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Darrington continues undefeated streak
The undefeated Darrington Logger football team continued their march toward history on Oct. 12 with a 56-0 thrashing of Orcas Island. The forest-green Loggers took the opening kickoff down the field for a score and never looked back. Darringtons win streak hit seven games with only two regular season games remaining.
Darrington would have scored on the very first play from scrimmage if not for a block-in-the-back call that negated a Justin ODell 48-yard touchdown run. Instead, the Loggers ran ODell twice more up the middle and then saw a Mark Jones quarterback sneak break through the Orcas line and past the secondary. Jones scored from 19 yards out for the 7-0 lead.
The Logger defense then came out and showed its prowess with a number of hard hits. Nose tackle Conner Rounds dropped several Orcas running backs, flattening them like a tank. Joe Dolph did his part on the corner for Darrington, twice coming up to smack down ball carriers on running plays. Big Nick Olsen even corralled one Orcas player by swinging him down with one arm. Orcas did move the ball steadily down the field at first, but Darrington stiffened in their own territory and forced a turnover on downs.
It wasnt long before the offense added to the lead. Several ODell toss-sweeps moved the ball back into Orcas territory. On one run ODell juked a defender so badly the would-be-tackler fell down sideways. Mark Jones overthrew an open Derrick Green in the end zone from the 26-yard line but Mike Parris made a nifty move along the sideline the very next play to zip in for the teams second score.
Leading 14-0 the defense pinned its ears back and went after Orcas. Tackle Chris Vargus was swallowing up huge amounts of space in the middle and on a third down play, knocked a fumble loose from an Orcas halfback. Vargus pounced on the loose ball and once again Darringtons offense had great field position.
It took Mike Parris exactly one play to make the best of that field position as the powerful halfback burst through the line and raced past the Orcas secondary for his second touchdown of the night. The 45-yard run gave Darrington a 21-0 lead and full control of the game.
On their next possession Joe Dolph scored a 3-yard touchdown to put the Loggers up 28-0 and it was apparent to all watching that Darrington would have no trouble the rest of the way. Before halftime a slick misdirection play wherein Cory Hoveskeland took a secondary pitch from quarterback Jones made for another highlight reel run. Hoveskeland chugged 55 yards down the right sideline untouched and into the end-zone.
At halftime the score was 35-0 and it was probably time to call off the dogs for Darrington. But a number of reserve players were out due to eligibility issues and Coach Fred Emerson had nobody to come into the game. That was bad news for Orcas Island as they watched halfback ODell take a pitch in the third quarter and then throw a 30-yard touchdown strike to Hoveskeland to put Darrington ahead 42-0. Hoveskeland picked off an Orcas pass on the next possession to add to his big night.
Darrington tacked on two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, both from ODell to reach the final margin 56-0. They left no questions regarding their preparedness or talent level and look to wrap up their season undefeated.
We did what we wanted to do, said Coach Emerson after the game. We hadnt beat this team in a while before this year. I hate to see it get out of hand at the end, I respect their program an awful lot.
His players were thrilled to see their perfect season continue.
We older and more experienced, said halfback Mike Parris. Its our goal to stay undefeated in league and weve got a big game against Concrete still ahead.
Most of us have been together since third grade, said tackle Conner Rounds. I think our friendship helps us to play well together. We can still step it up another notch.
It all comes down to the linemen blocking great, noted Joe Dolph. If they keep it up were going to do well in the playoffs.
The team plays again Oct. 19 against LaConner.,