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POLL — Who’s best positioned to challenge Del Norte in the B4?

VOTING HAS CLOSED

By Ray Hamill — Time will tell if they can live up to expectations, but there’s no doubt the Del Norte Warriors will go into the Big 4 as heavy favorites.

The 2022 version of the league kicks off on Friday night when St. Bernard’s travels to play Fortuna, while on Saturday Del Norte plays at Eureka.

It’s a league that is always intriguing for many reasons, including the fact there are only three games for each team, so any letdown can quickly end a team’s championship ambitions.

It’s also usually a competitive league, although the Warriors are the clear frontrunners this year.

For comparison sake, Del Norte is the No. 15 team overall in the North Coast Section, according to MaxPreps, with the rest of the league ranked well back, including Eureka at No. 42, St. Bernard’s at No. 48 and Fortuna at No. 68.

So rather than ask our readers who they think will win this year’s Big 4 in our pre-league poll, we want to know who you guys think is best positioned to challenge the Warriors and which of them could possibly pull off the upset championship.

How about the Loggers, who will take on the favorites in their Homecoming game this weekend, and if they could knock off the Warriors that would throw the race for the title wide open.

Or how about a St. Bernard’s team that is fast improving and could be a real threat if the Crusaders can clean up some fixable miscues.

Or maybe a Fortuna team that is coming off back-to-back wins and also appears to be trending in the right direction at an opportune time.

Either way, it should be a fun few weeks and as intriguing as ever, no matter who wins the pennant.

We’ll publish the poll results on Friday.

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  1. The difficulty is not really knowing which of the 3 candidates has the stronger-larger-bodied Line-players, or the more impacting athletic-play-makers…

    St. B’s has a qb and rb and wr that impact

    EHS has a wing-back-type running by committee approach that impacts

    Fortuna has a qb/rb/wr impact combo similar to St. B’s, but maybe a bit less advertised because of geography or play-style, idk …

    But O-Line, D-Line is a difference maker here, imho. To compete with DNHS seems to require line players that are strong movers and aggressive maulers…

    DNHS has it all for 2 of 3 phases of game, not sure about special teams since the offense and defense read as an engine running tip top, while that 3rd phase may be over-partially idle on the sidelines other than kickoffs after TD’s/XP’s.

    Does DNHS punt much? That is a game-changer question as to the opponents success results.

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