Mad River Union
SHASTA LAKE – Arcata traveled to Shasta Lake to take on winless Central Valley and emerged with a 35-21 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season.
The Tigers led by one point at halftime despite throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble.
“We were minus four in the first half in turnovers,” head coach Jamal Jones said. “That’s what I was worried about. They didn’t surprise us. We knew everything they were going to hit us with. The heat mixed everything up. It was just one of those days. That was the weird part of this.”
Running back Demitri Patterson and the big guys up front led Arcata’s offense. Patterson ran for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns.
The defense played well as unit with a couple of pick sixes, including one by Anthony McQueeney that kept Arcata on track in the first half. The Tigers did not allow a score by the Falcons in the second half.
“Giving up the 21 points was the biggest disappointment of the game,” coach Jones said.
he Tigers were in better shape and wore down the Falcons in the second half, but coach Jones was in no mood for consolation.
“We can’t play that bad for a half and expect to beat good football teams,” he said.
Arcata (2-0) is scheduled for a bye week. The Tigers will not make up for last week’s canceled game against Trinity. The contest was called off due to area forest fires.