MOSES LAKE — Friday’s football season opener was a night to remember for the latest Moses Lake High School Hall of Fame class, as they were recognized at halftime.
It was a night to forget for the team on the field.
Moses Lake barely eclipsed 100 yards of total offense in a 40-7 loss to Ferris.
“I was really disappointed offensively,” head coach Todd Griffith said. “I thought we were gonna be better.”
Moses Lake was unable to drive deep into Ferris territory until late in the third quarter when the game had already been decided. A horse-collar tackle on Lerenz Thomas set up the Chiefs inside the 10-yard line. Senior quarterback Logan Sperline was then able to find Jackson Purcell for a short touchdown reception. By then, however, the running clock had been enacted and the fourth quarter was inconsequential.
Moses Lake showed some positivity on defense early.
Thomas broke up a pass in the end zone on third down and Ferris missed the ensuing field goal attempt. But Ferris would not budge defensively, daring Moses Lake to throw the ball with a new-look, aggressive defense.
“They’re senior-laden,” Griffith said. “That’s a good, veteran group of football players. I don’t know where they’re gonna end up at or not, but I think that they didn’t throw the ball really on us. I think we defended the pass fairly well. We just got out-physicaled up front.”
The Saxons eventually broke through when Brent Jones churned out a 15-yard touchdown. Jovan Ruffin added two more rushing scores in the second quarter to give the visitors a 20-0 lead at halftime.
Nate Schlosser broke a host of arm tackles on his way to a 32-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. Jason Jones and Brent Jones scored receiving and rushing touchdowns, respectively, also in the third quarter.
“For as many times as we put them in bad spots offensively, they (the defense) played pretty good,” Griffith said. “Tackling was a little suspect, but I think they played hard, played tough, played physical. They just didn’t tackle extremely well. Us on offense, we didn’t impose our will on them. There were things we had designed that we scrapped right off the bat just because we couldn’t block guys.”
Purcell led the Chiefs with 26 yards on the ground, in addition to his 7-yard touchdown reception.
“We made some mistakes out there, but we just got out-physicaled,” Griffith said. “They played harder than we did.”
Score by quarter
ML 0 0 7 0 — 7
F 7 13 20 0 — 40
F - Brent Jones 15-yard run
F - Jovan Ruffin 5-yard run
F - Jovan Ruffin 3-yard run
F - Nate Schlosser 32-yard run
F - Jason Jones 3-yard pass from Jack Clavel
F - Brent Jones 21-yard run
ML - Jackson Purcell 7-yard pass from Logan Sperline