Nothing else mattered to Jake Locker. None of the other accomplishments. None of the accolades. None of his amazing acts over the past two...
TACOMA — Nothing else mattered to Jake Locker.
None of the other accomplishments. None of the accolades. None of his amazing acts over the past two seasons.
All Locker longed for was a state football championship, and he got it Friday night as he led top-ranked Ferndale to a 47-12 victory over Prosser in the Class 3A title game at the Tacoma Dome.
“I could have had 2 rushing yards and no passing yards on the season as long as we won this game,” Locker said.
“This was our ultimate goal. None of us expected anything less. This is what we’ve been waiting for all year.”
After falling short last year, losing to Bellevue in the title game, Locker and his teammates were determined to win it all this year. The top-ranked Golden Eagles (14-0) did it in convincing style against sixth-ranked Prosser (13-2), which came in scoring 51.6 points per game.
Locker was his usual magical self, rushing for two touchdowns — including a back-breaking 74-yarder just before halftime — and passing for two others, both to Rocki Sandusky. Locker finished with 138 yards rushing and 106 passing and lived up to all of his hype in the eyes of Prosser coach Tom Moore.
“I remember watching Drew Bledsoe playing in high school and thinking, ‘Wow, that’s what a guy looks like who’s going to play in the NFL,’ ” he said of the former Walla Walla High School star. “He (Locker) is a great athlete, a big strong guy. It’s pretty amazing to watch.”
Locker, who has given a verbal commitment to play for Washington, was one of three 100-yard rushers for Ferndale. Adam Wilgus, who scored a 67-yard touchdown on the first play of the game, finished with 137 yards on 12 carries, while Antoine Dudley added 118 yards on 15 tries.
Today’s games at the Tacoma Dome
10 a.m., Class 2A, Archbishop Murphy (14-0) vs. Pullman (13-0) | 1 p.m., Class 1A, Royal (13-0) vs. Tonasket (11-1)
4 p.m., Class B-11, Reardan (10-1) vs. DeSales (12-1) | 7:30 p.m., Class 4A, Skyline (13-0) vs. Woodinville (11-2)
The debate over the best quarterback in the game — and in many minds the state — ended early in the night Friday. Still, Prosser junior Kellen Moore overcame a rocky start to put up some impressive numbers — 28 of 45 passing for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with a state-record 66 TD tosses this season.
Moore, the coach’s son, added another state record to his growing resume, becoming the all-time season passing leader with 4,600 yards. He came into the game needing just 81 yards to pass Pat Graham of DeSales, who threw for 4,410 yards in 1991. Moore reached that milestone with six seconds left in the first half on a 6-yard pass to Danny Lochrie.
But it was a subpar start for Moore, who threw two first-half interceptions, one of which turned into a Ferndale touchdown. This was the first game Moore threw fewer than three TD passes and it took him until the final play of the game to get the second.
He, too, had glowing words for Locker. “He’s a big-time guy,” Moore said. “At Washington, he’s going to do great things.”
Ferndale needed just 24 seconds to get on the scoreboard as Wilgus scored on a counter play on his team’s first snap. The Golden Eagles from Whatcom County didn’t score again until the 7:04 mark of the second period as Locker capped a 71-yard, 12-play drive with a 1-yard keeper.
Ferndale’s next touchdown — Locker’s perfectly thrown 46-yard pass to Sandusky — was set up by Brady Locker’s interception. Brady Locker, Jake’s cousin, played the ball perfectly and took it away from Kirby Moore, Kellen’s younger brother.
On the next play, Jake Locker dropped back and hit a streaking Sandusky in stride at the 5-yard line. The conversion kick sailed wide left, but Ferndale was firmly in control, 20-0, with 5:30 left in the half.
The knockout blow came less than five minutes later. Moore drove Prosser to a first down at the Ferndale 13-yard line. But on second down from the 10, Watkins dropped a sure touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. The next pass went for no gain, and it was suddenly fourth-and-seven. Moore dropped back to pass, but couldn’t find an open receiver and tried the scramble for the first down. He was stopped 1 yard short, and the Golden Eagles took over with 1:51 left.
Three plays later, Locker broke his 74-yard touchdown run, and Ferndale took a commanding 26-0 lead into the locker room.
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