South Whidbey football finally has a win under its belt. But, it came with a crippling blow to a senior leader.
The Falcons beat Valley View Secondary 42-8 on Friday at Jim Leierer Stadium at Waterman Field, successfully breaking a 20-game losing streak that spanned three seasons. Senior quarterback Greyson Clements, who is also the Falcons’ best tackler, injured his ankle in the game and is out for the season.
“He had a great game and he was really starting to get a grasp on the offense,” head coach Mark Hodson said. “We’re going to miss him as a leader. But, he’s still part of the program.”
For the players who have been in the program for several years, seeing a final score that was in favor of the Falcons was a welcome sight.
“Amazing,” senior linebacker and running back Hunter Ewart said. “It’s great. It feels so good to finally show that we’re not some crappy little island team. Even though we’re small, we can still get together and do something cool.”
South Whidbey’s offense shined against Valley View Secondary, which traveled all the way from British Columbia. Senior quarterback Greyson Clements threw two touchdown passes to junior receiver Kody Newman, while junior running back Caden Spear also scored two rushing touchdowns. Hodson said the Falcons’ defense was also strong.
“We’re currently on a winning streak, so it feels good,” Hodson said. “I thought it was a result of a good week of practice.”
Hodson said that while Valley View Secondary’s players were larger than most of the Falcons, the team’s football program is relatively new.
“We’re playing against some kids who are just learning the game really, but we were able to take a little bit of advantage of that,” Hodson said. “I think that built confidence for the kids that they can work hard and win.”
Hodson has not yet named a new starting quarterback. Newman, who split playing time under center with Clements against Coupeville, is in the conversation, though Hodson noted that he’s an effective receiver. South Whidbey has two other quarterbacks listed on the roster: sophomores Brady Hezel and Kole Nelson.
“We have some other options and we’ll see how the week progresses,” Hodson said.
South Whidbey (1-2 overall) plays Ocosta on the road on Friday, Sept. 22.