By Ray Hamill — Get ready for what should be a fun and hectic three weeks of league play in the Big 4.
This year’s league could be one of the most open in several years with three legitimate contenders and not a whole lot separating them through the pre-league schedule.
Del Norte is the three-time defending champion and carries an impressive 13-game league winning streak into Saturday’s opener against Eureka.
For the record, the Warriors have beaten St. Bernard’s five straight times in league, while also getting the better of Fortuna and Eureka four times each in league play.
Can they keep it going this year? The next three weeks will answer that.
But the Warriors, who are 4-2, will carry some momentum into this year’s Big 4 and they are the hottest of the four teams with three straight wins, including a 21-0 victory at Eureka in a non-league showdown two weeks ago.
Fortuna and St. Bernard’s, meanwhile, are both 5-2 after a mostly impressive pre-league schedule for both programs.
The Crusaders also won their opening four games, but have dropped two of their last three games against Ukiah and St. Vincent de Paul in matchups that got away from them late.
Eureka, on the other hand, has struggled and remains winless on the season.
The Loggers have played a much tougher schedule than any of their league opponents, but they are coming off back-to-back shutouts.
So which team will take home the pennant?
Let us know in our poll and we’ll publish the results on Friday evening before league play kicks off on Saturday.
Readers can vote once every 24 hours.