Defense dominates as St. Bernard’s wins at Willits

File photo – The Crusaders are 2-0 after a 33-10 win at Willits on Friday night.

St. Bernard’s Wyatt Simoni continued his outstanding start to the new season at Willits on Friday night, rushing for four touchdowns in a 33-10 win.

The victory lifts the Crusaders to 2-0 on the season, while Willits dropped to 1-1.

Simoni, who scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter of a lopsided win over Hoopa on opening weekend, continued to show why he’s one of the best players on the North Coast this season.

But he wasn’t the only standout, as the Crusaders have hit the ground running this year and appear poised for a successful fall.

The SB defense also was outstanding against the Wolverines and didn’t allow a touchdown all night.

The home team’s only scores came on a fumble recovery that was returned to the end zone and a field goal.

Freshman quarterback Trenten Hagler rounded out the scoring for the visitors with a 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Isaiah Wolfe.

Wolfe is another player who has begun the new season in impressive fashion and pulled in a TD catch for the second straight week.

The standout sophomore also had a good game at cornerback and is quickly establishing himself as a key player for the Crusaders on both sides of the ball.

Equally impressive was the play of TC Rinker, who epitomized the next-man-up mentality and impressed his coach after being called into action.

Rinker stepped up on the line after the team’s starting right guard suffered an injury during practice this week and the switch was seamless.

“He did a tremendous job,” Tomlin said. “He really made me proud.”

The SB JVs, meanwhile, tied Willits 18-18, with the home team rallying late from an 18-12 deficit.

Next week the Crusaders will travel to play Biggs.

File photo – Wyatt Simoni has six touchdowns in the opening two weeks of the season.

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  1. The NCS could help some of these Humboldt County teams play Northern Section Schools in non-league, inter-sectional games in order to get in more quality competition.

    Also, don’t forget nearly every year at the start of school HOOPA High School student athletes are victims to smoke impacts that limit their activities, like practice.

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