The Oak Harbor Wildcats are rolling again this year with a 3-1 record, but this season has an eerily similar feel to last year.
The Cats went undefeated until the back to back losses in the Conference Championship and first round of the playoffs. The loss this year seems very similar to the two losses last year.
In all three losses the Cats have been one dimensional and the lack of a passing game is what cost the team those games.
Anyone who has followed our Wildcats football team for the last couple of years knows how good their running game has been, but if the Cats are going to make a run at a state championship they need to have a more balanced offense.
If you look at their three losses in the last two seasons, the better teams have put eight and even nine “in the box,” and have stopped our running game. When forced to throw the ball, the Cats have been out of sync. The line has had problems in pass blocking, the receivers have dropped a lot of passes and the timing between the QB and receivers has been off.
The Cats have all the pieces in place to have a great passing game, but still seems content to run the ball over 90 percent of the time. Senior quarterback Ian Kolste, who was named one of the top prospects in the state by WashingtonPreps.com, has not been given the opportunity to use his talents.
With all the weapons at his disposal (Trower, Sams, Sinchak, the Webster brothers) the Cats could have a great passing attack and add another dimension to the offense.
My biggest concern for the team is that they are going to fall into the same trap they did last year by being content running the ball and winning against the lower caliber teams. Coaches, PLEASE do not let history repeat itself; prepare your team for the tough games that are coming at the end of the season, use your opportunities to improve your on passing game and prepare the team for a state run.