Wildcats maul Seagulls 34-6

Everett had the distinction of being the first varsity football opponent to score a touchdown on Oak Harbor at the new Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

But one touchdown is far from enough to defeat the offensive machine that is the Oak Harbor Wildcats.

Rodrick Rumble accounted for 126 all-purpose yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as the Wildcats’ express rolled over the Seagulls 34-6 in a Friday WesCo North matchup.

With Marysville-Pilchuck defeating Lake Stevens 20-13, Oak Harbor is now in sole possession of first place with a 4-0 league record and a 5-0 overall mark.

“I was pleased with the drives we put together. We were pretty effective tonight,” head coach Dave Ward said.

Oak Harbor put the first points on the board when quarterback Johnny Encinas hooked up with Rumble on an 18-yard scoring strike with 1:51 remaining in the opening quarter. Mike Johnston added the extra point and the Wildcats were off and running 7-0.

“We’re just getting our rhythm down,” Rumble said. “It’s all about my team. We have a great team and when I can do something to help them, that’s what I do.”

Everett scored with 8:03 on the clock in the second period on a 17-yard Brice Herrick to Rendel Jones pass, but the extra-point attempt was blocked and the Wildcats remained on top 7-6.

Oak Harbor then put together an eight play, 57-yard drive as the clock ran down in the first half and Chris Valencia punched the ball in the end zone from a yard out with 1:27 remaining to give the Wildcats a 14-6 halftime lead.

Encinas was sharp to open the second half directing a five play, 65-yard drive capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass to Michael Bell, increasing the lead to 20-6.

“Johnny was on in that drive coming out after halftime,” Ward said. “He was laser right on and we moved down the field just like clockwork.”

Encinas was 18-for-30 in passing for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

“My receivers ran good, crisp pass routes and the line gave me time to throw,” he said. “The run game really opened things up for us. The line started everything on offense and they were going good, and in the second half the defense stepped up.”

In the final 12 minutes of the game, the Seagulls were worn down after getting hammered by the stout Oak Harbor offensive and defensive linemen for three quarters of play.

Donovan Hunt nearly scored on a 4-yard run and it was up to Jake Rouser put the ball in the end zone from a yard away at the 8:48 mark.

“I was almost down there and if I’d had a little more push, I would have gotten in,” Hunt said. “The line blocked really great and I’m looking forward to playing Stanwood next week.”

Hunt led all rushers with 73 yards on nine carries and Rumble lugged the ball three times for 37 yards. Valencia netted 31 yards on 12 tries and Stephen Lewis rushed for 25 yards on three attempts.

“That’s a good group with Chris Valencia, Stephen Lewis and Donovan,” Ward said. “They all run hard and fake well, and our line opened some nice holes.”

Rumble put the final points on the board with 4:28 remaining on a 1-yard pass from Encinas.

The Wildcats travel to Stanwood Friday, Oct. 5.

Ward said Stanwood is a tough team to beat on its home field and the Wildcats have had trouble down there in the past.

“They are pretty scrappy and physical on their home field so we expect a ball game,” he said.

The Spartans are a team that likes to run the ball on offense.

“They’ve got a big tailback, kind of a bruiser type of kid,” Ward said. “They line up with two tight ends and a full house backfield and play just power, smash-mouth football.”

On defense, Ward said Stanwood puts eight players up close to the line of scrimmage and they will come after you.

“We’ve got to be ready to cover up and help each other pick up different kinds of blitzes,” he said. “They’re going to be fired up when they play us and we are going to have to be ready for them.”

Kickoff against the Spartans is set for 7 p.m.

Oak Harbor 34, Everett 6

First quarter

OH — Rodrick Rumble 18 pass from Johnny Encinas (Mike Johnston kick) 1:51

Second quarter

E — Rendel Jones 17 pass from Brice Herrick (Kick blocked) 8:03

OH — Chris Valencia 1 run (Johnston kick) 1:27

Third quarter

OH — Michael Bell 16 pass from Encinas (Kick failed)

Fourth quarter

OH — Jake Rouser 1 run (Johnston kick) 8:48

OH — Rumble 1 pass from Encinas (Johnston kick) 4:28

Game stats Everett Oak Harbor

First downs 9 20

Rushes-yards 28-58 33-194

Passing yards 90 218

Comp-Att 10-21-0 1 18-30-0 3

Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 2-6 2-20


RUSHING — Everett: Alex Schaller 12-46, David Andre 3-8, Brice Herrick 6-8, Michael Murray 1-2, Tyler Carson 1-1, Brent Swezey 1-minus 1, Rendel Jones 4-minus 3. Oak Harbor: Donovan Hunt 9-73, Rodrick Rumble 3-37, Chris Valencia 12-31, Stephen Lewis 3-25, Jake Rouser 3-24, Brad Farnum 1-2, Ben Sorenson 2-1, Johnny Encinas 1-1.

PASSING — Everett: Herrick 10-21-0 1 90. Oak Harbor: Encinas 18-30-0 3 218.

RECEIVING — Everett: Jake Frauenholtz 3-36, Andre 1-15, Jones 2-14, Swezey 2-13, Luke Holland 1-9, Schaller 1-3. Oak Harbor: Rumble 8-89, Michael Bell 7-78, Hunt 2-43, Rouser 1-8.

WesCo North scores Sept. 28

Oak Harbor 34, Everett 6

Marysville-Pilchuck 20, Lake Stevens 13

Cascade 40, Monroe 0

Arlington 34, Stanwood 14

Snohomish 22, Mariner 20

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