Tigers get first win as Killer B’s continue to show promise

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As expected, the Arcata Tigers ran out to a comfortable win over the Fortuna Killer B’s on Saturday night, winning 56-22.

The Tigers struck early and often, with quarterback Shane Purcell and his receivers having a big night against the young Huskies secondary.

The Killer B’s, as they are being fondly referred to this season, certainly had their moments going up against the much bigger and more experienced Arcata roster, including a 65-yard kickoff return for a TD by Quinn Hall.

“I’m just happy the kids got to play,” Arcata head coach Jamal Jones said. “We’re extremely thankful to Fortuna for giving us the opportunity to not have to miss a game.”

The Huskies are fielding a B team this spring to give the H-DNL an even number of teams so as to avoid byes in such a shortened season.

And Jones sees good things in the young Huskies’ future.

“Their program is set,” he said. “To have 34 kids out there playing hard like that. They’ve got a very good program.”

So do the Tigers, who have played at a high level this year despite their two losses coming into the game.

In addition to Purcell, who is quickly developing into one of the best quarterbacks on the North Coast, a couple of young players stood out for Arcata, with freshman Oscar Carlson and sophomore Wiyot Tierney each scoring a pair of touchdowns.

Carson Tucker also had a pair of TDs to continue his impressive start to the season, while Purcell scored on a QB sneak.

On the defensive side of the ball, Alex Jioras added a pick six, as Arcata’s defense dominated with five interceptions on the night.

In particular, defensive ends Jack Baca and Jared Wallace caused the young Fortuna offense problems early on, while safety Dylan Kile also had some big plays.

For Fortuna, quarterback Colton Corning threw two TD passes to receiver Matt Letter.

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