Turnovers plague Cats in loss to Washougal

WASHOUGAL — A flurry of turnovers proved fatal for Aberdeen on Friday.

Guilty of six miscues, the Bobcats dropped a gut-wrenching 28-21 decision to Washougal in a Greater St. Helens League football game Friday night at Washougal. The loss severely damaged Aberdeen’s playoff hopes.

The Bobcats led 14-0 in the first half. Joel Dublanko, making his starting debut at quarterback, scored on a 1-yard plunge set up by a 40-yard pass to Austin Floch, then connected on a long scoring pass to Floch.

After the Panthers closed the halftime deficit to 14-12, Aberdeen’s Drew Stocker broke about a 60-yard scoring run in the third quarter to extend Aberdeen’s lead to 21-12.

“We were in control of the game, but the wheels fell off,” Bobcat assistant coach Joe Fagerstedt said.

A Washougal touchdown and 2-point conversion reduced the margin to one. Then Washougal’s Bobby Jacobs scored on a sweep from about 25 yards out with 3:19 remaining for what proved to be the winning touchdown.

An intercepted pass ended Aberdeen’s final threat. The Bobcats (0-3, 2-5) had three passes intercepted and lost three fumbles.

“The defense played well, but they got put in tough situations,” Fagerstedt said.

Freshman David Housden was cited for making all three of his conversion kicks, one a 20-yarder following a penalty.

The Bobcats remain on the road Friday at Hockinson.