The Eureka Loggers led for much of Friday night’s game at Shasta, but gave up two late touchdowns to fall 13-12 and drop to 1-1 on the season.
Despite the loss, however, head coach Andrew Haraldson felt his team showed a lot of improvement from their season opener a week ago.
“Our kids played way better, than last week,” the coach said. “It was so much better. We cleaned a lot of stuff up.”
Rogan Bode scored on a long TD run and Dominick Girsback also scored on a run, behind a strong performance from the offensive line, which was led by Sky Barone and Shyloh Nicholson.
“We drove the ball well,” Haraldson said.
Daniel Garcia-Hall also had a big outing at running back and at outside linebacker in his first game of the season, while the ever-reliable Joe Gonzalez had another big night at outside linebacker.
Barone was also a monster at defensive end, earning special praise from the Shasta coach after he continually caused the home team problems all night.
In the end, however, turnovers were a problem for the visitors.
“We just made too many little mistakes,” Haraldson said. “We need to clean things up a little bit, just the little details, and we will. This group works really hard. It was a learning opportunity.”
The Loggers had a chance to re-take the lead in the final minutes, but saw a drive deep into Shasta territory stall on a fumbled snap.
The Loggers will play at Windsor next week.