Ferndale bounced back from a loss to Northwest Conference adversary Burlington-Edison with a big win over Anacortes on Friday, Oct. 3, at Anacortes High School.
Daniel Jones led the Golden Eagles to a 49-14 conference win with 11 rushes for 220 yards and three touchdowns.
“Last week we dug ourselves in a hole, but this week we kept doing what we’re doing,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “We dominated the line of scrimmage. And Daniel Jones, we’re finally starting to see him healthy.”
The Golden Eagles didn’t look like a team that would get a 35-point victory early in the first quarter. Quarterback Kyler Schemstad fumbled the snap on the first play from scrimmage, and Anacortes came up with the recovery.
The Seahawks drove down to the Ferndale 3, but a fumble of their own was recovered by the Golden Eagles on the Ferndale 3. Two plays later the Golden Eagles again coughed up the football, and Anacortes was back on the attack.
The Anacortes drive stalled out and it was forced to punt. The punt rolled all the way to the Ferndale 1-yard line.
With the daunting task of driving 99 yards in front of them, the Golden Eagles got back to Ferndale football. Marcus Nightingale started off with a 30-yard carry, which Jones complemented with a 25-yard rush of his own.
Nightingale rushed five times in a row for 19 yards, and Ben Broselle added a 19-yard run. From there Nightingale was able to cap off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run.
“All week we practiced hard,” Nightingale said. “Our line was solid. We had some nerves early on, but that drive helped us get momentum.”
Anacortes came back with an 80-yard drive that Ty Johnson put the finishing touches on when he grabbed a 7-yard reception for a touchdown from Camden McLaughlin.
But Nightingale and Jones didn’t let the tie last long. On Ferndale’s first play of the next drive, Nightingale took the handoff up the middle 46 yards to set up his team in enemy territory. Jones took a 17 yard run from there, and Nightingale was able to break through for a 17-yard touchdown run following a 4-yard loss.
Nightingale finished with 140 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.
Ferndale forced a turnover on downs on the next Anacortes drive, and Ferndale drove down to the Anacortes 36. Nightingale pounded the ball up the middle for three yards, and Jones took a handoff 18 yards on the next play, after the fake to Nightingale. A play later he found the end zone on a 12-yard run to put the Golden Eagles up 21-7 with 3:47 left in the half.
Anacortes didn’t want to go into the half with a big deficit, and McLaughlin found his favorite receivers Johnson and Joe D’Amelio for receptions of 19 and 18 yards, respectively. Then a Ferndale pass interference call set the Seahawks up on the Ferndale 15, where McLaughlin again found Johnson for a 15-yard touchdown to go into the half down 21-14.
Johnson finished with six catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns. McLaughlin was 11-of-24 passing for 164 yards and a pair of touchdowns. D’Amelio had five catches for 76 yards.
Anacortes had the ball to start the second half, but three consecutive incompletions by McLaughlin and a run for no gain by P.J. Monroe forced a turnover on downs. On Ferndale’s first play from scrimmage of the second half, Daniel Jones took an outside handoff after a fake up the middle 65 yards for a touchdown.
From there, Anacortes was on its heels. The Seahawks faked a punt on their next drive that got them the first on a P.J. Monroe carry, and McLaughlin had his only completion to Johnson of the second half on a screen go for a 1-yard loss.
Ferndale took over after a punt and the offense kept its foot on the accelerator. Schemstad kept the ball for an 11-yard gain to start the drive, and Justice Powell followed it up with a 12-yard rush. Ben Broselle took an 8-yard carry, and Nightingale had a 6 yarder to set up first down on the Anacortes 22. Jones was able to put the finishing touches on his big night with a 22-yard carry for a touchdown.
After that the Ferndale defense continued its lockdown, forcing two punts and recovering a fumble before the game was over. Schemstad added a 20-yard touchdown run, and Luke Scarborough had a 5-yard scoring run to give the Golden Eagles the 49-14 win.
Ferndale improves to 2-3 overall for the season, including a 2-1 record in the NWC. Anacortes falls to 1-4, and 0-3 in NWC play.
The Golden Eagles will look for another win on Friday, Oct. 10, at home against Squalicum.
Fern — Marcus Nightingale 6 run (Andrew Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Ana — Ty Johnson 7 pass from Camden McLaughlin (Zachary Brown kick)
Fern — Nightingale 17 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — Daniel Jones 12 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Ana — Johnson 15 pass from McLaughlin (Brown kick)
Fern — Jones 65 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — Jones 22 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — Kyler Schemstad 20 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — Luke Scarborough 5 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
AnaFirst downs3627Rushing Att-yards46-52033-62Comp-Att-Int0-2-011-24-0Passing yards0164Penalties-yards5-553-15Fumbles-lost2-23-2
RUSHING — Ferndale: Daniel Jones 11-220, Marcus Nightingale 14-140, Ben Broselle 6-61, Kyler Schemstad 3-36, Cory Slaughter 2-20, Justice Powell 3-19, Joshua Williams 1-9, Cameron Blecha 2-8, Luke Scarborough 1-5, Dalton Neer 1-4, Cody Tilton 1-(-1), Jordan Cristelli 1-(-1). Anacortes: P.J. Monroe 19-35, Jay Kiesser 3-28, Joe D’Amelio 3-8, Carson Buckles 5-3, Michael Aydelotte 1-(-2), Camden McLaughlin 2-(-10).
PASSING — Ferndale: Kyler Schemstad 0-2-0-0-0. Anacortes: Camden McLaughlin 11-24-0-164-2.
RECEIVING — : Ferndale: None. Anacortes: Ty Johnson 6-88, Joe D’Amelio 5-76.