Ilwaco gets decisive 27-0 win on the road
RANDLE - Nick Leonard connected on eight of 11 passes for 142 yards and Mooch Smith rambled for 136 more on eight carries as Ilwaco played arguably their finest game of the season in white-washing White Pass 27-0 there Friday.
Freshman sensation Eddie Knick added 125 yards on the ground as the Fishermen amassed 475 total yards, by far the most they've gained this season.
"This was the best all-around football game we've played. We played well on offense, defense, and special teams," said coach Ned Bittner.
In the first period, Eddie Knick took a pitch around right end and out-raced the Panther defenders for a 40-yard touchdown scamper. A 66-yard run by fullback Smith in the second period took the football to White Pass's eight-yard line and set up another Knick touchdown run.
Later in the quarter, Markus Peterson's patented halfback pass found Ubaldo Sebastian for a 43-yard pickup, and then it was Smith's turn to pack the ball to pay dirt from the one-yard line. Sebastian's two PAT kicks put the Fishermen up 20-0 at intermission.
Leonard found tight end Joe Goelz over the middle in the third quarter and he rambled for 57 yards - Ilwaco's final touchdown of the game. Again, Sebastian tacked on the extra point with a kick.
Mooch Smith summed up his team's success by saying, "We were clicking on all cylinders. Our line of Bobby Crislip, Anthony Wirkkala, Geoff Hylton, Mike Paterson, Nick Wilson-Codega, and Ron Kary blocked very well."
The passing of Leonard opened up more running opportunities, as did Peterson's halfback pass and a hook-and-ladder play to Knick.Jarod Schaak caught a season-high seven passes for 62 yards.
Bittner said of the defense, "The entire unit played their best game of the year and produced a shutout."
Sebastian stripped the football on a kickoff and recovered the fumble after he had booted the ball downfield to start the play. Peter Gaynor and Goelz each had pass interceptions, with Gaynor returning his theft 29 yards and Goelz taking his pick back six.
"Gaynor has grown into a great cornerback," said Bittner. Gaynor had eight tackles, two deflections, and Gaynor's interception was his third of the year.Smith had nine tackles to lead in that important department.
The coach had praise for Alex Martin on offense. "It's nice to see Alex getting back into action (after leg problems). His three longest runs, including a touchdown, were all called back because of penalties. "Martin gained 24 yards in five carries." Bittner said of Leonard's passing, "Nick was throwing with confidence and threw a nice ball."
He found Schaak, Goelz, and Sebastian for a season-high eight completions.
The victory puts Ilwaco at 2-5 in league play and 3-5 overall and snaps a three-game skid.
"This win should give us some momentum for our Homecoming game next week against Hockinson," Bittner concluded.
Hockinson is 0-7 on the season and has been out-scored 327-22 in those games against mostly 2A opponents.The contest will be at 7 p.m., Friday at Pederson Field, with Homecoming ceremonies held at half-time.
Ilwaco - 3:02 Knick 40 run (kick failed)
Ilwaco - 11:53 Knick 6 run (Sebastian kick)
Ilwaco - 1:43 Smith 1 run (Sebastian kick)
Ilwaco - 1:30 Goelz 57 pass from Leonard (Sebastian kick)