What a performance up here in Bellingham! The second-ranked Golden Eagles completely dominated No. 7 West Seattle to a 42-3 win at the newly refurbished Civic Stadium (my home field in high school).
Everyone knows the Wildcats pride themselves on the speed of T.J. Lee and Aaron Grymes, but the Ferndale defense looked incredible strong and fast, boasting numerous tackles for loss. WS only had four first-downs (two in each half) and 155 total yards of offense (less than 100 after the first play from scrimmage, a 56-yard pass from Sils to Grymes).
On offense, Casey Locker leads a dominant run game, but he is far from the only option. The O-line is quick and gets a good push, and the backs can all break tackles and follow their blocks. The DBs, led by Locker, are sure tacklers, support well in the run game and attack balls in the air.
That said, even a perfect game from West Seattle probably wouldn’t have been enough. Ferndale is well coached and execute to near perfection on both sides of the ball. Lee, Grymes and Co. are a great team — and capped probably the best season in program history — but ran into a traditional powerhouse that proved why been the title game often of late.