Senior Alex Harding finished with 269 total yards and two touchdowns on offense while adding a 65-yard pick six on the defensive side of the ball.
Playing in his final high school football game, the ever-consistent Harding had scoring plays of 86, 65 and 45 yards.
With the win, the Cubs closed out the season with a record of 3-0 and were one of just two teams on the North Coast to go undefeated this spring.
And, according to the coach, it was the team’s senior-heavy defense that paved the way for their success.
“They were able to make the adjustments,” head coach Karl Terrell said of the unit, which held opponents to just 13 points in three games. “They did a lot of communicating out there, and having seven seniors on the field made a big difference in communicating.
“When you have seven seniors, you know how to adjust and not give up the big play.”
The Cubs were the only team to hold Fortuna’s Killer B’s scoreless in four games, and they outscored their three opponents by a total of 112-13.
Switching from eight-man football for the season, they were as competitive as any Little 4 team.
“I think we could have competed with any team this year except the big three (Eureka, Fortuna and Del Norte),” Terrell said. “I really believe that we could have competed with Arcata, Ferndale and St. Bernard’s. I’m not saying we would have beaten them, but we would have done okay.”
Led by a stellar senior class, the Cubs certainly would have caused any team in the Little 4 problems this season, their first playing 11-man football in a few years.
South Fork, however, is likely to return to eight-man football in the fall, simply because of numbers.
“I’m going to say that’s where we should be,” Terrell said. “I wouldn’t want to go through a whole (11-man) season with just 14 players.
“We’re still a football team. We came out and proved we can still play football regardless of what level we’re playing at.”
Harding finished Saturday’s game with 217 yards rushing and a TD on 11 carries, and two receptions for 53 yards and a TD.
Fellow senior Graham McConnell also had a big game, finishing with 92 yards rushing and three TDs on 11 carries, while quarterback Sean Hassall-Hoss added 64 yards rushing and 52 yards passing, including the TD pass to Harding.
On defense, McConnell had a team-high 10 tackles, while Zech Wilks had nine tackles.
A strong senior class included Harding, McConnell, Hassall-Hoss, Brendan Scribner, Crue Contreras, John Gamble and Connor Wilson.
For Fortuna, Colton Corning completed nine-of-20 passes for 52 yard, while Matt Letter had 17 carries for 68 yards and Asa McKenzie had five carries for 39 yards.
Will May also had five receptions for 24 yards and Sam Anderson one for 19.