The Eastlake Wolves Freshman team got off to a slow start Wednesday night against the Bothell Cougars. The Cougars scored on a 60-yard run on the second play from scrimmage, followed by an easy drive down to score in their second possession. Holding the Wolves offense to a couple of “four and outs”, the fast and hard hitting Cougars looked to walk away with an easy win with the score 12-0 seven minutes into the first quarter. The Wolves made adjustments and came out strong on their next possession with a great diving catch by Carson Davis for a 40 yard gain from a sharp pass by Wolves quarterback Grady Robison. A couple of first downs later, Robison motored to the end zone behind a lead block by running back Garrett Carney for the first score of the game for the Wolves.
After giving up an initial 20 points, the Wolves toughened up on defense and stopped the Cougars attack with some great defensive stands behind a strong defensive line lead by nose guard Jason Bryant and tackle Jake O’Donnell. The Cougars looked like they might score with two minutes left in the second quarter, but the Wolves defense held on strong with a TD stopping tackle by cornerback Trent Green and an interception at the 20 yard line by Ryan Cole. The Wolves offensive continued with impressive scrambling runs by Robison and receptions by Cole, Ryan Curran, and Davis. After driving down the field, Robison hit Cole in the end zone for a 10 yard touchdown pass with seconds remaining in the first half. This cut the Cougars lead to 2 and closed out the first half with the score 20-18.
The second half began with the Wolves receiving the ball, and the offense picked up where it left off with a drive down the field with runs by Robison and a couple good first down catches by Davis and Curran. Robison then hit Cole for a 50 yard pass and with a strong secondary run Cole brought the Wolves to the Cougars 2 yard line. It looked like the Wolves would go ahead for the first time in the game, but the Cougars hard-hitting defense made a goal line stand. With a 4th down interception in the end zone, the Cougars kept the lead at 20-18.
The Wolves defense held strong in the second half behind a strong performance by the Wolves defensive line and good open field tackles by the Wolves secondary. The game remained at 20-18 for the majority of the second half. The Cougars, for their part, made adjustments to the Wolves offense and held the Wolves scoreless for the rest of the second half. Eventually the Cougars offense proved too much and with the couple quick touchdowns late in the fourth quarter put the game out of reach for the Wolves.
Overall it was a great first outing for the Freshman Wolves against a strong opponent, ending with a score of 35 – 18.