Big Four League
records/schedule

W-L PF PA

Eureka 7-0 289 83

Del Norte 6-1 272 101

St. Bernard’s 5-2 277 146

Fortuna 5-2 260 202

*No league games have been
played yet this season

Week 8 matchups

Fortuna at Del Norte, Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Eureka at St. Bernard’s, Saturday at 6 p.m.

The Del Norte football team is coming off of its bye week with a 6-1 overall record, but the last three weeks of the regular season will undoubtedly be the most important with Humboldt-Del Norte Big 4 League play about to kick off.

“It went well,” Del Norte head coach Lewis Nova said of the team’s bye week last week. “We made it very intense, but we also cut back a little bit at times and let them heal up. Coaches had some extra time to put in to perfect the plays that we have. It really comes at a great time for us before league.”

Though Nova said it was nice to have a little extra practice and an opportunity to rest, each of the other Big 4 teams are in the same position, also coming off of a bye week leading up to league play.

“I’m sure the other guys are saying the same thing,” Nova said. “So we are all going to be rested up, we are all going to go play, and we will just see where the chips fall.”

Although the Warriors are off to a strong start at 6-1 this season, the rest of the Big 4 has been equally impressive, and the league looks to be as strong as it has ever been, despite fewer teams.

Del Norte, Eureka, St. Bernard’s and Fortuna are a combined 23-5 in non-league games. Eureka is currently ranked No. 2 in the North Coast Section Division III according to maxpreps.com’s playoff prediction model. Fortuna, Del Norte and St. Bernard’s are ranked No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 respectively in NCS Division IV.

“Our three league opponents are some of the best teams in Northern California and in the North Coast Section,” Nova said. “There is no rest period now — every game is the game. You just have to keep moving forward and play your best.”

The Warriors will kick off league play against a familiar opponent in Fortuna. The Huskies, currently 5-2 overall, handed Del Norte its only loss so far this season with a 62-32 win on its homecoming night in Fortuna.

“Fortuna is a very good team. They jumped on us and they beat us,” Nova said. “This is again a measuring stick game for us — how are we going to come out and compete? I think our lines will answer the bell. We are going to come and play, and we will see how much better we have gotten since the last time that we played.”

In addition to the Huskies’ No. 2 ranking in the section, Fortuna also has a brand new CIF state championship banner from last season. Nova said the Warriors can’t afford to lead Fortuna’s accolades be a distraction though.

“We have to be confident in ourselves,” he said. “They have a state championship banner up on their wall, and they deserve it, but we are playing a game between the white lines, and we need to go play.”

Reach Michael Zogg at mzogg@triplicate.com .

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