POWER RANKINGS — League leaders make a move

Ray Hamill/ – The McKinleyville Panthers

By Ray Hamill — With the top two teams both on a bye last week and this week, there’s not much change at the top of our rankings.

There is, however, some movement in the top five this week after a particularly impressive showing for one team.

Del Norte remains No. 1 and the Warriors should be 100 percent healthy and back to full strength after their midseason break.

They kick off the Big 4 at Eureka next week.

And speaking of the Loggers, they had their scheduled game at Piedmont canceled last week after the 0-5 Highlanders reportedly dropped their program for the season.

Like Del Norte, Eureka has essentially a three-week break in between games before they match up against the high-flying Warriors again next week.

Del Norte won the first non-league meeting between them, 45-0.

St. Bernard’s remains No. 3 in our rankings after a huge 61-40 win at Guymon High School in Oklahoma.

The Crusaders are also getting healthy and building momentum as league play approaches.

They get a rematch this weekend with St. Vincent de Paul, a team that is 6-0 and beat them 33-7 on opening weekend.

The McKinleyville Panthers, meanwhile, move up one spot in our rankings this week, leapfrogging the Hoopa Warriors, whom them beat in a key Little 4 game on Friday night.

You get the feeling there are more twists and turns in store in the Little 4 over the final four weeks, but for now the Panthers are 2-0 and sit alone atop the standings.

Two teams outside our top five — Arcata and Fortuna — both also are coming off impressive wins over the weekend and appear to be trending in the right direction.

Eureka will host Del Norte next week.


1 — Del Norte (5-1)

The Warriors will be heavy favorites in the Big 4

2 — Eureka (3-2)

Until someone proves different, the Loggers are still the No 2 team

3 — St. Bernard’s (3-3)

The Crusaders will be tested this week at St. Vincent de Paul

4 — McKinleyville (3-2)

The Panthers will try to go to 3-0 in league play when they play Arcata on Friday

5 — Hoopa (4-2)

The Warriors will be eager to take on McKinleyville again on their own turf in two weeks

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