TAG’S TEAMS: Arcata Tigers Secure ‘Big Five’ Championship

Tag Wotherspoon / Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 @ 5:11 a.m. / Sports

Congratulations to head coach Dave Fillippini and the Arcata Tigers for capturing their first outright Big Five Conference championship since 1985 with a 28-12 home win over the Eureka Loggers on October 19.

Arcata also snapped a 24 game losing steak to Eureka, as they defeated the Loggers for the first time since 1990.

Meanwhile, the Ferndale Wildcats clinched at least a share of their 14th straight Little Four Conference title with a 62-20 road victory over the Hoopa Valley Warriors last Friday..

The Wildcats have now beat the Warriors 32 times in a row.

In the game of the year, the Fortuna Huskies outlasted the Del Norte Warriors in overtime by a score of 41-40 in Crescent City.

Fortuna has won the last nine games in its series with Del Norte.

SMALL SCHOOL RANKINGS

1) Ferndale (7-1) - The surging Wildcats, who have reeled off five straight wins, play the South Fork Cubs in their final home game of the regular season.

2) South Fork (3-5) - The Cubs exploded for 22 points in the fourth quarter, as they rallied from a 12-0 deficit, to earn a 22-18 victory over the St. Bernard’s Crusaders.

3) St. Bernard’s (5-3) - The Crusaders dropped a spot in our latest rankings after their loss to South Fork.

4) Hoopa Valley (2-6) - The Warriors will try to break a five game losing streak, when they entertain St. Bernard”s.

LARGE SCHOOL RANKINGS

1) Arcata (8-1) - Senior Aleric Stone and junior Tyler Kiel combined for 340 yards rushing and three touchdowns for the Tigers against Eureka.

2) Fortuna (5-3) - After giving up 33 unanswered points, senior Colton Ross scored on a 10 yard run and junior Bryant Head kicked the extra point to help lead the Huskies to their overtime win over the Warriors.

3) Eureka (4-5) - The Loggers will try to regroup during their bye week, before they host Fortuna on November 2.

4) Del Norte (2-6) - The Warriors, who have lost four straight games by a combined total of 20 points, travel to Arcata to face the Tigers at the Redwood Bowl.

5) McKinleyville (2-6) - The Panthers return to action after their bye week against Fortuna in the Friendly City.

WEEK 9 SCORES

Ferndale 62 Hoopa Valley 20 *
South Fork 22 St. Bernard’s 18 *
Arcata 28 Eureka 12 *
Fortuna 41 Del Norte 40 (OT) *

Bye - McKinleyville

WEEK 10 GAMES

Friday Games

St. Bernard’s (2-2, 5-3) at Hoopa Valley (0-4, 2-6) *
Del Norte (1-4, 2-6) at Arcata (6-0, 8-1) *
McKinleyville (0-5, 2-6) at Fortuna (3-2, 5-3) *

Saturday Game

South Fork (2-2, 3-5) at Ferndale (4-0, 7-1) *

Bye - Eureka (2-1, 4-5)

* Conference Game

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