This week marked the kickoff of the football season at Trinity High School. After a two-week delay, Trinity finally got on the field and faced the Etna Lions on Saturday in a game that was rescheduled, rescheduled again, and later moved to Weed High School due to smoke levels in Etna.
With the night lights shining down, the varsity Wolves took the field, ready for their first action against another school in almost two years. The euphoria soon faded, when, on the first drive, junior tight end Tom Canfield broke his wrist while being tackled after catching a pass. Trinity was still able to march down the field, but a red zone interception changed the momentum.
What ensued was a much more competitive game than the 30-12 final score would indicate. Missing Canfield, who also starts at outside linebacker, as well as senior cornerback/wingback William Shaw, who was absent for personal reasons, had a ripple effect on the depth chart. The Wolves stepped up, however, many of them playing at positions they were unfamiliar with. Led by junior outside linebacker Daegon Gorre, the Trinity defense gave a valiant effort, but the offense wasn’t able to match it. Both sides of the ball will look to rebound on the road this Friday against Hoopa.
The junior varsity game started off with a bang, with Etna returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown. The Wolves didn’t let that slow them down though, the first play from scrimmage being a 58-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Wayne Woodman to tight end and fellow freshman Matthew Smith on a corner route. After that, things slowed down a bit, with both teams turning the ball over on downs several times, and exchanging touchdowns once more. But Etna was able to find the end zone a couple more times than Trinity and claimed victory, 24-12.
The Timberjacks began the season with a loss on the road at Dunsmuir 28-14 this past Friday night after their first two games of the season were canceled due to fires/smoke/evacuations.
Hayfork began the game with a 67-yard TD run by Dakota Mummy and Devin Nanez ran in the 2-point conversion to go ahead 8-0. Dunsmuir responded at the end of the first quarter with 5-yard and 71-yard TD runs to go ahead 14-8.
For most of the 2nd quarter, Hayfork and Dunsmuir traded punts, and Hayfork had a drive stall at the 15 yard line at the end of the half.
Hayfork got the ball to start the third quarter, but again a drive stalled. Dunsmuir got the ball and scored on a 55-yard TD run making the score 22-8. Dunsmuir then recovered an onside kick and promptly scored on a 40-yard TD run. In a matter of a few minutes, the score quickly went from 14-8 to 28-8.
Hayfork finished the game with a 13-yard TD pass from Nanez to James Morrison to bring the final score to 28-14.
On offense Trenton Haight carried the ball 25 times for 76 yards. Mummy carried the ball 11 times for 83 yards and a TD. Mummy also completed five of six passes for 43 yards. Nanez had four receptions for 22 yards and he also completed his only pass for a TD for 13 yards.
On defense Morrison had 11 total tackles, 5 unassisted, and also had a sack. Andy Yang had nine tackles (four unassisted). Mummy also had nine tackles with four unassisted.
“It was great to finally get a game in,” Coach Mike Miller said. “We have struggled with the wildfires. We have had 20 practices, but only three of which we have been able to practice outside. It is tough to simulate live game speed in practice when you can’t be on the field.
“Our kids learned a lot Friday night, and we will continue to improve. I am proud of how they finished the game.”
The Timberjacks next play Friday night in Princeton.
On Saturday the varsity volleyball team traveled to Arcata High School to compete in a 16-team tournament. They finished the weekend one game above .500, winning 2-1 against Arcata, 2-1 over Etna and 2-0 against Brookings-Harbor, but falling 2-0 to both Fortuna and Ukiah.
On Tuesday, the THS volleyball team hosted the Redding Christian Lions at the Weaverville Elementary School gym. Junior Brynn Scribner did everything she could to keep the sets close, recording a team-high 17 kills to go along with an ace. The match went the distance, with Trinity winning sets one and four, but falling 15-12 in set five.
Coach Denice Cody’s team (6-6) will have a few days to rest before traveling to Weed on Thursday, and Los Molinos on Friday.
-- Ryan Gogan
No score was reported from the Wolves’ season opener at Quincy on Saturday, Sept. 11.
High school sports schedules
Schedule changes for Trinity High School:
* Soccer will now play Butte Valley in Weed on Thursday. They will then be up in Fall River on Saturday to play Quincy at 1:30 p.m. and Fall River at 4 p.m.
* Volleyball will still be at Weed on Thursday and will go to Fall River on Saturday and play Quincy at 9 a.m., Burney at 11 a.m. and Fall River at noon. The Los Molinos tournament scheduled for Sept. 17-18 has been canceled.
* Swimming has canceled their Saturday meet and is in Redding today, Sept. 15, competing.
Sept. 15: Trinity swimming at Anderson
Sept. 16: Trinity soccer against Butte Valley at Weed*, 5 p.m.
Sept. 16: Trinity volleyball at Weed, JV/V, 5 p.m.
Sept. 17: Trinity cross-country at Black Butte Invitational, Orland
Sept. 17: Trinity football at Hoopa, FS/Varsity, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 17: Hayfork football at Princeton, 6 p.m.
Sept. 17-18: Trinity volleyball at Fall River Tournament, V
Sept. 18: Trinity swimming at Durham
Sept. 18: Trinity soccer against Quincy, Fall River at Fall River, 1:30 and 4 p.m.
Sept. 21: Hayfork volleyball vs. Tulelake*, V, 6 p.m.
Sept. 21: Trinity soccer vs. Fall River*, 5 p.m.
Sept. 21: Trinity volleyball vs. Fall River, JV/V, 5 p.m., WES Gym
Sept. 22: Trinity cross-country at State of Jefferson XC 2021
Sept. 23: Hayfork volleyball vs. Happy Camp*, V, 6 p.m.
Sept. 24: Trinity football vs. Yreka, FS/Varsity, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 24: Hayfork football vs. Butte Valley*, 6 p.m.
Sept. 25: Hayfork JV volleyball at Red Bluff Tournament, 8 a.m.
Sept. 25: Trinity soccer at Modoc*, 1 p.m.
Sept. 25: Trinity volleyball at Modoc, JV/V, 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: Hayfork volleyball vs. Trinity, FS/V, 5 p.m.
Sept. 28: Trinity soccer vs. Butte Valley*, 5 p.m.
Sept. 28: Trinity volleyball at Etna, JV/V, 5 p.m.
* League game/match