Oak Harbor’s Powerful Ground Game Shines in Win Over Knights By Steve Dion
A light slate of games to kick off week two of the high school football season took place Thursday included a WesCo clash featuring the visiting Oak Harbor Wildcats and host Kamiak Knights at Goddard Stadium. Both teams won in their season opener; which squad would push their record to 2-0?
Oak Harbor was off to the races early as they intercepted Kamiak on the first play of the game. This led to a 46-yard rumble to the pylon by Princeton Lollar Jr. who lived in the endzone all night long. Kamiak responded with a 5-yard strike from Matt Merk to Ben Barton.
However, the Wildcats powerful running game with Taeson Hardin and Lollar started to take its toll on the Knights defense and they started to take a control of the game. They led by three scores at the break.
As the second half wore on, the push up front by the staunch Oak Harbor offensive line helped the offense sustain drives and finish in the red zone. The Knights found the endzone twice more, but they could not surmount the massive lead accumulated by the Cats. Oak Harbor finished with over 600 yards on the ground and looks tough. The Wildcats 2-0 start may just be the tip of the iceberg for Coach Jay Turner’s bruisers from Whidbey Island.
3A State Football Rankings By Steven Dion
Marysville-Pilchuck has been on everybody’s mind. The Tomahawks took on Meadowdale with a packed house looking on, they got the win. We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.
1) Bellevue 8-0, 6-0 League The Wolverines rattle off another undefeated regular season. They have a great chance to raise the hardware in December once again.
2) Eastside Catholic 8-1, 4-0 League Undefeated against teams from Washington and 1-1 out of state record. This may be Thielbahr’s best chance to capture a state title.
3) O’Dea 8-1, 4-1 League Monte has rested the best tailback in the state through the latter half of the season. Myles Gaskin and the veteran lineman from the Irish have a playoff run in them.
4) Marysville-Pilchuck 7-1, 4-0 League The community has rallied around this team in the wake of tragedy and they are responding by playing great football heading into the postseason.
5) Lincoln 9-0, 7-0 League An undefeated regular season gives the Abes another crack at the best 3A has to offer. Will Kitna be able to make another step and overtake the elite teams in the postseason?
6) Peninsula 8-1, 7-0 League After losing a one-point game in the season opener against Gig Harbor, the Seahawks have won eight straight en route to a 3A SPSL title run.
7) Auburn-Mountainview 8-1, 6-1 League The Lions have plenty of talent at the skill positions to make some noise in the playoffs, but a push to the Tacoma Dome will be a tall task for a team with limited postseason experience.
8) Oak Harbor 6-1, 4-0 League Hats off to the Wildcats for awarding the 3A Wesco League title to Marysville-Pilchuck. That game projected to be great measuring stick for Oak Harbor, but the circumstances rightfully took priority.
9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 4-0 League Spotless record for the Lancers with only 30 points allowed all season. The Seamount did not present any great obstacles, but Bourgette’s boys will not back down from any playoff challengers.
10) Mount Spokane 7-2, 5-1 League The Wildcats’ two losses were by a total of 10 points by Sandpoint (ID) and Gonzaga Prep. Beating several 4A teams throughout the season earns this Greater Spokane League squad the tenth spot.
On the Bubble
Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
Bishop Blanchet 7-2, 2-2 league
Capital 7-2, 6-1 league
3A State Football Rankings By Steven Dion
The question we are asked each week is simply, who can defeat Bellevue? Bellevue continues to be the team everyone is looking to beat. We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.
1) Bellevue 6-0, 4-0 League It is no surprise to see the Wolverines perched at the number one spot in the rankings. Goncharoff continues to put an elite high school football team under the Friday night lights every week.
2) Eastside Catholic 6-1, 4-0 League The victory over O’Dea last Friday earns the Crusaders the number two ranking. Thielbahr has the pieces to bring his team to the state championship game for the third straight year.
3) O’Dea 6-1, 3-1 League The Fighting Irish roster is loaded, so the loss to Eastside Catholic will certainly not slow down Kohler’s march back to the Tacoma Dome.
4) Lincoln 7-0, 5-0 League The Abes are averaging 56 points per game including a 91 point effort. Jon Kitna’s team may not have had any true tests yet, but they will get a chance to go toe-to-toe with the state’s best.
5) Marysville-Pilchuck 6-1, 4-0 League Losing to O’Dea without your star running back doesn’t mean much when you take down a top 10 team in 4A (Lake Stevens) and beat everyone else by at least 27 points.
