Wildcats face Sedro-Woolley in spring scrimmage | Football

Quinn Karney looks for a hole in the Sedro-Woolley defense. - Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times
Quinn Karney looks for a hole in the Sedro-Woolley defense.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

There was a touch of fall in the air -- literally and figuratively -- Friday, June 13, when Oak Harbor High School hosted Sedro-Woolley in a football scrimmage at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

Mother Nature did her part, providing fall-like weather for the scrimmage, which annually wraps up two weeks of spring football camp.

Before a crowd larger than what attended most varsity sports this past spring, the Wildcats offered a sneak peak of what to expect this coming season.

The Oak Harbor and Sedro-Woolley, which is coached by former Wildcat coach Dave Ward, varsity teams squared off at one end of the field while the remainder of the squads tangled at the other, providing double-barrel action.

Starting at their opponent’s 40-yard line, each team ran about 10 plays and then switched from offense to defense.

The teams returned to the 40 after each score.

Play, as can be expected after only a handful of days of practice and heavy substitutions, was ragged at times.

“I thought there was some things that looked good and some things we need to work on,” Oak Harbor coach Jay Turner said.

“We were able to rotate lots of kids in, and we were able to see what we need to work on before the first game.”

That first game is a non-leaguer at home at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, against Wesco 4A foe Monroe.

Before then, the Wildcats will attend summer camp, heading to Wenatchee July 20-23.

In regard to the just concluded spring camp, Turner said, “I thought as a whole the kids improved quite a bit from the start of the camp to the end. Besides a few technical things that we need to work on, the biggest thing we need to improve is our conditioning.”

Coupeville was scheduled to take part in the scrimmage but bowed out because of a lack of players.

The Wolves begin the regular season Sept. 5 when rival South Whidbey visits Coupeville.

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