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Wildcats continue to roll
Coming off an exhilarating home win against Snohomish, Oak Harbor head coach Dave Ward hoped his team wouldnt have a let down against Cascade on Thursday night.
We tried to guard against it, he said. Were right in between two big games and we didnt know what to expect from Cascade.
The Wildcats put forth the farthest thing from a let down in a shortened week, crushing Cascade 48-7 at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Our goal was to go out and take it to them right away, Ward said.
Taking it to them is what Oak Harbor did. On the opening kickoff senior Jeremy Brown returned the ball 59-yards in a blustery wind to the Bruin 31-yard line. From there the Wildcats used their dominant running attack to punch in the first score of the game. After running eight plays and eating up 4:20 on the clock, senior tailback Kyle Isaacson broke free from 4-yards out for a 7-0 lead.
It was a fairly long drive, Ward said. We just mixed up the running game, we didnt want to throw the ball because we were going into the wind.
Oak Harbor continued to have success running the ball, as six players combined for 324-yards on the ground. Senior Blake Ward led the way with 83-yards on 16 carries and two TDs, Isaacson had 55-yards and two TDs, senior Nate Metcalf ran for 47-yards, junior Dan Raymond had 37-yards and senior Adam Diaz went for 18-yards. Sophomore Gabe Vest also added to the arsenal when he broke free for a 65-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The line surge was just really impressive and the fakes were really good by our backs, Ward said. Cascade just didnt know where the ball was going.
The Cats built a 20-0 lead by the half on an 18-yard run from Raymond and a 5-yard plunge by Ward.
Oak Harbor continued to apply the pressure at the start of the second half. After forcing Cascade into one of their many three-and-out possessions, junior James Blunk provided quite the spark for the Cats. Taking a Blake Snow punt at the Oak Harbor 49, Blunk weaved his way through defenders and busted loose for a 51-yard score.
Ward and Isaacson went on to add two more third-quarter TDs to not allow any chance of a Bruin comeback.
The Wildcat defense also put on quite a show holding the Bruins to 63-yards rushing through the first three quarters.
The linebackers were strong stepping up on the run and the ends did an excellent job controlling their sweeps, Ward said.
Cascade eventually picked up a touchdown late in the fourth quarter when Snow connected with his tight end Jacob Winneman, but the Cats were able to contain the pass for virtually the entire game.
We had real good coverage in the secondary, Ward said.
Oak Harbor (5-1, 6-1) will now prepare for their homecoming game Friday, Oct. 24 against Stanwood (3-1, 4-2). Aside from the importance of it being the homecoming game, the contest also holds serious playoff implications.
Its going to have a playoff atmosphere because there is a lot riding on it, Ward said. The loser is pretty much out, the winner is in a good position to get into the playoffs.
The game starts at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium and can be heard locally on KWDB 1110 AM.
Oak Harbor 48, Cascade 7
Oak Harbor 13 7 15 748
Cascade 0 0 0 0 7
Oak Harbor-Isaacson 4-yard run (Parker kick good). Oak Harbor-Raymond 18-yard run (kick failed). Oak Harbor-Ward 5-yard run (Parker kick good). Oak Harbor-Blunk 51-yard punt return (Parker kick good). Oak Harbor-Isaacson 2-yard run (Isaacson pass from Lobbesteal). Oak Harbor-Ward 1-yard run (Parker kick good). Cascade-Weinmann 10-yard pass from Snow (Flannigan kick good). Oak Harbor-Vest 65-yard run (two-point conversion failed).