Meet the Eureka Loggers

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
This and that on fourth-seeded Eureka (10-2), which will visit No. 1 Petaluma on Friday night in the NCS Division II semifinals:
* Eureka 6-foot-1, 245-pound senior RB Soma Vainuku as rushed for 1,724 yards and 29 touchdowns while averaging 9.0 yards a carry. In the postseason, he’s rushed for 472 yards on 42 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He rarely plays on defense in an effort to keep him fresh.
Vainuku has received scholarship offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State, Hawaii and San Diego State. USC and UCLA have been actively recruiting him, but have yet to make offers. He is the cousin of Cincinnati Bengals linebacker and Eureka alum Rey Maualuga.
Petaluma coach Steve Ellison scouted Eureka’s 54-0 quarterfinal win against Ygnacio Valley on Saturday and saw Vainuku up close and personal outside the Loggers’ locker room following the game.
“He is quite a physical specimen,” Ellison said.
* Two other standouts include senior noseguard Dallas Mohorovich and senior defensive back Erik Sharp. Eureka coach Garrett Montana said Mohorovich might receive a scholarship offer from UC Davis. Sharp has seven interceptions.
* Montana on Petaluma, “That’s an impressive football team. In watching them, I don’t see any real weak spots. They have good players at every position. They’re a great football team — I can see why they are undefeated.”
* Eureka runs the Wing-T offense, but also mixes in some option, which could help in preparing for Petaluma’s triple-option attack. The Loggers faced Fortuna, another triple-option team, twice this season and beat the Huskies 46-7 on Oct. 23 and 49-7 on Nov. 13. Fortuna went 8-4 and lost to top-seeded Encinal, 48-22, in the NCS Division III quarterfinals last week.
* Eureka is on a nine-game winning streak during which it has outscored its opponents, 471-51. The Loggers have outscored their playoff opponents 115-7 and its defense hasn’t allowed a point in 10 quarters — first-round playoff opponent Pinole Valley scored its only touchdown on a kickoff return.
* The Loggers are making the 245-mile trek to Petaluma today and spending the night.