Mitch Spinelli got the 2012 football season for Napa High School started in a big way Saturday night.
Spinelli, a junior, returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, breaking two tackles along the way and finding the open field. But Napa couldnât get its offense going, turning the ball over twice on fumbles and once on an interception and lost to Burbank-Sacramento in a nonleague game, 14-7, at Memorial Stadium.
Napa starting quarterback Dom Good was injured after a 17-yard run on a third down and 7 play to the Burbank 13 early in the fourth quarter. Good did not return to the game. Good was replaced by Manny Aguirre.
The game was a matchup of teams that are ranked in The Sacramento Beeâs preseason Sac-Joaquin Sectionâs Top 25 poll.
Napa had excellent field position in the second half, but could not convert. The Indians turned the ball over on downs at the Burbank 10-yard line after an incomplete pass on fourth and 7.
Napa had the ball, first and goal at the Burbank 10 after a 5-yard pickup by Zach Jones. But the Indians turned it over on a fumble with 3:39 to go.
Burbankâs very quick, physical and athletic defense made big plays all night, slowing Napaâs run game.
Napa had a new look, sporting a solid blue helmet with a white âNâ on the side and a white stripe down the middle.
It was a 7-7 game at halftime. Napaâs offense stumbled in the first half, generating just 52 yards rushing and 33 yards passing. The Indians also turned the ball over once and were called for six penalties totaling 45 yards.
Napaâs offense didnât take the field until there was 3:52 to go in the first quarter. This was after Napa forced Burbank to turn the ball over on downs after a 14-play drive that was kept alive by a roughing the kicker call on Napa.
Napaâs defense got several big plays on Burbankâs first possession from Quin May (tackle for loss, sack), Kyle Beaver (tackle for loss), Good (tackle for loss), Spinelli (pass breakup), and David Hunt (pass breakup).
The Indians also had a team sack.
On its first drive, Napa moved the ball to the Burbank 17-yard line. Rudy Herreraâs 34-yard field goal attempt failed with 8:57 to go in the half.
Calvin Green scored on an 80-yard run for Burbank in the first half.
Green scored for Burbank in the second half, running 68 yards for a touchdown with 2:35 to go in the third quarter.
Green had 194 yards rushing on just four carries.
Jones had 66 yards rushing and David Hunt ran for 52 yards. Good had 41 yards rushing and 33 yards passing.
Burbank 14, Napa 10
Napa lost its season opener, turning the ball over six times Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Napa.
Running back Zach Gassner scored Napaâs only touchdown on a 9-yard run in the second quarter. Fullback Nolan Kelnhofer scored the two-point conversion out of the water pick.
Napa scored a safety for its other points when a high snap by Burbank sailed out of the end zone on a punt attempt.
Coach Nick Tedesco was happy with the play of the defense.
âThey played their heart out,â he said.
The turnovers came on fumbles and snaps.
âWe beat ourselves tonight,â said Tedesco.