ARCATA -- Seniors Ian Bonde, Liam Godfrey and Lorenzo Logwood all generated stellar offensive statistics for the St. Mary's High football team on Saturday.
But the defense of St. Mary's also shined in the Panthers' 49-21 win over No. 2 Fortuna in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game at Humboldt State University.
Fifth-seeded St. Mary's forced four turnovers and allowed just seven points after the first quarter to help earn the program's first NCS title.
In one of the bigger momentum shifts in the game, the Panthers, trailing 14-7, stopped Fortuna on fourth-and-1 at their own 13.
"Our defense has been exceptional all year," said St. Mary's coach Keith Minor. "They've been really tough in the red zone, and that was a great stand right there. They gave us four stops."
That play sparked St. Mary's ensuing 87-yard drive, punctuated by quarterback Bonde's 43-yard touchdown pass to Godfrey. The Bonde-to-Godfrey connection not only tied the score at 14 but also clearly swung the momentum back to St. Mary's (10-4).
The Panthers made their other pivotal stop in the third quarter after Brett Renner's diving interception gave Fortuna (10-3) the ball at the St. Mary's 26-yard line.
But on a sweep to the left, a trio of Panthers defenders forced a fumble and recovered the ball at the 10-yard line.
St. Mary's capitalized quickly, needing just four plays to go 90 yards for the touchdown. The big play was Logwood's third-down, 54-yard burst through the Huskies and then back down the right sideline.
On the next play, Bonde hit Eric Phillip on a 25-yard TD pass, and the Panthers took a 21-14 lead.
With less than a minute remaining in the quarter, the Huskies chased Bonde out of the pocket.
The senior quarterback fired the ball down the right sideline, putting it up for grabs.
Godfrey went up between two defenders, caught the ball, and then raced off for a 75-yard touchdown that made it 28-14.
Not done yet, St. Mary's found pay dirt again. This time it was Logwood, rumbling around the right side and 30 yards down the sideline, breaking a tackle, for the points that put the Panthers up 35-14.