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South Whidbey cracks Concrete in football

Falcon running back Sam Lee scored two touchdowns and quarterback Avery Buechner rushed for another as South Whidbey chipped away at Concrete to earn a 36-6 win Friday.

South Whidbey scored on the Lions’ first major mistake of the game; a botched snap that was fumbled and scooped up by the Falcons at the Concrete 40-yard line just 10 seconds into the contest.

An Austin Bennett reception and sideline dash immediately followed and put South Whidbey on the edge of the red zone, then a 25-yard strike from Avery Buechner to Lee gave the Falcons the 6-0 lead.

Bennett pulled in a Buechner pass and scored two after a kick fake for the point after.

Buechner followed with another touchdown on a 10-yard keeper for the Falcons, but Concrete came back with just over five minutes left in the first half, scoring on the third try from a few inches out against a tough goal-line stand by the Falcons to cut the South Whidbey advantage to 15-6.

From there on, it was all Falcons. Lee scored on an eight-yard toss from Buechner, and Aaron Curfman hammered in from two yards out for another Falcon touchdown.

It was 29-6 by the end of the third, but it might have been worse.

Bennett intercepted an errant Lions’ pass on the Falcon 30 with just a few seconds before the end of the quarter and ran it back for a touchdown as the buzzer sounded. An illegal block by South Whidbey nullified the score, however.

Bennett broke free up the middle then scampered 44 yards down the sidelines for the Falcons’ final score in the fourth quarter.

“I just bounced it, hit the corner and there it was,” he said.

Bennett finished the game with three carries for 72 yards.

“Our whole line did an amazing job,” he said. “They really worked hard during the week and made it happen tonight."

Falcon coach Andy Davis said the team put out a solid effort.

“We showed great balance on our total yardage between the run and pass,” Davis said.

South Whidbey racked up 196 yards rushing and 178 passing.

The Lions had 196 yards of total offense.

Buechner had 140 yards of the Falcons’ air attack. He went eight-for-11.

Teammate TJ Russell was part of the reason why. He pulled in four receptions for 80 yards.

And then there was Lee. He had three receptions for 41 yards. He also had nine carries for 56 yards.

“We played hard all four quarters. And the young guys came through at the end,” said Tyler “Chuck” Norris. “It feels really good to put a win under our senior belts.”

Norris had eight tackles in the first half, and finished the game with 10 and four assists.

Bennett and Russell stood out on defense, too. They each pulled in an interception during the second quarter.

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