Eureka

Weir, Miller offer potent one-two punch for Eureka

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Jose Quezada/humSport.com – Eureka’s Alex Miller carries the ball against Foothill. For a full gallery of photos from the game, visit humSport.com.

By Ray Hamill — The Loggers have an assortment of weapons and playmakers on both sides of the ball, most notably at running back where a remarkable 16 different players have carried the ball this season.

That gives head coach Jason White and offensive coordinator Garett Montana plenty of options and makes it difficult for opponents to focus on any one player.

And it’s also a reason the Loggers have dominated the teams they have played this season, outscoring their opponents 138-14 over the past 10 quarters of play.

The running game has been the foundation for that, behind a physical offensive line.

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And two players in particular — Alex Miller and Robert Weir — have led the way from the backfield.

“They both bring power to the game,” White said of the dynamic senior duo. “Both are very powerful kids.”

Miller leads the team with 36 carries for 232 yards (6.4 average) and two touchdowns. He also has 89 yards receiving.

Weir has 25 carries for 194 yards (7.8 average) and three TDs.

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“Robert probably has a little more speed, and Alex is more of a brute,” White said. “He’s (6-foot-1) and 210 pounds, that’s a big running back for high school.”

It’s a one-two punch that lays the foundation for a multiple-threat Loggers offense.

But they’re not the only weapons the Loggers have in the backfield.

“We have different personnel groups we run at different times,” White said. “We’ll run more of a power group in certain situations, and more of a speed group in certain situations.

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Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Eureka’s Tyce Mullins runs with the ball against Foothill.

“It makes it difficult for opponents to key in on.”

Ryan Sylvia is another senior running back who has made his carries count this year.

Sylvia, who has also thrown for a TD out of the backfield, has 12 carries for 80 yards and a team-high four rushing touchdowns.

Isley Tulmau, one of the team’s leading receiving threats, has added 132 yards on the ground.

The Loggers play at Shasta Friday night.

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