Youth football enters final weekend of regular season; Huskies and Mustangs vying for playoff spots

Mark Lourenzo

Beacon Correspondent

The Six Rivers Youth Football Conference enters the final weekend of the regular season and although no local teams find themselves at the top of the standings in the three divisions of youth football, both the Mustangs and Huskies have teams hoping to gain a berth in the upcoming playoffs.

The Ferndale Mustangs traveled to Eel River Sunday to take on the Huskies at Fortuna High. The resulting three-game sweep by the Mustangs was the first time this season that Ferndale has swept all three divisional games.

Sunday was not a complete bust for the Eel River Valley teams, though, as the Single A Blue Huskies beat the Arcata Tigers 25-0 and the Double AA Blue also won 30-0 over the Tigers.

That win by the Blue team brought their record to 3-4 and they stand at the edge of making the playoffs; a win at Curry Brookings, Ore., this Sunday at 11 a.m. would assure them of making the eight team bracket.

Also in the Single A division Sunday, the Ferndale Mustangs triumphed over the Eel River Valley Huskies White by the score of 37-6. The win improved the Mustangs record to 5-2 and they look like a shoe-in for the postseason. The ERV Huskies White dropped to 2-5 on the season and will probably be out of the playoffs. The Mustangs face the Eureka Lumberjacks this Sunday at Cutten Fields at 8 a.m. and the Huskies White take on the Del Norte Gold at noon at Del Norte High School.

The Double AA division saw a split result for the two teams of the ERV Huskies last Sunday at Fortuna High. The Huskies AA Blue won big over the Arcata Tigers 30-0. That win pushed the Blue's record to 4-2 win one game to go. They are assured of a playoff spot with a win this Sunday as they travel to Brookings to take on Curry at 1 p.m. The Huskies White team fell victim to a very strong effort by the Ferndale Mustangs last Sunday in a 33-0 result. The Mustangs are fighting for a playoff spot with a overall record of 2-4 and the Huskies fell to a 0-7 mark. The Mustangs take on Eureka at Cutten at 10 a.m. and the Huskies White face the Del Norte Gold at 2 p.m. in Del Norte.

In the oldest division of youth football Triple AAA, there will be just six teams make the playoffs out of the nine teams in the conference. Both the ERV Huskies and the Ferndale Mustangs go into the season finale this Sunday with records of 3-4. Last weekend the two teams faced off against each other in Fortuna with the Mustangs coming out on top 41-0.

Ferndale plays at Cutten this Sunday at noon against the Eureka Lumberjacks and the Huskies travel to Del Norte at 4 p.m. for their regular season finale.

Photo by Mark Lourenzo/Beacon

ERV Huskies runningback Jeremy Wilson puts the moves on an Arcata defender as he tries to cut back for more yardage in Sunday's youth football matchup at Fortuna High School.