South Fork recovered two consecutive on-side kickoffs to begin the second half, and converted them into 14 points in 38 seconds as the Cubs beat Hoopa Valley 38-28.
”I’m happy for Andy (Olsen, SF head coach), and I’m happy for the Cubs, but I’m not happy that they broke their five-game losing streak against us,” said Hoopa Valley head coach Marty Wilkes.
It was also South Fork’s first win in its homecoming game in 14 years, and the Cubs’ first win in the Little 4 since 2008.
Junior quarterback Joey Wittlake completed 18 of 44 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 38 yards and another TD to spark the Cubs’ attack.
Troy Langley also starred for the Cubs on both sides of the ball. On offense, Langley caught a 26-yard TD pass from Wittlake, and completed a halfback option pass for 32 yards to Sean Stock. On defense, he was the home team’s game-changer, as he accounted for four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. His second fumble recovery, and ensuing runback - which occurred in the final three minutes of the game - halted Hoopa’s drive at midfield and gave the Cubs the ball at the Warriors 20-yard line.
Paine also booted a 30-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Three different Cubs’ receivers - Levi Paine (145), Langley (111) and Stock (105) - had over 100 receiving yards.
Victor Mc Covey had two rushing TDs for Hoopa Valley, while Merv George III and Micah Titus also each rushed for scores for the visitors.
Titus rushed 29 times for 135 yards and George carried the rock 11 times for 93 yards.
”I’m happy for the total team effort, offense, defense and special teams. And to score 38 points is the most we’ve scored since ‘08. Our bend-but-don’t break defense, which came up with several key stops. Our offense converted several long third and fourth-down plays,” said South Fork head coach Andy Olsen.
JOSE QUEZADA/FOR THE TIMES-STANDARD
1. South Fork High quarterback Joey Wittlake uncorks one of his four touchdown passes during Friday night’s contest against Hoopa Valley.
2. South Fork’s Levi Paine torches a Hoopa Valley defender for an 83-yard TD.