South Fork’s varsity football team got an impressive win over Clear Lake Friday night under heavy rain.
Head coach Andy Olsen is very pleased to improve his Division V record to 2-1, positioning the team well for a berth in the post-season tournament.
With each team scoring 4 touchdowns, it was South Fork’s two successful 2-point conversions that made the difference in the 28-24 win.
Clear Lake could not find a way to contain junior Troy Langley who caught an 88-yard TD pass and had a 16-yard TD run in the second quarter. Senior quarterback Joey Wittlake threw a 42-yard TD pass to sophomore Noah Ruiz to round out a dominant 20 point 2nd quarter for the Cubs. South Fork scored its final TD in the 3rd quarter on a 9-yard pass to junior Danny Savoie.
Wittlake was 7 for 14 for 170 yards passing and carried the ball 16 times for 122 yards. He was named overall player of the game and contributed 9 tackles and one forced fumble on defense.
Langley was named offensive player of the game for his 2 TDs and junior Cole Jacinto was named defensive player of the game with 8 tackles, four of them solo, and one sack.
"In a mud game it’s really the offensive and defensive lines that control the outcome of the game," said Olsen, “and our guys did the job."
Olsen also had praise for his junior center Garrhett Wiley who snapped the ball flawlessly despite the miserable conditions. Junior Aleks Depew had two sacks.
On offense, the Cubs rushed for 250 yards with junior Cole Moody carrying the ball 11 times for 53 yards, junior Dylan Phelps-Harding carrying 9 times for 44 yards and Langley with 6 carries for 30 yards.
The muddy conditions made footing difficult and resulted in 4 injuries in the game, two for each team, although the South Fork athletes are not expected to miss any action.
The Cubs will rest and rehab their bumps and bruises this week as they have a well-earned bye before starting Humboldt Del Norte Little Four conference play on Friday October 4th at Hoopa Valley. Hoopa is 0-3 on the season.