Knick has 1,000 yard frosh seasonILWACO - Football fanatics live for statistics, and some interesting "stats" have been compiled from the just-completed Fishermen season. The most important statistic was Ilwaco's 4-6 overall record and 2-6 in the Southwest Washington 1A League.
Opponents out-scored Ilwaco 211-118, but the first down count was more even at 123 for foes and 89 for the Fishermen. Ilwaco rushed for 1,559 yards on 348 carries from scrimmage; their opponents gained 2,053 in 383 attempts. The Fishermen gained 499 yards through the air by completing 37 of 98 passes for 38 percent, while their foes gained 648 yards by catching 37 passes in 114 attempts, a 32 percent completion rate.
Ilwaco's total yardage was 2,058 for their 10 games compared to 2,701 from opponents. One positive note, along with the Fishermen's pass defense was that they forced 24 turnovers while only losing the football by fumble or interception 17 times during the season.
Ilwaco was flagged for 36 penalties for minus 291 yards and their adversaries were tagged 38 times for 225 yards. An interesting note is the three contests played in front of Lewis County referees resulted in 18, or exactly half of the penalties called on the Fishermen.
Jarod Schaak was the leading receiver, catching 23 passes for 281 yards (12.2 avg.) or 56 percent of the team's yardage through the air. Eddie Knick carried the football for 1,026 yards in 161 carries (6.4 avg.) and fellow tailback Alex Martin toted the ball 69 times for 257 yards (3.7 avg.). Fullback Mooch Smith had 301 yards on the ground in 64 carries from scrimmage (4.7 avg.).
The good news is that each of the individual leaders and quarterback Nick Leonard, who threw the majority of this seaon's passes, will all be returning for Ilwaco in 2005.
Special thanks go to Rod Anderson who faithfully kept score for the Fishermen at home and on the road once again this season.