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Red Wolves drop Falcons, 35-6

Senior James Mitchell gets tagged by Cedarcrest defensive lineman Hunter Garcia after gaining 11 of his 97 yards rushing during the Falcon’s 35-6 loss Friday night.  - Jeff VanDerford
Senior James Mitchell gets tagged by Cedarcrest defensive lineman Hunter Garcia after gaining 11 of his 97 yards rushing during the Falcon’s 35-6 loss Friday night.
— image credit: Jeff VanDerford

Cascade Conference 3A rival Cedarcrest bounced back from a 6-0 deficit Friday night, putting up 35 unanswered points after Keith Ryder’s touchdown on the Falcon’s second possession of the first quarter. Cedarcrest handed South Whidbey its third straight loss, 35-6.

The Falcon’s early score put South Whidbey in front first.

“We ran a lead power play off the left side ending an 11-play drive,” Coach Mark Hodson said.

But in the second period, Cedarcrest running back Arryan Ghazanfarpour fooled the entire Falcon line when he broke through for a 52-yard touchdown.

It seemed South Whidbey would close the gap just before the half ended, but last-minute heroics by South Whidbey’s outside linebacker James Jones, quarterback Danny Parra and Ryder went for naught and the score stood at 14-6 at the break.

Cedarcrest stayed strong in the second half. The Red Wolf offensive line did a good job providing big holes for their running backs.

Cedarcrest’s Evan Brammer picked up the final Cedarcrest touchdown with three seconds left as the announcer noted drily, “Hopes of a Falcon comeback fade.”

For the Falcons, James Mitchell led with 97 yards rushing and Ryder had 74 yards plus the touchdown.

Friday the team travels to Hoquiam, also 0-3 for the season. Jones also had a terrific sack on Red Wolf QB David Cortez with 5:05 left.

“The Grizzlies are a multiple-formation team, but we beat them last year,” Hodson said.

Kick-off is at 7:30 p.m.

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