FERNDALE - Alex Conley rushed for 175 yards and five touchdowns as Ferndale blew out Notre Dame of Vancouver, B.C., 49-21 in a season-opening non-conference game on Friday, Aug. 31.
The game was more of a blowout than the score would suggest as Notre Dame scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes. Ferndale held Notre Dame scoreless until the half, and Golden Eagles head coach Jamie Plenkovich gave credit to the defensive line.
"We did a great job stopping the run early and limiting them," Plenkovich said. "We didn't allow too many big plays either and will continue to get better on the front lines after watching the film."
The Ferndale defense held Notre Dame to three first downs in the first half and 41 total yards.
Conley was able to help spark a Ferndale offense, which scored 14 points in the first half as the Golden Eagles scored 21 points in the third quarter. Conley scored two times in the third quarter along with Cooper Clark, who caught a touchdown.
"We came out a little slow in the first half," Conley said. "But we talked about correcting the little things at half and came out strong and hard."
Conley credited his success on the night to the offensive line.
"There was a lot of doubt about how we would do this year," Conley said. "But we have high expectations for ourselves and it was good to see our offensive line do so well."
Notre Dame 0 0 7 14- 21
Ferndale 7 14 21 7- 49
Fer - Alex Conley 3 run (Wyatt Dunn kick)
Fer - Conley 6 run (Dunn kick)
Fer - Conley 3 run (Dunn kick)
Fer -Cameron Massey 10 pass from Cooper Clark (Dunn kick)
ND - Anthony Quatrano 64 pass from Daniel Spagnuolo (Quatrano kick)
Fer - Conley 14 run (Dunn kick)
Fer - Conley 50 run (Dunn kick)
Fer - Joey Akers 25 run (Dunn kick)
ND - Khyn Sarmiento 6 run (Quatrano kick)
ND - Mike Aranzaso 35 pass from Spagnuolo (Quatrano kick)
First downs 6 19
Rushing Att-Yards 24-61 45-389
Comp-Att-Int 7-12-0 3-8-0
Passing yards 146 67
Penalties-yards 4-35 5-40
Fumbles-lost 1-1 3-2
RUSHING - Notre Dame: Mike Aranzaso 16-56, Paulo Dube 3-5, Daniel Spagnuolo 3-(-9), Karlo Rocco 1-3, Khyn Sarmiento 1-6. Ferndale: Alex Conley 14-175, Daniel Ewald 16-107, Richmond Baardson 5-31, Cooper Clark 2-4, Daniel Jones 7-47, Joey Akers 1-25.
PASSING - Notre Dame: Daniel Spagnuolo 7-12-0-146. Ferndale: Cooper Clark 3-6-0-67, Kyler Schemstad 0-2-0-0.
RECEIVING - Notre Dame: Mike Aranzaso 2-35, Khyn Sarmiento 2-10, Anthony Quatrano 1-64, Alex McLaren 1-3, Aldrich Berrios, 1-34. Ferndale: Richmond Baardson 2-57, Cameron Massey 1-10.