By Ray Hamill — The Hoopa Warriors have turned around their season in the space of just four days.
On Tuesday night, they won at McKinleyville High, defeating the Panthers 6-0 in a make-up game from two weeks ago.
The victory was the second straight for the Warriors, who also shut out Ferndale 14-0 on Friday night.
With the win, Hoopa improves to 2-3 in the Little 4 and 3-4 overall.
Darvin Davis scored the only touchdown of the night on a 95-yard kickoff return to start the second half, and that would prove to be just enough thanks to a Hoopa defense that stepped up when it needed to, once again.
The Panthers certainly had their chances to score but were stopped in the red zone three times in the first half alone.
The home team took the opening drive all the way to the Warriors’ 9-yard line, before Hoopa’s Donovan Lonewollf recovered a fumble to end the threat.
On their second possession of the game, the Panthers drove to the Hoopa 5 before turning the ball over on downs, and on their third possession they again drove deep into Hoopa territory only to see another chance come up short when Davis intercepted the ball at the 9-yard line.
Conversely, Hoopa managed little offense in the opening half, beginning three drives deep in their half and coming up with just two first downs before halftime.
Check out Darvin Davis kickoff return for as TD above …
The visitors, however, took control of the game in the opening seconds of the second half, when Davis broke free for the only TD of the game.
Penalties plagued the Panthers in the second half, and that, coupled with another big showing from the Hoopa defense, left the home team frustrated and unable to piece together any threatening drives after halftime.
The Warriors, on the other hand, put together a nine-minute drive to start the fourth quarter, and even though it yielded no points after a missed field goal attempt, it all but ended the game.
The Mack offense had one final chance in the final few minutes, but the Hoopa defense held firm again and took over on downs with 92 seconds remaining to seal the win.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Panthers, who are now 1-4 in the Little 4 and 4-5 overall.