By Ray Hamill — The Del Norte Warriors solidified their place atop our weekly Power Rankings over the weekend with another dominating victory.
The Warriors rolled over Piedmont 42-0 and have now outscored their first two opponents 98-0 in the first half alone.
They should face a tougher challenge when they travel to play at South Medford on Friday night, but there’s no doubt they have impressed more than any other local team through the opening two weeks of the season.
Eureka (1-0) remains No. 2 after an opening weekend shutout against Arcata (0-2) and a bye this past weekend.
St. Bernard’s (1-1) moves up one spot to No. 4 after a hard-fought 26-25 win over Hoopa (1-1), but there was little between these two rivals in what was a highly-entertaining showdown.
If anything, the Hoopa players lived up to their preseason expectations in the loss, with the Division-7 North Coast Section program pushing the No. 3 ranked team in Division 5 all the way.
The McKinleyville Panthers (1-0), meanwhile, move into the top five after a strong showing in their season opener over the weekend.
The Panthers defeated Anderson 40-0.
Two other teams deserve recognition this week, with Fortuna (0-2) and Ferndale (1-1) on the bubble.
A physical Ferndale team got its first victory of the season at South Fork (0-2), winning 35-21, while the Huskies showcased some impressive defense in a close 6-0 loss at Justin-Siena.
1 — Del Norte (2-0)
The Warriors are firing on all cylinders early in the season
2 — Eureka (1-0)
The Loggers travel to play Ukiah this week
3 — St. Bernard’s (1-1)
A beat-up Crusaders team will enjoy a well-earned bye this week
4 — Hoopa (1-1)
The Warriors will learn from the loss at SB
5 — McKinleyville (1-0)
Bigger challenges await, but so far so good for Mack