POWER RANKINGS — Top teams in the H-DNL continue to roll

Photos by Ray Hamill/ – Quarterback Chad Mussey and the Fortuna Huskies have outscored their last two opponents by a combined 76-0.

By Ray Hamill — The top two teams in our Power Rankings continued to roll on Friday night, meaning there’s no change at the top this week.

Fortuna cruised to a lopsided 42-0 win over a short-handed Panthers team at McKinleyville, rushing for more than 300 yards for the second straight week and posting a second straight shutout.

The Huskies were in control throughout, opening up a three-TD lead before halftime and adding three more touchdowns in the third quarter.

St. Bernard’s was equally impressive in a 38-14 win on the road against a good Biggs High School team.

The Crusaders led 21-14 after three quarters but they would pull away late with 17 unanswered points in the final quarter.

Fortuna and St. Bernard’s remain the only two unbeaten teams in the H-DNL, and after three games each they both look poised for a very good season.

Both should challenge for a Big 4 championship and more.

The Del Norte Warriors, meanwhile, remain No. 3 in this week’s Power Rankings.

The Warriors (1-2) have dropped two straight games but both losses have come against good Oregon programs, and if anything Del Norte appears to be getting better.

Head coach Darren LaFazio was much happier with Friday’s performance than he was a week ago after a loss at Grants Pass, and with an upcoming bye and a matchup against McKinleyville in two weeks the Warriors should continue to build momentum before league play begins in October.

The Arcata Tigers remain at No. 4 after responding from a tough loss at Fortuna a week ago in emphatic fashion.

On Saturday night the Tigers got back to winning ways with a statement victory over Hoopa at McKinleyville High, opening up a huge 50-0 lead by halftime.

And rounding out our top five this week are the Ferndale Wildcats, another team trending in the right direction.

The Cats also cruised to victory on Saturday, scoring six first-half touchdowns on the way to a 51-6 win over South Fork in Ferndale.

The win was the second straight for Ferndale, which is now 2-1 and will carry plenty of momentum and confidence into next week’s Milk Can game against rival Fortuna.

The Arcata Tigers improved to 2-1 with a big win over Hoopa on Saturday night.


1 — Fortuna (3-0)

The Huskies have outscored their last two opponents 76-0

2 — St. Bernard’s (3-0)

The Crusaders are averaging just under 40 points a game

3 — Del Norte (1-2)

Don’t judge the Warriors entirely by their record

4 — Arcata (2-1)

The Tigers bounced back from a tough loss with a big performance this week

5 — Ferndale (2-1)

If the Wildcats can retain the Milk Can they will shake up our Power Rankings

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