A number of late game miscues — including a fourth-quarter defensive collapse — cost the Ferndale football team in a close, 35-28 Northwest Conference 2A/3A loss against visiting Sedro-Woolley. Devin Willard hit Anthony Cann on s 19-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds to play to compete a Cubs comeback from two touchdowns down.
The Golden Eagles (3-6, 3-4 NWC 2A/3A) held the Cubs to only two touchdowns through three quarters, before allowing three fourth quarter scores.
“They made plays at the right time,” Ferndale head coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “We gave up big plays in the fourth quarter that hurt us.”
Among those big fourth-quarter plays were 48- and 80-yard touchdown receptions by Mason Elms.
Before that, the Golden Eagles defense held strong through three quarters.
The Ferndale offense, meanwhile put up impressive numbers. Ferndale led Sedro-Woolley 28-13 at the end of the third quarter.
“We did a good job of shutting them down early,” Plenkovich said. “But then they made some impressive plays.”
Justice Powell got things started in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run with 10 minutes left before the half, and James Hinton added a 26-yard TD run to give Ferndale a 14-7 lead at the half.
Daniel Jones added a 43-yard scoring run in the third quarter, as Ferndale built its advantage to 28-13 entering the fourth quarter.
Ferndale ran the ball well, putting up 317 rushing yards and four touchdowns by four different runners. Jones had a good night for Ferndale, rushing for 134 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
“We had the usual guys running well for us,” Plenkovich said. “And we had some young guys really step up.”
But Ferndale’s lack of a passing game limited its ability to make big plays and keep it in the game late.
A number of late penalties also cost the Golden Eagles valuable field position.
But the real nail in the coffin was a Ferndale fumble with only 1:50 left in the game. Sedro-Woolley recovered the ball and drove down the field for Cann’s winning touchdown score.
The Cubs threw for 177 yards and three touchdowns, with many of those numbers coming in the fourth quarter.
Ferndale played strong against the run, holding Sedro-Woolley to 165 yards and two touchdown on the ground.
SW — Mason Elms 52 run (Adrian Vasquez kick)
Fern — Justice Powell 10 run (Andrew Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — James Hinson 26 run (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — Nick Bartel fumble recovery (Higginson-Fernandez kick)
Fern — Daniel Jones 43 run (Higgison-Fernandez kick)
SW — Elms 48 pass from Devin Willard (Vasquez kick)
SW — Elms 80 pass from Jacob Farrell (Quinten Roppel run)
SW — Quinn Carpenter 4 run (Vasquez kick)
SW — Anthony Cann 19 pass from Willard (Vasquez kick)
RUSHING — Sedro-Woolley: Anthony Cann 1-2, Damian McDougle 2-6, Mason Elms 7-46, Quinn Carpenter 20-100, Quinten Roppel 3-6, Devin Willard 2-3, Bryce Hornbeck 2-2. Ferndale: Marcus Nightingale 15-49, Justice Powell 6-72, Kyler Schemstad 4- (-3), Cory Slaughter 1- (-4), Daniel Jones 10-134, Ben Broselle 6-34, James Hinson 1-26, Nick Bartel 1-9.
PASSING — Sedro-Woolley: Devin Willard 6-11-1-116, Jacob Farrell 1-1-0-80. Ferndale: Kyler Schemstad 0-7-0-0.
RECEIVING — Sedro-Woolley: James Barney 1-2, Mason Elms 2-128 Anthony Cann 4-66. Home: none