WISHKAH — Celebrating Homecoming and Senior Day, Wishkah gave its home crowd plenty to cheer for at Addison Memorial Field on Saturday.
Hosting winless Oakville, the Loggers showcased a balanced offense and a stout defense en route to a 60-6 rout in non-league eight-man football.
Junior quarterback Jace Anderson was nearly perfect, completing 11-of-13 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Senior running back Keigan Gardiner added 287 yards of offense and three total touchdowns for Wishkah (5-2).
“Last week, we struggled on defense; today, they were jumping around and making plays,” Wishkah head coach Mike Mitchell said. “The defense was phenomenal. Today, the seniors stepped up. This was their game. Everyone contributed.”
Speed and defensive work was the difference between the teams and Wishkah had the clear advantage.
It took the Loggers six plays to score the opening touchdown, highlighted by a 32-yard pitch-and-catch from Anderson to Robert Rodriguez. Jacob Gardiner scored from 7 yards out to start Wishkah’s day on offense.
Out of eight first-half drives, the Loggers scored on seven. The only non-scoring drive came on an interception by Oakville’s Alex Norskog late in the first quarter.
Anderson completed passes to seven receivers and four of them scored touchdowns — a 38-yard in-stride throw to Dillon Mitchell, a 19-yard toss-and-run to Chris Thein, a 51-yard deep throw to Keigan Gardiner after evading three Oakville defenders on the run and a 24-yard touchdown throw that was tipped by an Acorn defender and into the arms of Rodriguez.
Gardiner got his work in with a 60-yard touchdown run around the right end and Gabe Quinteros got his 10-yard touchdown run one play after Jacob Gardiner blocked an Oakville punt.
“We want to build a balanced offense; but if we need a big play, Keigan is there,” Mitchell added. “It all starts with the line. If they don’t do their job, Keigan and the others don’t have the room to do theirs.”
Jacob Gardiner’s 2-point conversion run following Anderson’s scrambling touchdown throw with 7:14 left in the second quarter brough the score to 40-0. This initiated the mercy rule running clock for the remainder of the contest.
Wishkah took a 48-0 lead into halftime. Oakville started the second half by scoring its lone touchdown.
On the opening kickoff, Adrian Patricio tip-toed the far sideline and ran away from three Wishkah tacklers en route to a 79-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion play was fumbled at 48-6.
Patricio led the Acorns in rushing with 67 yards on 15 carries. Sid Cole, at quarterback, added 61 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Rodriguez got his second touchdown of the day when he took away a Cole pass and ran it back 12 yards for a touchdown at 54-6 midway through the third quarter. Oakville put together a 17-play, 10-minute drive that navigated 74 yards. Wishkah’s defense, however, came away with the fourth-down stop at the 1-yard line with 3:45 remaining.
Keigan Gardiner put an end to the proceedings with a 90-yard touchdown sprint with 1:30 left in the contest. Jacob Gardiner ended the game defensively by picking off Cole’s tipped pass with 24 seconds left.
On Saturday, Wishkah will get a test when it travels to Matlock to take on Mary M. Knight.