By Ray Hamill — It was senior night for the Eureka Loggers at Albee Stadium on Friday, and it was fitting that several of them played a major role in defeating Del Norte 44-6.
All seven of Eureka’s scores came from seniors, as the Loggers rolled to yet another easy win and further cemented their billing as the best team on the North Coast.
A class of 24 seniors were introduced to the crowd before the game, and it’s a group of players that have left their mark on the program.
“It’s an incredible class,” head coach Jason White said. “If you think about it, in the last two years they’ve lost just one game.”
And they’re not done yet.
“These guys are hungry, and are just peaking at the right time,” the coach said. “And we’re on a mission at this point.”
A commanding lead
The Warriors were no match for them on Friday, with the home team scoring on all four of their first-half possessions and taking a commanding 24-0 lead into the break.
It would probably have been worse but for Del Norte’s ability to piece together a couple of nice drives to eat up large chunks of the clock.
The best way to limit this dynamic Loggers offense is perhaps to keep them sidelined as much as possible.
When they were on the field, however, the Loggers were pretty much unstoppable.
On their opening possession, they drove 76 yards on six plays in a little over two minutes, finding the end zone on a short pass from quarterback Cruz Montana to running back Robert Weir, who took it 24 yards for the score.
Weir found the end zone a second time on the team’s following possession, this time on a five-yard run to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive.
Another senior, Tony Barreno, made it a three-TD lead on the next drive, with a 45-yard scoring reception, before closing out the half with a 37-yard field goal.
Junior quarterback Trevor Bell took over from Montana in the second half and threw a pair of TD passes to a pair of seniors, one from 20 yards to Austin Maples and a 45-yarder to Tyce Mullins.
Linebackers Zander Young and Zach Reed capped a great night for the senior class.
Young had an interception returned for a touchdown, while Reed had a fumble recovery for a long return.
“We played a pretty complete game,” White said. “We scored a TD on defense, and again we didn’t punt on offense until late in the game.”
With the win, the Loggers improved to 9-0 on the season and 2-0 in the Big 4, guaranteeing them at least a share of a second straight league title.
The Warriors, meanwhile, dropped to 1-1 in league play and 7-2 on the season.
Eureka plays at Fortuna in the regular season finale next week, while Del Norte plays at St. Bernard’s in what is likely to be a battle for second in league and a clash that will have a big say in the North Coast Section seeding for each.