Mistakes costs the young Del Norte football team once again on Friday as Fortuna came to Crescent City and played the role of spoiler, handing the Warriors a 34-19 loss at Mike Whalen Field on homecoming night.
“We keep giving the best that we have. We made some mistakes again, though, and we can’t have that,” said Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova. “We have got to figure out how to be a second half team and grow to be a second half team.”
The first half of the game was fairly evenly played, but the Huskies took advantage of a couple short fields and a big play just before halftime to jump out to a two-touchdown lead.
Del Norte and Fortuna started the game going toe to toe, as both teams were able to pick up a few first downs in the first quarter, but the early going was largely dominated by both teams’ defenses.
The Warriors forced the Huskies to punt on their first two possessions, but Del Norte couldn’t field the punt cleanly and Fortuna jumped on the ball for possession at the Del Norte 15 yard line. The Huskies punched it in on 3rd and 10 with a 15 yard touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead with 34 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Warriors answered right back with an 11-play 65 yard drive capped by a 13 yard touchdown run to close the lead to 7-6.
The Huskies got great field position once again, starting its next possession on the Del Norte 41 yard line and breaking free for a 30 yard touchdown run three plays later for a 14-6 lead.
Fortuna scored a back breaker late in the first half with a short touchdown run following a 55 yard gain on a wide receiver bubble screen, scoring just 36 seconds before halftime.
The Huskies put the game away early in the second half with a four-minute, 67 yard drive for another touchdown to open the second half.
The Warriors had a touchdown and an interception called back due to penalties in the third quarter, and another touchdown called back on a penalty late in the fourth quarter.
Mason Mitchell hauled in a 30 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ethan Price with 5:03 left in the game and Sebastian Puente tacked on another touchdown on a five-yard touchdown run with 32.6 seconds remaining.
“We subbed a number of kids in for those scores and they were able to be a part of that,” Nova said. “That gives us a lot to look at to see where those kids are at in their development.”
The Warriors will be back in action next Friday with a road game in Arcata.