By Ray Hamill — With outgoing senior quarterback Cruz Montana recently signing a letter of intent to play football at Lewis and Clark in the fall, Trevor Bell will now get the opportunity to start under center for the Eureka Loggers.
And while coaches and fans will be sad to see Montana moving on, there’s a strong sense that Bell is well capable of filling the notable void.
Head coach Jason White has long described Bell as an outstanding quarterback who just happened to be playing behind an even more outstanding QB in 2018.
And in limited playing time last season, often in the second half of the Loggers’ blowouts, Bell caught the eye of several opposing coaches as well.
The Loggers won’t be as talented or deep this fall, but they do have a core group of returning juniors who were among the most talented on the roster in 2018, including the likes of Bell, Miles Meynell, Josiah Graham and Lamarie Dunn, not to mention sensational sophomore Chase Steubing.
The schedule should be challenging.
The Loggers open with two straight home games against Placer and Windsor on the last two weekends of August, but then must travel for six of their remaining eight games, a far cry from the nine home games they played last season.
Eureka plays at Foothill and Montgomery to open September, then hosts Shasta before challenging road games at Ukiah and Chico, with a bye in between.
The final three weekends of the regular season will feature Big 4 games, with the Loggers hosting Fortuna before closing out at St. Bernard’s and Del Norte, respectively.
The Loggers have not lost a regular season game since 2016.