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Football: Oak Harbor cuts down Shorewood 46-7
A lightning strike to start the game, domination at the line of scrimmage and a heavy dose of Josiah Miller carried the Oak Harbor High School football team to a 46-7 win over Shorewood at Shoreline Stadium Friday, Sept. 17.
The win was the first in three tries for the Wildcats this fall; Shorewood is also 1-2. Next Friday Oak Harbor hosts 3-0 Everett in the annual homecoming game at Wildcat Memorial Stadium beginning at 7:30.
Against Shorewood, Isaiah Trower returned the opening kickoff 78 yards to put Oak Harbor on the board just seconds into the contest. Peter Franssen kicked the extra point.
Shorewood evened the score when Eugene Holley broke from a gang of tacklers and raced 32 yards for a TD just one play after the Thunderbirds gained possession on an interception.
That 32-yard run would account for a third of Shorewood’s offense as the Oak Harbor front line shut down the T-birds running game. Shorewood gained just 104 yards on 31 carries; the total doesn’t take into account a minus 16 yards from five fumbles mishandled and recovered in the backfield.
Two Thunderbird quarterbacks completed six of 12 passes for only 24 yards; two passes were intercepted, both by Miller.
Meanwhile the Oak Harbor line helped the Wildcats rush for 229 yards on 34 carries and gave quarterback Matt Burgoyne plenty of time as he hit nine of 14 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns; he had one interception.
With the score tied 7-7, Oak Harbor drove 79 yards to take the lead on Miller’s 9-yard run with 2:21 left in the first quarter. Sam Wolfe kicked the PAT.
Miller struck again, this time from the defensive side when he picked off a pass and sprinted 62 yards for another TD with about 10 minutes left in the half. The point after kick failed.
Miller wasn’t through. He sprinted through the T-bird punt coverage for a 51-yard return and score with 6:24 left in the half. That made it 26-7.
After a Shorewood punt, Oak Harbor drove 55 yards and scored on Burgoyne’s 9-yard completion to Aaron Boesch. Wolfe kicked the extra point.
The Wildcats finished the first half scoring when Burgoyne connected with Zach Ayer on a 27-yard middle screen. The ‘Cats led at the break 39-7.
Oak Harbor threw only one pass in the second half and chewed up the game clock with a punishing ground game; and reserves played much of the fourth quarter.
The lone score in the second half came when Oak Harbor forced the Thunderbirds to punt from their end zone. Justin Counts returned the boot to the 17 and moments later Miller collected another touchdown when he slipped in from 14 yards out. Frank Grecco kicked the extra point.
Miller finished with 91 yards rushing on nine carries. Brent Ryan had 45 yards on nine totes and Ayer had 40 on eight. Nine Wildcats carried the ball in the game.