For a busy Week 2 of the high school football season on the Twin Harbors, we take a look at some of the local teams in action this weekend.
Aberdeen 50, Mark Morris 16
For the second consecutive week to open the season, the Aberdeen Bobcats dominated.
The victim this week was a helpless Mark Morris Monarchs team that found itself on the losing end of a 50-16 drubbing on Friday at Stewart Field in Aberdeen.
As it did in a Week 1 win over Hoquiam, Aberdeen’s dominant offensive-line play that set the tone for the Bobcats.
“No. 1, I saw disciplined football. We executed very well, especially on the offensive line,” Aberdeen head coach Todd Bridge said. “Our offense executed much better and kept our defense off the field a lot. We sustained long drives that chewed up the clock and when you start wearing them down with a big offensive line, you start popping 20 and 25-yarders.”
Aberdeen (2-0 overall) recorded 500 yards of offense, with a staggering 462 of those on the ground.
Bobcats running back Jeremy Sawyer led the way with 179 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns.
“It was just massive gaps (to run through),” Bridge said.
Aberdeen scored the first 26 points of the game before a Monarchs touchdown in the final minute of the first half ended the shutout bid.
The Bobcats continued to apply pressure when running back/receiver Jakob Bowers scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter followed by touchdown runs from Sawyer and running back Marcus Bell in the fourth.
Running back Liam Heikkila — whom Bridge credited with helping to open up the running game due to his bruising, punishing running style — had 12 carries for 84 yards while Trey Anderson had 10 carries for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Bowers had 64 yards rushing on 11 carries and a touchdown while quarterback Kale Goings was 5-for-7 passing for 38 yards.
Aberdeen’s defense held the Monarchs to just 176 yards of total offense (91 passing, 85 rushing), which garnered accolades from Bridge.
“I think (Mark Morris) is a pretty good team. But our defense was just spot-on tonight,” he said, noting the defensive game plan of assistant coaches John Bowers and John Takagi “was a masterful plan.”
Bridge also credited offensive line coach Brandyn Brooks for getting a line core that features just two seniors prepared for gameday.
“He’s got those kids playing hard,” Bridge said of Brooks. “They’re huge, but they are young. … Brandyn is doing a great job with those guys.”
Tenino 64, North Beach 0
The North Beach Hyaks opened the season in a most peculiar way, falling 64-0 to Tenino on Friday in Tenino.
In this uncertain time of COVID cancellations, the Hyaks were originally scheduled to play Ocosta and then Charles Wright Academy early in the season.
But when those scheduled dates fell through for various reasons, new Hyaks head coach Todd Gladsjo put out the call that “we will play anybody, anytime.”
A spot opened up for Tenino, which was originally scheduled to play Rainier in Week 2.
The Hyaks-Beavers game was confirmed as of late Thursday afternoon, a mere 27 hours before kickoff.
Stepping up against a formidable 1A class opponent, Gladsjo said the game “worked out for the best” as his team gained valuable experience and came away with no injuries, important for a program on the rebuild.
“I’m as proud as can be of my boys,” he said. “I feel like we grew a lot today. The scoreboard doesn’t show it, but the game film does.”
The Hyaks recorded six first downs and 90 total yards of offense against the Beavers (2-0), who led 52-0 at halftime.
No further information was available for this game at the time of this writing.
Nooksack Valley 49, Hoquiam 14
Toledo 39, Raymond-South Bend 8