On a night when Ferndale High School celebrated homecoming and honored its seniors, the seventh-ranked Golden Eagles football team routed Marysville Getchell 42-7 in a 3A Wesco North game Friday, Oct. 28.
The Golden Eagles (8-1, 5-1 3A Wesco North) scored on the first play of their first drive with Cole Semu’s 84-yard touchdown run just 2 minutes, 58 seconds into the game.
The Chargers (1-8, 0-6) kept things close, recovering a Ferndale fumble and keeping possession through much of the first quarter.
But the second quarter extinguished any hope of victory for Marysville Getchell, as Ferndale went on a 35-point scoring binge to take a 42-0 lead at halftime and start the running clock in the second half.
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“It was how we wanted to come out,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “We wanted to make sure ... (we honored) our seniors and everything they’ve done for our program.”
The Golden Eagles dominated the second quarter, scoring three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. They added a safety midway through the quarter by bringing down Chargers’ quarterback Caleb Koellmer in the end zone.
At one point, Ferndale scored 22 points in five minutes.
Marysville Getchell kept possession the entire third quarter but didn’t score until Trey Padgett’s 11-yard touchdown run with 2:44 remaining in regulation.
Stars of the game
Semu had a stellar night, rushing for 116 yards on five carries and also had a 19-yard touchdown reception.
Senior Justice Powell rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Ben Broselle, also a senior, had four carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.
Junior quarterback James Hinson completed 5 of 6 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
Ferndale moves on to the 3A quad-district playoffs and will host Capital on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Civic Stadium.
Fern – Cole Semu 84 run (Patrick Hegarty kick)
Fern – Justice Powell 1 run (Hegarty kick)
Fern – Powell 32 catch (kick failed)
Fern – Ben Broselle 34 run (Hegarty kick)
Fern – Safety
Fern – Powell 44 run (Hegarty kick)
Fern – Cole Semu 19 catch
Get –Trey Padgett 11 run (Declan Sweatt kick)
RUSHING – Getchell: Caleb Koellmer 6-49, Kyle Pinca 6-20, Trey Padgett 1-11, Ryan King 1-3, Declan Sweatt 4-(-1), Ethan Watts 3-(-7). Ferndale: Cole Semu 5-116, Justice Powell 6-65, Ben Broselle 4-64, Gabe Zwade 6-16, Conner Obergotsberger 5-7, Logan Otway 4-13, James Hinson 1-6, Gadar Fox 1-2.
PASSING –Getchell: Caleb Koellmer 12-18-0-63. Ferndale: James Hinson 5-6-0-85, Sky Freeman 1-2-0-3, Carson Moyes 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING – Getchell: Ethan Watts 2-20, Charles Tait 1-19, Kyle Pinca 2-7, Garrett Allan 3-6, Declan Sweatt 1-6, Ian Roskelley 1-3, Michael Stewart 1-2, Ryan King 1-0. Ferndale: Justice Powell 2-42, Cole Semu 1-19, Ben Broselle 1-17, Winterhawk Leighton 1-7, Orlando Alacron 1-3.