Quarterback Trevor Bell opened the Loggers’ scoring with a 60-yard bomb to Josiah Graham and later locked up the win with a 20-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter as Eureka High picked up its first home win of the season, downing visiting Shasta 35-21 Friday night at Albee Stadium.
Eureka lived by the long-play in the first two quarters as both of its first-half touchdowns came on 60-plus yard plays.
After surrendering a touchdown to Shasta on its opening drive Eureka responded with a 3-play drive capped off by a 60-yard touchdown pass from Bell to a wide-open Josiah Graham, who never let a Shasta defender get near him on his way to the endzone.
Eureka took its first lead of the night with just over two minutes to play in the half. The home team once again took just three plays to do it as Lamarie Dunn set off on a scorching 72-yard touchdown run on third down, sending the masses at Albee Stadium into a frenzy. Eureka would lead for the remainder of Friday’s game following Dunn’s score.
Eureka’s Antorious Bell found the endzone twice in the second half, rushing for a 30-yard score midway through the third quarter and a 2-yard bruising touchdown early on in the fourth.
Trevor Bell locked up the win with under three minutes to play with a 20-yard touchdown run which saw the senior make a handful of Shasta defenders miss on the play.
“The quarterback position has become really key in this era of football,” Eureka’s head coach Jason White said. “We called a roll-out pass but I told Trevor before the play to just run the ball if it wasn’t there. To have a quarterback who is as athletic and intelligent as (Trevor Bell) can really take your team to another level.”
Shasta’s return man Famous Armstrong took the opening kickoff 72 yards to set up the visitors just inside Eureka’s 20-yard-line.
Quarterback Derek Myers led Shasta on an efficient 6-play drive capped off by a James Weaver 1-yard touchdown run to put Shasta ahead 7-0 just over two minutes into the ball game.
Shasta scored twice more in the second half. The Times-Standard was unable to get further information on those scores before this article went to press.
And they could have scored more
Eureka had two sure-fire opportunities in the first half to walk into half-time with a 2-touchdown or more lead.
Near the end of the first quarter Bell, facing a third-and-long situation, found a wide-open Trent Morrow who took Bell’s pass 80 yards downfield before being brought down at Shasta’s 15-yard-line. The drive however stalled after Bell took a sack on third down. With under a minute to play in the half Eureka’s Diego Garcia scooped up a Shasta fumble, setting the Loggers up at Shasta’s 20-yard-line.
Eureka failed to capitalize on its gift from the visitors as Bell threw three consecutive in completions before Mengka Vang missed a 37-yard field-goal.
Eureka (2-3) will hit the road for a match up with Ukiah (2-2) next week while Shasta (1-3) will head over to Chico (3-1) next week as well.