After struggling to get their offense going against Ferndale a week ago, head coach Matt Tomlin and his staff evaluated their strengths and weakness during the week and decided to switch from their traditional spread offense to a two-running back system.
And it paid immediate dividends at Fortuna on Friday night, as the Crusaders ran out to a 32-0 lead early in the second quarter and held on for a 32-6 win.
“We decided we needed to change things up to be more of a running team,” Tomlin said. “To kind of change our identity.”
Sophomores Grant Omey and Camerin Goddard got the start in the backfield and both had big contributions.
After Demetrius Rawson opened the scoring on a touchdown run early in the game, Goddard ran in for the second TD.
Senior quarterback Bode Joyner then connected with Omey on a long TD reception, before back-up QB Drew Sisemore added two long TD runs to close out the scoring for the visitors.
“I was very happy with how that worked out,” Tomlin said of the switch. “Defensively we had a lot to learn with our option assignments, but we played fundamentally sound football.”
Asa McKenzie scored Fortuna’s lone TD on a run, as the Huskies had a balanced offense with 105 yards passing and 80 yards on the ground.
“The Killer Bs, they did a good job,” said Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow, whose team featured mostly sophomores. “And St. Bernard’s played very well as well. It was a good night for football.”
The Huskies are fielding a B team this spring so as the H-DNL can avoid byes in what is a shortened season.
And they didn’t disappoint.
“They were fun to watch,” Tomlin said of the Huskies. “Those Fortuna kids, they played so hard. They played with heart.”
Quarterback Colton Corning completed 13 of 25 passes for 105 yards, with Will May pulling in seven catches for 32 yards.
Sam Anderson had two catches for 37 yards, Colt Chamberlain three for 14 and Quinn Hall one for 23.
On the ground for the Huskies, Matt Letter had 12 carries for 41 yards, while Chad Mussey had six carries for 34 yards.
“Our kids kept playing hard and they played all four quarters,” Benbow said. “And we were happy they kept fighting.”
Final stats were not available for St. Bernard’s, but Tomlin was pleased with the play of Sisemore at QB, while on the defensive side of the ball, Drew Vizenor had a big game at DB.
Another sophomore, the versatile Seth Brunton also had a big game, playing five different positions and making big plays at both running back and linebacker in particular.
Next week, St. Bernard’s (1-1) travels back to Fortuna to play the Huskies A team, while the Fortuna B team (0-1) travels to play Arcata.