By Bill Choy
Triplicate Sports Editor
CRESCENT CITY Things certainly did not go the way the Del Norte High Warriors would have liked Friday night.
The three time defending champions of the Big 5 (now Big 4) Conference lost to rival Eureka 42-20 in its conference opener to drop to 2-2 for the year.
Before Friday night's game, the Warriors had won all its conference games since 2005. It was an impressive streak of 21 straight victories that ended Friday night.
Brock Coulson, the team's leading rusher and starting middle linebacker, suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter. He was carted off in a stretcher in the fourth quarter and taken by ambulance. The extent of the injury was not known late Friday.
"We just got caught on our heels," in the first half, Warrior head coach Lewis Nova said, adding he was pleased with the way his team was able to calm down and do a better job in the second half.
Loggers head coach Garett Montana commended his team for breaking the Warriors conference winning streak.
" I'm happy for the kids," he said. "They came out and worked hard at practice everyday."
Eureka improved to 1-4 for the season.
The game could not have started any better for the Warriors when senior Cody Hoffman returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for the touchdown as the Warrior faithful cheered wildly. Although the point after was blocked, it appeared the Warriors could be on their way to a positive first game of the Big 4 season.
But the Loggers had other plans. Eureka scored on a 40 yard run by Uriah Easley with 11:31 left in the first quarter. The kick was blocked by the Warriors and the score was 6-6 and not even a minute had clicked off the clock.
Things went downhill from there as Del Norte was unable to move efficiently down the field and was stuffed by the Loggers.
Eureka, on the other hand, march down the field at will, using its running game quite well. By the end of the half, Del Norte found itself down 35-6.
For the contest, the Loggers had 367 total rushing yards.
In the second half, the Warriors seemed to settle down and only allowed one more score and had two of its own, although it was not enough to overcome the deficit of the first half.
Coulson scored on a four- yard run and tight end Kagat McQuillen caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Duncan.
For the game, Coulson ran for 41 yards and Hoffman had 81 yards on six catches. Duncan threw for 167 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
After the game, Nova told his players not to hold their heads down and to be proud they came together as a team in the second half and to build on that.
He told his squad they need to think ahead to their game next week against Fortuna on the road.
"We're still in this (the conference title race)," Nova said. "We're going to get better."
Friday night, Fortuna downed Arcata 42-20 to improve to 4-1 for the year.
In the junior varsity game Del Norte fell to Eureka 47-6.