The Trinity high school varsity football team finally saw its home opener Friday, Sept. 24, its first home football game in nearly two years, but fell 28-22 to Yreka in a game that, if you look at individual stats, you would think Trinity won.
Junior running back Daegon Gorre rushed for a whopping 189 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry to go along with a sack and 10 tackles. Quarterback and fellow junior Brian Thompson threw for 93 yards, quite a bit for an offense with a run-first mentality. Juniors Zach Maze and Brody Crippen returned kickoffs for 80 and 70 yards, respectively, with Maze’s going all the way to the house.
But the same execution issues that plagued the team against Hoopa continued into this game. Long drives marching down the field look great, but a fumble in the red zone and a 100-yard pick six would bring those drives to a screeching halt, and ultimately prove too much to overcome.
The Trinity JV team (0-3) lost 44-14.
Trinity (0-3) has a bye week this week, and begins league play Oct. 8 at Modoc.
The Timberjacks (1-2) won 26-12 Saturday afternoon at home over the Butte Valley Bulldogs.
Hayfork took the opening drive and finished with a 25-yard TD pass from Dakota Mummy to Troy Hair for a 6-0 lead. Butte Valley later blocked a punt, and finished a short drive with a QB sneak for a TD, tying the score at 6-6 at the end of the 1st quarter.
Hayfork scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 27-yard TD run by Noah Fielding. Mummy ran in the 2-point conversion and the score was 14-6. Butte Valley quickly responded by running the Hayfork kickoff back for a TD, and the score was 14-12 at the half.
In the third quarter, Fielding scored on a 9-yard TD run to make the score 20-12. Fielding also scored on a 10-yard TD run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to bring the final score to 26-12 in favor of the Timberjacks.
Offensively, Fielding did the load of the work. He carried the ball 29 times for 175 yards and scored three TDs. Dakota Mummy carried the ball 14 times for 62 yards and had one TD.
The Timberjacks had a very strong defensive game, as Andy Yang had 13 tackles (10 unassisted) and had a sack with two forced fumbles. James Morrison had 9 tackles (7 unassisted) including 3 sacks and a fumble recovery. Devin Nanez had 8 tackles (4 unassisted) with a sack. Mummy intercepted a pass, and Hair recovered a fumble.
Hayfork is now 1-2 overall and 1-0 in league play.
“It is always a little different playing during the middle of the day, and it seemed as if we were a little flat at times. We need to work on our focus in practice,” coach Mike Miller said. “We have a lot to work on in practice this week as we need to clean up our special teams and get our offense to the line faster. However, a win is a win and we will gladly take it.”
The next opponent will be the Westwood Lumberjacks (0-2 overall, 0-2 in league), 6 p.m. Friday at home.
The Trinity volleyball team continued its success this last week, defeating Fall River at home 3-1 before making the trek to Modoc and beating them by the same margin. Junior Brynn Scribner put on an MVP performance against Fall River, recording 20 kills and 10 blocks, the only player to reach double digits in the latter category for either team. Sophomore Chloe Albiez also had a stellar game with 13 kills and 3 aces, second on the team in both categories.
This week the Lady Wolves will be searching for a win at county rival Hayfork, as well as retaining their undefeated status in league play with games at Etna and vs. Mount Shasta.
Hayfork High’s first volleyball game of the season came a bit late this year, but that didn’t stop the Timberjacks from working hard to make a good first game against the Tulelake Honkers on Tuesday, Sept. 21, and then against Happy Camp on Thursday, Sept. 23. While these games ended in losses for Hayfork, the season has only just begun.
The first serve against Tulelake came from Madison Balbini, a senior. Unfortunately, Tulelake took control of this serve and scored a point. This score for the opposing team didn’t deter the Timberjacks though. Alexis Smith. senior, had a passionate fire to her as she played, taking dives at the ball multiple times to keep Tulelake from getting a point. The first game gave the Timberjacks a loss at a final score of 7-25.
The Tulelake Honkers showed themselves to be fierce competitors with players like Anixa Arellano, who was steady on blocking the ball and even serving two aces during the second game. Starting the game as a server for the second time, Balbini sent the play in fast and fierce, guiding Hayfork to score a point. This got the crowd roaring with excitement. Despite all the blows the Hayfork Timberjacks gave, they lost another game after a few calls for stepping over the line, leaving the final score at 16-25.
