By Ray Hamill — It’s a whole new season for the Ferndale Wildcats.
After opening the year with a ton of adversity and injuries, as well as four straight losses, the Cats are now 1-1 in the Little 4 and suddenly have everything to play for over the next four weeks.
On Saturday afternoon, quarterback Aaiden Burris connected with Jack Westfall for the only touchdown of the game in the second quarter, and the Cats would hold on to win 8-0 over Hoopa at Coach Carlson Field.
“It was a well earned victory for our young men,” Ferndale head coach Clint McClurg said. “They’ve been putting in a lot of time and energy and effort into this season.”
Westfall was outstanding on both sides of the ball once again for the home team, as was Kannon Christiansen.
“Any football coach would want those two players on their team,” the head coach said.
Both teams moved the ball well between the 20s, but both defenses also tightened up inside the red zone, and that, coupled with some fumbles and dropped passes in the end zone, kept the scoring down.
“We won between the 20s,” Hoopa head coach Floyd “Cowboy” Billings said. “We both battled back and forth, but we got in our own way with penalties and mistakes.”
Seniors Derek Griffith and Seth Regli also continued to lead the way on the line for the Cats, who improved to 1-1 in the Little 4 and 1-4 overall.
“I think it’s just classic football. We’re trying to improve daily,” McClurg said. “All the win column does is justify and verify that you are improving.
“It was just one of those classic team efforts.”
Hoopa dropped to 0-2 in the Little 4 and 1-3 overall.
The Warriors, however, have been right there in two of their three losses and could be 3-1 but for some simple execution mistakes.
“We’re a lot better than we’re portraying right now,” Billings said. “I believe we should be 3-1 right now.
“If the team I know shows up, we’ll be unstoppable. I’m still proud of my boys. I have faith in them. I just want them to have faith in themselves.”