ONALASKA - Scoring three touchdowns in the first 4:06, the Loggers slashed through the Fishermen defense for a 34-6 Southwest Washington League win Friday. Onalaska, which finished second in the SWW, rang up 414 yards of total offense to 134 for Ilwaco. The Loggers had 306 yards on the ground in the first half alone.
On the first play from scrimmage Ony's Kenny Harmanson rambled 62 yards for a touchdown. Moments later Colton Best struck from 35 yards out on another long run, and then D.J. Ramey pounced on a fumble in the end zone as Onalaska logged 20 unanswered points in the first quarter runaway.
Ilwaco's leading rusher for the season, Eddie Knick, sustained a calf injury after carrying the ball six times for three yards in the first half and was unable to continue. Alex Martin took over at tailback and gained 85 yards on 13 carries, with the longest being a 49-yard scamper in the final period. That sprint was designed to go left, but Martin cut right and his jaunt accounted for over 36 percent of the Ilwaco total offense and set up his two-yard touchdown plunge on the next play.
Onalaska expanded their lead to 34-0 at intermission on two more TDs on a 35-yard run from Harmanson and a 21-yard pass to Scott Jarvis, the 208-pound senior quarterback. From that point on Ilwaco's defense stiffened appreciatively.
According to defensive lineman, Bobby Crislip, "In the second half we had a lot more gang-tackling and our effort was a good step in improving for next year." Crislip had praise for fellow-linemen Mike Patterson, saying he was "intense" and for Nick Wilson-Codega by commenting, "Nick played the game of his life. He dropped down and made many defensive piles." Crislip also had positive things to say of Geoff Hylton and how he contained the potent Onalaska triple option attack by turning plays inside in the second half.
Martin, who has been hobbled with leg injuries most of the season said, "We are going to miss the seniors. They played their hearts out against Onalaska." He related, "It's been frustrating to watch most of the season from the sidelines, but it felt really good to score tonight." Martin crossed the goal line three times this season for touchdowns.
Mooch Smith recorded his second interception in as many games from his outside linebacker position. He snared a pass from a ball tipped by Joe Goelz to thwart a Logger drive.
Even with Martin's 49-yard run, the Fishermen averaged just over two yards per carry. Nick Leonard completed five passes in 16 attempts, with two each going to Jarod Schaak and Goelz.
Onalaska upped its record to 9-1 and now will host LaConner (5-5) in a playoff game Saturday. Ilwaco finishes 2-6 in the SWW 1A league ahead of Toledo and Winlock and tied with White Pass among the nine teams.
Coach Ned Bittner said, "Mentally, I don't know if we were ready to play in the first quarter, but as the game went on we decided to play. If you erase the first quarter the score is 14-6. I felt that we out-played them in the second half."
He added, "We have a lot of kids coming back for next year's team, but it depends on what they decide to do between now and next season."
Ony - 11:42 Kenny Harmanson 62-yard run (pass failed)
Ony - 8:35 Colton Best 35-yard run (Ramey pass from Jarvis)
Ony - D.J. Ramey fumble recovery (kick blocked)
Ony - 9:38 Harmanson 32-yard run (pass failed)
Ony - :18 Harmanson 21-yard pass from Jarvis (Randall run)
Ilwaco - 9:07 Alex Martin 2-yard run (kick failed)