South Fork’s football team fell 36-7 to Kelseyville in its home opener on Friday night in Miranda. With the Cubs’ biggest scoring threat, junior wide receiver Troy Langley double and triple teamed throughout the game, the Cubs made the most of their running game, rushing for a season high 231 yards.
Senior quarterback Joey Wittlake carried the ball for 111 yards while junior Dylan Phelps Harding ran for 76 yards and Langley for 40 yards. "Our offensive line was able to push them around pretty well," said head coach Andy Olsen of the guys who opened up the holes for his running game.
South Fork’s 75-yard scoring drive came in the 3rd quarter, and included a 14-yard run by Phelps, a 16-yard run by Langley, and a 4th-and-1 four-yard run by junior Cole Moody. A 10-yard pass reception by senior Asa Purnell put the six points on the board for the Cubs.
Purnell was named player of the game for his five receptions for 110 yards, in addition to 6 tackles on defense as well as a fumble recovery and an onsides kick recovery.
Phelps-Harding was named defensive player of the game with 11 tackles and a pass deflection, and Wittlake was named offensive player of the game with 14 complete passes out of 29 throws for 121 yards in addition to his rushing yards.
This Friday the Cubs will face Clear Lake, another school, like Kelsyville, with an enrollment nearly triple the size of South Fork. "With the kind of athletes we have," said Olsen, "we always have a chance.