Eastlake JV splits last two games to finish season with a 6-3 record.
On Monday, October 26th the Wolves broke the Redmond Mustangs and rode to an easy win 42-0. The Eastlake offense could have scored at will, and the defense didn’t allow Redmond into the red zone. Wolves’ Quarterback, Connor Brown, had a great game with several long passes. Standouts on defense were Gabe Brookshier, Kyle Sihon and Connor Gray.
On Monday, November 2nd Eastlake lost a tough game to our rivals Skyline 20-34. The Spartans were able to capitalize on a slow start by the Wolves offense and complete two long passes for touchdowns.
Down by 13 in the 3rd quarter, our offense finally drew Spartan blood. The Wolves started with a Chris Nelson 35-yard return on the kick. Jack Hart then had a few tough runs to tighten up the defense. Connor Brown struck hard with a 55 yard touchdown bomb to Max Gardiner. Unfortunately, Skyline fought back and drove down the field to score a touchdown themselves. With the Wolves down by 13 again, Brown completed a 50 yard pass to Jack Reischman and a 20 yard touchdown pass to Jack Matheson. Eastlake was down by 7 and needed the defense to step up and stop Skyline. This didn’t happen and the Spartans again struck for a long touchdown pass of 71 yards, making the score 13-27. The Wolves offense wasn’t going to quit and Brown completed an 85 yard touchdown pass to Hank Pladson to close the gap again to 7. The defense rallied and stuffed the Skyline offense forcing a punt after 3 plays. Eastlake took over at our 32 yard line and Brown engineered a long drive to attempt to tie the score. On the drive Brown hit Gabe Brookshier twice, once for 13 yards, Hart blasted through the defense on runs of 5, 25 and 11. The Wolves were poised to score, but the Spartans thwarted the 4th and goal pass giving them the ball.
Eastlake was unable to carry any momentum into the 4th quarter and Skyline scored a late touchdown to increase the lead to 14 to finish off the scoring.
It’s important to note that our JV coaches worked very hard to split playing time as evenly as possible. This was unique among the JV teams, as most teams played their starting lineups the entire game. The coaching staff believes that all players need to play to improve, and that belief was evident in the growth the Wolves players made. At 6-3, the Eastlake JV team showed that they will be ready to make strong contributions next year. Go Wolves!
Photos courtesy of Simon Puttick.