Eureka

Loggers dominate again, shut out Scotts Valley

The Eureka Loggers maintained their perfect start to the season with a third straight win on Friday night, this time running out to a 42-0 victory at Scotts Valley.

It was also the third straight game the Loggers have scored 41 or more points, and their third straight win by at least three touchdowns.

“I can’t complain about that,” head coach Jason White said.

Most impressively, the Eureka players cut down significantly on the early-season penalties, which plagued them in the first half against Ukiah a week ago.

It was something they prioritized at practice this week, and the players responded during the game.

“We only had three or four penalties,” said White, whose team was called for 20 penalties a week ago. “That’s a huge improvement. It’s something we focused on all week long.”

Cruz Montana turned in another good performance at quarterback, completing 13-of-20 passes for 263 yards and a pair of TDs.

The senior also ran for a TD.

Alex Miller and Robert Weir again had productive nights running the ball, with Miller gaining 68 yards on 12 carries, and Weir carrying the ball three times for 24 yards.

Both players also had a touchdown.

Trevor Bell also had a 17-yard rushing TD.

Through the air, Tony Barreno had a big night, catching the ball twice for 79 yards, with each reception going for a TD.

One of them was a 35-yarder from Ryan Sylvia on a pitch out from Montana.

“All he does is catch touchdowns,” White joked about Barreno afterwards.

Tyce Mullins continued his impressive start to the season on both sides of the ball.

The senior tight end caught the ball twice for a team-high 108 yards receiving, including a touchdown.

But Mullins was even more effective at linebacker, as he has been all season.

“He played lights out on defense,” White said.

Another senior linebacker, Zander Young, also had a huge night, while making his first start of the year, finishing with two sacks.

All in all it was another dominating performance from a team that came into the season with high expectations, and one that has lived up to that billing and more so far.

“For us it’s one week at a time,” White said. “And we have to follow that.”

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