By Ray Hamill — Containing a speedy James Logan offense will be the challenge for the Fortuna players this weekend, as they prepare for a rare Saturday night game at Husky Field.
The Huskies (1-1) will look to make it two straight wins when they face the Colts (1-1), having posted an impressive 44-13 win on the road at Galt a week ago.
And a productive week suggests the Huskies will be up for the challenge.
“We had a great week of practice,” head coach Mike Benbow said. “We’ve had an extra day to prepare, and I think we have a pretty good game plan going in.”
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The concern for Benbow and his staff is the pace of James Logan.
“I think they’re going to cause some issues for us,” Benbow said. “And if we can’t keep up, it’s going to be a problem”
The key for the Huskies will be to play a disciplined game on defense, and focus on their game plan.
“You know, every week we look to improve on the previous week, and to play our game,” the head coach said. “And to be focused on what we do and not necessarily what the other team does.”
After an opening weekend loss to a Cardinal Newman team many believe is among the best in the North Coast Section, the Huskies responded with an impressive performance last week.
Fortuna racked up 270 yards on the ground, with eight different players contributing at an average of more than seven yards a carry.
Sophomore Levi Nyberg has emerged as one of the Huskies top offensive threats this season, racking up 99 yards of offense and three TDs in the win.
Senior Jason Besanceney, meanwhile, is coming off his best performance as a Husky, accounting for 119 yards offense and a pair of rushing TDs, while also causing the opposing quarterback problems all game long at outside linebacker.
As expected, experienced senior Zac Claus has been solid at quarterback for Fortuna over the first two games, completing 80 percent of his passes for 241 yards and three TDs, with no picks.
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Along the line, which dominated against Galt, seniors Sheaden Kadle and Iziaah Payne have each impressed, with the former one of the best linemen in the area.
“He’s been kind of our rock,” Benbow said of Kadle. “He’s our dude. Our leader.”
Benbow also felt positive about the overall team’s week-two performance.
“I think we did a lot of good things that we knew we were capable of doing,” the coach said. “Our kids played well and did a good job of doing what we were asking them to do.”
Saturday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.
James Logan lost 41-20 at home to Eureka two weeks ago, before rebounding to edge Dougherty Valley 33-32 last weekend.