HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL — What’s next for the H-DNL teams

Ray Hamill/ – The Fortuna Huskies will play their home opener and Homecoming game on Friday.

By Ray Hamill — This weekend’s high school football schedule features a pair of all-local matchups, while two Little 4 teams will rest up ahead of next week’s league openers.

On Friday night, the high-flying Del Norte Warriors will try to keep their impressive season going when they travel to play the Panthers at McKinleyville High.

The Warriors are 3-1 and have outscored their three opponents 168-20 in those three wins.

Their one loss came at South Medford two weeks ago, but they quickly responded with another dominating performance at home to West Valley and won 55-7.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are 1-2 and riding a two-game losing streak, but they have been playing well defensively this season and have allowed just 27 points over their three games.

The McKinleyville and De Norte JVs will also play on Friday, with both teams an impressive 4-0.

Also on Friday night, the Fortuna Huskies will try to put the disappointment of a Milk Can Game loss to Ferndale behind them when they host Foothill in a homecoming showdown at Husky Field.

The game will also be the home opener for the Huskies (1-3), who had to travel for their first four games of the season.

The Cougars are 2-1 and coming off a bye.

The Eureka Loggers, meanwhile, will be hoping to build on the momentum of last week’s win over St. Bernard’s when they travel to play Piner in Santa Rosa.

The Prospectors are 2-2 and have won two straight, including a 65-25 win over Fort Bragg over the weekend, while the Loggers are now 2-1.

Saturday night will feature a second all-local matchup, when St. Bernard’s (2-2) travels to play the  Arcata Tigers (1-2).

The Crusaders are coming off a disappointing 31-13 loss at Eureka, while the Tigers had a bye this past weekend.

Saturday’s game is set for 6 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the South Fork Cubs will kick off league play in eight-man football when they travel to Calistoga for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

The Cubs have won two straight and are 2-2, while Calistoga is 2-0-1.

Hoopa and Ferndale, meanwhile, both have a bye this week before kicking off the Little 4 next week.

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