By Ray Hamill — Three local teams impressed on opening weekend of the new football season, but no one impressed as much as the Del Norte Warriors.
And that makes them a frontrunner for our first Power Rankings of the season.
The Warriors demolished Kelseyville 71-13, moving the ball at will in the first half, while stopping their opponents from moving it at all.
The Eureka Loggers and Hoopa Warriors also impressed on opening weekend and also appear ready for a good fall.
The Loggers shut out a young and inexperienced Arcata Tigers team, but they looked ready to go and turned in a composed performance.
The Hoopa Warriors also looked ready for the season, and it’s no secret all three of these teams are coming off productive offseason programs that featured big turnouts.
The Warriors are senior heavy and Hoopa fans have been waiting a few years to see this group mature together and to see what they can do as seniors.
So far so good.
We’ll get a better picture of just how good they can be on Saturday when they travel to play perennial Big 4 powerhouse St. Bernard’s.
And speaking of the Crusaders, it was a tough start to the season with a 33-7 loss at home to St.Vincent de Paul.
The shorthanded Crusaders, who are without several starters right now because of injury and transfer protocols, will be better as the season progresses.
Likewise with the Fortuna Huskies, who showed some promise against a very good University team in their season opener, despite losing 41-19.
So too did the Ferndale Wildcats in a loss at Fall River, another quality program.
The Cats looked pretty good in the trenches and that could make them a dangerous opponent when the Little 4 kicks off in late September.
The McKinleyville Panthers had a bye this past weekend and will kick off their season on Friday night at home to Anderson.
1 — Del Norte (1-0)
The Warriors dominated in their opener
2 — Eureka (1-0)
It was a good start for the Loggers as well
3 — Hoopa (1-0)
Don’t underestimate Hoopa this year
4 — St. Bernard’s (0-1)
A tough start, but the Crusaders will bounce back
5 — Fortuna (0-1)
The Huskies showed some promise at University