By Sam Paul-Barrette/Journal intern
The Friday Harbor Wolverines football team opens the 2014 season in the most exciting manner possible: a home game against its biggest rival, the Orcas Island Vikings.
The kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m., Friday.
The early season matchup presents an even more interesting dynamic this year, with the two teams entering the season looking for new starts.
The Wolverines enter the 2B Northwest and are attempting to adjust to a new league, while Orcas is coming in to the season looking to reclaim their old glory under the guidance of a new head coach.
At stake will be the Island Cup, awarded to the winner of the annual game. This year, league standings and playoff position will come into play, as both teams fall in the same league for the first time since 2006.
“When the Island Cup first came about it added a lot more interest to the game,” Friday Harbor coach Richard Ledford said.
Ledford enters the second year of his second tenure as coach. Orcas, after being a dominant power in 2B football between 2004 and 2011, has had some tough seasons recently, struggling with low numbers and a multitude of young players.
The Island Cup specifically has been very one-sided, with Friday Harbor winning the last two encounters by a combined score of 110-0.
“It’ll bring out the best in both teams,” Ledford said. “If anybody is going to be fired up for an opening game, the Island Cup is the game to bring that out.”