ILWACO — Toledo breezed to a 35-7 win over Ilwaco Friday, exploiting three Fishermen turnovers. The Indians churned out 238 yards on the ground on offense and got pressure on Ilwaco quarterback Ethan Personius.
The opening of the game was rough for Ilwaco. Toledo gained possession on a Brandon Duke fumble, scoring two plays later on Ethan Buck’s 40-yard touchdown run. On Ilwaco’s next play, Toledo’s pass rushers sacked Personius only about a second after the snap. Toledo led 14-0 after a quarter.
The Indians opened the second quarter by going for the jugular with a deep ball, their first of only three pass attempts. Fano Arceo-Hanson leapt over Trent Ramsey, hauling in Gannon Madill’s pass and turning it into 40-yard touchdown.
Late First Half
Ilwaco’s only highlights came toward the end of the half. Down 28-0, Brandon McMullen fielded a kickoff on the north side, ran sideways across the field, faked a handoff to Alex Kaino, and found an opening down the south sideline. He got all the way to the Toledo 25 before being tackled. Ilwaco turned it over on downs, but then forced a three-and-out.
Forced to punt, the Indians outsmarted themselves. They burned clock by taking three straight delay-of-game penalties, plus a false start. That puzzled and infuriated the Fishermen and their fans, but burned the clock down to 52 seconds. “I’ve never seen anyone do that before,” coach Kevin McNulty said after the game. The downside was that when Ilwaco finally called timeout to stop the clock, the Indians were backed up well inside their five-yard line. The ensuing punt gave Ilwaco the ball in Toledo territory.
The Fishermen, who had been thwarted on screens to the outside all game, ran a bubble screen on the inside for Alex Kaino, who made defenders miss and scampered to the three for a 27-yard gain. A three-yard touchdown catch by Trent Ramsey put Ilwaco on the board with one second in the half.
Over all, though, the Indians’ defense had its way. They allowed just over three yards per carry. They pressured Personius, even while defending the outside to deny yardage after the catch on screens. When Personius, facing third-and-seven and trailing by 21-points, looked to throw downfield, defensive tackle Hunter Eaton burst up the middle and hit him as he threw, creating an interception that led to a touchdown. In the third quarter, Gannon Madill returned an interception for a touchdown for a 35-7 lead. That was the third time an Ilwaco turnover led to a Toledo touchdown.
Keyton Wallace had 93 rushing yards for Toledo. McMullen lead Ilwaco with 49 yards on 10 carries. Personius was 5 of 12 for 50 yards.