No lack of offense in Hoopa as Warriors top the Panthers

Hoopa made it two straight wins in football with a big offensive showing against visiting McKinleyville on Friday night, opening the Little 4 with a 40-27 victory.

And they needed it against a Panthers team that put up some offense themselves.

Hoopa quarterback John Smith returned to the lineup after missing the past couple of games through injury, and that was a big difference in the game.

“He kept us off balance,” McKinleyville head coach Keoki Burbank said of Smith, who has matured as a quarterback this season and is making smart decisions with the ball. “Getting him back was definitely a big boost for them.”

Smith passed for five touchdown passes, two each to Jasper Hostler and Tristin Campbell, as well as one to Carlos Aguilar.

Sam Jones also ran for a 30-yard TD.

According to head coach Sonny Ryles, however, all of that was thanks to a dominant performance from the Hoopa O-line of David Ruiz, Trayce Crutchfield, Tommy Kelley, Joseph Lewis and Wayne McCovey.

“All of those (touchdowns) wouldn’t have been possible without the offensive line,” Ryles said.

The win lifts the Warriors to 2-2 on the season while the Panthers dropped to 1-4.

Caleb Martinez ran for three touchdowns for the visitors, behind a strong showing by the offensive line, as the Panthers moved the ball better than they have in some time.

“Against a competitive team, that was the best our offense has played in the last three years,” Burbank said. “We did some good things.”

So too did Mack defensive end Kaden Redner, who had his best game of the season and finished with three sacks.

Freddie Sundberg also ran in for a touchdown for McKinleyville.

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  1. Hupa has it goin’ on as a team now, getting student athletes back…and props to coach for spreading around the accolades…

    For sure, when a high school athlete can make the mental x’s and o’s jump getting all zen and stuff with “understanding the game”, results will come near and bright…

    Note: John Smith is a classic name contextually and coach Ryles reads like a hall of famer from a big time NCAA D1 program… FWIW.

  2. Mckinleyville JV. won its fifth straight came 60-7 over Hoopa last night. Thanks for supporting our JV program. This is the future varsity team and they deserve some recognition. We as parents are proud of our players and their hard work. Sucks our boys get no credit for their hard work and dedication.

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