Warriors take 3-0record into Fortuna

September 28, 2007 12:00 am
Del Norte High football player David Mendoza runs in a game against McKinleyville on Sept. 21. The Warriors won the game 54-0. Tonight, Del Norte travels to Fortuna to take on the Huskies at 7:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy of the Eureka Reporter/Joni Schrantz).
Del Norte High football player David Mendoza runs in a game against McKinleyville on Sept. 21. The Warriors won the game 54-0. Tonight, Del Norte travels to Fortuna to take on the Huskies at 7:30 p.m. (Photo courtesy of the Eureka Reporter/Joni Schrantz).

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

The Del Norte High varsity football team takes their perfect record into Fortuna tonight to face the 3-1 Huskies.

The Warriors, who are 3-0, have exploded out of the gate this season, scoring 122 points and allowing only 12 points. And the 12 points were scored in the first game of the season.

Warrior head Coach Lewis Nova said the Warriors will face a Fortuna team that could present a challenge.

"We're focused," Nova said. "We know when we go to Fortuna they will battle you," adding it will boil down to "who wants to stay undefeated," in the Big 5 Conference.

The game starts at 7:30 p.m., with the Junior Varsity squad playing at 5 p.m.

Both teams opened up Big 5 play last Friday with wins.

Del Norte dismantled McKinleyville 54-0 on the road. The ground game was superb, accounting for 357 yards. Matt Wakefield rushed for 163 yards, while Trevor Rook accounted for 122 yards.

The Huskies won at home 33-22 against Arcata.

Jason Johnson, the Fortuna senior quarterback, led his team with both his arms and legs. He passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

While pleased for the most part with his teams' performance against McKinleyville, Nova said Del Norte needs to do some fundamentals better against the Huskies.

This includes a better job at tackling and making sure the opponent is taken down quickly and does not break tackles and gain extra yardage.

The Warriors also have to cut back on penalties, which Nova said there were too many of in the past two games.

On offense, the Huskies do a good job throwing the ball down the field and running it as well, Nova said. He said the team needs to apply pressure and keep the Huskies from establishing their offensive game.

On offense, Nova said the Warriors need to continue to play the way they have so far this year and move the ball down the field by passing and running the ball on the ground.

Overall, Nova said he's been happy with how Del Norte is playing this year.

"I'm very pleased with our progress," he said. "As far as execution, We're happy."

On the injury front, Nova said Taylor Duncan, a starting wide receiver and backup quarterback will return this week.

Against Hidden Valley, Ore., two weeks ago, Duncan suffered a minor concussion and sat out last week's game. Saxon Schultz, who is the starting tight end, has missed the last two games and will be back tonight.

Warren Bailey broke his hand last week and will be out at least four weeks. Senior Peter Kestler broke his leg last week and is out for the year.