Friday Harbor topples Loggers in a rout; 43-6

Frustration mounts on the Darrington sideline (Loggers coach in green)as Friday Harbor running back Kai Herko eludes tacklers on a long run from scrimmage.

With a bit more muscle and a lot more speed, the Wolverines claimed their second win of the season in a 43-6 route at home, Friday, Sept. 19, over Darrington.

Though they did yield yardage to a robust Loggers running attack, the Friday Harbor defensive unit refused to break, holding the visitors scoreless until midway through the fourth period but with a victory already in hand. The win helped soothe a 6-point loss on the road the previous week at Concrete.

“This was our redemption week,” quarterback Peter Holt said.

The defensive unit took the field with a bit of a chip on its shoulder.

“We were fired up,” said linebacker Gabe Lawson, who helped squash several Darrington drives with a pair of sacks deep in the visiting team’s backfield. “I think me and Kai (linebackers) led the team in tackles tonight, and that’s the way it should be.”

The Wolverines shared the wealth on the scoreboard, with seven touchdowns scored by six different players, including a “pick-six” interception by defensive end Luke Stromberg.

Track-and-field star Willie Blackmon lit up the scoreboard on the team’s first possession with a 35-yard touchdown run on a fourth-and-long, the first of two TD’s in his first game of the season.

Blackmon, a senior, shredded the Loggers defensive front and left a score of Loggers in his wake on a 60-yard touchdown dash late in the second period. The Wolverines led 30-0 at the half.

“I was a little rusty in the beginning,” he said. “After the loss to Concrete I was really anxious to get back on the field.”

Juniors Thomas Synoground and Ben Ware joined Blackmon, Holt and Stromberg on the touchdown train.

With the win, the Wolverines improved to 2-1 on the season and gather momentum going into a showdown at home against Northwest 2B League-leading La Conner (2-0), at home, Friday, Sept. 26; kick off is 6:30 p.m.