Half-a-dozen touchdown passes from the arm of Will Omey and 12 tackles from Justin Hagler guided St. Bernard’s to a road win while a pair of redzone turnovers cost Eureka a chance at win No. 1 on the year during what was week two of the high school football season.
Omey, Hagler and the soaring seniors
Quarterback Will Omey tossed six touchdown passes for St. Bernard’s in what was a 39-14 win on the road at Hoopa Valley Friday night.
And it was all about the seniors.
Omey connected with Lane Thrap on three of his six touchdowns. Justin Hagler and Logan Petrusha also hauled in one touchdown reception each. The lone non-senior to get in on a scoring play was Bode Joyner, who recorded a touchdown reception in the win.
Hagler, the team’s leading tackler through two weeks, recorded a team-leading 12 tackles, including two for loss, in the win. The strong safety began the season with a nagging hamstring injury but thanks to a bit of conservation in terms of his use by his head coach Matt Tomlin, Hagler has been a lock-down defender and a key receiver opposite Thrap on offense through two weeks.
St. Bernard’s (2-0) will play its home opener next week against an Arcata team coming off a a week one loss and a bye in week two. St. Bernard’s took last season’s game against Arcata 47-14.
Turnovers, penalties cost Eureka
What should may very well have been Eureka’s first win of the season wound up as its second loss as it fell 17-14 at home to Windsor on Friday.
Eureka (0-2) twice turned the ball over inside Windsor’s 10-yard line and with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter had an 80-yard Josiah Graham touchdown reception called back on an ineligible receiver down field penalty.
Keeb Her, who to his credit had a series of runs to get Eureka down in Windsor territory, lost a fumble inside Windsor’s 5-yard-line in the second quarter. Near the top of the fourth quarter Eureka surrendered another possible scoring drive after Trevor Bell threw an interception with goal-to-go.
On the positive end, Bell recorded two touchdown passes. The first one came in the second quarter and found Lamarie Dunn, who turned up field for a 55-yard score. With under a minute to play Bell found Trent Morrow to bring the Loggers with in three points.
Morrow had a key interception in the first quarter in his own endzone, stopping Windsor’s opening drive in its tracks. Hayden Bode also hauled in an interception for Eureka, as did Tim Yang.
Fortuna’s offense takes shape
In a back-and-forth contest in which the winner need only have the ball at the end of the game to prevail, Fortuna came up one possession short. Fortuna fell 45-39 on the road to Miramonte-Orinda Friday night. With 15 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 39-39 Miramonte’s quarterback Matt Meredith hit Tanner Zwahlen for the eventual game-winning touchdown.
Friday’s game was a shootout which Fortuna may not have won, but nonetheless the Huskies’ offense showed plenty to be excited about as the season moves forward.
Kobe Letter, Fortuna’s leading rusher in its week one loss to Cardinal Newman, led the way once again on Friday with 101 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Levi Nyberg also surpassed the century mark, tallying 102 yards on 26 carries. Connor Pratt and quarterback Daeden Taylor each added 42 yards on the ground as Fortuna’s offense finished with 292 yards rushing.
Taylor also rushed for a touchdown. Passing wise the senior had an up-and-down performance, going 3-for-12 with two touchdowns, 84 yards and three interceptions.
Kevin Gage and Branson Gans hauled in Taylor’s TD throws. The former finished with 33 receiving yards and the latter, 27.
Fortuna (0-2) will look to breakthrough and notch win No. 1 on the year next week when it travels to Kelseyville.
Del Norte makes a statement
In its home opener Del Norte certainly put on a show for its home fans in Crescent City Friday night.
Del Norte poured in 55 points in the first half of a 62-0 shutout win over visiting Yreka.
Linebacker/running back Chase Blackburn had a fumble return for a touchdown on defense and two rushing touchdown on offense for Del Norte. Levi Cox Cooley rushed for over 100 yards and added a pair of scores on the ground while quarterback OJ Calleja passed for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Del Norte, since falling to Yreka in 2016, has owned the matchup over the past two seasons, winning both games by a combined score of 106-0.
Up next for Del Norte is a matchup with La Salle—Milwaukie, Or., at home. The game will be La Salle’s season-opener.
McKinleyville holds its own
McKinleyville fell to 0-2 on the road Friday with a 20-0 loss to Willits.
It was a improved showing from McKinleyville compared to its 37-3 loss to St. Vincent de Paul in week one. Willits returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but its offense was held scoreless by McKinleyville through the first half and into the third quarter. Other than a pair of touchdown runs given up to Willits’ Jacob Arms, McKinleyville’s head coach Keoki Burbank said he felt as though his defense played better than it did in week one.
Offensively, McKinleyville is still searching for its footing as it has yet to score a touchdown in 2019.
Up next McKinleyville will host Fort Bragg at the Redwood Bowl on Friday.
Ferndale, Arcata and South Fork enjoyed the comforts of the bye week this week.
Players of the week
No. 3: Kobe Letter — RB, Fortuna
Letter rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Miramonte-Orinda and after two weeks is Fortuna’s leading rusher. Letter, a senior, has emerged as a very productive running threat opposite Levi Nyberg.
No. 2: Trent Morrow — WR/OLB, Eureka
Morrow did it on both ends Friday night despite what was a loss for Eureka. On defense the senior recorded an interception — a potential touchdown saving one at that — and on offense made a nice play to get open and give his scrambling quarterback a target in the endzone for a late-game touchdown.
No. 1: Justin Hagler & Will Omey — RB/SS, QB, St. Bernard’s
Of the many shining starts for St. Bernard’s in Friday’s win none were brighter than Omey and Hagler. Omey completed six touchdown passes while Hagler led the team with 12 tackles and also recorded a receiving touchdown. Omey now has nine passing touchdowns on the year while Hagler has a team-leading 23 tackles in 2019.