Nothing could keep the dedicated Wolves’ fans from coming out to support this special team… especially on Homecoming night. The Wolves always manage to provide multiple levels of entertainment each week. This week was no different.
1st Quarter: The first play of the game started off a little shaky with an Eastlake fumble on the kickoff return, putting the Wolves on defense sooner than anticipated.
As the Knights went for the first down on 4th and 8 of their opening drive, the Wolves’ suffocating defense quickly shut down that possibility.
On the Wolves’ opening drive, Grady Robison (QB) kept the ball and channeled Houdini, as he escaped from the extended arms of numerous Newport defenders for a 50-yard run to score the Wolves’ first touchdown of the night. Ryan Curran (K) then split the goal posts on the ensuing PAT.
Score: Eastlake 7-0
The Wolves’ defense again would frustrate the Knights and stop any hopes of a first down on 4th and 7.
On the very next Wolves’ drive, Robison would continue to impress with his speed and agility, running for 47 yards for another Wolves’ touchdown. The downpour of rain was no match for the Wolves’ strong offense.
Following the Wolves’ quick stint on defense, Jalen Bright (RB) would slip through a few holes created by the amazing offensive line to score the third touchdown in the 1st quarter. Curran capped off the scoring attack with a successful PAT.
The Wolves were on the HUNT!
Score: Eastlake 20-0
2nd Quarter: On defense, Chris Knutson (DB) came up with a few vital stops that managed to hold the Knights from scoring.
The Knights, however, eventually came up with a touchdown in the 2nd quarter to bring the score to 20-6. The Knights’ extra point though was blocked by Cooper Williams who looked like he had an ‘S’ on his chest rather than a ‘6’, as he dove through the air.
On the Wolves’ next drive, Bright would burst to the outside for a 60-yard touchdown, thanks to a hole created by Garrett Carney (TE) and a pulling Jake O’Donnell (OL); Cooper Williams (WR) continued to secure a path with some textbook downfield blocking. Curran would convert on the extra point.
Score: Eastlake 27-6
On defense, the Wolves’ Ethan Kim (DL) forced a huge fumble to get the ball back for the Wolves.
3rd Quarter: After halftime, the Knights came out to the field ready to fill the gap in points. On their first drive of the half, they had a couple of large plays that allowed them to score early in the 3rd quarter.
The final touchdown of the game would come from the trusty Robison who found all the holes to get him smoothly into the end zone, followed by the extra point from Noah Weintraub (K). The touchdown was set up by a phenomenal 42-yard catch by Max Verboort (WR) to convert on 3rd and 33 and put the Wolves on the doorstep of the Newport goal line.
Final Score: Eastlake 34-3
Bonus Coverage: Right before the Robison-to-Verboort aerial connection that set up the Wolves’ final score was a play that was erased from the stat sheet but will forever be etched in Eastlake folklore. The Wolves provided a highlight worthy of an ESPY Award for Best On-The-Field Video Game Performance. In this case, a lack of planned execution gave way to superb improvisation mixed with athleticism, grit, and teamwork. With 3rd and 1 on the Knights’ 13-yard line, the Wolves had a miscue on the snap, as it sailed over Robison’s head. The ever-nonchalant Robison retrieved the ball at the Knights’ 27 and then decided to retreat an additional 18 yards to the Knights’ 45 before he decided it was showtime. At that point, his supporting cast of downfield blockers were positioned into their individual stations and began, one by one, to eliminate unsuspecting Knights’ defenders on cue. There were at least 7 key blocks that assisted Robison from converting a potential 32-yard loss into a magnificent Olé fest into the end zone. Unfortunately, the play was called back due to a QUESTIONABLE illegal block. What’s gone though is not forgotten. The true identity and resilience of the Wolves were revealed during this moment of organized chaos. Opposing teams beware!
Next Game will be Senior Night, this Friday, October 25th, @ Eastlake against Redmond.
Let's go Wolves! #WSPS
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