Serving for the third and final game of the night was once again Balbini. To the dismay of the spectators, Tulelake took the first point and kept going up from there. But the Timberjacks didn’t plan on going out without a fight. When they were at about 8 points, the Honkers slipped up, giving the ball to Hayfork. It was in these plays that Hayfork started to make a comeback. Ultimately, the third game was won by Tulelake with the final score at 15-25.
Despite losing their first match, the Timberjacks were not disappointed with the turn out. “I would say we did good,” Smith said. “We’ve only had a week of practice, so next time we’ll have more practice and do better.”
In Hayfork’s next game vs. Happy Camp High School Indians, the game was started again by Balbini but Happy Camp took the first point, while the Timberjacks worked to gain their rhythm. The first game of this series resulted in a loss for Hayfork, with the final score at 13-25.
Starting the second game, the Timberjacks came out strong, scoring the first point. Junior Kimberly Lo faced off at the net with the Indians multiple times, along with sophomore Arabella Carini, and again Smith. While the team fared well during the second game, the Indians took another victory, 17-25.
The team gave the third game their all. Carini showed fire on the court, putting her all into the game and making incredible dives for the ball, scoring the team multiple points. The tensions were high during the third round, as a loss would give Happy Camp a win for the series. But Hayfork prevailed and took their first game of the young season, with the score coming out to 25-16.
Going into the fourth round, the Timberjacks had Balbini ready to take the shot and took the first point. Samantha Castellanos, senior, also made strong serves and return bumps in the fourth game. And while the team fought hard and gave it their all, the final score came out 17-25.
“We really improved from our last game,” said Taylor Guilfoile, sophomore. “It was just really exciting and showed practice was paying off.”
—Sean Onwiler, HHS Timberline
While they didn’t quite get the revenge they were looking for, the THS soccer team improved from their previous game against Fall River, this time coming away with a 2-2 tie on goals from senior Autrin Peralta and junior Brody Crippen.
The soccer team came out guns blazing in their next game though, a 6-0 road victory against Modoc. Both of the Peraltas, Autrin and Auryn, tallied two-goal games, and three different goalies contributed to the shutout — Connor Wetzel, James Norman and Brody Crippen.
They will look to build on their dominant performance in an upcoming home-and-home series against Weed High School.
On a road trip that took them across state lines, the Wolves cross-country team took part in the State of Jefferson meet in Ashland, Ore. Although the other schools participating brought substantially more athletes, Trinity remained fairly competitive. Three Wolves placed in the top 25 in their events, Kyle Cox and Anthony Rist for the varsity boys, and Aubrey Prunty for the varsity girls.
The next meets for the cross-country team will be today, Sept. 29 at the Dr. Bill Brown Classic Cross-Country Invitational in Fall River, and then this Friday in Redding at the 14th annual Bill Springhorn Classic.
High school sports schedule
Sept. 29: Trinity cross-country at Dr. Bill Brown Classic Cross-Country Invitational
Sept. 29: Hayfork volleyball at Big Valley* (Bieber), V, 6 p.m.
Oct. 1: Trinity cross-country at 14th Annual Bill Springhorn Classic
Oct. 1: Trinity football BYE WEEK
Oct. 1: Hayfork football vs. Westwood*, 6 p.m.
Oct. 2: Trinity soccer at Tulelake*, 1 p.m.
Oct. 5: Hayfork volleyball vs. Butte Valley* (2), V, 3 p.m.
Oct. 5: Trinity volleyball vs. Mt. Shasta, JV/V, 5 p.m., WES Gym
Oct. 7: Hayfork volleyball vs. Dunsmuir* (2), V, 4 p.m.
Oct. 7: Trinity soccer vs. Weed*, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 7: Trinity volleyball vs. Weed, JV/V, 5 p.m., WES Gym
Oct. 8: Trinity cross-country at West Valley Coed Invitational
Oct. 8: Trinity football at Modoc*, FS/Varsity, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: Hayfork football at Big Valley* (Beiber), 6 p.m.
Oct. 12: Trinity soccer at Fall River*, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 12: Trinity volleyball at Fall River, JV/V, 5 p.m.
Oct. 14: Hayfork volleyball at Tulelake*, V, 6 p.m.
Oct. 14: Trinity soccer vs. Tulelake*, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 15: Trinity cross-country at Chico Autumn Invitational
Oct. 15: Trinity football vs. Hamilton City*, Homecoming, FS/Varsity, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 15: Hayfork football vs Princeton*, 6 p.m.
Notes: Trinity football frosh-soph games begin at 5:30 p.m.; Trinity varsity begins roughly 20 minutes following the FS game (about 7:40 p.m.)