6) Peninsula 6-1, 5-0 League After a thrilling victory over Auburn-Mountainview last week, the Seahawks have vaulted up to six on the rankings. The decisive win over Lakes was nice, and the lone loss is a 30-29 grinder to Gig Harbor.
7) Auburn-Mountainview 6-1, 4-1 League Someone had to win the back-and-forth classic between the Lions and Peninsula. The margin was so thin that AMHS sits right under the Hawks in the rankings as they have proven their strength thus far.
8) Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League It is fitting that the dark horse in the rankings are the Mavericks. They are undefeated in competitive league play and the one loss on the record was against Lake Stevens by a touchdown on the road.
9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 5-0 League An undefeated record this late in the season is impressive even considering a strength of schedule that may be lacking. Until they even sniff a loss, the Lancers keep earning top ten consideration.
10) Oak Harbor 5-1, 4-0 League The Wildcats are yet to face their strongest opponent of the year as Marysville-Pilchuck makes a visit, but they have accomplished enough this year to grab a top ten nod.
Oak Harbor Improves Playoff Path With Win Over Meadowdale By Steven Dion
A 3A Wesco showdown between the Mavericks of Meadowdale and Oak Harbor Wildcats carried significant playoff implications. This matchup on Friday night at Edmonds Stadium provided the winner with hosting Mount Si next week; the loser to travel to 3A juggernaut Bellevue to take on the Wolverines. Both teams got off to a slow start as no points were put on the board in the first quarter. The field position battle was evident early as big runs by Wildcat tailbacks Dejon Devroe and Julian Faralan and booming punts by Mavericks’ Taylor Linton neutralized one another. Meadowdale was credited with a safety after a Wildcat long snap rolled out of the end zone. However, Oak Harbor responded by turning a Savion Hollins-Passmore interception into a touchdown run by Faralan. Before half, O.H. found the end zone once more on a 52-yard strike from Clay Doughty to Dyllan Harris. Score at the break was 13-2 in favor of the visitors.
When play resumed, the Mavericks quickly brought the game back with one possession on a 1-yard run by Muhleak Braxton. Perhaps the most critical play of the game occurred minutes later and likely decided the victor. Meadowdale drove down the field after forcing a quick three-and-out after the Braxton TD. As a Maverick receiver was diving into the end zone, the ball was jarred loose and recovered by Oak Harbor. This play deflated a Meadowdale squad which began to capture the momentum of the contest. From that point on, the Mavs offense struggled as dropped balls hurt QB Jerremiah Evans’ confidence, who threw a pair of late interceptions. Oak Harbor capitalized on TD scampers by Princeton Lollar and Faralan for the second time. When the final buzzer sounded, the Wildcats walked away with a 27-8 victory.
Top Performers: Oak Harbor
Julian Faralan – 2 rushing TDs of 6 and 17 yards
Mountlake Terrace wins by 32, will face Stanwood in District One Championship By Colin Caruso
Saturday- Feb. 9
Jackson High School
In a great atmosphere at Jackson High, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks faced off against the Oak Harbor Wildcats in a semifinal matchup of the Wesco district tournament. Mountlake Terrace jumped out to a quick 16-3 start in the first 4:19 of the quarter, controlling the offensive glass and the pace of play. The run was fueled by six points from junior Greg Bowman, who also added four rebounds in the quarter. Senior Marquis Armstead led the way for the Hawks, scoring 11 points in the quarter on 3 of 3 shooting from beyond the arc.
The second quarter wasn’t much better for the Wildcats. Mountlake Terrace controlled the offensive glass again, grabbing seven offensive rebounds in the quarter and finishing on easy put-back layups and dunks. The Hawks also forced 13 turnovers in the first half, eight of them in the second quarter, to take a 46-11 halftime lead.
Coming out of the break, the Wildcats did a better job of ball movement and began to run solid half court sets. Their aggressiveness put them in the bonus in the third, but they were unable to convert on their free-throw opportunities in the quarter. In a low scoring third, Mountlake Terrace took a 54-17 lead into the fourth.
Oak Harbor came out in the fourth with their best quarter of the game, but the lead was too great for the Wildcats to make any feasible comeback. They outscored the Hawks 15-10 in the quarter to lose 64-32.
The Hawks will face Stanwood next Saturday, right back here at Jackson High School for the District Championship at 8:00 PM.
Leading Scorers: Oak Harbor
Dayne Herron (9)
Chris Hailer (8)
Mountlake Terrace Greg Bowman (16 points, 14 rebounds) Marquis Armstead (14)