The South Fork Cubs got in an important game at Roseland University Prep in Santa Rosa on Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 76-12 win.
The victory against the first-year program was nice, but not as important as getting in the game itself.
The Cubs, who play eight-man ball, have had several games cancelled this season due to opponents like Potter Valley and Point Arena dropping their teams.
Faced with a potential three-week layoff going into the postseason, South Fork head coach Karl Terrell managed to schedule Saturday’s game as recently as last Wednesday.
And that gave his players some crucial live game time, and just a second game for the entire month of October.
“It’s been a struggle all year,” Terrell said. “So we were pretty happy to get this game.”
The Cubs, who secured the North Central-III North Division title a week ago with a 68-36 win over Upper Lake, had another strong showing on the offensive side of the ball on Saturday.
In particular from senior co-captain Cody Wyatt, who finished with four receptions for 92 yards, with three of those catches going for touchdowns.
He added another TD on a run, as well as a punt return for a score for five total TDs.
Sophomore Alex Harding also had a big game, rushing eight times for 108 yards and a pair of TDs.
With senior quarterback C.J. Van Meter instrumental all season long, the 6-2 Cubs have impressed on the offensive side of the ball, scoring 144 points in the past two games alone.
And defensively, they are beginning to show some improvement, which could set them up for a nice playoff run.
“We’re starting to roll,” Terrell said. “We lessened our mistakes this week on defense, and that’s what’s going to carry us. We’re clicking on offense. We’re just trying to shore up the defense and get this playoff run going.”
The defending North Coast Section champs will have a bye on the final weekend of the regular season after Point Arena canceled its season, and will open the postseason at home in two weeks.