Football

Cubs dominate the Panthers in league opener

The South Forks Cubs kicked off league play in football with a dominating win over Anderson Valley in Miranda on Friday night, winning 52-6.

After giving up an early touchdown to the visitors, it was all one way traffic after that, with the game ending early when a pair of Panthers running backs went down injured in the third quarter and they decided to call it a game.

Junior quarterback John Harding had a big night for the home team, completing 5 of 7 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, as well as rushing for 45 yards and another TD and scoring on a pick six.

Harding, who took over the starting role this season, is growing into the position.

“He’s still understanding his role, but he’s getting better,” head coach Karl Terrell said.

Freshman Wesley Way also is enjoying a big debut season with the team, and has been contributing on several fronts.

Way scored a pair of TDs against Anderson Valley at running back, while also kicking two PATs and finishing with a sack, four fumble recoveries and six tackles at linebacker.

Sophomore Justin Freitas had 110 yards total offense and also scored two touchdowns, one on a run and one on a reception, while team captain Caleb Wilks had a big night on the defensive line, finishing with three sacks and six tackles.

“What I like about this team is that there’s a good variety of freshmen through seniors,” Terrell said. “And a lot of them are like sponges.  They want to learn. But we’re going through growing pains with it.”

Senior Joe Bilandzia also had a big game in the win, finishing with 12 tackles and has been averaging 12 tackles a game.

Terrell used the occasion to give some of his younger players some valuable playing time and one players who has impressed in limited time this season is freshman Boden Bero Vanmeter, the teams back-up quarterback.

“He’s pretty poised,” the coach said. “And at cornerback he does a good job.”

Next up, the Cubs host Potter Valley next Saturday.

“We’re looking forward to the next few weeks and getting better every week,” Terrell said.

The Cubs are now 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the NCL-II.

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