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Orcas Vikings win the Island Cup, defeat Friday Harbor 21-6 | Island Cup
Friday Harbor running back Micah Powell ran 55 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Wolverines on the scoreboard and keep the team's hopes alive.
But Orcas Vikings running back Michael Longworthy followed up with a touchdown of his own -- his second of the night -- to seal the Vikings' Island Cup victory, Friday at Friday Harbor.
Vikings quarterback Robbie Padbury scored his second touchdown of the game with a 5-yard run in the third quarter, and Longworthy scored a 2-point conversion to extend the Vikings' lead to 15-0.
Padbury scored a touchdown on an 11-yard run 3 minutes 44 seconds into the first quarter, then kicked the extra point to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.
Kickoff was at 6:45 p.m. Reporter Scott Rasmussen estimates a crowd of about 300 enthusiastic fans, with a large contingent from Orcas Island.
Friday Harbor defensive back Donny Galt picked off a couple of Padbury passes to thwart two likely Viking touchdowns in the first quarter, and the Vikings went into the half with a 7-0 lead. Friday Harbor middle linebacker Cody West was ejected from the game for a couple of personal fouls.
Look for a complete game report and slideshow on Monday on SanJuanJournal.com, with another story and photos in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Before the game, former Journal sports editor Bruce Bennett, a master statistician, filed this history piece:
The Island Cup was started in 1990. Friday Harbor leads 13-7 in cup wins.
The Friday Harbor and Orcas football teams have been meeting since 1973. Friday Harbor leads 28-24-1 and is 16-10-1 at home.
Friday Harbor has won the last six straight and three straight at home.
From 1973 to 1989, they played twice each season except 1976 when they played once. For 20 years — from 1990 to 2009 — they've battled once each season.
The longest Friday Harbor win streak: 10 from 1982 to 1986.
Longest Orcas win streak: 6 from 1987 to 1989, and 1998 to 2003.
Most points scored by Friday Harbor: 58 in 1997 (Friday Harbor 58-7).
Most points scored by Orcas: 58 in 2000 (Orcas 58-7).
Largest winning margin by Friday Harbor: 51 in 1997 (Friday Harbor 58-7).
Largest winning margin by Orcas: 57 in 1998 (Orcas 57-0).
Friday Harbor has shutout Orcas 11 times.
Orcas has shutout Friday Harbor 14 times.
Highest combined score: 65 (Friday Harbor 58-7, 1997; Orcas 58-7, 2000; and Orcas 49-16, 2001).
Lowest combined score: 3 (Friday Harbor 3-0, 1981).
Total points scored: 940 by Orcas (17.7 avg.) and 692 by Friday Harbor (13.1 avg.)