Defense steps up as Warriors shut out the Wildcats

File photo – The Hoopa Warriors

The Hoopa Warriors celebrated senior night with their first Little 4 victory of the season on Friday night, shutting out Ferndale 14-0.

The Warriors had a plan and it worked to near perfection, as they won the battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, setting the tone for the game.

“I just want to give it up to our defense and our offensive line,” head coach Floyd “Cowboy” Billings said. “We blocked everybody and our defense played stout. They led the way.”

The Warriors scored a TD in each half, with Darvin Davis and James Hernandez both running in for a score.

And that would prove to be enough with the Hoopa defense in fine form and playing what Billings described as “disciplined defense.”

“We executed our game plan and it worked,” the coach said.

The starting offensive line — Gerard Marshall, Glenn Keisner, Issac Wilson, Bronc Colegrove and Eugene Masten — was outstanding all night, opening up big holes for multiple running backs.

“We played power football,” said Billings, whose team only passed about seven times. “And our fullbacks did a good job running between the tackles.”

Injuries forced the coaches to switch some things up before kickoff, with Ryan Ames moving from running back to receiver and making an immediate impact by pulling in a 40-yard reception to set up the opening score.

“We just engaged,” Billings said.

With the win, the Warriors improved to 1-3 in the Little 4 and 2-4 overall.

Ferndale dropped to 2-3 and 2-6.

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