YAKIMA — The Wenatchee football team’s offense didn’t disappoint in Friday’s season opener against the Eisenhower Cadets, but it was a footnote in the 27-21 road loss.
As expected, senior running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims was impressive in the season debut, accounting for 265 yards of total offense and a score. Senior quarterback Dillon Sugg made a mark, too, throwing for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
The Panthers had plenty of big plays over the course of the game, but many of them came while trailing.
The Cadets’ offense dictated the pace early on and stayed in control throughout the contest.
Eisenhower sophomore quarterback Chris Sawyer led an aerial attack that was unstoppable at times and ended his first career start with 397 passing yards — 208 of which went to senior wideout Ridge Harmon.
That helped the Cadets jump out to a 14-0 lead with back-to-back scores in the first quarter. The Panthers answered with a pair of scores of their own, though.
Sugg found Spencer Smith on a two-yard pass and Brandt-Sims scored on a three-yard run to make it a 14-14 contest at halftime.
Eisenhower reclaimed the lead with an 80-yard pass from Sawyer to Harmon and extended the advantage to 27-14 after a 29-yard pass from Sawyer to Darius Pati.
The Panthers scored once more late in the fourth quarter with an eight-yard pass from Sugg to Smith to make it 27-21 with less than two minutes left in regulation, but failed to recover an onside kick and ran out of time.