A competitive showing against the Grizzlies might be better for the Wolverines at this point of the season than another lopsided win
With a 55-yard scoring drive and 2-point safety to start the second half, the Wolverines erased a 5-point deficit, stole back the momentum and muscled their way into the driver’s seat of the Northwest 2B /1B League title chase in a 39-21 victory at home, Sept. 26, over La Conner.
With four consecutive wins to open the 2014 season, Friday Harbor has dropped only two games over that four-game stretch and pitched a shutout against each of its last two opponents, the Vikings and Division 2A Sedro Woolley.
The Wolverines came out of halftime fired up against the Braves, who seemed to be arguably the better team for the beginning of the second half.
Emma Wickman scored the first, second and third goals of her varsity career in the Wolverines runaway win over Concrete. But the Friday Harbor sophomore isn't the only one to find the back of the opponent's net.
With a decisive win over Darrington, the Wolverines (2-1) will have momentum on their side when they face league-leading La Conner, at home, Friday, Sept. 26; kick off is 6:30 p.m.
One aspect Coach Richard Ledford is fairly unfamiliar with is the lack of depth on this year’s roster. Only 38 players turned out this year; Ledford is more used to a team with 50.
The Wolverines this year face all four Northwest 2B League opponents three times each, in the past they’ve played each other twice.
With experience, size, numbers (30 players turned out for the team) and perhaps the most well-conditioned squad in the league, the stars are aligned for the 2014 Wolverines.
First-year coach Nadine Varsovia has about a dozen players on the junior varsity squad who, with a little time, attention and fine-tuning, will help keep the program at its elevated pitch.
On the eve of competition, prospective opponents shied away from putting the Wolverines on their calendar because of the absence of bodies on the Friday Harbor roster