Thrap, Omey and the SB offense among state leaders



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By Ray Hamill — To say it’s been good start to the season for St. Bernard’s senior Lane Thrap is a bit of an understatement.

Four games into the new campaign, the Crusaders senior leads the state in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and this week was named‘s NorCal Offensive Player of the Week.

Thrap, who had five touchdowns against Arcata 10 days ago, has been sensational on both sides of the ball, and has a 92-yard interception return for a TD to go with the 12 he has caught at receiver.

“I don’t know that I’ve seen a start to a season like this,” St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin said of Thrap after the Arcata win.

Thrap now has 659 yards receiving, an average of 164.8 a game, which is 10 yards a game better than the No. 2 receiver in California.

It should be noted, however, that not every team in the state uploads their stats to

Still, these are impressive stats for the St. Bernard’s star, who is also a standout in basketball and baseball.

And he’s not the only Crusader among the stat leaders.

Teammate and quarterback Will Omey, one of this week’s Humboldt Sports Athletes of the Week, is remarkably on pace for more than 4,000 yards total offense this season.

Omey is currently third in total yards in the state this season with 1,612, and has accounted for 20 touchdowns.

It helps both players playing on a high-octane and dominating SB offense that is averaging 505 yards a game, second best in the state.

Much of that early-season success for both standouts has been founded on the play of both the team defense and offensive line.

Through much of the early going, the Crusaders defense has been outstanding and as good as any SB defense in recent years, according to their head coach.

The O-line too has come together quicker than expected, with the unit of left tackle Jacob Smallwood, left guard Connor Petrusha, center Cole Petrusha, right guard Harmon Daniel and right tackle Colton Smallwood described by their head coach as “100 percent the foundation of our success.”

The Crusaders will try to go to 5-0 when they travel to a rejuvenated Ferndale on Saturday.

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