Playing against an athletic team from Newport, the Eastlake Freshmen Wolves started strong and finished stronger. After receiving the ball on the opening kick-off, the Wolves marched down the field to put 6 points on the board with Carson Davis delivering two key plays on a 15 yard fly sweep and a clutch 11 yard reception on 4th down.
Newport received the ball and quickly scored after 3 plays on a set of long running plays. After turning the ball over on downs on the ensuing two possessions, Eastlake had difficulty stopping the deceptive triple option running attack. Newport quickly scored another 14 points going up on the Wolves 22-6 early in the second quarter.
The Wolves no huddle offense started to have its effect on Newport with their players starting to cramp up during the game. After a couple of quick plays, Grady Robison connected on a go route with a well-covered Ryan Curran who outjumped the defender for a 65 yard touchdown pass. Score 22-12, advantage Newport.
The Wolves bend, but don’t break defense came back on the field. Newport sustained a long drive all the way to the two yard line, but a fumble turned the ball over to Eastlake. The offense didn’t miss the opportunity to march 98 yards down the field with a balanced running and passing attack. The drive ended with Ryan Cole catching a 15 yard pass on the 10 yard line and doing the rest himself to score Eastlake’s last touchdown of the half and bringing the score to 22-20. But, the scoring wasn’t over yet. With 18 seconds to go in the half, Newport took a pooch kick to the right side all the way to the house to make the halftime score 28-20.
The defense came out of halftime with a renewed sense of urgency, stopping Newport on their first drive. Jason Bryant’s speed from the defensive line started to put more pressure on the inside running game, forcing Newport to go try the outside edge with their speed. Ian Baisler had the key play on the drive, holding a strong edge from his corner position while the rest of the team came in to finish the tackle for a 4 yard loss.
The offense seized the opportunity with a quick strike from Grady Robison on a 55 yard run to the sideline. The drive ended when Carson Davis caught a two point conversion to tie the score at 28-28.
With the score tied, the defense put together its best series of the game with a tackle of the speedy back by Jake O’Donnell for a 10 yard loss. Johnny O’Loughlin followed that up with another tackle for a 10 yard loss on a Newport quick pitch, forcing them to punt the ball.
Starting at the Newport 25 yard line, the offense struck quickly. Matt Brookshier finished the drive scoring on an 11 yard run up the middle to make the score 36-28 early in the 4th quarter.
Starting from their own 30 yard line, Newport struck quickly with the quarterback getting loose down the sideline for a 50 yard gain. Eastlake’s defense held tough one more time with strong gang tackling from the defensive line creating a fumble on the Eastlake two yard line that was recovered by Ryan Curran.
Again, the speed of play and quality play calling quickly moved Eastlake from the shadows of their own end zone to midfield. Robison took another run pass option to his left. After not finding any receivers he tucked the ball and ran for another long Eastlake touchdown from the Newport 40 yard line. Eastlake 42-28.
Another quick 4 and out by the defense allowed the offense to get the ball one more time. Slater Howd didn’t miss his opportunity with Eastlake starting their drive at the Newport 40 yard line. Slater ran the ball 4 consecutive times for a total of 55 yards on the drive, culminating in a touchdown up the middle from 9 yards out.