Five takeaways from week two in football

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Arcata’s Shane Purcell

By Ray Hamill — The energy and excitement didn’t slow this past weekend, as the players and the few spectators allowed continued to soak up the occasion at each game.

In other words, it’s still great to have football (and other sports) back!

The Milk Can was the big game of the weekend and the Huskies made a statement in bringing it back to Fortuna.

Del Norte also debuted, and once they got rolling the Warriors looked pretty impressive.

Here then are five takeaways from week two …

1 — Shane Purcell is the best passing quarterback in the H-DNL

That’s not just my opinion, but that’s the opinion of several coaches I’ve talked to.

The junior made some mistakes last week against Del Norte, but he also made some great plays and the improvement in the Arcata passing game could be the story of the season so far.

Purcell was described by his head coach Jamal Jones as a “humble” kid who will learn from making mistakes.

He’s still growing as a player and should be a force in the H-DNL by the time the fall rolls around.

2 — Congrats to the Mack JVs

The Panthers JVs knocked off the Eureka Loggers 12-0 on Friday night, an impressive win for the program.

The victory further suggests better days are ahead for the Panthers varsity, which features one of the youngest rosters on the North Coast, including a couple of potential superstar sophomores.

3 — Statement win for Fortuna

The Huskies have been the most impressive team on the North Coast this season, on both sides of the ball.

A senior-savvy team with more depth than any other H-DNL squad, the Huskies have plenty of talent at the skill positions and a dominating line on offense and defense.

As always, they’re also one of the most prepared teams every game, and that showed in their big Milk Can victory over the weekend.

It won’t get any easier for Huskies the rest of the way, and the team will be tested in upcoming games against St. Bernard’s, Del Norte and Eureka.

4 — Young Loggers are fun to watch

The Eureka Loggers are getting the expected production out of their senior leaders, but the reason they’re 2-0 is the play of their younger players, who have collectively evolved quicker than expected.

The future is definitely bright for this team, which could be in beast mode again in a year or two.

5 — It’s great to have the Killer B’s!

Seriously, these guys could be the team of the year, and just having them out there and giving other teams a chance to play in what otherwise would be a bye week is priceless in this abbreviated season.

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