South Fork Football Falls to Hoopa on the Road

Quarterback CJ Van Meter, #2, prepares to pass the ball last Friday night in Hoopa [Photo by Janice Coffelt]

Quarterback CJ Van Meter, #2, prepares to pass the ball last Friday night in Hoopa [Photo by Janice Coffelt]

South Fork High’s football team fell 30-12 to Hoopa Valley in Hoopa last Friday night. Scoring twice in the first half, the Cubs were worn down late in the game by Hoopa’s swollen roster that included a number of JV players who did not have a game that evening.

“I’m impressed that all season long we have been able to see the big picture, and we keep showing up to compete,” said head coach Andy Olsen of his squad who realize the experience gained this year will pay off next year and are able to see improvements and progress.

Sophomore quarterback CJ Van Meter had another good passing performance, throwing for 2 touchdowns and going 11 for 24 for 174 yards.

Olsen was also pleased with the defensive efforts of several Cubs. Senior linebacker Ipo Savoie had 19 tackles while Junior lineman Aaron Etherton and Junior linebacker Scott Coffelt had 17 apiece. Sophomore Dylan Music continues to improve, getting 4 tackles and taking advantage of every opportunity he got on the line. Senior lineman Justin Michael continues to play through injury setting an example of dedication to the rest of the team.

Junior Gabe Malley #9 making the six-yard run to set up a score on the next play [Photo by Janice Coffelt]

Junior Gabe Malley #(9) making the six-yard run to set up a score on the next play. Also pictured are #66 Aaron Etherton blocking in the background and Scott Coffelt blocking in the foreground, as well as Van Meter (#2) who had just made the hand-off [Photo by Janice Coffelt]

The slippery field made it difficult for the Cubs to advance the ball on the ground and 4 different Cubs caught the ball for the majority of South Fork’s yardage.

Coffelt had 4 receptions for 92 yards. Junior Ryder Pfau had 2 receptions for 35 yards. Junior Gabe Malley had 3 receptions for 27 yards and sophomore wide receiver Cody Wyatt had two catches for 20 yards.

South Fork got on the board first on their 3rd possession of the game. Freshman linebacker Elijah Roberts sacked the Hoopa quarterback and forced a fumble which Wyatt fell on, giving the Cubs the ball on Hoopa’s 25 yard line. It took South Fork 3 plays to get into the endzone. Savoie carried the ball 9 yards, Malley had a 6-yard run, and then Van Meter hit Malley in the endzone for the score.

South Fork was able to hold Hoopa off the entire first quarter, but the Warriors scored three times in the second quarter to lead 18-6. With just 3 minutes left in the half, Savoie intercepted the ball, giving South Fork possession on the Hoopa 28 yard line. Van Meter completed a pass to Coffelt to bring the ball to the 15 and then threw a perfect pass to Wyatt in the back corner of the endzone who made a spectacular diving catch for the score. “Not too many high school players make that catch,” said Olsen of his sophomore standout.

It was all defense for the Cubs in the second half, as Hoopa cycled fresh legs into every play from their deep bench, getting 2 more TDs before the final whistle blew.

Now 0-9 on the season overall, and 0-5 in Humboldt Del Norte League play South Fork will wrap up its season this Friday at St Bernard’s with a 3:30 p.m. kick-off. Game time was moved from Saturday to Friday due to the SAT exam being given on Saturday. While Olsen sees the Crusaders as “the best team in the area”, big school or small, he knows his team will be ready. “We’re going to show up and compete.”


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