Fortuna’s Joey Pontes jogs in for a touchdown during Fortuna’s 55-14 win over visiting El Molino, Friday night in Fortuna. (Andrew Butler – Times-Standard)
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Over a dozen local prep football and soccer teams looked to etch their places in North Coast Section playoff history over the weekend. Several local athletes had big days to propel their teams to victory. Here are a few who stood out over the weekend that was.

Joey Pontes: Running back/Defensive back — Fortuna Huskies football

Joey Pontes wasn’t the only Huskie to have an impact during Fortuna’s 55-14 win over visiting El Molino in the first round of the North Coast Section playoffs on Friday night in Fortuna, but it would be hard to argue anyone left a bigger impression on the game. Pontes rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in the win for Fortuna. Pontes also broke up several passes while on defense as he helped carry his team to the second round of the playoffs where the No. 6 seeded Huskies (6-5) will face No. 3 Kennedy (8-2).

Fortuna’s Joey Pontes jogs in for a touchdown during Fortuna’s 55-14 win over visiting El Molino, Friday night in Fortuna. (Andrew Butler – Times-Standard)

Luke Fairfield: Wide receiver/Defensive back — St. Bernard’s football

There were more than a few Crusaders who finished Saturday’s 61-28 win over visiting Albany with guady stats, but none more so than Luke Fairfield. The senior served up four touchdowns four different ways in the win. Fairfield had a 47-yard rushing touchdown, a 70-yard passing touchdown to Lane Thrap, a 30-yard touchdown reception from Will Omey and a 35-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win. Incredible.

No. 5 St. Bernard’s (7-4) will face No. 4 San Marin (7-3) in the second round of the NCS D-IV playoffs this Saturday at 1 p.m. in San Marin for what will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal game. St. Bernard’s won that contest a year ago, 64-21.

St. Bernard’s running back Luke Fairfield gets away from a would be Albany tackler shortly before scoring his first of four touchdowns during a 61-28 win over Albany in the first round of the North Coast Section D-IV playoffs, Saturday afternoon in Eureka. (Andrew Butler – Times-Standard)

Tyree Marzetta: Running back — Humboldt State football

Not one time during Humboldt State’s tumultuous final season has Tyree Marzetta taken a play off. The senior running back accounted for 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 24 carries during Humboldt’s (1-6, 1-8) 20-17 overtime loss to visiting Azusa Pacific (5-1, 6-3) on Saturday during what was the final home game for the Jacks, Saturday afternoon at the Redwood Bowl. Marzetta has scored a touchdown in each of his last two games and has a total of three on the season, as well as 746 total rushing yards.

Tyree Marzetta finds an alley up the middle. (Jose Quezada – For the Times-Standard)

Aaron Mignon: Forward — Fortuna boys soccer

Aaron Mignon had two of Fortuna’s three goals during what was a 3-1 win over visiting Oakland Military Institute in the second round of the NCS D-I playoffs, Saturday afternoon in Fortuna. Mignon was a wrecking ball all afternoon, unafraid to get in close to O.M.I’s goalie and well-inside its back line, eventually wearing out the visitors for a pair of goals. No. 3 Fortuna (20-1-2) will face No. 2 Fort Bragg (15-0-3), in Fort Bragg, on Wednesday in the semifinal round of the D-I playoffs.

Fortuna’s Aaron Mignon faces off against Oakland Military Institutes’ goalie shortly before scoring during Fortuna’s 3-1 win over O.M.I. in the second round of the North Coast Section D-I playoffs, Saturday evening in Fortuna. (Jose Quezada — For the Times-Standard)

Karina Zumbrun: Forward — Arcata girls soccer

The leading goal scorer in the Humboldt-Del Norte League notched her third hat trick of the season in what was a 6-1 throttling of visiting Roseland University Prep, Saturday afternoon at McKinleyville High. No. 3 Arcata (13-7-1) will face No. 2 Fortuna (14-4-1) in the semifinal round of the NCS D-I playoffs, in Fortuna, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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