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Bombers open season with win.

"Within two minutes of the first quarter, Bomber running back Tim Nagle ran a sweep around the left side of the line, shook off a couple tacklers and earned three distinctions - (one), it was the first touchdown, of (two) the first game of season for the Bombers, the 9-and-10 year-old, or Midget division, in Oak Harbor's Youth League Football program. In addition, it was (three), the first touchdown ever on the just-finished Fort Nugent Park, a 20-acre expanse of grass that has been a gleam in the eyes of Youth League football players and parents for a long time.If Nagle was aware of his accomplishment, he didn't show it. The diminutive ball carrier was busy trying to punch in the extra point. As it turned out, the lad was stopped by a swarm of Sedro Wooley Cubs tacklers. That didn't stop his teammates from yelling and cheering his name and the early lead.Matter-of-fact, the Bombers yelled and cheered a lot on the way to a 30-13 victory over the Cubs. They also growled.Using an old strategy, Bomber defensive players growled at their opponents when the Cubs ran up to the line of scrimmage.In fact, one Bomber tackle was warned by a bemused referee about the intensity of his growling. Seemed he was scaring some of the younger fans. He listened politely then growled ferociously on the next play.The growls quieted when Sedro Wooley's Trevor Eaton turned a broken play into a touchdown a few minutes later, then scored the extra point on a sweep.Eaton was a force to be reckoned with on the field. Besides breaking runs, and scoring both of the Cubs touchdowns, he delivered more than his fair share of hits on defense.Eaton scored again on a sweep early in the second quarter and Nagle answered with another sweep, and another score, just before the half to make it 13-12 Sedro Wooley at the break.Considering it was the first game, literally, for many of the players the action was fast-paced.Granted, a couple players ran toward their opponents huddle once or twice and coaches on both side of the field were heard to call out, Over here, or No, over there, frequently. And the refs stopped the action occasionally to explain what prompted a face mask or clipping penalty to an obviously confused player. But overall, both the teams and the fans seemed seemed to be having fun with the game and pleased the new field.The field is extremely important, OHYFL president John Dumas said at the half. We've been around since the late '80s and we've never had a home field. We've felt like gypsies for a long time but now the City's provided this and it's great.Up until now, Dumas said, the kids who comprise six teams in Oak Harbor's Youth Football League relied on Coupeville and Oak Harbor's high school for a field to play on.But more often than not, one field would be occupied and the Jammers, Jets, Bombers, Intruders, Warriors or Prowlers would have to shuffle between the two.The an assortment of agencies, including the Oak Harbor SChool District, the City of Oak HArbor, the Marines, the Navy and the Island County Commissioners came up with either land, money or volunteer muscle and manpower and the field took shape.We are truly now a class league, Dumas said.The second half belonged to the Bombers.Nagle scored again. Then Brendan Kays scored up the middle on a quarterback keeper. then Stephen Horning on sweep.Game over. Bombers 30 - Cubs 13.You guys just won the first game ever played on this field, Bomber coach Scott Cooley told his team after the game.Whether the players fully understood the historical significasnce of the win was unclear.But they were yelling and cheering a lot. Some were even growling. "

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