Ferndale’s prep football team doesn’t want to get too used to these nail-biters.
For the second straight week, the Golden Eagles’ game came down to the wire. Only this time, Ferndale (1-1) fell 31-28 to Oak Harbor (1-1) on Friday, Sept. 11, at Wildcats Memorial Stadium.
The Golden Eagles and Wildcats exchanged blows the entire second half, but a 57-yard run by Savion Hollins-Passmore late in the third quarter put Oak Harbor up for good.
The Wildcats followed that 68-yard drive by forcing a turnover on downs from Ferndale, before a nine-play 72-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run put the Golden Eagles down 10 with just 6:28 left and there was no coming back.
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Ferndale made its best effort to mount a comeback with a 12-play 65-yard drive that ended with James Hinson hitting Jackson King for a 10-yard score with 2:24 left.
The onside kick attempt failed, however, and the Golden Eagles took the loss.
“They made plays at opportune times and we didn’t quite get over the hump,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “We didn’t do a good job stopping them on defense … and we didn’t tackle particularly well. There were times we thought we had them stopped and we missed a lot of tackles. Something we got to get better at next week.”
Ferndale took a 14-10 lead into halftime, courtesy of a Justice Powell 64-yard score on the Golden Eagles’ second play from scrimmage and a 18-yard touchdown pass from Hinson to Sky Freeman.
The second half started poorly for the Golden Eagles, though, as Oak Harbor recovered an onside kick and went 47 yards to take the lead.
Hinson and Freeman connected on the following drive for a 24-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-17. But then Oak Harbor had its 57-yard score and the tables were turned.
Powell finished with a strong day on the ground, tallying 230 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. He stepped up in absence of Ben Broselle, who was sidelined with an injury sustained in last week’s 35-34 overtime win over Kamiakin.
“The line was just blocking good and opened up big holes for me and I could make some yards,” Powell said.
Plenkovich added to that.
“He runs hard. He’s a very good back,” Plenkovich said. “He’s good at putting his foot in the ground and going north-south.”
Aside from Broselle being sidelined, all-state defensive lineman went out with an apparent ankle injury on Oak Harbor’s opening 63-yard scoring drive. Hernandez was on crutches by halftime with ice wrapped around his leg near his ankle or foot.
Ferndale will start Northwest Conference play against Blaine Friday, Sept. 18, at home.
OH — Mackenzie Nuanez 1 run (Eric Jensen kick)
Fern – Powell 64 run (Sam Boulos kick)
OH — Jensen 23 FG
Fern – Sky Freeman 18 pass from James Hinson (Boulos kick)
OH — Dyllan Harris 14 run (Jensen kick)
Fern – Freeman 24 pass from Hinson (Boulos kick)
OH – Savion Hollins-Passmore 57 run (Jensen kick)
OH — Harris 1 run (Jensen kick)
Fern – Jackson King 10 pass from Hinson (Patrick Hegarty kick)
RUSHING — Ferndale: Sky Freeman 4-48, Justice Powell 19-230, James Hinson 7-17, Cole Semu 2-6, Austin Honeycutt 3-1, Taylor Bellefeuille 6-19. Oak Harbor: Taylor Kolste 2-(-9), Tyler Snavely 2-(-4), Savion Hollins-Passmore 16-154, Dyllan Harris 13-102, Quinn Karney 13-41, Mackenzie Nuanez 3-13.
PASSING — Ferndale: James Hinson 6-15-0-80. Oak Harbor: Taylor Kolste 5-10-0-54, Tyler Snavely 1-2-0-7.
RECEIVING — Ferndale: Sky Freeman 4-61, Jackson King 1-10, Winterhawk Leighton 1-9. Oak Harbor: Savion Hollins-Passmore 2-13; Dyllan Harris 4-48.