Defense sets the tone, as Tigers pull away late at Hoopa

File photo – The Arcata Tigers improved to 4-0 in the Little 4 with a shutout win at Hoopa on Friday.

The Arcata defense set the tone once again on Friday night as the Tigers cruised to their fourth straight win in the Little 4.

Arcata traveled to Hoopa and came away with a 33-0 victory to remain atop the league standings.

It was the Tigers’ third shutout over the Warriors this season and their second in league play.

“That defense, they’re just playing solid all year,” said Arcata head coach Matt Magers, whose team is now 4-0 in league. “We’re getting after it.”

It took the Arcata offense a little while to warm up and the Tigers led by just seven points heading into the fourth quarter.

The visitors would pull away late, however, to stay one win ahead of Ferndale, which won 34-0 at McKinleyville on Friday.

Arcata sophomore Luke Lemke scored on a pair of long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.

Quarterback Cole Vandenplas also combined with Dayquan Dunn on a 60-yard TD play on a screen pass.

Dunn, who also had an interception, has become one of his team’s most important players this season and a big playmaker on offense and defense.

“He’s having a hell of a season on both sides of the ball,” Magers said of the junior standout. “We’ve got to get him the ball as much as possible.”

Junior running back Alex Greenway also had a TD run, as did senior Oscar Carlson.

Among the standouts on defense, Cal Tucker had an interception, while sophomore Lincoln Neuman made some big plays and also has been one of his team’s most consistent performers all season on that side of the ball.

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Versatile junior Kayden Hackett also had a good game on the defensive side of the ball, making some big plays all along the defensive line.

With the  win, the Tigers improved to 6-2 overall, while the Warriors dropped to 1-3 in league and 2-6 overall.

Next up, the Tigers play at Ferndale in a game that decide this year’s Little 4.

The Warriors will travel to play McKinleyville next week.

In JV action, Hoopa beat Arcata 60-8 on Friday to improve to 4-0 in league play.

File photo – The Hoopa JVs improved to 4-0 in league play with a victory over Arcata on Friday.

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  1. Come on Arcata, grow some. By the sounds of the coach, he is pumped up about this victory? Pathetic, the parents should be ashamed, go back to the league you should be playing in.

    This experiment by the HDNL, completely changing the Little 4 and Big 5 is a non-sustainable solution to a problem that was manufactured by the Board and the assorted Athletic Directors. The “everyone gets a trophy” mindset instilled by the liberal hearts is not conducive to raising solid strong-willed kids.

    Get over it.

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