Edmonds-Woodway drubs Wildcats 59-0.
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
November 6, 2009 · Updated 10:47 AM
Oak Harbor High School's football team was the Titanic, and Edmonds-Woodway supplied the berg -- running back Zack Berg.
Berg slashed the Wildcats and Oak Harbor sank in a 59-0 disaster at Edmonds Stadium Thursday night.
Berg ran for 106 yards (one a 60-yard touchdown run) on just six carries, added a 98-yard kickoff return for a score, and finished with three touchdowns.
He got plenty of help. Jimmy Spears pierced the Wildcats for 143 yards on 12 carries and scored twice. And Gus Carstens touched the ball just twice and the results were TD runs of 50 and 47 yards.
In all, Edmonds-Woodway rushed for 365 yards.
Oak Harbor coach Jay Turner said, "We loaded up the box, but that didn't help. They ran a counter trey that we knew was coming, but we couldn't stop them."
It was the second week in row that Oak Harbor was pushed around on the ground. Last Friday Marysville-Pilchuck rushed for 443 yards against the 'Cats.
Spears started the scoring with a 40-yard scamper in the first quarter. By the end of the second quarter, the game was all but over. Berg and Spears scored on short runs, then Berg blasted through for his 60-yard score and the Warriors were up 25-zip at the half.
Any glimmer of hope the Wildcats had of getting back into the game after the break lasted about 15 seconds. Berg received the second-half kickoff and scored 98-yards later.
The Warriors buried the Wildcats with three more third-quarter touchdowns, the last on a 29-yard fumble return, and headed into the final period ahead 52-0.
Edmonds' defense also held up its end of the bargain. The Wildcats could get nothing going offensively and suffered from five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions. For the third consecutive week the Wildcats played in heavy wind and rain. Turner said the weather was no excuse: "We played in that before."
Could Oak Harbor do anything right? Turner said, "I wish I could tell you yes, but..." He later amended that and said, "Donovan Hunt ran hard."
Meanwhile, Edmonds-Woodway could do nothing wrong -- except kick extra points. The Warriors missed three PAT kicks and had a fourth blocked.
It was a rugged way for Hunt and his fellow seniors to go out. Turner said, regardless of the outcome of the final game, "I really enjoyed coaching them (the seniors). Many of them are going on to do bigger and better things. Some of them are pretty good students."
Oak Harbor ended the year 3-7 and fifth in the Wesco North. In the preseason coaches' poll, the Wildcats were picked to finish sixth.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.