Del Norte (35) vs Brookings (0)

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

Del Norte 14 14 7 0 35

Brookings 0 0 0 0 0

Team Stats

Team Rush Pass Total

Del Norte 33-239 7-21-153 392

Brookings 28-39 16-34-247 85

Individual Stats

Passing

Player Comp. Att. Yds. TD/INT

OJ Calleja 4 14 114 2/1

Ethan Price 3 7 58 1/1

Rushing

Player Carries Yds. TD

Sebastian Puente 11 121 0

Ethan Price 11 117 1

Nick Voight 1 6 0

Cole Blackburn 3 4 0

Kenji Adams-Lee 1 -3 0

OJ Calleja 6 -6 0

Receiving

Player Catches Yds. TD

Ethan Price 3 110 2

Giovanni Gonzalez 1 37 1

Chase Blackburn 1 12 0

Kaleb Price 1 9 0

Nick Voight 1 4 0

The Del Norte football team is off to a 4-0 start, and has dominated each of its first four opponents to kick off the 2018 season. All three of the Warriors’ wins have come by 33 points or more, including three shutouts this season.

Although Del Norte can feel good about its start, the road is expected to get a lot tougher for the Warriors from here on out.

That starts on Friday with Oregon 4A 15th-ranked Mazama coming to Whalen Field.

Heading into this weeks games, Del Norte’s first four opponents of the season are a combined 3-7 overall. Meanwhile four of the Warriors last five opponents — Mazama, Fortuna, St. Bernard’s and Eureka — are a combined 12-1. Del Norte will also play Trinity, which is currently 0-2.

“In the schedule up to now we have done things and gotten better,” said Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova. “We have beat teams that we are supposed to beat. Now here comes the challenge.

“This game will give us the measuring stick that we need to measure the rest of the season by. We need to be ready to come out, we need to be disciplined, and we need to eliminate penalties.”

Nova said he believes his players have bought into each other and the vision the coaches have for this team through the first four games.

“We have really taken a team approach and everybody is on board,” Nova said. “Everybody wants to get better, everybody pushes themselves, and that is what we need. We don’t have five or six outstanding athletes that can sit there and dictate. We have a lot of good athletes that need to preform, and they need to perform on a consistent steady basis in order for us to be successful.”

That extends beyond the teams starters to its backups, many of whom have also played significant snaps early in the season.

Del Norte’s depth will be tested going forward, but Nova said it is also a significant key to finishing the year strongly.

“Our depth will be important. When we are rotating kids in it is different when you are playing a team you are even with or above. Now you are playing a team that is going to bring it to ya. Those backups are also going to have to answer the call.”

Although Del Norte has already played four games this season, Mazama will come to Crescent City with a 1-0 record after a later start for Oregon football teams combined with a canceled game against Yreka last week due to wildfire smoke.

After last season’s scheduling fiasco with forfeits and cancellations, Nova said he sympathizes with the Vikings early season plight.

“I told their coach, ‘Coach, you haven’t read my book from last year. We missed games and weeks, so we know what you are talking about,’” Nova said. “They don’t have the game time that we have this season, so that is a plus for our side. We will have to show that with our consistency on both sides of the ball.”

Although Mazama High School, out of Klamath Falls, Oregon, plays in another state the Vikings have become a familiar opponent, playing Del Norte in each of the past two seasons.

In 2016 Mazama edged out Del Norte 22-16 in Crescent City before both teams went on to win their respective league championships. In 2017 the Vikings blew by the Warriors 32-0 in Klamath Falls.

“They came over here that first year and beat us here in a game we felt like we should have competed in and won,” Nova said. “Then last year we went up there and they were just a better team than us at that time.

“Now we are back at home and it will be a few weeks before we come back. You can sit there and look at records, but I look at teams and Mazama is a team. They are going to come at us, and we need to be able to play football with them.”

In both contests, the Vikings featured a power running game and a strong defense. Nova said he expects to see the same thing out of Mazama once again in 2018.

“I look for them to step up with their big guys up front to stabilize, and then let their backs flow,” Nova said. “They do a lot of the same things as us.”

Once again, Nova said controlling the line of scrimmage will be a big key for the Warriors. That battle may be even more important than normal against a Mazama opponent focused largely on the same goal.

“Our defensive line with Cody Bailey at times can get going and raise havoc. We are looking to be a little bit quicker off the ball,” Nova said. “Offensively when we come at them we need to get into those linebackers and block them.”

The varsity game is scheduled to begin 30 minutes after the junior varsity contest ends. The JV game will start a little early this week, kicking off at 4:30 p.m.

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com .

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