The big question heading into Saturday’s league opener between Eureka and Fortuna at Albee Stadium is whether Loggers quarterback Trevor Bell will be available.

Bell rolled his ankle on the final play of practice on Tuesday of last week and was sidelined for last weekend’s game at Chico.

This week Eureka head coach Jason White was giving little away, saying only that Bell will be a game-day decision and keeping the Huskies guessing.

Saturday’s game is part of the Eureka homecoming festivities, with four games total scheduled for Albee Stadium.

The first of two soccer games gets things going at 11 a.m., with the Eureka and Fortuna JV football teams playing at 4 p.m., and the varsity showdown at 6:30 p.m.

More importantly, it’s also the Big 4 opener for both teams, and with just three league games each, a loss will put either in an immediate hole.

The Loggers have been the more impressive of the two this season, winning three straight games before last week’s 35-0 loss against a quality Chico team on the road.

The Huskies come into league play with a record of 2-5 and will need a strong showing over the next three weeks to get back to the playoffs, where they have won back-to-back North Coast Section titles.

Arcata (2-1 in league, 4-3 overall) at Ferndale (3-0, 5-2), 1 p.m.

The league crown is up for grabs at Ferndale on Saturday afternoon.

A win for the cats will guarantee them at least a share of the title, which would be the program’s first since they shared the championship with St. Bernard’s in 2013.

The Tigers, who lost to the Cats in a thrilling league opener at the Redwood Bowl three weeks ago, will be looking for a measure of revenge and to keep their title hopes alive with a win.

Last week, the Tigers got the better of Hoopa 36-19, while Ferndale beat McKinleyville 41-12.


Ray Hamill writes at, where you can read lots more about sports in Humboldt County.