Defense sets the tone as Fortuna, Justin-Siena face off in Napa


The Fortuna defense came to play on Friday night with a much-improved performance, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the Huskies fell 6-0 at Justin-Siena in Napa.

The loss drops Fortuna to 0-2, but head coach Mike Benbow was happy with a lot of what he saw from his players, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

“I’ll tell you what, compared to last week I felt like we played a much, much tougher game,” the longtime coach said. “Offensively we sputtered a little bit, but defensively I felt we stepped it up.”

The impressive Jake Houseworth led the defense and had a “stellar” game at linebacker, according to the coach, while Quinn Hall had a big night on both sides of the ball, including a big return.

“The defense just did a good job. I was very pleased with all of the players,” Benbow said.

The Huskies had their opportunities on offense and moved the ball effectively between the 20s.

They had two red-zone possessions early in the second half, including reaching the Braves’ three-yard line, but they were unable to punch it in.

“We basically lost on one big play. It happens,” Benbow said. “We had opportunities, but couldn’t capitalize.

“But we’re making improvements. We’re getting better.”

The Fortuna JVs won their game, improving to 1-1 with a 41-13 victory.

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