South Fork Football Falls to McKinleyville 39-0
South Fork junior center Brad Kloiber prepares to snap the ball to sophomore quarterback CJ Van Meter. He is flanked by senior lineman Joseph Peralta. [Photo by Janice Coffelt]
With just 14 players able to suit up for last Friday night’s home opener against McKinleyville, South Fork’s Varsity Football team did well to generate significantly more offense than in the previous week’s game against Clear Lake.
Despite the lop-sided final score, the Cubs made 13 first downs and gained 253 total yards. Sophomore quarterback CJ Van Meter was 3 for 7 for 36 total passing yards.
Junior running back Scott Coffelt carried the ball 23 times for a total of 148 yards, including one run for 19 yards to lead South Fork’s offensive push. Coffelt also had 2 receptions for 22 yards and was named overall player of the game. That Coffelt was able to accomplish so much is significant because when one of the Cub linemen went down with an injury, Coffelt volunteered to take his place and spent a quarter and a half on the offensive line.Head coach Andy Olsen had high praise for his offensive line, who he estimates to have been outweighed by Mack’s defensive line an average of 70 pounds per player. “For us to run for 250 yards against an opponent of that size is a huge accomplishment,” he said. Senior Joseph Peralta, Juniors Brad Kloiber, Colten Gurreri, and Dylan Music, and sophomore Orin Paula comprise the Cub offensive line. It was Paula whom Coffelt replaced after he became injured.
On defense senior Ipo Savoie, junior Gabe Malley, and Coffelt each got in on ten tackles, with juniors Brad Kloiber and Colten Gurreri participating in eight tackles apiece.
Junior Ryder Pfau was named special teams player of the game for his 2 kick-off returns totaling 69 yards.
Olsen likes his young team’s character. “For as young as we are, and for not having a lot of size, we never give up. Despite the fact that we haven’t scored yet these guys never hang their heads and they compete through the whole game.”
A couple of his younger players contributed well against Mack. Sophomore Ayden Gallagher had a “couple of touchdown saving tackles” and freshman Austin Worrell, playing in his first game for South Fork last Friday, “showed good instincts, and will play a more significant role as we get deeper into the season.”
Based on the improvement the team has made since last week’s loss to Clear Lake, Olsen feels the team will make great progress this year, leading to some success later in the season.
This Friday night the Cubs will host Arcata with a 7 p.m. kick-off in Miranda. “We should get on the board in this one. Arcata has gotten a little better the last few years, and we have never lost to them, so I’m sure they will be hungry for a win,” said Olsen. “They’re not as big as Mack, but they do have 25 players.”
South Fork is expecting the return of junior lineman Aaron Etherton and will be preparing in practice this week to handle Arcata’s strong running game.