Wolverines look to rebound after record-setting loss at Meridian | Football
By SCOTT RASMUSSEN
Journal of the San Juans Editor
September 22, 2010 · Updated 2:59 PM
Let's begin on the bright side.
The Wolverines trailed by two touchdowns early in the opening period when fullback Alex Jangard had his number called for the first time in his high school career.
The senior took the handoff, bulled his way through the middle of the Trojans defensive front, and then rambled 41 yards into the end zone to put the Wolverines on the scoreboard and trim the deficit down to six.
The rest is for the history books.
The Friday Harbor football team suffered its worst loss in school history in a 64-7 blowout Friday at Meridian. It's the most points ever allowed by the Wolverines -- they gave up 59 to Sultan in 1995 -- and the 57-point margin of defeat ties the team's previous negative point spread, a 57-0 shutout by Orcas in 1998.
The Trojans (3-0, 1-0) wasted no time in setting the stage. They tallied a touchdown on their very first play from scrimmage, a 63-yard TD pass from quarterback Zach Slesk to wide receiver Mitchell Tripp, and then dominated play on both sides of the ball the rest of the way. The Wolverines failed to convert a first down in 48 minutes of play.
"If you look at the score you might think we're down and out and totally blue," Friday Harbor head coach Darrin Scheffer said. "But that's not the case. As coaches, we saw major improvements, particularly on the offensive line, and fewer mistakes. Unfortunately, every single one we made seemed to cost us."
The Trojans racked up 507 yards of total offense, 243 yards rushing and 364 passing, while the Wolverines managed 38. Friday Harbor turned the ball over three times on fumbles.
"We're disappointed, you bet, but we're not discouraged," Scheffer said. "The attitude and morale of the group is good and we're going to continue to improve."
The Wolverines (1-2, 0-1) host 1A rival Nooksack Valley (2-1) Friday; kickoff is at 7 p.m.Contact Journal of the San Juans Editor Scott Rasmussen at email@example.com or 1-360-378-5696.