No joy for Loggers, as Bears hold on to win

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By Ray Hamill — The Eureka Loggers came up just short in their bid for a first ever trip to a state bowl game on Friday night, losing the CIF NorCal Regional showdown with Menlo-Atherton, 27-20 at McKinleyville High.

In a battle of two physical heavyweights, the Loggers struck first, marching 56 yards on eight plays on their opening possession and taking the early lead on six-yard Robert Weir run up the middle.

Eureka couldn’t make it hold, however, and the Bears responded immediately, answering on a 68-yard TD reception to tie the game.

After that opening Eureka TD, Menlo would score touchdowns on three of its next four possessions to hold a 20-7 advantage at halftime.

The Bears took advantage of some solid field position in the opening half, getting the ball at midfield after a fake Eureka punt and scoring three plays later.

They also took advantage of a Loggers fumble at their own 32-yard line, again scoring three plays later.

The Loggers, however, responded in the second half.

Linebacker Tyce Mullins recovered a fumble on the Bears’ first possession to give the Loggers the ball deep in Menlo territory, and Isley Tulmau made it count three plays later with a TD reception to pull Eureka within six.

The Eureka defense came up big again on the Bears’ ensuing possession, and the Loggers offense then drove 73 yards on 16 plays to tie the game on a Cruz Montana run.

Eureka converted a pair of fourth downs on the drive.

Once again, however, the Bears responded immediately, scoring on a 70-yard TD run on the very next play to re-take the lead.

That was it for the scoring, with the Loggers losing for the first time this season, and closing out with a record of 12-1.

This group of Eureka players completed back-to-back undefeated regular seasons.

Menlo-Atherton improved to 13-2 and will play for a state championship next week.


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  1. Well one thing is for sure, the MA College recruits made no difference! The only difference in the game was Franklin and the switch from Albee Stadium to the McKinleyville Prison Complex… the only thing missing was Happy Gilmore Adam Sandler playing quarterback for the prisoners…

    • Ok, what was not appropriate? Apparently something was erased, whatever the evidence was for all to see.

      Send me an email you have the address and let me know specifically what the heck you’re meaning.

      After all being straightforward with people, being upfront is honesty and that’s how you build trust….

      … you have permission to put the comment back up and just delete whatever word that you thought was inappropriate just do like Kym Kemp does and put a line through it with some x’s or dots to show that there was a word there that’s been erased but you leave the rest of the post up there…. or just send me an email with the post itself and where exactly you had a problem with whatever was in that post…

      … easy going guy here you just have to explain yourself with evidence…

      … in the meantime it’s understood that inappropriate must mean curse words does that include acronyms cuz I can make up a bunch of acronyms nobody knows except for myself?

      Nothing but positive for the Eureka program all the dissing is just on the adults in their politics and what they did to mess with the kids so why would adults then attack somebody who’s only standing up for the kids this is the emergency broadcasting test…lol.

      Come on it was a great game we all know it but it should have been played in Albee Stadium let’s get real about that, the prison complex up in McKinleyville isn’t much for regional game…

    • Final warning that’s like Ryan Sundberg you don’t even get a first warning or second warning it’s just the final warning…

    • Here’s why direct email is the best Barstool.

      Barstool warns somebody with regard to comments from the book Huckleberry Finn… but the commenter long moved on to the book Star Wars…

      … who really expects the commenter then go back to Huckleberry Finn Define some warning that’s final…

      … it’s like living in the twenty-first century but the person issuing the warning put it in 16th century text in some 16th century backlogged book report…

      Yeah email is best straightforward and to the point other than that it’s a needle in the haystack scenario meant to set somebody up for a fall which just shows how low class the person who’s putting the needle in the haystack is…

  2. Its cool barstool, no need to cry over a white russian…HOJ will tone it up a bit for the drunks…

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