Falcons can't stop Cougars' huge rush

"Score by quartersSouth Whidbey 0 0 6 0 -- 6Lakewood 6 22 0 15 -- 43The Lakewood Cougars opened an express lane to the South Whidbey backfield and turned it into a 43-6 victory Friday night.It was South Whidbey's first football road trip after starting the season with a win at home over Granite Falls. Lakewood improved to 2-0, having beaten Sultan in their opener. This Friday the Falcons travel to King's to take on an old rival from their Cascade League days. King's beat Coupeville last Friday.At Lakewood, the statistics were no prettier than the game. The Cougars totalled 327 yards in offense while holding the Falcons to only 77 in the North Cascades Conference matchup. The referees wore out their whistles, blowing out 70 yards in penalties against the Falcons and 125 against the Cougars. And any hopes the Falcons may have had were scuttled by an assortment of dropped passes and fumbles.But it wasn't miscues that doomed the Falcons. It was their inability to cope with Lakewood's ferocious line rush. We were not getting it done up front, said Falcon coach Mick Heggenes. Our kids didn't handle it.When the Falcons were on offense, the Cougars were in starting quarterback Bryan Wenker's face before he could turn around. We couldn't get two steps back and, boom, we were down, Heggenes said. When the Falcons were on defense, something as simple as a quarterback sneak could become a big play thanks to the Cougar blocking. One such sneak went for 50 yards.The Falcons trailed 28-0 at halftime but found some brief hope in the third quarter. The line dug in and gave Wenker some protection, so the sophomore signal caller engineered an 87-yard touchdown drive capped by a 12-yard scoring pass to Jesse Hurlocker on a bootleg play. The score stayed 28-6 when Aaron McCabe's kick hit the goal post. Lakewood didn't score during the period, but they held the Falcons scoreless the rest of the way, and added two late touchdowns of their own.Heggenes described the mood in the locker room after the game: It was embarrassing, he said, describing the players' thoughts. We're better than this.The Falcons hope to show it Friday night at King's, which is located near Edmonds. We will be a better football team this week, Heggenes said. "

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