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FH tripped up by Pioneers | Football

Above, Nate Steenkolk heads for the end zone in the 2013 Island Cup. The senior tailback gained 233 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Wolverines loss at Nooksack Valley Oct. 25.  - Journal file photo
Above, Nate Steenkolk heads for the end zone in the 2013 Island Cup. The senior tailback gained 233 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Wolverines loss at Nooksack Valley Oct. 25.
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A rash of injuries undercut an early lead and another monster game on the ground by senior Nate Steenkolk, as the Friday Harbor football couldn’t keep pace in the second half in a 35-28 defeat on the road, Friday, at Nooksack Valley.

The Wolverines, leading 21-7 midway through the opening half, lost three key starters to injuries, Peter Holt, Amer Melic and Nelson Wynn, before the break. The Pioneers rallied and with two TDs before the half grabbed a 22-21 advantage.

“We were up 21-7 and then we started losing people,” Coach Richard Ledford said. “We had to go with lesser experience players in the lineup and that hurt.”

Steenkolk tallied three touchdowns and amassed 233 of Friday Harbor’s 346 total rushing yards. Dylan Radden gained 63 yards on eight carries.

While Holt appears to have suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, Ledford is hopeful that Melic (ankle) and Wynn (knee) will be back in the lineup for the Wolverines regular-season finale this Thusday, Halloween night, at home against Lynden Christian, a second meeting of the year between the two teams. Friday Harbor dealt the Lyncs a 49-21 defeat on the road Sept. 13. Thursday’s kick off is 7 p.m.

With a victory on Halloween night, coupled with a win by Blaine over Nooksack Valley, the Wolverines could find themselves in a three-way tie for the Northwest 1A conference’s final playoff spot and facing the Pioneers and Lyncs in a pre-playoff tie-breaker on Saturday.

 

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