Odds and ends on Eureka

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
I spoke to several coaches who had played against Eureka this season for this story. Here’s some interesting odds and ends that didn’t get in the story:
* Shasta beat Eureka, 35-6, in Week 1. Shasta coach Aaron Gingery hasn’t seen much of Eureka since that game and said he’s surprised by the Loggers’ postseason dominance. “I am going to be real honest — I thought them going against Petaluma last week, I thought that was a real upset,” Gingery said. “I looked at that score and thought ‘Wow, Eureka came to play.’”
* Petaluma coach Steve Ellison on Eureka running back Soma Vainuku, “I’ve never seen a guy that powerful and one of my thoughts in reflection was that I’ve never coached in a game where so many guys were just bouncing off someone. It was incredible to see our guys flailing away.”
* Ellison was also impressed by Eureka’s 6-foot-2, 250-pound noseguard Dallas Mohorovich and 5-10, 225-pound running pound linebacker Jeff Faulk. He said Mohorovich disrupted a lot of plays. Of Faulk he said, “He’s a really good player. He’s physical, he’s tough and he’s full of fire.”
* Fortuna coach Mike Benbow on Vainuku, who rushed for 393 yards and five TDs in two games against Fortuna this season, “He’s a bull to bring down. You can’t go high on him — you have to get him at his legs. But he’s been tackled low all his life so he’s developed this kind of hop thing. So I don’t know what you do. We tried all that stuff and nothing worked for us.”
* Benbow on Eureka’s chances of winning a section title, “I don’t see anyone stopping them. I know Montgomery is a really good team. But Petaluma was a really good team. I think they are just on a mission.”