Oak Harbor mows down Everett | Football
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
September 24, 2012 · 12:18 PM
Using a devastating ground game and stingy defense, the Oak Harbor High School football team opened Wesco 3A North play with a 47-7 win over visiting Everett Friday, Sept. 21.
The Wildcats trampled the Seagulls for 428 rushing yards on 38 carries, an 11.3 average per attempt.
The Oak Harbor defense was as dominating, limiting Everett (0-1, 0-4) to 60 yards on the ground and harassing Seagull quarterback Nolan Rogge into an 8-for-27 day for only 91 yards, two interceptions and four sacks. Thirty of those yards came on the game's next-to-last play when Everett scored its touchdown against the Wildcat reserves.
Behind touchdown runs of 45 and 28 yards, Isaiah Trower led Oak Harbor with 151 yards on only eight carries. Fred Webster picked up 93 yards and a TD on eight rushes. In all, 10 Wildcats carried the ball and five scored.
Ian Kolste hit three of 10 passes for 37 yards.
It didn't take long for Oak Harbor to take control. Webster rumbled 42 yards to the 10 on the game's fourth play, then Sheyenne Sams scored from there. Frank Grecco kicked the point after.
Two plays after a JoJo Webster interception, Trower zipped in from 45 yards out.
Early in the second quarter, a bad snap on an Everett punt attempt gave Oak Harbor the ball at the Seagull 15. Julian Faralan scored from the 6, Grecco kicked his third PAT and Oak Harbor led 21-0.
The defense got in on the scoring when Jon Lanningham scooped up an Everett fumble and returned it 14 yards for a touchdown. Mark Johnston's PAT kick was partially blocked.
After the Seagulls failed to convert on fourth down near midfield, Kolste ran for 10 yards. A penalty tacked on 15 yards, then Trower traveled the final 28. Again, the PAT was blocked, and Oak Harbor led at the break 33-0.
An interception by Mike Maletto set up the next Oak Harbor score. Kolste hit JoJo Webster for 18 yards, then Fred Webster took two carries to reach the end zone. Johnston's kick made it 40-0.
In the fourth quarter, the Oak Harbor reserves went 64 yards for the final Wildcat TD. Carries by Gage Eccleston, Dejon Devroe and Bernard Deguzman, who had a 27-yard run, took it to the 2 where Tim Davidson scored.
About the only negative for the Oak Harbor offense was three lost fumbles. Coach Turner said, "We need to clean that up."
Defensively, 23 different Wildcats recorded tackles, led by Lanningham's seven. Rhys Matilla, Jeremy Foster and C.J. Shavers had sacks, and Shavers and Lanningham teamed for another.
Shavers, Lanningham, Foster and Tyler Adamson each had two tackles for losses; Devroe, Anthony Alexander and Matilla one each.
Turner called the win a "big-time confidence builder" after last week's loss to Lake Stevens.
Now Oak Harbor (1-0, 3-1) faces Stanwood (0-1, 2-2). After two impressive wins to open the season, the Spartans have suffered two perplexing losses.
Turner said, "We will prepare like we are playing the Stanwood from the first two weeks."Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.