EAST WENATCHEE — Eisenhower senior Ridge Harmon did it all on Friday at Wildcat Stadium.
The wide receiver caught three touchdowns, returned a kick and a punt for scores and even kicked an extra point as the Cadets blew out the Cats 41-0.
The Eastmont offense moved the ball well in the first half but couldn’t find the end zone. Senior Carter Haehl had five receptions — all before halftime — for 60 yards.
Ike’s Big Nine-pacing attack was slowed in its first drive, but sophomore quarterback Chris Sawyer hit Darius Pati for a 35-yard pass to put the Cadets in the red zone, and two snaps later Sawyer hit Harmon from 15 yards out to make it a 7-0 game.
Harmon scored his second touchdown with 1:36 remaining in the half, and then an Eastmont fumble that was recovered by Ike allowed the team from Yakima another shot at the end zone before halftime, and Sawyer did not let that go to waste. The sophomore slinger hit Harmon from 27 yards out with just six seconds remaining before halftime to make it a 21-0 game.
“It’s unfortunate we let that game get away from us at the end of the second quarter,” Wildcats head coach Doug McGill said in a phone interview after the game. “… Ridge Harmon just put on a show.”
The second half started a lot like the first ended — with a Harmon touchdown — as the speedy senior returned the opening kickoff 84 yards.
Sawyer hit Pati toward the end of the third quarter to make it a 34-0, and when Harmon returned a punt for a touchdown the score was 41-0, which triggered a running clock for the rest of the contest.
“They made great throws and made great catches,” McGill said. “Every one of their throws had to be right on the money with a great catch. We made them work for it.”
Sawyer threw the ball only 12 times and four of his seven completions were good for six points.
On a positive note, senior running back Brian Burt ran for 97 yards on 18 carries despite missing some game time to be tended to by the trainers.
The Wildcats will not be afforded much time to lick their wounds as they are slated to face cross-river rival Wenatchee on Friday in the Bridge of Sportsmanship game.
“I’m disappointed for our seniors (that this is how the game ended),” McGill said. “We have two more games in two more weeks and knowing our kids they’ll come out and give it their all and we’ll do the same as a coaching staff and we’ll go out and see how it goes.”