Del Norte

Cubs run wild on Panthers, improve to 2-0

File photo – The South Fork Cubs

The rest of the Little 4 might be glad to see the South Fork Cubs return to eight-man football next season.

Playing 11-man ball this spring, they dominated a Little 4 opponent for the second straight week on Friday night, running out to a 50-6 win over visiting McKinleyville in Miranda.

“Right from the opening bell we started pounding on them,” said head coach Karl Terrell, whose team racked up huge yardage on the ground. “We just pounded the heck out of them.”

The Cubs’ senior trio of Graham McConnell, Alex Harding and Sean Hassall-Hoss were once again instrumental in the win.

McConnell ran for 256 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns, as well as making 14 tackles at defensive end.

“He played a great game on both sides of the ball,” Terrell said of the multi-sport athlete McConnell, who is also a standout in basketball and baseball. “I think he has the mindset of wanting to compete in whatever sport. He just wants to go after it.”

Harding added 176 yards rushing on 15 carries and 94 yards receiving on three catches, and found the end zone three times.

Hassall-Hoss added 50 yards on seven carries and scored two TDs, while also completing 3-of-6 passes for 97 yards and two more TDs through the air.

After having just one day of practice to prepare for their season-opener at Hoopa last week due to COVID restrictions, the Cubs had four days of practice this week.

“Having the four days of practice made a lot of difference,” Terrell said. “And we cut down on the penalties.”

John Gamble also had a big game on the line and continued his impressive start to the spring season with nine tackles.

Teammate Zech Wilks also had an impact and is looking a lot more comfortable at linebacker after making the switch from defensive line this spring.

Wilks had an interception and also finished with nine tackles.

The Cubs (2-0) will try to close out an undefeated season at home to the Fortuna Killer B’s next week, while the Panthers will close out against Arcata.

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