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Big plays add up to big win for Wolverines | Football

September 15, 2013 · 5:04 PM

An 80-yard TD reception by Amer Melic put Friday Harbor out in front 29-15 at halftime of the Wolverines win over Lynden Christian, Sept. 13; above, Melic returns a punt in Friday Harbor’s season opener against Anacortes. / Scott Rasmussen

Was that Lady Luck on their side, or the Wolverines making the most of their opportunities on Friday the 13th?

Cashing in on one big play after another, Friday Harbor tallied a 49-21 victory on the road over Lynden Christian, Friday, Sept. 13., evening its overall record at 1-1.

"It was a game of big plays for both teams," Head Coach Richard Ledford said. "But in the end our big plays added up to more than theirs."

Which big play mattered the most? It's a toss up.

Peter Holt scooped up a loose ball and raced 80 yards on a blocked field-goal attempt by Nathan Steenkolk, giving the Wolverines an early lead. The Lyncs bounced back with a big play of their own, a 67-yard touchdown pass, and with a 2-point conversion grabbed an 8-7 advantage.

Big plays just kept on coming.

Quarterback C.J. Woods broke free for a 23-yard touchdown run, and defensive end Nelson Wynn pounced on a fumble and returned it 55-yards for a TD to widen the lead.

Lynden Christian countered with another 50-plus yard TD pass to narrow the deficit, but senior Amer Melic hauled in an 80-yard reception in the waning moments of the second quarter to score the team's fourth touchdown of the opening half and push the lead to 29-15 at the break.

Big plays proved pivotal, but a better conditioned ball club, better than in the season opener, helped seal the win down the stretch, Ledford said.

"They moved the ball on us pretty well," he said. "But we were able to stop them when we needed to, especially in the fourth quarter."

Steenkolk rambled for two third-quarter touchdowns and amassed an eye-popping 215 yards on the ground for the game. An interception by linebacker Brandin Allen set up Friday Harbor's final score, a 32-yard TD run by Woods.

The Lyncs tallied their third and final touchdown of the contest, a non-conference match up and first of two meetings between the 1A regional rivals of the season, with a third-quarter TD pass. Neither team managed to score in the final period of play.


The Wolverines face inter-island rival Orcas on the road Saturday, Sept. 21, in this year's annual Island Cup game; kick off is 2 p.m.


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