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Darrington fumbles six times, nearly defeats Orcas
The Darrington Loggers fought a tough Northwest League battle Friday, Oct. 13, against Orcas Island, but came up one trip to the end zone short in a 7-0 defeat.
Darrington dropped to 2-5 in league play and overall on the season.
The Orcas improved 4-0 in league play and 5-2 overall.
The defensive battle remained scoreless for 42 of the 48 minutes of regulation play before the visiting Orcas found the end zone and held the Loggers offense silent.
Joe Dolph finished the night with 88 rushing yards to lead the team offensively.
Mark Jones contributed 41 yards rushing and quarterback Justin ODell passed for 61 yards in addition to 28 rushing yards.
Defensively, Conner Rounds led the Loggers with 14 tackles.
Darrington didnt exactly help themselves offensively as they had eight fumbles, losing the ball six times and had two pass interceptions.
The Loggers host LaConner for Homecoming Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
First-year coach Fred Emerson said it was a tough loss to take for the team and the coaching staff.
The kids played great, Emerson said. I am so sorry they lost. When the game was over the coaches and players from Orcas told us we played well.
He added that the team is coming along and considered it the best defensive game his squad has put together all year.
In addition to losing the game, the Loggers may also be without ODell, who left the game with a hip pointer.
Emerson said if their starting quarterback is not available for their Homecoming game against LaConner they will go with sophomore Stormee Brown.
We thought we had a shot against Orcas because we thought they had overlooked us, Emerson said in hindsight.
Orcas Island 0 0 0 7 7
Darrington 0 0 0 0 0