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Wildcats known for fast starts

The Wildcats have shown they can get out in a hurry. They were up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter Tuesday against Kamiak and have not given up a point in the first quarter all season, outscoring opponents 96-0.

The scoring has been evenly distributed among all four quarters with a breakdown of 96, 93, 89 and 81 points in the first, second, third and fourth quarters respectively. Oak Harbor has outscored their opponents 359 to100, an average game score of 35-10.

Senior Grant Bull leads the team in scoring with 16 touchdowns. Adam Diaz and Kyle Veach have each scored seven with Blake Ward adding six TDs. The Wildcats have rushed for 1,652 yards with five different backs logging over 200 rushing yards for the season. Bull gains nine yards each time he runs the ball.

Bull also leads the receiving corps with 555 yards on 18 receptions with six touchdown catches. Veach leads in receptions, catching 28 passes for 403 yards and six scores. Bull averages 30.8 yards per catch while Veach is logging 14.4 every time he hauls in a pass.

Senior quarterback Lenny Serfling is 73 of 140 for 1,377 yards with 18 touchdown passes.

Oak Harbor averages 357 yards in total offense per game and has an even balance between the run and the pass. The Cats have 1,652 rushing yards while airing it out for 1,565.

Defensively the Wildcats have dominated the line of scrimmage with their under-sized front. Defensive coach Jay Turner attributes this control in the trenches to the players’ athleticism. “We have always tried to field the most athletic group we can. Because of our size we can’t play man-up,” Turner stated. “We teach the kids to work half of the body of the offensive lineman, to work hard getting off the blocks and to not stay tied up with the blocker.”

Senior Chad Asmus has been a major headache for opposing linemen for two years and has repeatedly “blown up” plays in the opponent’s backfield before they had a chance to begin. “Chad has the quickest first step I have ever seen,” Turner commented. And the seventh-year coach has seen his share of football players He played college football at Montana, a Division 1AA power for years.

The linebackers and defensive backs combine for a group loaded with speed and guys who like to hit. That was apparent against Kamiak as the Knights’ receivers were punished all night. Play after play a Wildcat defender would arrive at the receiver at the same time as the football with a well-timed hit.

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