The Loggers faced one of their toughest tests of the season at Shasta on Friday night, and came away with another emphatic win to go to 5-0.
Eureka rode a dominating defensive performance to secure a 35-14 victory, giving up just one touchdown to the Shasta offense. It’s only the second touchdown the starting Eureka defense has allowed in the past three-and-a-half games.
“Really, our defense just played extremely well tonight,” Eureka head coach Jason White said.
The Wolves had trouble maintaining any sort of offense, getting stuffed time and again at the line of scrimmage.
The ever reliable Tyce Mullins had another huge game at linebacker for Eureka, and continues to lead the way on a unit that seems to get better each week.
“He’s a beast,” White said of the senior. “He’s extremely consistent and he’s just so physical.”
Sophomore Chase Steubing also had a big night.
“It was kind of a breakout game for him,” White said of Steubing, who has wasted little time settling in along the Loggers defensive line since stepping in as a starter this season.
Steubing was credited with eight tackles, including several for a loss, as well as a sack.
Offense overcomes early setbacks
The Loggers offense overcame some early problems before igniting for five touchdowns.
On their opening two possessions, the Loggers fumbled the ball in the red zone, including once right at the goal line.
But even in the midst of the mistakes, the Eureka offense moved the ball effectively on the home team’s defense.
“It was that kind of thing where they were trying to fight for the extra yard,” White said of the fumbles.
Two first-half blocked punts certainly helped the Loggers on a night where special teams had a big say in the game.
“That’s really kind of what sparked us,” White said.
After the early setbacks, the offense went to work, as the Loggers quickly pulled away and led by three touchdowns at halftime.
Quarterback Cruz Montana had three TD passes, while also throwing his first interception of the season.
Montana completed the scoring throws to Lamarie Dunn, Robert Weir and Tony Barreno.
Weir added a rushing score for a two-touchdown night, giving him five TDs on the season.
Alex Miller added a second rushing TD.
The Wolves also had a blocked punt that they returned for a touchdown.
“It definitely was a game where special teams played a part,” White said.