The Eureka Loggers suffered a pair of key injuries in Friday night’s season opener, including one to the team’s top lineman Miles Meynell.
The senior, who anchors both lines for the Loggers and also is the starting kicker, was sidelined with a leg injury in the second half of a 40-27 loss to Placer at Albee Stadium.
Lineman/linebacker Jacob Wooden, one of just two sophomores on the roster, was also forced out of the game with a leg injury.
The good news for the Loggers is that neither player is expected to be sidelined for too long, although each will miss two or three weeks, according to head coach Jason White.
“He’ll be back, but he’ll miss a little bit,” White said of Meynell, an all-league selection as a junior in 2018, whose injury appeared pretty serious at first.
Junior Chase “Biscuit” Steubing will now switch to tackle to fill in for Meynell along the offensive line.
Steubing, one of the best all-around football players on the team, will be expected to fill the void, but the move takes him away from the passing game, where he had begun to establish himself at tight end.
Steubing had a spectacular leaping catch for a touchdown in Friday’s loss.
Overall, White was happy with a lot of what he saw from his players in the opener.
“I was reasonably happy with it,” the head coach said. “Obviously we had a lot of first-game mistakes, the typical things.”
The Loggers host Windsor on Friday night before taking to the road for four of their next five games.
Ray Hamill writes at humboldtsports.com, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.