Lamarie Dunn had 3 touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air, and the Eureka Loggers let it be known who runs Eureka, at least for this season, beating its cross-town rival and newly antiquated Big 4 Conference foe St. Bernard’s 54-21 Saturday night at Albee Stadium.
Friday night’s game was the first between the two schools since 1962. 46 years ago the game ended in a 12-12 tie. On Friday night, there was no question who the better team was after 60 minutes. With Friday’s win Eureka improves to a perfect 8-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big 4. Friday’s loss was the third in a row for St. Bernard’s, as it falls to 5-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big 4.
“I’m simply proud of the way we executed tonight,” Eureka head coach Jason White said. “We had so make a few adjustments throughout the game but I thought we did that well. We were ready for the various trick plays that (St. Bernard’s) does and we handled that well.”
St. Bernard’s, as it commonly does, tried an onside kick to start the game. Eureka was ready for it and quickly fell on the ball at midfield to set up one of the most explosive offenses in the North Coast Section with great field position. The Loggers quickly drove down the field and scored on a 28-yard passing touchdown from quarterback Cruz Montana to Lamarie Dunn. Dunn had a big night for the Loggers, making several catches for considerable gains. Dunn also added a 28-yard rushing touchdown to his stat-sheet later in the first quarter to put Eureka ahead 14-7 at the time.
St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin elected to start sophomore Bode Joyner at quarterback, likely to give the Loggers a bit of a different look than they were expecting. Joyner missed on his first couple pass attempts as the Crusaders went three-and-out on their first drive. After Luke Fairfield intercepted an errant pass from Montana on the Loggers ensuing possession the Crusaders normal starting quarterback, Will Omey, entered the game under center and found Lane Thrap for a 60-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 midway through the first quarter.
Eureka added another touchdown in the waning moments of the first quarter after Alex Miller punched through the interior of the St. Bernard’s line for a one-yard rushing touchdown. The score was set up by a 11-yard rush, also by Miller, on the play preceding the touchdown.
Eureka scored another 21 points in the second quarter to thoroughly pull away from St. Bernard’s before halftime. Ryan Sylvia notched a pair of rushing touchdowns in the period. The first, an 18-yard jaunt early in the second quarter and the second, a 27-yard sprint helped by some superb downfield blocking on behalf of the Loggers. The final score of the half for the Loggers came with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Dunn, clearly unsatisfied with just two first half touchdowns, ran for a 17-yard rushing touchdown which saw the junior run right over a pair of Crusaders defenders before reaching the end zone.
St. Bernard’s did add a second touchdown earlier in the first half after Omey found a nice piece of real estate along the sideline en route to a 76-yard rushing touchdown.
Eureka added a pair of touchdowns in the second half, one in the third quarter and one in the closing minutes of the fourth. Montana rushed for the third quarter score and Trent Morrow rushed for the fourth quarter touchdown. St. Bernard’s scored the final touchdown of the night on a 49-yard pass from Joyner to Thrap.
Eureka will stay at home next week to host Del Norte (1-0, 7-1) on Friday while St. Bernard’s will remain on the road for a contest against Fortuna (0-1, 5-3), in Fortuna.