The Hoopa Warriors shut out Trinity for the fourth straight year on a busy Friday night for H-DNL teams.
The Warriors won 27-0 to go to 3-1 on the season, as they get set for a bye before opening league play in two weeks.
Also in action on Friday, the Eureka Loggers defeated St. Bernard’s 31-13 on Senior Night at Albee Stadium as they bounced back from last week’s loss at Ukiah.
The Del Norte Warriors also won big, routing West Valley 55-7 in Crescent City, while the McKinleyville Panthers fell 24-6 to University at Mack High.
Four different players found the end zone for Hoopa, including Darvin Davis IV, Andrew Hunsucker and Kaewett Nelson, who all had TD runs.
Quarterback Lane Campbell also connected with Rodney Clark on a 25-yard TD pass.
“Once again I’ve got to give it to my offensive line,” Hoopa head coach Floyd “Cowboy” Billings said. “They opened up holes.”
Senior Bear Little was particularly impressive at right guard for the second straight week.
While the Warriors offense did a good job setting the tempo and controlling the clock, the Hoopa defense had a couple of big stops inside the red zone to help preserve the shutout.
But it was the team effort that impressed the coaches.
“Our whole defense played pretty good again as one,” Billings said. “Our defense stepped up inside the red zone.”
The Hoopa JVs also won, defeating Trinity 30-0 to go to 2-0 on the season.
University 24, McKinleyville 6
The Panthers had their chances to top a strong University team, but mistakes proved costly, as they dropped to 1-2.
“We made a lot of mental mistakes, and you just can’t have mental mistakes against a team like that,” Mack head coach Fel Barlow said.
Two of the visitors’ touchdowns came when they took over possession deep in McKinleyville territory.
In their past two games, both against unbeaten teams who are a combined 7-0, the McKinleyville offense has scored just six points combined.
“Our defense still played well, but our offense didn’t do too well,” Barlow said. “We got down there a few times, but got pushed back on penalties.”
A tough pre-league schedule won’t get any easier next week, when McKinleyville hosts Del Norte, but Barlow knows the schedule will help prepare his players for the Little 4, which kicks off in two weeks.
“The kids have still got good spirits,” the coach said. “We’re looking forward to league.”
The Mack JVs kept their winning start to the season going with a fourth win in four games, defeating University 20-8.