Big 4

Friday Night Football — Del Norte, Hoopa win; Fortuna falls to Tracy

The Hoopa Valley Warriors had a big night from their defensive ends on the way to a comfortable 44-6 win at Trinity on Friday.

It was the Warriors’ first win over the Wolves since 2014, as they evened their season record at 2-2 with league play kicking off next week.

In other local games on Friday night, the Eureka Loggers had another big defensive performance as they traveled to Shasta and came away with a 35-14 win.

With the win, the Loggers remained unbeaten at 5-0.

Del Norte also remained undefeated, with an impressive 28-7 win in their toughest game of the season so far.

The Warriors hosted Mazama, the No. 19 team in Oregon, according to Maxpreps, and a team ranked 1,773 places ahead of them nationally.

The Fortuna Huskies, meanwhile, saw their three-game winning streak come to an end at Tracy, a Division-I school in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

The Huskies fell 48-21.

Hoopa Valley 44, Trinity 6

The Warriors defensive line set the tone for the game as Hoopa Valley bounced back from last week’s defeat at St. Bernard’s with a big win at Trinity.

Defensive end George Nixon had a pair of interceptions, which he returned for well over 100 yards combined.

And he wasn’t alone in the big-play department.

Two other Hoopa D-linemen — Milton Mabry and Aidan Mendes — each also had big games, as the Warriors controlled the line of scrimmage throughout.

And according to head coach William Simms, it was a good team win.

“They played as one complete unit,” Simms said. “And I think it was the first time we really played like that. Everyone had everyone’s back.”

Mendes had an impact on the offensive side of things as well, scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run, while senior running back Kimit Peters found the end zone for the first time in a season where he has been impressive.

Junior receiver Carlos Aguilar scored his fifth touchdown in three weeks on a 65-yard catch from quarterback Tristin Campbell, who himself added a TD run.

Leonard Smith also had a big night running the ball, with 90 yards on 15 carries.

The Warriors open the Little 4 at home to Ferndale next Friday.

Del Norte 28, Mazama 7

The Del Norte Warriors sent out a message to the rest of the Big 4 with another emphatic win, this time over a team they weren’t supposed to dominate.

The Warriors came into the showdown on the back of four straight lopsided wins over so-called weaker opposition.

But on Friday, they dominated a very good team, laying down a marker for the rest of the Big 4 and indeed the North Coast Section.

“We’re just excited,” Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova said. “We were using this game as a measuring stick as to where we are, and we performed well.”

Seniors Ethan Price and Sebastian Puente led the way on the offensive side of the ball as they have all season.

“They’re our backbone and they did a great job tonight,” Nova said, while also giving credit to a Del Norte line that continues to grow in stature with every game.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 5-0 and suddenly appear like a serious threat in what is shaping up to be a loaded Big 4 this season.

Del Norte travels to Fortuna next week for a non-league showdown between the two Big 4 teams.

Fortuna 21, Tracy 48

The Bulldogs scored 34 first-half points on the way to a comfortable win over the Huskies in Tracy.

The Fortuna players knew this was going to be a tough matchup beforehand, but first-half mistakes didn’t help matters as they fell behind early and were never able to recover.

With the loss, the Huskies drop to 3-2, while the Bulldogs improved to 3-2.

Jason Besanceney led Fortuna on the ground with a pair of rushing touchdowns, carrying the ball 11 times for 62 yards.

Joey Pontes also had a big night running the ball, with a team-high 92 yards on 15 carries, as the Huskies moved the ball effectively at times.

Quarterback Zac Claus completed 5-of-11 passes for 87 yards, one TD and an interception, with the scoring pass going to Branson Gans on an 18-yard completion.

Claus added 28 yards on the ground, as the visitors racked up 284 yards rushing on 55 carries.

Adam Medeiros led the receivers with three catches for 45 yards.

The Huskies return home to play Del Norte next weekend in what will be another tough game.

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