Del Norte

Warriors cruise in NCS opener against Archie Williams

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The Del Norte Warriors sent a message to the rest of the Division-5 playoff field on Friday night with a dominating performance against Archie Williams on the way to a 49-6 victory.

The Warriors picked up in the playoffs just where they left off in the regular season and ran for 456 yards, while holding the visitors’ ground attack to minus-13 yards.

“It carried over from the last couple of weeks,” head coach Nick White said. “We’re really excited to be in the playoffs and start the next chapter in our season. We’re hungry. We’re on a mission.”

Three different running backs rushed for over 100 yards in the win, with Caleb Dodson and RJ Loftin each scoring three TDs.

And once again they did it behind a stellar performance by an O-line that includes Konner Price (LT), Aidan Thomas (LG), Bridger Ratnour (center), Bryson Price (RG), Sam Schauerman (RT) and tight end Hunter Giddings.

The Warriors defense set the tone on the opening drive and forced a quick three-and-out, before the offense quickly marched 82 yards and opened the scoring on a five-yard Dodson run.

The visitors, however, answered immediately and tied the game at 6-6.

But that was the last time they would see the end zone, with the home team completely dominating the remainder of the way.

Dodson would add scoring runs of four and 10 yards, with Loftin adding TD runs of 19 and four yards and a 27-yard TD reception from quarterback Cooper Maxwell.

Aldaron McCovey would also find the end zone on a 23-yard TD run to close out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

Defensively Tanner Skerik had two interceptions.

“I thought it was a great overall effort from everybody,” White said.

Playing in front of a home crowd made it even more special.

“The crowd was awesome,” the head coach said. “It was a really, really good experience. Just the whole atmosphere makes it special for the players to play at home.”

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