Trouble in the land of Cottonwood

By Robert Husseman, The Triplicate September 02, 2013 08:44 pm

Del Norte amasses 107 total yards as West Valley shuts out Warriors Friday

Give West Valley High of Cottonwood an inch, and the Eagles will take as many yards as they can.

On Friday night against Del Norte High, the West Valley football team gained 351 yards to the Warriors’ 107 yards en route to a 49-0 Eagles victory in the season opener for both teams.

West Valley senior running back Austin Clark scored three touchdowns, including a 72-yard run on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage and a 75-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter. Marcus Simmons caught a touchdown pass and rushed for a second score, and West Valley sophomore quarterback Kody Karpinski threw two touchdown passes in his Eagles debut.

Del Norte (0-1) started off the game on a positive note, as Jordan Carpenter returned the game’s opening kickoff to the West Valley 35-yard line. The Warriors gained two yards on their first four offensive plays, turning the ball over on downs and then failing to tackle Clark on his long touchdown run.

Every mistake from then on was compounded by the Eagles.

Del Norte quarterback Dylan Pease lost a fumble in the first quarter; seven plays later, Brady Casselman tacked on a 24-yard touchdown run for West Valley (1-0 overall). Casselman later blocked a Jonathan Calderon punt; the Eagles recovered at the Del Norte 15-yard line, and Karpinski found Simmons on a pass to cover the distance.

West Valley kicker J.J. Waterman connected on a 47-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give the Eagles a halftime margin of 29-0.

West Valley took advantage of another fumble by Pease in the third quarter. Karpinski connected with Austin Hollibaugh on a 21-yard pass; four minutes later, Clark ran the ball into the end zone from seven yards out. The game’s referees instituted a running clock at the 2:56 mark of the third quarter.

Pease left the game with about four minutes to go due to cramps and was replaced by Steven Maready. Pease did not return. Warriors linebacker Robin Pearce suffered a lower body injury in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Eighty-six of Del Norte’s 107 yards of offense came on the ground. The Warriors caught two passes on the night.

In the junior varsity game, Del Norte notched a win in head coach Danny Forkner’s debut game, 36-20, over West Valley.

One late scratch on the road trip was KPOD radio broadcaster John Pritchett, who remained in Crescent City due to illness. Mark Pease filled in with John Horner on the broadcast.

Del Norte continues its season Friday, Sept. 6, at home against McKinleyville. Game times are 5 p.m. for junior varsity and 7:30 p.m. for the varsity squads.

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