It was a tale of two halves in more ways than one Friday night at Lincoln Bowl on the banks of Commencement Bay. The first half was played under crisp, clear conditions, and the league leading Wilson Rams dominated the visiting Foss Falcons. The halftime score was 13-0 Wilson and the half hadn't actually been that close. Such was Wilson's domination.
The second half was played in a smothering fog that rolled in with a vengeance at the end of the halftime festivities. Under a shroud so thick the ancient stadium looked like it belonged in Scotland, Foss turned the tables on the favored Rams and won 14-13. Such was Foss' domination. Foss improved to 5-2 with the win. Wilson suffered their first loss in seven outings.
The fourth quarter ,in particular, had the air of the macabre about it. Under pea soup conditions that brought to mind the "Fog Bowl" played between the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in 1988, the two teams exchanged fumbles deep in Foss territory with Wilson attempting to retake the lead. With the public address announcer calling plays as "approximate" when he called them at all, and the scoreboard stuck on "2nd and 10 from the 40" the two teams struggled mightily to cash in on a score that would put the contest away. In the end it was an 11 yard run by Foss' Isaiah Littlejohn that sealed the deal and allowed the Falcons to take a knee.
Wilson outgained Foss 256-182 but a missed extra point in the second quarter became the margin of loss for the seventh ranked Rams. Isaiah Simpson ran the ball 26 times for 120 yards for the Rams to lead all ground gainers. Rams' quarterback Julius "Booters" Yates-Brown contributed 64 yards in 15 carries. Yates-Brown, a talented junior, was six for 12 through the air for just 66 yards against the tough Foss defense.
Foss was led by the dual rushing attack of Isaiah Littlejohn and Devin Clark. Littlejohn, another talented junior, rushed eight times for 73 yards, including both Foss touchdowns. Clark, a tough running senior, gained 65 yards on 13 attempts. Foss gained only 26 yards through the air but they had just enough to take down the favored Rams.
Foss takes on Central Kitsap next Friday in a game that will be played at Mt. Tahoma High School. Wilson travels to Lincoln Bowl to face Jon Kitna's Lincoln Abes.