Oak Harbor loses more than a game against Tomahawks

Late comeback isn't enough for Wildcats

“Despite scoring 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter in Friday night’s contest against Marysville-Pilchuck, the Wildcats football team could not claw their way back. The struggling Tomahawks, who took a 23-point lead into the final quarter, shut down the Wildcat offense, forcing five punts during the game and eventually put Oak Harbor away, 23-13. The bad news may not be over for Oak Harbor (2-4, 2-5), as starting running back and defensive back Brian Lang may be lost for the rest season thanks to a concussion suffered against the Tomahawks. The loss of Lang will be another obstacle for the WIldcats to overcome as they must face an undefeated Snohomish team Friday, a game that will determine the fate of their season. The extent of Lang’s injury won’t be known until later in the week, according to head coach Dave Ward, but he is not optimistic that he will see Lang on the field any time soon. Oak Harbor’s lack of focus, coupled with the Tomahawks’ domination on the line of scrimmage for the first two quarters, allowed Marysville-Pilchuck (2-4, 2-5) to rack up a 17-0 lead before the half. It looked as if the Tommies might run away with the game and the Wildcats’ pride. We shot ourselves in the foot by not executing, said Ward. In the fourth, we got off the ball better and we quit making mistakes.During the final quarter the Wildcats seemed to be a different team. Touchdowns by Nick Garcia and Tony Hall pulled the Wildcats within 10, but a failed two-point conversion made the deficit insurmountable as Marysville-Pilchuck held on for the victory. We were really hoping that we would start out that way, said a disappointed Ward. One good thing, according to the coach, is that the fourth quarter may give the Wildcats a little momentum going into their next game.Any momentum that we can gain against an undefeated team is good, said Ward. We are going to make some shifts and see how practice goes the rest of the week. But our lines have to stay low and be more physical.Although the upcoming game against Snohomish may be the the toughest this season, considering what is riding on it, the Wildcats have done their homework and feel confident going into Friday.We are going to throw the ball more and run the ball to the outside, said Ward. To win this game would make this year really special for our seniors. Snohomish (6-0, 7-0), who destroyed Cascade 42-14 on Saturday, comes into the game against Oak Harbor in a virtual tie atop the 4A WesCo with Sehome (7-0, 7-0). “