Two senior nights for the price of one at Fortuna on Friday

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – The Huskies host the Loggers on Friday night

By Ray Hamill — The two best football teams on the North Coast will celebrate their seniors before kicking off the game of the season on Friday night.

The 4-0 Fortuna Huskies will host the 4-0 Eureka Loggers under the Friday night lights and both teams will hold senior night together, because the Loggers don’t have a home field to play on this year and have been hosting games at Fortuna.

The Huskies will honor 16 seniors, while the Loggers will honor 10.

The Eureka seniors will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the JV game, with the Fortuna seniors being introduced before the varsity kickoff.

And both classes will be missed after having a big impact with their respective programs for the past few years.

“Our senior leaders have been amazing,” Fortuna head coach Mike Benbow said. “They do the things that we do. They know what our tradition is. We have a saying, ‘tradition never graduates,’ and these seniors have been great role models for our younger guys.”

And Benbow sees great things ahead for many of them.

“They’re going to go out and do awesome things in the world,” he said.

The Eureka seniors have been just as impressive in the way they have handled themselves this season and their entire high school careers.

And they continue to set a good example for their younger teammates.

Each day at practice one of the Loggers’ four-year players talks to the team about what playing for the program has meant to them and what it means to be a Loggers.

“These guys did a great job of leading,” Eureka head coach Andrew Haraldson said. “And the young guys followed their lead early on.”

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