The raucous homecoming crowd at the Ferndale Golden Eagles stadium expected a show worthy of the event. And its team certainly delivered one as Ferndale cruised to a 55-14 victory over NWC rival Anacortes.
The Golden Eagles looked like a team ready for the postseason. They came into the game swinging, scoring early and often. Ferndale scored just minutes into the first quarter off a 25-yard run by junior running back Justin Powell. A little over a minute later Ferndale followed that score with another, this one set up by recovering an Anacortes fumble deep in their territory. Ferndale advanced to 4-1 on the season.
This game was won on the ground. Ferndale had four rushers score touchdowns, and its rushing provided a consistent source of offense.
“The run game starts up front,” Ferndale coach Jamie Plenkovich said. “Our offensive line found all their assignments.”
Sophomore Cole Semu led the Golden Eagles in rushing. His legs brought the team 142 yards and two scores. But this was clearly a team effort, through and through.
“We have a lot of good strong runners,” Plenkovich said, “and it’s fun watching a bunch of different guys contribute.”
While Ferndale didn’t need to throw the ball often, when they did they found great success with the arm of sophomore quarterback James Hinson.
Hinson was deadly accurate, completing six of his seven passes each one to a different receiver.
“Hinson has been playing great all year,” Plenkovich said. “He stays calm and knows where to throw the ball.”
The Golden Eagles defense was also a bright point, holding their opponent scoreless during the first half.
“It’s great to throw a shutout in the first half,” Plenkovich said. “It’s really nice watching our kids play fast and hit hard.”
Ferndale’s next games comes against Squalicum on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Civic Stadium.
Fern — Justine Powell 25 run (Sam Boulos kick)
Fern — Taylor Bellefeuille 4 run (2-pt conversion failed)
Fern — Cole Semu 20 run (Sam Boulos kick)
Fern — Powell 15 run (Boulos kick)
Fern —James Hinson throws 17 yards to Winterhawk Leighton (Boulos kick)
Fern — Hinson throws 35 yards to Justice Powell (Boulos kick)
Fern — Austin Honeycutt 62 run (Boulos kick)
Ana — Camden McLaughlin throws 30 yards to Austin Myers (Zachary Bowman kick)
Fern — Cole Semu 81 run (Patrick Hegarty kick)
ANA— Trystan Lowry 21 run (Bowman kick)
RUSHING — Anacortes: Carson Buckles 1-16, B.J. Monroe 23-134, Isaac Tiessen 1-15, Robert Wallace 1-2, Vinod Kushner 1-6, Trystan Lowry 6-58, Michael Aydelotte 2-20. Ferndale: Jacob Kildall 1-7, Austin Honeycutt 3-79, Justice Powell 5-53, Taylor Bellefeuille 3-8, Cole Semu 7-142, Joshua Williams 1-3, Eli Jolly 5-19.
PASSING — Anacortes: Camden McLaughlin 7-12-1-80, Trystan Lowry 0-2-1-0. Ferndale: James Hinson 6-7-0-127.
RECEIVING — Anacortes: Trystan Lowry 4-37, Austin Myers 2-38, Carson Buckles 1-5. Ferndale: Jackson King 1-35, Sam Boulos 1-13, Austin Honeycutt 1-7, Winterhawk Leighton 1-17, Jackson King 1-20, Justice Powell 1-35.