2A Football: Offense Clicks as Bearcats Rout Highline
NEAR PERFECT: Nole Wollan Goes 15 of 16 Passing With Four TDs in 47-6 Win Over Pirates
By Aaron VanTuyl
Friday’s win was an example of what the Bearcat offense looks like when the timing is run to perfection.
Or near perfection, anyway. There was that one pesky incompletion — just one, though, in 16 pass attempts.
Quarterback Nole Wollan went 15 of 16 with four touchdowns, and fifth-ranked W.F. West had little trouble with visiting Highline on Friday in a 47-6 rout at Bearcat Stadium.
“Things were there tonight,” Bearcat coach Bob Wollan said. “I think when we’re on time, and the line’s giving (Nole) time, we can do some things.”
The senior threw just one incompletion in 16 chances, tossed four touchdown passes and turned a broken play into a 6-yard scoring run. Most of that came in the first half, helping W.F. West pull ahead 27-0 early on.
Wollan — the player — agreed that it was his best statistical outing as a starter.
“Compared to last year? Absolutely. Percentages-wise, definitely,” he said with a laugh. “Everything was clicking. There was something open every time, and you’ve got to hit it when it’s open.”
Tyson Guerrero was his best target, hauling in six catches for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
“The coach in me thinks about the one fumble we gave up (in the first half), but that was fun,” Bob Wollan said. “We got the ball in a lot of different peoples’ hands, and we got to work on some stuff we haven’t had an opportunity to do. We had some new things we finally got to implement in a game, which was exciting.”
The only incompletion coming on a slightly-overthrown goal-line shot to tight end Leandre Gaines in the first quarter; two plays later, Wollan turned a broken play into a 6-yard touchdown run. The scramble capped a 76-yard procession, marred by a quartet of 5-yard penalties, that covered 4 1/2 minutes.
The momentum stayed the Bearcats’ way. Highline went three-and-out, but Jack Mallonee climbed through the line to block the punt. On the next play Wollan hit Tyson Guerrero for a 16-yard touchdown.
Highline punted on third-down on its next possession, though the punt was shanked and recovered 28 yards from the end zone. Two plays later Wollan hit Guerrero again, this time from 26 yards, to make the lead 21 points.
“We were finding creases, finding spaces and getting open tonight,” Nole Wollan said. “It was a good thing.”
The senior signal-caller added a 10-yard touchdown to Brandon White in the second quarter, before Highline got on the board with 9 seconds until halftime with a 29-yard run by Jacob Vanderflute.
Wollan tossed a shovel pass to Gaines on the opening play of the second half, a play that picked up 16 yards on one first-half try. The second one was a bit more productive, thanks to Gaines bouncing off a few defenders, bouncing into the backfield, resetting his feet and taking off up the left side for an eventual 54-yard touchdown that pushed the Bearcats ahead 34-6.
Sophomore Jaiyden Camoza added a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, finishing with four carries for 50 yards on sweep plays.
“We got Camoza in the game, which was really fun,” Bob Wollan said. “And we’re finding different ways to get the ball to Leandre.”
Carver Brennan capped the scoring with a 2-yard run in the fourth to institute the running clock, a touchdown set up by his own 27-yard scamper up the left side.
W.F. West racked up 434 yards of offense, with seven different backs getting at least two carries.
“Nights like tonight just build confidence in what we’re doing,” Bob Wollan said. “That’s part of the process for us, to just keep growing and believing in ourselves more.”
Highline didn’t complete a pass in the game, but got 91 rushing yards on 21 carries from Vanderflute. Tyler Shankin added 75 yards on 11 totes.
“I thought (defensive lineman) Kevin Clevenger was a wrecking ball in there, for a guy, who, we didn’t even know if we’d have him this year. He just keeps getting stronger and stronger,” Bob Wollan said. “And then (inside linebacker) Camden Bull running the show. … He’s our QB. He got us lined up, and we were pretty solid.”
W.F. West (3-0) plays at Lake Washington on Friday night in Kirkland.
BEARCATS 47, PIRATES 6
Highline 0 6 0 0 —6
W.F. West 21 6 14 6 —47
WFW — Nole Wollan 6-yard run; Cory Davis kick
WFW — Wollan 16-yard pass to Tyson Guerrero; Davis kick
WFW — Wollan 26-yard pass to Guerrero; Davis kick
WFW — Wollan 10-yard pass to Brandon White; kick failed
HIG — Jakob Vanderflute 28-yard run; run failed
WFW — Wollan 54-yard pass to Leandre Gaines; Davis kick
WFW — Jaiyden Camoza 12-yard run; Davis kick
WFW — Carver Brennan 2-yard run; kick blocked
Team Stats HI WFW
First Downs 9 16
Rushing Yards 215 208
Passing Yards 0 226
Total Yards 215 434
Comp-Att-Int 0-4-0 15-16-0
Fumbles/Lost 1/0 3/1
Penalties/Yards 3/15 8/55
Rushing: HI — Jakob Vanderflute 21/91, Ty Shanklin 11/75; WFW — Jaiyden Camoza 4/50, Zach Sloan 2/27, Carver Brennan 4/37, Lafe Johnson 2/24
Passing: HI — Kyle Gran 0-4/0; WFW — Wollan 15-16/226
Receiving: HI — N/A; WFW — Guerrero 6/84, Gaines 2/70