Griffin, youngsters impress for Eureka in loss to Fortuna

Phots by Ray Hamill/ – Eureka’s Elijah Griffin

By Ray Hamill — A tough season continued for the Eureka Loggers on Friday night, as they dropped to 0-9 with a 38-14 loss to Fortuna at Albee Stadium.

The game got away from the home team in the second half, but for the second straight weekend they matched up well against a Big 4 rival for the opening two quarters and trailed by just a touchdown at the interval.

Once again, however, they ran out of gas in the second half, most notably on the offensive line where they had a pair of sophomores making their varsity debuts after being just called up from the JV roster.

“We’re just not playing very well. The opportunities are there, we’re just not making the plays,” head coach Mike Marcelli said. “It’s been a difficult year for everybody. We’ve got one more game to try and get it right.”

Players like senior Elijah Griffin and juniors Gavyn Haberman and Cole Zellar have led the way on this year’s team and have been consistent bright spots.

Sophomores Chris Barriga and Danny Murillo also impressed on Friday night while playing their first-ever varsity game on the offensive line.

“They both played tremendous,” Marcelli said. “They did just an absolutely great job in their first varsity game.”

Injuries have been a concern on the line all season.

“We’re just running out of guys,” Marcelli said. “We’re very, very young and we got even younger this week.”

The attitude of the player, however, has never wavered.

“The one thing I’ll say about these guys, they don’t get down,” Marcelli said. “They come back to practice every Monday and they try to get better.”

The Loggers scored their first touchdown on Friday when quarterback Kyle Johnston completed a pass up the middle to Gavyn Haberman, who broke a tackle and took it to the end zone for a 70-yard score.

Cole Zellar added a second TD on a 28-yard run.

The Loggers close out the season at St. Bernard’s next Saturday afternoon.

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