College of the Redwoods

Fortuna’s Hough to get first college start at QB for the Corsairs

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By Ray Hamill — Former Fortuna Husky Max Hough will get his first start at quarterback for College of the Redwoods on Saturday.

Hough, who has seen game time in three of his team’s first four games, will take over from starter Teagen Gaither, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Hough replaced Gaither in the second half last week, as the Corsairs rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Monterey Peninsula 34-28 for their second straight win.

And head coach Jason White is confident the 2021 Fortuna High grad is ready to step up after a solid performance last weekend.

“I felt he played pretty well coming in cold turkey like he did,” White said.

Hough and the Corsairs will have their hands full against a Foothill team that leads the state in scoring with 58.3 points a game and is ranked No. 20 and No. 23 in the latest CCCAA polls.

The red-hot Owls have challenged opponents on both sides of the ball this fall, particularly on offense, and they have outscored their four opponents 223-24, including a 54-14 win over Cabrillo last week.

The good news for the Corsairs is that they won’t have to change things up much despite starting a new quarterback, with White saying their offense isn’t tailored toward either one of them.

Gaither is a little more experienced, but Hough offers more of a threat running the ball.

The challenge, however, will be not letting the game get away from them so they will still have a chance to win in the fourth quarter.

“They don’t make a lot of mistakes, and if you make mistakes they definitely take advantage of it,” White said of Foothill. “For us, it’s making sure we take care of the football and make good decisions, but that’s something we look for every week.”

Right now, it’s unclear how long Gaither may be out and he’s not the only injury the Corsairs are dealing with.

Del Norte’s Sam Schauerman, a starting defensive tackle, is out for the season after suffering an ACL injury, while fellow D-lineman Gary Jimemez, a Eureka grad, is also out for the long haul after suffering a broken hand shortly after scoring on a seven-yard pick-six against Monterey Peninsula.

Saturday’s game is set for 1 p.m. at the Redwood Bowl and the Corsairs will honor this year’s Hall of Fame class at halftime.

Th game will be streamed live on YouTube and broadcast on Humboldt Access Radio at 96.7 FM.

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