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Wildcats win in WesCo
Oak Harbor’s rushing offense was running in high gear Friday night as the Wildcats racked up 200 yards on the ground to defeat Monroe 28-20 in WesCo North football action.
The victory puts Oak Harbor on top of the heap in the WesCo North and evens the Wildcats’ season record at 1-1.
With the score tied 14-14 at halftime the ’Cats came out on fire in the third period, putting two touchdowns on the board to seal the victory.
“We woke up a little in the second half and finally realized what we could do,” coach Jay Turner said.
After a scoreless first 12 minutes, Donovan Hunt put the Wildcats on the board first by scoring on an 8-yard dash with 11:35 left in the second quarter.
Kevin Flavin’s extra-point kick made the score 7-0 and Oak Harbor was off and running.
A 2-yard Austin Bray run and a Mitchell Garino kick tied the score but on the Wildcats’ second play from scrimmage following Monore’s kickoff, senior Stephen Lewis rambled 59 yards to pay dirt to put Oak Harbor on top once again.
“It was the line, they did a fantastic job blocking tonight both on passes and runs,” Lewis said. “They opened up some huge holes.”
Bearcat quarterback Bryan Sonneveldt hooked up with Connor Shelford on a 23-yard scoring pass at the 2:27 mark of the second quarter and the teams went into the halftime break with the score tied 14-14.
Hunt gave the Wildcats the lead for good scoring on a 19-yard run with 2:17 remaining in the third quarter and Lewis banged the ball into the end zone from 6 yards out with 12 seconds remaining to make the score 28-14.
“I got two touchdowns and I was trying to get three,” Hunt said. “Our team started out slow and Monroe was playing us a little tight. We got in the locker room at halftime and coach yelled at us a little bit. After that, we woke up.”
Oak Harbor’s punishing rushing attack wore down the Bearcats’ defensive unit in the third quarter.
“In the second half we kind of came out with a purpose and started taking it to the line of scrimmage,” Turner said. “J really settled in and played like we thought he was capable of playing,” referring to quarterback J Jordan.
Brad Farnum carried the ball 12 times, gaining a tough 38 yards and caught a pair of passes for an additional 27 yards.
“We just came out and tried hard,” he said. “Our backs ran the ball hard and J was throwing like he can.”
Lewis led the Oak Harbor rushing attack, gaining 103 yards on eight carries. He caught three passes for 32 yards. Hunt toted the ball seven times for 39 yards.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half and with Steve and Donovan running the ball, it took a lot of pressure off J,” Turner said.
Jordan was 8-for-13 in passing for 90 yards and no interceptions.
“My problem last week was I was kind of panicking in my first varsity game,” he said. “This week my main mentality was to calm down and look for my receivers. We have been working too hard in practice for me not to make those passes.”
Monroe scored its final touchdown with 3:56 remaining in the game on an 18-yard Sonneveldt to Kelen Jensen pass.
Sonneveldt was 14-of-27 for 196 yards and two touchdowns for Monroe, and also threw an interception that Clarence Lamont picked off in the first quarter.
Oak Harbor returns to action Friday traveling to Everett for a non-league game.
The Seagulls (1-1) lost 21-7 to Edmonds-Woodway Sept. 12.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 12
Oak Harbor 28, Monroe 20
Oak Harbor 0 14 14 0 — 28
Monroe 0 14 0 6 — 20
OH — Donovan Hunt 8 run (Kevin Flavin kick) 11:35
M — Austin Bray 2 run (Mitchell Garino kick) 6:06
OH — Stephen Lewis 59 run (Flavin kick) 5:48
M — Connor Shelford 23 pass from Bryan Sonneveldt (Garno kick) 2:17
OH — Hunt 19 run (Flavin kick) 2:27
OH — Lewis 6 run (Flavin kick) :12
M — Kelen Jensen 18 pass from Sonneveldt (Kick failed) 3:56
Game stats. Oak Harbor Monroe
First downs 11 13
Rushes-yards 37-200 28-57
Passing yards 90 196
Comp.-Att. 8-13-0 0 14-27-1 2
Fumbles-lost 2-0 1-0
Sacks-yards lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties 6-55 10-75
RUSHING — Oak Harbor: Stephen Lewis 8-103, Donovan Hunt 7-39, Brad Farnum 12-38, Derrick Clarit 6-17, J Jordan 4-3; Monroe: Austin Bray 15-37, Connor Shelford 2-12, Cody Elledge 2-7, Sam Kenagy 4-5, Bryan Sonneveldt 5-minus 3.
PASSING — Oak Harbor: Jordan 8-13-0 0 90; Monroe: Sonneveldt 14-27-1 2 196.
RECEIVING — Oak Harbor: Lewis 3-32, Farnum 2-27, Kevin Flavin 1-23, Clarence Lamont 1-8, Greg Goebel 1-0; Monroe: Shelford 4-63, Mitchell Faidley 4-41, Elledge 1-29, Kelen Jensen 2-22, Keegan Tuller 1-18, James Hajek 1-12.