A big defensive stand early in the game set the tone for the Del Norte Warriors who made it two straight wins to start the season on Friday night, with a comfortable 45-12 victory over Arcata at the Redwood Bowl.
The two wins in two weeks almost matches the Warriors’ win total from all of last year (three).
“It’s a nice start,” Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova said. “Last year was so hectic, we didn’t have a chance of success. We were always hitting some road blocks. So putting together some wins is nice. I was very happy with the way the kids stepped up.”
For Arcata, the loss was the second straight to start the season.
The Tigers came out strong, marching downfield before stalling against the Warriors’ big stand.
Del Norte responded immediately, driving the length of the field to open the scoring.
“We kept pounding and we wore them down,” Nova said.
The Warriors rushed for a massive 436 yards on 31 carries, including 224 yards from senior Ethan Price.
Price had three TDs in the win.
Sebastian Puente also had a big night for the Warriors, rushing 10 times for 174 yards.
QB OJ Calleja completed 8-of-10 passes for 65 yards.
Del Norte travels to Yreka next weekend, while Arcata hosts St. Bernard’s.
Huskies bounce back, topple Galt
The Fortuna Huskies rebounded in style from their season-opening loss to Cardinal Newman, running out to a dominating 44-13 win at Galt on Friday night.
The Huskies rushed for 270 yards in the win, with Jason Besonceney leading the way with 94 yards on nine carries and a pair of TDs.
Besonceney also added a 15-yard catch from senior quarterback Zac Claus, who completed 8-of-10 passes for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Sophomore Levi Nyberg also had an impressive outing, scoring three TDs.
Nyberg rushed for 67 yards on six carries, including two TDs, while also catching the ball three times for 32 yards and another touchdown.
Bryce Sancho rounded out a six-TD day for the Huskies with a five-yard scoring catch.
Branson Gans finished with 33 yards on two receptions, while Travis Lourenzo had 41 yards on five carries.
The Huskies return home to host James Logan next weekend.