By Ray Hamill — Hoopa quarterback John Smith has been on fire since returning from injury three weeks ago, throwing for 12 touchdowns in three league games.
And his favorite target in that run has been senior receiver Jasper Hostler, who has pulled in six of those touchdowns, including three against the Arcata Tigers on Friday night.
Hostler has developed into a top receiving threat this season, benefitting from the attention fellow receiver Carlos Aguilar attracts from opposing defenses, as well as Smith’s pinpoint accuracy.
He has, however, taken full advantage of the opportunity and is currently one of the hottest receivers on the North Coast.
“He had a huge game,” Hoopa head coach Sonny Ryles said of Hostler. “I felt like every time he was targeted it was going to be a big play.”
The Hoopa passing game, in fact, has carried the offense in recent weeks as the ground attack has stalled.
Aguilar has three touchdown receptions in the past three games, with Tristin Campbell pulling in two and Sam Jones one.
Despite the impressive passing attack, the Warriors fell to Arcata 36-19 and are now 1-2 in the Little 4.