FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEWS — Three great matchups on tap under the lights

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – The Ferndale Wildcats are 2-1 after a big win over McKinleyville last week.

By Ray Hamill — A great weekend of H-DNL football gets under way on Friday night, with three intriguing games on tap.

The game of the night will see Arcata host Ferndale (at McKinleyville High) in what is essentially a Little 4 championship showdown, while McKinleyville travels to to South Fork and Hoopa hosts the Fortuna B team.

Arcata is 1-2 after posting a comfortable victory last week over the young Fortuna Killer B’s, but the Tigers are more dangerous than their record would indicate, having given Eureka and Del Norte all they could handle on back-to-back weekends.

Arcata is playing like it belongs in the Big 4 again and a win on Friday night against a very good Ferndale team will further solidify that notion.

The Wildcats, meanwhile, feature a senior-heavy roster that appears to be savoring every minute of the season and playing exactly as you would expect them too.

They come into the game with a record of 2-1 and this will likely be their last real challenge, with only a young Hoopa team remaining on the schedule after this weekend.

Likewise with the Tigers, who will be expected to get the better of McKinleyville in their finale next week, so expect both these teams to be pumped up on Friday night.

The Tigers need a win to have a shot at a winning record this spring.

McKinleyville (0-3), meanwhile, will be looking for a first win of the season at South Fork (1-0), which enjoyed a successful return to 11-man football with a 20-7 win at Hoopa last weekend.

Larry Tracy and the Hoopa Warriors will host the Fortuna Killer B’s on Friday night.

Again, this looks like a competitive matchup and a winnable game for either team.

The Cubs have some very talented seniors who hit the ground running last week, but a young Panthers team continues to improve and now has three games under its belt.

Both of these teams will also be pumped for this game. The Panthers because they’ll know it’s their best chance at a win this season, and the Cubs because they’re playing at home and a win will guarantee them a winning record against the H-DNL this spring, which is not something most fans would have predicted.

Rounding out the Friday night action, the Hoopa Warriors (0-1) will host the Fortuna Killer B’s (0-2) in a showdown where something has to give.

Again, this could be a competitive matchup and the best chance for both teams — each of which features a lot of sophomores — to get a win in this shortened season.

The weekend action concludes on Saturday with two highly-anticipated all-Big 4 games, with St. Bernard’s hosting Eureka and Fortuna traveling to Del Norte.

More on those games on Friday.

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