Mendocino-Hartnell football

Saturday's game
Mendocino (2-0) vs. Hartnell (1-1) at Rabobank, 2 p.m.
Having given up 41 points in a loss last week at Shasta, now the Panthers face a team that's averaging 45.1 points a game, which is fourth in the state.
Coming into this season, Mendocino was just 3-27 over the last three years, including a 36-20 loss to Hartnell last fall.
Mendocino is going to air it out, having thrown for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns, seven coming from Kylar Sharp. Four of Joceice Cannon's six catches have gone for touchdowns.
An opportunist Mendocino defense has created 13 turnovers this fall. The Panthers meanwhile, have turned the ball over an uncharacteristic eight times.
Sherrod Hawkes has brought the ground game back for Hartnell, rushing for 75 and 79 yards in his first two games back since missing all of last season with a shoulder injury.
 Last fall the Panthers had two receivers combine for over 100 catches and nearly 1,800 yards. This year is more of a committee approach for quarterback Dorion Isaak.
 Chemistry is still a work in progress, with former North Salinas standout Randy Ivey catching four passes for 75 yards and a touchdown last week.
Defensively Donyae Moody has 25 tackles in his first two games for the Panthers while Monterey grad Matthew Wright has 13 tackles, including eight last week with a sack and fumble recovery.

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