Oak Harbor team wins youth football championship
— Created November 17, 2021 by Kathy Reed
The Oak Harbor Wildcats are winners of the Junior Mountain Division of the Youth Football Championships, held Saturday.
The 11/12-year-olds were the underdogs going into the game, but the team dominated the competition. Number 59 Noah Bradley had two touchdown runs, while #32 Cory Moyer, Jr. and #10 Dylan Ebersberger helped the team reach a combined 250 yards and claim the championship for the Wildcats.
Here are more results from the Youth Football Championships, courtesy of Rob Norman, president of the North Cascade Youth Football League:
Team Captain and game MVP Griffin Bjornstad led the Friday Harbor Tigers to victory, rushing for over 120 yards while finding the end zone five times. Bjornstad was the focal point in a team effort that saw the Tigers finish off their season with a perfect 10-0 record.
The one-two punch of #1 Nick Leonard and #2 Dequan Dunmore carried the day for the Knights as they capped off a perfect 10-0 season. Nick Leonard rushed for two scores and passed for another while Daquen Dumore found paydirt on the ground and through the air with a rushing touchdown and a reception from Leonard. Number 5 Jack Murphy contributed to the scoring on the defensive side of the ball with an interception returned for a touchdown.
A combined effort on the ground by #31 Kash Griffith and #33 Paker Aylward led the Friday Harbor Tigers. With a pair of touchdowns on the ground and a combined total yardage of just over 200 yards on the day, the duo secured the victory for their team.
Number 2 Kai Sokol found the endzone on two separate occasions on the ground while #6 Sebastian Lucatero joined the festivities on the ground leading the Mount Vernon Bulldogs to carry the day. The ground attack led the Bulldogs on their way to capping off their season with a perfect 10-0 record on the year.
The Lakewood Cougars had an array of support on their way to bringing home the Junior Valley Championship. Number 40 Derek Wilson put up 164 yards and two touchdowns on offense, while #58 Wesley Wise tallied 3.5 sacks and a game-tying fumble recovery in the endzone. To top the Cougars performance, #33 Aaron Stringham converted the game-tying touchdown PAT to secure the championship for the Cougars.
The Bellingham Knights ended their season with a huge victory for their outgoing Senior Division team. Number 4 Harley Kaiser joined forces with game MVP and team Captain #2 Nolan Wright to combine for just over 230 yards on the ground and four scores. Number 2 Nolan Wright accounted for three of the four scores on the board, putting the team on his back on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, adding some hardware to the cabinet for the Knights as he looks to continue his play at the high school level.