July 3, 2008 · Updated 6:09 PM
"The Oak Harbor Prowlers will play for the North Cascade Youth Football League championship for the second straight year thanks to a strong second half effort that left Oak Harbor with a 24-14 victory over rival Mount Vernon last Saturday. We made no mistakes, said coach Steve Walker. Last time we had made mistakes against Mount Vernon in the red zone.The red zone was never a problem for the Prowlers as they drove 80 yards three times in the game for scores. Walker gives most of the credit to an offensive line that committed no penalties in the second half.The first half saw both teams struggle to get their respective offenses in order. The Dawgs mannaged to score first in the second quarter but the Prowlers would come back with a 52-yard strike from Kyle Isaacson to Dan Raymond tie the game at six going into half time. The second half would be different. We knew we had come close, said Walker. They had just made some shoe string tackles.Walker decided to make a change during half time that would turn the tide for Oak Harbor when he switched Isaacson to running back and put James Blunk under center. It was just an option that we had, said Walker. We wanted to put two strong runners in the backfield. We have also made changes in the past three weeks and Mount Vernon hadn't seen some of those things. The change was immediatly felt on the field with a 80 yard drive that colminated with 25-yard touchdown run by Isaacson. The Prowlers' defense would come up big in the second half only giving up six points. Defensive back Josh Fritch had two big interceptions in the second half. The offensive explosion and tough defense would lead the Prowlers to outscore Mount Vernon in the second half, 18-8, and secure the win.The Prowlers will now play the Orcas Island Kings for the championship which will be held in Darrington at 2 p.m. Saturday. "