The floodgates opened early and often as the Wolverines rode a first-half scoring spree to a decisive 57-19 victory over the Vikings of Orcas at home, Friday, in their 2014 season-opener.
Capitalizing on a fumble by the Vikings on their very first play from scrimmage, Friday Harbor jumped out to a 8-0 lead with only 27 elapsed in the contest, as sophomore Kai Herko took the team’s first snap and rumbled 35 yards up the middle for a touchdown; quarterback Peter Holt scampered across the goal line to tag on a 2-point conversion.
“It was awesome,” senior Bill Revercomb said of the season opening win over the Wolverines inter-island rival. “I can’t wait until next Friday. I didn’t really care all that much who we played. I just wanted to get out there and dominate whoever it was.”
And dominate, they did.
The Wolverines, playing this year in Division 2B for the first time in more than a decade, exploded for 37 points and held the Vikings, who suited only 14 players for the contest, scoreless in the first half.
The season-opener marked the debut of the Friday Harbor’s new offensive scheme, a “Wildcat-like” offensive set, featuring a heavily stacked backfield and absent wide receivers, known close to home as the “Wolverine.”
After the break, Friday Harbor needed only seconds to ratchet up the advantage as Revercomb, in his first game back after being sidelined in 2013 by a broken arm, took the opening kick off of the second half and dashed 60 yards for his third touchdown of the game.
The Vikings put 17 points up on the scoreboard late in the game to narrow the deficit, as Friday Harbor, with the contest in hand, substituted liberally in the final period.
With the victory, the Wolverines laid claim to the coveted Island Cup trophy for the third consecutive season, and in what proved another lopsided win. Friday Harbor held the Vikings scoreless in the previous two meetings between the two inter-island rivals. Orcas last seized the trophy in 2011, with a 20-15 come-from-behind win on their home field.
The competition should prove more fierce this coming Friday, as the Wolverines travel to Concrete to square off against the Lions, who held 2B state semi-finalist La Conner to just two touchdowns in a 13-0 loss in a Northwest 2B League opening clash for both teams, Sept. 5.
Kick off at Concrete is 6:30 p.m.