a8 (Note: this requires a subscription)

This article was produced by Sonoma West Times & News, the hometown newspaper of Sebastopol and west county since 1889. See more news at sonomawest.com