Tigers top the Panthers, appear headed in the right direction

File photo – The Arcata Tigers beat the McKinleyville Panthers on Friday night.

Junior quarterback Shane Purcell threw for six touchdowns on Friday night, as the Arcata Tigers closed out their season with a 42-6 win over McKinleyville.

With the win, the Tigers finished the spring season with a record of 2-3, but with every one of their skill position players due back in the fall, they should continue to get better.

“We’re going in a good direction,” head coach Jamal Jones said. “We feel good about where we are.”

Especially at quarterback, where Purcell has developed into arguably the best at the position on the North Coast.

It certainly looked that way on Friday, and the McKinleyville defense had problems containing a dangerous passing attack all night,

Purcell threw two TDs each to his two favorite targets, Carson Tucker and Alex Jioras, as well as one each to Ty Franklin and Giovanni Thornton.

“It was just a solid all-around performance,” Jones said.

The Tigers are graduating three seniors who played with the program all four years, Coleman Barker, Robbie Dieker and Austin Mitchell, each of whom has had a big impact with the team.

“They came out and they stuck with it,” Jones said of the trio.

A young Panthers team closed out the season at 0-5, but will also return most of their starters in the fall.

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