Ferndale defense, rushing attack too much for Anacortes

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 1, 2013 

Joey Akers rushed for 84 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown in his final home game for the Ferndale football team, leading the Golden Eagles to a 38-0 win over Anacortes on Thursday, Oct. 31, in Ferndale.

The Ferndale defense pressured Anacortes quarterback Jared Douglas and stuffed the Seahawks' rushers time and time again throughout the game. Anacortes finished with just 160 total yards of offense.

"Our defense played well to get the shutout," Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. "We forced a lot of three-and-outs on that side of the ball."

Ferndale will take on perennial powerhouse Bellevue in the first round of postseason play, but the Golden Eagles were too happy with the win over Anacortes to look that far ahead yet.

"Bellevue is a tough team, but somebody has to beat them sometime," Akers said.

Akers opened the scoring on Ferndale's first drive, hauling in a 24-yard pass from quarterback Cooper Clark. Clark finished the game 4 of 8 with 93 yards passing and two touchdowns.

Anacortes' first drive was dismal, as the Seahawks struggled to gain any ground with the rushing game. After the Seahawks' three-and-out, Ferndale mounted another drive, with Akers and Marcus Nightingale splitting the bulk of the rushing load before Akers scored from 1 yard out.

Anacortes turned to the passing game on its second possession, but it was only slightly more successful than the rushing had been. After two incompletions and a 2-yard gain on a screen pass, Anacortes was forced to punt again.

Ferndale again split most of the rushes between Akers and Nightingale. The drive was highlighted by Akers rushing 10 yards for a first down on a third-and-5, followed by Nightingale scampering for 12 yards on the next play. The Golden Eagles marched all the way down to the Anacortes 1-yard line before a penalty backed them up and forced Ferndale to kick a field goal.

It took just four plays for the Golden Eagles to find the end zone again, as Clark hit Christian Cameron for a 45-yard touchdown pass, and Ferndale went into halftime with a comfortable 24-0 lead.

Ferndale rested Akers for much of the second half as he only rushed three times for 27 yards in the half.

Anacortes came into the second half determined to inject some offense into the game, but after a 20-yard run by Douglas on the second play of the half, the Seahawks' drive stalled again.

Ferndale drove to the Anacortes 35 before failing to move the chains, and was forced to punt. The Golden Eagles' sky-high punt pinned Anacortes inside its own 10.

Douglas looked unfazed by having his own end zone breathing down his neck, as he found Andrew Medalia for a 27-yard gain. Three plays later, Douglas tried to find a receiver in the right flat, but had his pass picked off at the line by Austin Honeycutt.

Honeycutt's interception was the second by Ferndale, as Cameron had picked off Douglas when he was trying to find a receiver deep downfield in the second quarter.

Ferndale scored on its next two drives as Anacortes continued to struggle against the Golden Eagles' stout defense. Brady Bauthues scored the first of the two touchdowns on a 3-yard run after Nightingale set up the score with a 18-yard run following the interception.

Honeycutt got a touchdown of his own when he scored the second one on a 40-yard run. He finished with 58 yards on four carries.

Anacortes 0 0 0 0-0

Ferndale 14 10 7 7-38

First quarter

Ferndale - Joey Akers 24 pass from Cooper Clark (Andrew Higginson kick)

Ferndale - Akers 1 run (Higginson kick)

Second quarter

Ferndale - Higginson 22 Field Goal

Ferndale - Christian Cameron 45 pass from Clark (Higginson kick)

Third quarter

Ferndale - Brady Bauthues 3 run (Higginson kick)

Fourth quarter

Ferndale - Austin Honeycutt 40 run

Fern Ana

First Downs 38 14

Rushing Att-Yds 62-364 23-129

Comp-Att-Int 4-8-0 4-15-2

Passing Yds 93 31

Penalties-Yds 2-10 1-5

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1

Individual Statistics

RUSHING - Ferndale: Joey Akers 12-84, Marcus Nightingale 15-75, Austin Honeycutt 4-58, Christian Cameron 10-49, Brady Bauthues 6-41, Daniel Jones 3-17, Cooper Clark 7-16, Luke Scarborough 1-13, Jake Leavitt 2-9, Josh Williams 1-(-2), Dalton Neer 1-4. Anacortes: Jared Douglas 7-79, P.J. Monroe 5-26, Nick Monroe 9-24, Andrew Medalia 1-2, Tristen Harris 1-(-2).

PASSING - Ferndale: Cooper Clark 4-8-0-93. Anacortes: Jared Douglas 4-14-2-31, Tristen Hayes 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING - Ferndale: Christian Cameron 2-49, Joey Akers 1-24, Daniel Jones 1-20. Anacortes: Andrew Medalia 2-29, Joe D'Amelio 1-2, Eli Gallo 1-0.

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