By Ray Hamill — The McKinleyville and Del Norte JVs are off to an impressive start in football this season, with each turning in another strong performance on Friday night.
The Panthers defeated Willits 24-14, rallying from an early two-touchdown deficit with 24 unanswered points.
The win was the second straight for the 2-0 Panthers, who rolled over St. Vincent de Paul a week ago by a score of 41-0.
Likewise with the Warriors, who shut out visiting Yreka 35-0 in Crescent City on Friday, also improving to 2-0.
A week ago, the Warriors defeated Moreau Catholic 37-28, as the Crescent City JVs have matched the fast pace the varsity players are setting this year.
The Eureka JVs, meanwhile, haven’t fared quite so well, albeit against some tougher opposition.
The Loggers lost their opener 34-8 to Placer and followed that with a 28-0 loss to Windsor on Friday night.
The Fortuna Huskies, on the other hand, are now 1-1 after coming away from Miramonte with a hard-fought 18-6 win on Friday, their first of the season.
Logan Miranda ran the ball 14 times for 92 yards and a TD in the win, while Matt Letter had eight carries for 34 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Mathew House also had 11 carries for 58 yards in the win.
The Huskies opened the season with a 33-14 loss on the road to Cardinal Newman.
No other local JV team has been in action yet this season.