Eel River Valley Replay: Local sports highlights

Neil Tarpey

The Times-Standard

Nov. 2: Ferndale's Chambers returns two punts for TDs in win over Hoopa

FERNDALE -- His performance was extra-special.

Kyle Chambers had a game to remember in Ferndale's 36-8 win over Hoopa Valley on Nov. 2.

Chambers was just getting started when he scored two touchdowns on runs of 45 and 5 yards in a span of 42 seconds in the first quarter.

Almost five minutes into the second quarter, Hoopa Valley's Dakota Mosier punted and Chambers picked up the ball in his own end zone. He raced out, and then along the right sideline for 101 yards -- perhaps the longest punt-return TD in Humboldt-Del Norte history -- for his third TD of the afternoon.

And Chambers wasn't done yet.

With five seconds left in the half, Mosier punted again, but unfortunately for the Warriors, the ball neither squibbed nor went out of bounds. Instead, Wyatt Standley caught it, reversed it to Chambers, who -- while the horn sounded to end the first half -- sprinted 68 yards into the north end zone for his fourth TD, helping the Wildcats take a 26-0 lead at intermission.

Chambers also booted a 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He caught two passes, and finished with 96 yards on only eight carries.

Ferndale's other points came via Brad Martin's 32-yard run around the left side in the third quarter.

The Wildcats' D was tough against the Warriors' running game, not yielding a first down until 57 seconds were left in the third quarter.

Jesse Vanderpoole played a stout game for the Wildcats' D, while Briceland Franklin, Lee O'Reilly and newcomer Jared Meyer each recovered Warriors fumbles.

With the victory, Ferndale improved to 4-1 in the Little 4 and 6-3 overall, heading into its final regular season game next Friday at South Fork.

The loss dropped Hoopa to 0-5, 0-8 going into its season-ending game Saturday at St. Bernard's.

Nov. 1: Fortuna scores 20 points in under two minutes in Big 5 win over Del Norte

FORTUNA -- Great field position. Three lightning-quick touchdowns.

Fortuna took possession three consecutive times inside the Del Norte 40-yard line in the second quarter, and scored 20 points in just 1:46, as the Huskies defeated the Warriors 34-12 in Big 5 football on Nov. 1.

With the victory, Fortuna improved to 5-2 in the Big 5 and 7-2 overall, heading into Friday's league road game against McKinleyville.

The loss dropped Del Norte to 3-4, 3-6, going into Friday's league home game against Arcata.

In a scoreless game in the second quarter, Fortuna punt returner Ryan Weigman -- who already had two punt return TDs this season -- raced for a 27-yard return to give his team the ball at the Del Norte 31-yard line.

Husky QB Jacob Hough subsequently hit tight end Dominic Eastburn on a seven-yard slant for the game's first touchdown at 11:19.

The opportunistic Huskies recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Warriors' 38-yard line, and needed just 19 seconds to score again. First, Major Plain ran 18 yards, and then Brett Renner burst 20 yards to paydirt.

Del Norte took over trailing 13-0, and went to the air, but Fortuna cornerback Zack Hugh intercepted a pass, giving his team the ball at the 28-yard line. On the Huskies' first play, Hough connected with a wide-open Eastburn to help make it a 20-0 lead.

Eastburn's two receptions were his first two TD catches of the season.

Fortuna kept its mojo working in the third quarter, taking the opening kickoff and marching 66 yards in 10 plays that consumed almost five minutes.

Hough faked a handoff, kept the ball, and scampered 14 yards for a touchdown.

Del Norte got on the board at 2:36 in the third quarter, after Josiah Johnson caught Dylan Pease's 24-yard pass. Pease picked off a pass a minute earlier to provide the Warriors with their great field position.

The Huskies got their final TD at 11:19 in the fourth quarter in a 4th-and-inches situation. Instead of getting just inches, Nolan Cahill zipped through the line and ran 34 yards for the score.

Fortuna's Thomas Roberts was one of the defensive stars in this game. Roberts sacked Del Norte QB Steven Maready twice, and had a big tackle for a loss.

The Warriors kept battling, and with 31 seconds remaining in the contest, Humberto Cortez grabbed a seven-yard TD pass from Maready.

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Photos by Nick Adams/The Times-Standard

1. The Fortuna Huskies performed well Nov. 1 scoring 20 points in under two minutes in a Big 5 game that ended Fortuna 34, Del Norte 12.

2. Hoopa Valley fell to Ferndale 36-8 on Nov. 2 improving 4-1 in the Little 4 ratings.

3. With its victory over the Warriors on Nov. 2, the Wildcats are 6-3 overall in Little 4 standings. Their final regular season game is Friday at South Fork.

4. The Huskies take to the road to face off against McKinleyville Friday. They are 7-2 overall in the Big 5.