Oak Harbor’s Brenden Andersen looks for running room in Friday’s game with Nooksack Valley. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Brenden Andersen looks for running room in Friday’s game with Nooksack Valley. (Photo by John Fisken)

Wildcats fall in season finale / Football

Nooksack Valley used a big first half to roll by the Oak Harbor High School football team 41-13 in the season finale Friday, Nov. 8, at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

The Pioneers (3-7) raced to a 35-0 lead at the break, thanks in part to bookend scoring plays in the first half. Dane Winter bolted 71 yards to score on Nooksack Valley’s first offensive play of the game, and Branden Leyba scored on the half’s final play with a pick-6.

The Pioneers were the only team from the four-school Northwest Conference 1A division to not reach the playoffs. The division showed it muscle Friday; the other three teams all won by at least 41 points in the district tournament.

Oak Harbor quarterback Kaito White led the Wildcat offense, hitting 16 of 32 passes for 198 yards.

Tristan Wasden caught four passes for 32 yards, Landon Cantrell snared three for 67 yards and Will Rankin hauled in three for 59 yards.

Oak Harbor finished the season with a 2-8 record, its first losing record since 2009.

Landon Cantrell (4) tries to shed a Pioneer defender.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Landon Cantrell (4) tries to shed a Pioneer defender. (Photo by John Fisken)

Gabriel Daggett (28) and Dominic Dean bring down Nooksack Valley’s Scout Whittern.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Gabriel Daggett (28) and Dominic Dean bring down Nooksack Valley’s Scout Whittern. (Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Jackson Higman (72) and Justin Campbell block the Pioneers’ Easton Zylstra.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Oak Harbor’s Jackson Higman (72) and Justin Campbell block the Pioneers’ Easton Zylstra. (Photo by John Fisken)

Matt Kelley tries to pick up some more yards for Oak Harbor.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Matt Kelley tries to pick up some more yards for Oak Harbor. (Photo by John Fisken)

Will Rankin advances the ball after making a catch.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Will Rankin advances the ball after making a catch. (Photo by John Fisken)

Quarterback Kaito White hands off to Brenden Andersen.	(Photo by John Fisken)

Quarterback Kaito White hands off to Brenden Andersen. (Photo by John Fisken)

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