11/12/2008: "FH Tigers Win A Trophy"
The Football League Junior B Championship game was held Sunday in Mount Vernon. Friday Harbor was the favorite coming into the game after defeating the same team 28-6 in late September, and outscoring their opponents 340-60 in nine games this season.
The Cubs did their homework and had something to prove after Friday Harbor overwhelmed the Sedro Wooley Blue team last week for the conference title 58-21.
Capitalizing on penalties and turnovers, the Cubs scored three touchdowns and two, two-point conversions to lead 22-0 at the half. Several long Friday Harbor running plays were called back, including one touchdown. Throughout the first half Sedro Wooley used on-side kicks to keep the ball away from usually the productive Tiger kick return and then shut-down Friday Harbor's running game.
The Tigers offense opened the second half with a touchdown and two point conversion. The defense joined in, forcing two punts which allowed the revived Tiger offense to score another touchdown.
With just over three minutes left in the game, the Tigers brought the ball deep into Cub only to turn the ball over on downs. With 1:52 left in the game Sedro Wooley ran one play before taking a knee on the last three downs of the game. The loss marks the only defeat for the Friday Harbor Junior team in 21 match-ups over the last two years.
"You have nothing to be ashamed of," encouraged defensive coach Rick Morris after the game. His sentiments were echoed by the NCYFL official who congratulated the team on their courage and unity "after being behind 22 to nothing at the half." He presented them with the 2nd place trophy which will join the conference trophy from last week and the 2007 Junior B Conference and Championship Trophies in the Friday Harbor clubhouse.
(//Kris Brown submitted the above report//)