Friday Night Football – Mack, Hoopa win

Two local teams got their first wins of the season on Friday night, while a third continued to roll with its third straight.

Over in Hoopa Valley, the home team took care of business with a comfortable 24-7 win over Etna, while McKinleyville traveled south to San Rafael and came away with a 24-6 victory.

Del Norte, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 with a 44-0 victory at Yreka.

McKinleyville 24, San Rafael 6

Team defense again led the way for the Panthers on Friday night, as they secured their first win of the season.

The Mack D, which has shown plenty of promise through the opening two defeats, held the home team scoreless for the night, with their lone score coming on a punt return.

“Our defense stepped up,” McKinleyville head coach Keoki Burbank said. “We had a lot of pressure, and we did not give up very many passing yards.”

In particular Kyler Carr continued his impressive start to the season with another standout game, including a couple of tackles for a loss and several quarterback hurries.

On the offensive side of the ball, Nate Ballew and Nick Barnett set the tone as the Panthers slowly put the game to rest.

Junior quarterback Jack Patton and running back Kameron Conlin each had a TD run from one yard out, while Caleb Martinez found the end zone twice, once from two yards out and once from 30 yards out.

More impressively, Patton had an outstanding night on the defensive side of the ball, shutting down the Bulldogs’ big-play receiver.

“Overall, it was a really good team performance,” Burbank said.

The loss was the 27th straight for the Bulldogs, dating back almost three full years.

The Panthers were supposed to have a bye this weekend, with the game only announced on Tuesday.

Hoopa Valley 24, Etna 7

Carlos Aguilar had a pair of big touchdown catches as the Hoopa Valley Warriors comfortably dispatched of Etna for their first win.

“They were both about 50 or 60 yards,” Hoopa head coach William Simms said of the touchdowns.

Tristin Campbell got the start at quarterback this week and threw both TDs.

With the win, the Warriors are now 1-1.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Simms said. “They played hard.”

Kimit Peters continued his impressive start to the season with another big night running the ball.

“He had a monster game,” Simms said.

Despite his efforts, Peters was kept out of the end zone, but two other Hoopa backs, sophomore Sam Jones and senior Willie Reynolds each had a scoring run.

On defense, ends Milton Mabry and Aidan Mendes caused the visiting linemen problems all night long, as did junior outside linebacker Elisha Moon.

“He was a force to be reckoned with,” Simms said of Moon. “He flew to the ball.”

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