Good defense not quite enough for McKinleyville at Willits

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A 44-yard field goal seconds before halftime proved to be the difference in a defensive game at Willits on Friday night, as the McKinleyville Panthers fell 3-0 to the Wolverines.

The Panthers played great defense for the second straight week and have allowed just three points in two games to start the season despite dropping to 1-1.

“It was one of those games. It was brutal back and forth,” McKinleyville head coach Fel Barlow said. “And it was like that all the way to the end.”

After shutting out Anderson a week ago, the Mack defense kept the pressure on a much improved Willits team that is now 3-0 on the season.

“Our defense played lights out,” Barlow said. “They did well. Our offense just stumbled a little bit.”

It was tough loss to take, but the coach believes it could benefit his players in the long run, as they get set to open league play in a few weeks.

“I look on it as a learning game,” he said. “We needed that pressure game.

“They learned a lot from that, and they didn’t give up.”

Defensive tackle Derek Ray continued to impress and set the tone in the trenches.

The team captain finished with 11 overall tackles, including three for a loss, as well as a forced fumble.

Cornerbacks Willie Baumgarten and Tyler Marsh also were instrumental on the defensive side of the ball.

Baumgarten was “lights out” in shutting down opposing receivers, according to the coaches, while Marsh had a big interception.

Next up, the Panthers will host a dangerous University team next Friday.

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  1. YOU HEARED IT HERE FIRST- Mack high will beat visiting University.
    1. It’s their first road trip of the year
    2. They are young and graduated many key players from last year
    3. They don’t have any quality wins
    4. They turn the ball over and are undisciplined.
    5. Mack High will dominate the LOS on both sides of the ball.

    Mack High 38- University 10. This is not an upset. This is what is supposed to happen when NSCIF teams come to the NCCIF.

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