WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi had made enough mistakes on its own to fall behind Eisenhower 14-0 with 6:54 left in the first half.
Then, with a second down on the Blue Devils’ 41-yard line, Wa-Hi needed five yards for a first down.
Quarterback Michael Weisner faked a handoff to Austin Schilling on a dive play over the right guard, but Weisner kept the ball and rolled into the Ike secondary for a 30-yard gain, to the Ike 29-yard line.
An official, however, called the play dead when Ike tackled Schilling at the line of scrimmage.
Instead of a big gain and a first down, and despite objections from Wa-Hi coaches and fans, the ball was returned to the Wa-Hi 41 with a second-and-five for a first down.
On the very next snap, Wa-Hi fumbled and recovered on a running play. Then an incomplete pass led to a Wa-Hi punt.
Ike took over on its 30-yard line and drove to the Wa-Hi 4-yard line before settling for a field goal and its 17-0 halftime lead.
While Wa-Hi scored once in the third quarter — when Colton Arias outjumped an Ike defender in the end zone to pull in a nifty 13-yard Weisner pass — Ike tacked on three more TDs to win the Big Nine Conference Cascade Division football game 37-7.
Plenty of other mistakes played havoc with the Blue Devils in the Borleske Stadium defeat, which left Wa-Hi 0-1 in league play and 0-2 overall.
"It’s disappointing. It’s hard to watch," Wa-Hi coach Marc Yonts said. "The bottom line is tons of missed tackles, missed assignments, specifically on defense, and too many dropped balls.
"Couple all that with the fact that Ike took advantage of everything they had to in order to win, like a good football team will, and it hurt us," he said. "We have no one to blame but ourselves. We’ve got to play better."
When the Cadets scored with 7:33 left in the first quarter, they capitalized on a pass interception. Then James Lopez passed 20 yards to Asya Morioka for the TD and Andre Arcand booted the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
In less than half of that first period, Ike ran 11 plays to three plays for the Blue Devils.
For the game, Ike ran 69 plays, including 23 passes and 46 rushes. Conversely, the Blue Devils ran 54 plays including 19 passes and 35 rushes.
Ike had control of the football for 29 minutes, 44 seconds; Wa-Hi controlled the ball for 18:16.
Ike scored twice in the second period, on a 4-yard Lopez run and a 21-yard Arcand field goal to lead 17-0 at halftime.
Wa-Hi cut the gap to 17-7 with 6:08 on the third-quarter clock when Weisner hit Colton Arias with the 13-yard aerial in the end zone.
Arias led all receivers on the night with eight catches for 61 yards.
Austin Schilling pulled in three Weisner passes for 27 yards. Schilling led Wa-Hi rushers with 10 carries for 56 yards.
Wa-Hi’s Miguel Torres caught two passes for 36 yards.
Weisner finished the game with 16 completions in 35 attempts, with one interception. He had several passes dropped by receivers.
"Dropped balls and missed tackles, that’s the biggest part of it," Yonts said. "And we had plenty of blown assignments defensively. And we played an Ike team that came out and capitalized on our mistakes."
Lopez and running back Joe Fuerst did the most capitalizing for the Cadets.
Fuerst scored twice on short runs (1 and 3 yards) in the second half, and Lopez passed 21 yards to James Akers for Ike’s third second-half TD.
On the night, Fuerst ran the ball 31 times, often battering up the middle, for 167 net yards and the two touchdowns.
Lopez completed 10-of-23 passing attempts for 165 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception. And he ran for the one TD.
Eric Eastman made the interception of Lopez early in the third quarter.
"This is going to be a heck of a test for us," Yonts said. "Last year we were in a role that we didn’t know how good we were going to be. We really didn’t know what we had to offer.
"Now, with the expectations so high, it’s going to be interesting to see how we respond," he said. "I think we have kids of great character, so I’m hopeful that we’re going to respond positively and that we’ll go out and get to work."
Eisenhower 7 10 6 14 — 37
Wa-Hi 0 0 7 0 — 7
Ike — Morioka 20 pass from Lopez (Arcand kick).
Ike — Lopez 5 run (Arcand kick).
Ike — FG Arcand 21.
WW — Arias 13 pass from Weisner (Garcia kick).
Ike — Fuerst 1 run (Arcand kick).
Ike — Akers 21 pass from Lopez (Arcand kick).
Ike — Fuerst 3 run (Arcand kick).
First downs 20 12
Rushes/yards 42-211 10-59
Passing yards 165 157
Passes (att-comp-int) 23-10-1 35-16-1
Punts 38 5-39
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-yards 4-41 5-24
RUSHING — Ike: Fuerst 31-167, Lopez 9-17, Ortega 3-11, Sarate 1-1, Martinez 1-18, Hudson 1-0; Wa-Hi: Schilling 10-56, Flippo 1-0, Weisner 4-(-12), Arias 1-25, Porter 3-(-3).
PASSING — Ike: Lopez 10-13 1, 165 yards, 2 TDs; Wa-Hi: 16-35-1, 157 yards, 1 TD.
RECEIVING — Ike: Martnez 2-19-0, Watson 2-57-0, Morioka 4-67-1, Fuerst 1-1-0, Akers 1-21-1; Wa-Hi: Schilling 3-27-0, Arias 8-61-1, Flippo 1-11-0, Crawford 1-10-0, Torres 2-36-0, Zollman 1-12-0.