South Whidbey falls to Cedarcrest, 31-20

South Whidbey owned the first half and led 20-18 at Cedarcrest High School’s homecoming.

In the second half the Falcons (3-4) couldn’t score or stop the Red Wolves’ run game and lost 31-20.

The Falcons jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter. South Whidbey quarterback/linebacker Avery Buechner forced a fumble and Mason Shoudy returned the football 22 yards for a touchdown and the first score of the night. Then a 12-yard run by Bennett boosted South Whidbey’s lead to 14-0, after the second successful PAT of the night by Cameron Coupe.

Cedarcrest (4-3) responded with three unanswered touchdowns. Jared Klingenberg scored the first of his four rushing touchdowns on a play action handoff for 60 yards—the longest play of the night. Cedarcrest’s PAT kick hit the left upright to give South Whidbey a 14-6 lead. A pass by Cedarcrest quarterback Justin Houser to tight end Nick Gagner brought the Red Wolves to 14-12.

Klingenberg scored on a six yard run in the second quarter to give Cedarcrest its first lead, 18-14.

After driving to their own 41 yard line, Buechner connected with sophomore Aaron Curfman on a screen pass for a 59-yard touchdown pass. South Whidbey’s two-point conversion failed but the Falcons led 20-18.

Cedarcrest took the lead, 24-20, in the third quarter on a seven-yard run from Klingenberg, after Cedarcrest missed the PAT wide right.

In the fourth quarter after Cedarcrest marched to the South Whidbey 13 yard line, Klingenberg scored his fourth touchdown of the night to seal the win. Cedarcrest made its PAT and the final score of the game, 31-20.

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