Playing against a young McKinleyville team, the Fortuna Huskies turned in the most impressive performance of the weekend.
They scored on their opening play from scrimmage, with seniors Max Hough (QB) and Branson Gans (WR) combining on a long TD Pass, and they never looked back, running out to a 33-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Huskies will be difficult to stop this season, and their game at Del Norte in week four looks like it could be the most compelling game of the spring.
2 — The Montana effect
The Eureka offense did a good job moving the ball against the Arcata defense, with a running back by committee approach and several players contributing and keeping the Tigers guessing all night.
Afterwards Haraldson paid tribute to the contribution of the team’s offensive coordinator and the job he has done preparing the team’s offense after the long-time local coach came out of retirement at the last minute to help out.
“That was another big thing for us,” Haraldson said. “The effect of Garett Montana. He is as good a coach and teacher as I’ve ever been around.”
While the young signal callers in the H-DNL showed their promise this weekend, so too did the veterans.
Hayden Bode, Jenner Christiansen, Bode Joyner, and Max Hough in particular all had huge contributions for their respective teams.
4 — Young teams impress
Pound for pound, you could argue the St. Bernard’s Crusaders turned in the most pleasantly surprising performance of the weekend, despite their loss.
In fact, all three losing teams showed plenty of promise, with Arcata matching their bigger school rivals all night until the final play, and a very young and outmatched Mack team battling hard all game against a very seasoned and well-prepared Fortuna side.
The Crusaders have had to replace the majority of their roster from last year’s state championship winning team and feature just one starting senior.
They’re still learning.
Yet despite this, and a key injury early, for much of the game they were able to match a veteran and physical Ferndale team that plays disciplined, hard-nosed football and came ready to play this season.
The two most impressive teams from this past weekend will face off next weekend when Fortuna travels to Ferndale for one of the most anticipated games of any season.
And this year’s Milk Can showdown has added flavor to it for several reasons.
Not only do both teams look really good right now, but Fortuna wants payback after losing to their rivals for the first time in several years last season, and playing the game after such a long shutdown will be a special occasion all on its own.