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South Fork players return to practice, get set for opener at Hoopa

Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Senior Larry Tracy (4) is expected to play a big role for the Hoopa Warriors this season.

By Ray Hamill — The South Fork Cubs are back on the football field and will play their first game of the season at Hoopa on Saturday afternoon.

The team returned to practice on Thursday after a two-week COVID quarantine, and will have just two days to prepare for their opener, but all 16 players are glad to be back.

“Everybody showed up and we had a good three-hour practice, and we went through everything we had to,” South Fork head coach Karl Terrell said. 

Saturday’s game is set for 1 p.m. and should be a competitive matchup between these two small school programs that have each had their opening two scheduled games canceled because of the pandemic.

Each will be hoping to avoid any further setbacks in what will now be a three-game season.

The Cubs did scrimmage against Ferndale before the quarantine and Terrell says he learned some things about his team that day.

In addition to hosting South Fork this weekend, the Hoopa Warriors will also play the Fortuna B team at home next week, before closing out the season at Ferndale the following Saturday.

South Fork will also play McKinleyville and the Fortuna B team.

“Hoopa’s a pretty good matchup for us,” Terrell said. “They’re all pretty good matchups for us. If we can block a little bit we’ll be okay.”

Terrell will depend heavily on the talented senior trio of Alex Harding, Sean Hassall-Hoss and Graham McConnell, who will start at the skill positions.

As for the game plan after so little preparation time?

“We’ll strap them up and go play,” the coach said with a smile, before adding “we’re getting it. We’re going to be okay.

“We’re pretty balanced. We can throw the ball and we can run the ball.”

Hoopa, meanwhile, features a young lineup with a lot of talented sophomores and just two starting seniors, RB/QB Larry Tracy and lineman Sly Logan.

“They’re young, but I expect them to come out like any other team,” Terrell said.

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