South Fork traveled to Calistoga last Friday night and fell to the very strong Wildcats in their home opener 28-6. With 20 seniors on a roster of 22, the Wildcats are expected to win their North Central II conference. "They have 3 or 4 real good running backs," said South Fork head coach Andy Olsen. "They’re all about 5’9" and 190 pounds and they run real hard."
Olsen estimated that 95% of the Calistoga offense came from rushing. The Wildcats had a TD in each quarter.
The Cubs’ only TD came in the second quarter on a 48-yard passing play from senior quarterback Joey Wittlake to sophomore wide receiver Troy Langley. Langley received the short pass in a crowd of defenders and ran 35 yards for the score. "Troy was double or triple teamed throughout the game," said Olsen. The coverage allowed junior receiver Danny Savoie to build on his success from last week with another 7 receptions for 50 yards.
The Cubs were only down 14-6 at the half. "We always have a chance to win with Joey at quarterback," said Olsen. The Cubs mounted a couple of good second half drives, but could not score again. "We put up a good fight to keep it as close as it was at the end," said Olsen. "It was a good test for us and it was great to come away with no injuries."
Olsen had praise for junior inside linebacker Cole Moody on defense (12 tackles, defensive player of the game) and was impressed with junior Aleks Depew’s sack of the Calistoga quarterback.
Wittlake was named offensive player of the game completing 16 out of 37 passes for 166 yards. He carried the ball 13 times for 36 yards.
South Fork, now 1-1 on the early season, will host Kelseyville this Friday night for its home opener. Kelseyville is coming off a 68-8 win over Upper Lake. The JV game will start at 5:00 p.m. with varsity following at approximately 7:30 p.m.
South Fork’s JVs lost to Calistoga 20-6 and are now 0-2.