Wildcats clinch WesCo North title

Oak Harbor High School put together a balanced scoring attack with 202 yards in rushing offense and another 205 through the air to remain undefeated at 8-0, and secure a first-place finish in the WesCo North with a 47-21 victory at Monroe Friday night.

Eight different Wildcat players scored touchdowns against the winless Monroe Bearcats.

“We have a lot of kids and we like to spread the scoring around as much as we can. It’s good for morale,” coach Dave Ward said.

Quarterback Johnny Encinas threw for three touchdowns and was 14-for-22 in passing, and Donovan Hunt led the Wildcat rushers with 64 yards on only four carries.

Oak Harbor put two touchdowns on the board in the first quarter on a 49-yard Hunt run and a 3-yard Encinas to Michael Bell pass.

Bell’s TD grab continued the senior split end’s streak of eight consecutive games with a touchdown catch.

Monroe narrowed the margin to 12-7 early in the second quarter on a 59-yard pass from Bryan Sonneveldt to Austin Bray, but the Wildcats scored three unanswered touchdowns before halftime to hold a comfortable 33-7 lead at the break.

Chris Valencia scored in the second quarter on a 3-yard run, Jake Rouser caught a 5-yard pass from Encinas, and Rodrick Rumble put a cap on the first half scoring, hauling in a 20-yard strike from Encinas.

After a Bearcat touchdown in the third period, Stephen Lewis scored for Oak Harbor on a 12-yard run and Andy Haag raced 30 yards to paydirt in the fourth quarter for the Wildcats’ final score.

Brad Farnum had 28 yards on three carries for Oak Harbor, Lewis carried the ball three times for 25 yards and Valencia had seven carries for 24 yards.

Bell was the leading Oak Harbor pass receiver with three catches for 75 yards and Rumble caught five passes for an additional 73.

Oak Harbor ends regular season play Friday, hosting Cascade in a 7 p.m. game at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

“Cascade has been on a roll lately,” coach Ward said. “They have a good inside/outside game, some fast backs and they are a physical team.”

Ward said the Bruins don’t throw the ball as much as the Wildcats or Lake Stevens.

“They have a big quarterback and he likes to roll out,” he said. “They are pretty effective when they do this because their quarterback can also run with the ball.”

WesCo North scores

Oct. 19

Oak Harbor 47, Monroe 21

Cascade 42, Arlington 6

Snohomish 45, Lake Stevens 21

Everett 28, Stanwood 0

Edmonds-Woodway 21, Marysville-Pilchuck 10

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