Athletes of the Week

ATHLETES AND TEAM OF THE WEEK — College, varsity and JVs all included this week

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Max Hough in action for CR last weekend.

By Ray Hamill — And then there was one.

The last remaining undefeated football team on the North Coast this season, varsity or JV, is the Ferndale Wildcats JVs.

The Cats, who are fielding a full-time JV program for the first time in a few years, have not disappointed on their return and are flying high with five wins in five games.

Most recently, the Wildcats came away from McKinleyville last week with a 24-16 win over a good Panthers JV team, whose only previous loss was against Del Norte.

And that makes Ferndale our Team of the Week, an award sponsored by College of the Redwoods Athletics.

Also honored this week are two Athletes of the Week.

Del Norte junior McKenna Curtis is a two-sport standout who is enjoying a big year with the Warriors on the volleyball court.

Curtis has been instrumental in her team’s 5-0 start to the Big 5 and enjoyed another big game in a pivotal showdown at Arcata on Tuesday night.

Our second Athlete of the Week goes to CR’s Max Hough.

The former Fortuna Husky got his first college start at quarterback against Foothill on Saturday and was outstanding in leading the Corsairs to a thrilling 44-42 win in double-overtime.

Hough accounted for five of CR’s six TDs, running in for two and throwing for three more.


McKenna Curtis

Del Norte Volleyball, Junior

Curtis, who is also one of the best young softball players in the area, is playing an an MVP level on the volleyball court this year and should only continue to get better.

She had another strong showing on Tuesday and finished with a game-high16 kills and five digs against the defending league champs.

“We couldn’t stop McKenna,” Arcata head coach Laurie Griffith said afterwards.

For more on Curtis and the Warriors, see Del Norte girls top Arcata, remain on course in the Big 5 …

Max Hough

Redwoods Football, Freshman

Hough was sensational in his first collegiate start and did an outstanding job directing the Corsairs offense all afternoon.

The Redwoods quarterback completed 22 of 33 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for 81 yards on 13 carries and two more TDs.

He completed a short TD pass to tight end Kaleb Price in the second period of overtime to help seal the win and then combined with Nathan Lopez on what would prove to be the game-winning two-point conversion.

For more on the game, see Corsairs edge the Owls in double-OT instant classic at the Redwood Bowl …


Ferndale JV Football

The young Cats are back with a bang this season.

They have won all five of their games so far, beating Fall River (27-0), Fort Bragg (35-14), Clear Lake (35-14), Fortuna (21-7) and McKinleyville (24-16).

That’s an impressive run for a young roster and it paints a bright future for the Ferndale football program.

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