By Ray Hamill — It was a good week for a couple of seniors who continue to lead the way for their respective teams as they continue to win, and that earns each of them our Athletes of the Week honors, sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.
Eureka’s Keylei Carroll has been a force for the high-flying Loggers girls soccer team through the early going, controlling the tempo of every game from midfield, including in a huge 6-0 win at Fortuna on Saturday.
Likewise with Fortuna’s Branson Gans, who played a huge part this past weekend in helping his team re-claim the Milk Can on the football field.
On Saturday night, meanwhile, the Del Norte Warriors opened their football season with an impressive showing against Arcata.
Few teams play together better than the Warriors, and that earns them our Team of the Week honor.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Eureka Soccer, Senior
Carroll’s contribution on an outstanding Eureka girls team can’t be measured in terms of stats.
The senior, who has been one of the top players in the H-DNL for the past few years, has been instrumental in her team’s dominating start and appears to be closing out her high school career with a bang.
Carroll is a key figure in the center of the field, constantly dictating play.
The Loggers are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 16-0.
Fortuna Football, Senior
Gans is one of the Huskies’ senior leaders this season, getting his final campaign off to an outstanding start in wins at McKinleyville and Fortuna.
The big receiver caught two TD passes from QB Max Hough on Saturday, as the Huskies ran out to a comfortable 21-0 win at Ferndale.
For the season, the 6-foot-5 Gans has 180 yards on seven catches and three touchdowns.
For more on Gans’ big week, see Well-prepared Huskies re-claim Milk Can with dominating defense …
Del Norte Football
The Warriors broke open a close game with touchdowns on three of their first four second-half possessions against Arcata on Saturday night.
The relentless physical Del Norte running game wore down the Tigers, but it was the way they answered the call in the second half after seeing their top two running backs sidelined through injury that stood out the most.
And they did that with several players playing out of position and after just three days to prepare for the game.
It was an outstanding effort from the Warriors, who will be tough to stop this year, no matter who they put on the field.
For more on Del Norte’s big weekend, see Warriors start fast, wear down the Tigers in season opener …