WESTPORT — Alex Kaino took a bubble-screen pass 57 yards for a touchdown, ran 73 yards for another score, intercepted a pass, deflected another, and twice made touchdown-saving tackles on kickoff returns. Brandon McMullen pounded away relentlessly for a career-high 217 rushing yards. The Fishermen switched between their standard offense and a single-wing attack, featuring McMullen taking direct snaps and Kaino as wingback. It added up to a season-high point total in a 48-27 win over Ocosta. The Fishermen improved to 2-2, fourth place in the Pacific League, and dropped Ocosta to 1-3.
The Fishermen opened in their standard offense, with Ethan Personius (7 for 10, 133 yards) at quarterback. McMullen picked up a fourth-and-four with a 19-yard catch, and powered into the end zone on a one-yard run.
After the Wildcats answered with a touchdown of their own, Ilwaco brought out the single wing. On four straight plays, McMullen spun, faked handoffs, and ran the ball. That produced four straight small gains, enough for a first down. Then, with the defense zeroing in on McMullen, he handed to Brandon Duke, who got outside of the defense and took off for a 56-yard touchdown run to make it 13-7 with 3:16 in the first quarter.
Late in the half Kaino took a bubble screen pass from Personius and outran the defense in a straight sprint 57 yards to the end zone, untouched the whole way. The Fishermen led 21-7 at halftime.
Ocosta’s Cole Hatton returned the second half kickoff to the three-yard line, setting up a quick touchdown. Brady Vinsonhalen came through the middle to block the extra point, but the Wildcats were within eight.
Kaino returned the subsequent kickoff to Ocosta’s 42-yard line and followed shortly with a 20-yard run that set up a one-yard touchdown by McMullen for a 28-13 lead three minutes into the quarter.
After an Ocosta three-and-out, Kaino returned a punt to the Wildcat 30, setting up the touchdown drive that broke the game open at 35-13.
Two fumbled snaps led to another three-and-out for the reeling Wildcats. On Ilwaco’s next play, Kaino took a handoff from McMullen 73 yards for a score, making it 42-13 near the end of the third.
Allen Chetwood’s four-yard fourth quarter run capped Ilwaco’s scoring. Ocosta scored two late touchdowns to cut the final margin to 21.