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Del Norte Warriors enjoying remarkable run in the Big 4

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By Ray Hamill — As they get set to kick off league play in football this weekend, the Del Norte Warriors are on a very impressive run.

The Warriors, who open against the Eureka Loggers under the lights in Crescent City on Saturday night, have won three straight league titles and 13 consecutive league games.

In fact, the last time Del Norte suffered defeat in the Big 4 was five years ago today on Oct. 19, 2018.

And the last team to beat the Warriors was a Jason White led Eureka team, a squad that would go on to the state playoffs that year.

The Loggers won 44-6 that day.

Since then, the Warriors have beaten St. Bernard’s five straight times in league and Eureka and Fortuna four straight times each in league.

Del Norte won the first of its three straight league titles in 2019, going 3-0 in the Big 4 on their way to a North Coast Section championship and a first-ever state bowl game.

They followed that with perfect league campaigns in the fall 2021, when they finished 6-0 in the Big 4, and last year, when they were 3-0.

There was no official league in the COVID-shortened 2021 spring season, when the Warriors did lose non-league games to both Eureka and Fortuna.

They also suffered a playoff loss to Fortuna in 2018 during this run.

They beat St. Bernard’s in the fall of 2018, one week after falling to the Loggers, as well as in a non-league game in the spring of 2021, giving the Warriors six straight wins over the Crusaders since SB first switched to the Big 4 in 2018.

The last time the Crusaders defeated Del Norte was in a non-league game on Sept. 15, 2017.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast as always on KPOD 97.9 FM as well as on

Also on Saturday, St. Bernard’s and Fortuna open league play at Crusader Field at 2 p.m.

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