YAKIMA - Quarterback Kolney Cassel threw five touchdown passes here Friday night - three to wide receiver Ridge Harmon - to lead Eisenhower to a 53-3 victory over Wa-Hi in Big Nine Conference 4A football action at Zaepfel Stadium.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils' final league record to 0-6. They bring a 0-8 overall record into a cross-over contest next Friday night against Rogers of the Greater Spokane League. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane.
Wa-Hi's first play from scrimmage on Friday was a successful counter-boot pass from quarterback Dakota Turner to wide receiver Kyle Jameson that covered 31 yards, according to coach Eric Hisaw.
But the Blue Devils' good fortune was cut short by a lost fumble on the next snap.
The Cadets drove 66 yards after the turnover and claimed a 6-0 lead on a Cassel-to-Harmon pass of 7 yards at the 8:49 mark of the opening quarter.
Wa-Hi went three-and-out on its next possession, but appeared to recapture momentum when it recovered an Ike fumble in its end zone for an apparent touchback.
The call was overturned, however, and Trevon Harris scored on a 1-yard run with 11 seconds left in the period to give the Cadets a 12-0 lead.
"It was ruled a touchback by the back judge, but the side judge on their sideline ruled an incomplete pass," Hisaw said. "At that point in the game, it was huge. I could see (Wa-Hi players') heads dropping. We were never the same from that point on. It was a case of not dealing with adversity very well."
Dean Atkinson accounted for the Blue Devils' only points of the night on a 33-yard field goal with 7:35 left in the second quarter. The kick ended a drive of 19 plays that chewed up 65 yards.
But Ike blew the game open with three scores in the final 6:51 of the first half. Cassel threw TDs of 71 yards to Denzel Jones and 5 yards to Darius Pati, and Jones returned an interception 33 yards during that stretch.
The Cadets led 33-3 at halftime.
Cassel and Harmon worked their mastery for scores of 12 and 34 yards in the third quarter, and Nathan Guillen completed the scoring with a 1-yard run in the final frame.
"I think they are the best team in the league," Hisaw said. "They exploited every mistake we made. It is what it is.
"We deserved to get clubbed," Hisaw said. "The kids don't believe they can play with people. It's frustrating because they can.
"We played like we were going to get run over," Hisaw said. "We played to get the game over with. It was really disappointing."
Eisenhower 53, Wa-Hi 3
Wa-Hi 0 3 0 0 - 3
Ike 12 21 13 7 - 53
Ike - Harmon 7 pass from Cassel (kick failed).
Ike - Harris 1 run (pass failed).
Wa-Hi - Atkinson 33 FG.
Ike - Jones 71 pass from Cassel (Revuelta kick).
Ike - Pati 5 pass from Cassel (Revuelta kick).
Ike - Jones 33 interception return (Revuelta kick).
Ike - Harmon 12 pass from Cassel (Revuelta kick).
Ike - Harmon 34 pass from Cassel (kick failed).
Ike - Guillen 1 run (Revuelta kick).
First downs 16 22
Rushes/yards 37-119 24-221
Passing yards 101 259
Passes (att-comp-int) 29-12-2 26-16-1
Punts 4-38 3-28
Fumbles-lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-yards 4-47 5-50
RUSHING - Wa-Hi: Hoe 24-97, Palomo 6-17, Larkin-Corona 3-9, Zehner 2-5, Grandstaff 1-5, Team 1-(-14); Ike: Harris 18-197, Curtis 2-14, Guillen 2-7, Coleman 2-3.
PASSING - Wa-Hi: Turner 11-26-2, 96 yards, 0 TDs, Zehner 1-2-0, 5 yards, Hoe 0-1-0; Ike: Cassel 16-25-1, 259 yards, 5 TDs, Easter 0-1-0.
RECEIVING - Wa-Hi: Rowley 3-26, Jameson 2-38, Gilmore 2-13, Ferenz 2-11, Cranor 1-11, Atkinson 1-5, Hoe 1-(-3); Ike: Jones 4-118-1, Harmon 4-75-3, Pati 6-46-1, Hernandez 2-20.