Photos courtesy of Chad Greene
In a game that saw eleven touchdowns with seven of those touchdowns over 40 yards and 75 points on the board, there was a lot of running going on. The suspense was not who would score, but when would one team NOT score?
Eastlake received the opening kickoff at their 35 yard line. Three plays later behind great blocking from the line and receivers, Grady Robison went 60 yards down the right sideline for the first touchdown of the evening.
Newport quickly matched Eastlake with a two-play 50 yard run by Justin Baker, who may be the best back Eastlake has played against all year.
Eastlake went 3 and out on the next drive and punted to the 50 yard line. First play from scrimmage…touchdown Newport! 50 yards. The theme of the night was set.
Eastlake took over again on their 30 yard line. On 2nd down, Robison ran to his left for what looked like a loss on the play but reversing his course, the other side of the field was wide open for a 70 yard touchdown. 14-14. At this point, everyone was looking to see whose defense would show up first.
Newport got the ball back deep in their own side of the field and sustained a time eating drive to the midfield. Newport finally ran the Wing T counter play so many of us have seen in Bellevue Youth Football. This time 45 yards. TD.
Not to be outdone, Eastlake created a nice 4 drive play starting from their own 30 yard line. Powerful running by Garrett Carney for 20 yards and a nice Ryan Curran reception over the middle for 12 yards got the ball to the Newport 42 yard line. On a QB run play, the right side of the field was blocked perfectly with Noah Sumrall sealing the edge from his tackle position and Curran sealing the safety, allowing Robison to break through for a 42 yard touchdown. 21-20 Eastlake with 5 minutes to go in the half.
With Eastlake fans hoping and waiting for a defensive stop to slow down the Newport inside rushing attack, Newport’s Baker took the ball up the middle on the second play from scrimmage for a 55 yard touchdown. Still waiting. . .
The offense didn’t slow down. From their own 40 yard line, Carney took a screen pass 40 yards to the Newport 20 yard line. On 4th and 10, Robison hit Elston Miller on a 20 yard post route. TOUCHDOWN! Miller got his first catch of the season and his first career touchdown in one play. After the kick from Curran the score: 28-27 Eastlake. Halftime.
Eastlake kicked off to Newport to start the second half. Newport started the drive trying to get edge running plays but great defensive fundamentals by Jason Bryant, Sumrall and Jack Miller to turn running backs inside allowed the defensive pack to make consecutive tackles for loss. The Eastlake defense had arrived! Newport PUNTED! Fans became optimistic. Defense confidence rose.
Eastlake took over on the Newport 45 yard line. First play…a 10 yard completion to Curran on an out route. On 3rd down, with Newport defending against the run, Carney took a hand off to the right side and sold the run. Pulling the corner off coverage to stop the run, Carney executed a perfect halfback pass to Curran for a 35 yard touchdown. 34-26 Eastlake.
Time for the defense to make another stop. This time Jake O’Donnell held the edge perfectly and tackled the quarterback for a 4 yard loss. Newport elected to go for it on 4 and 14. Carney and Trent Greene stopped an off tackle running play for a gain of 10 yards. Eastlake took the ball at the Newport 40 yard line.
Eastlake went to the ground game and sustained a 10 play drive with Carney carrying the ball and most of the Newport defense down to the 15 yard line. Robison found Elston Miller again with Miller ending up one yard shy of the goal and just shy of being 2 for 2 on the day and his career. (2 catches and 2 touchdowns). Carney punched the ball in two plays later. 40-26.
The halftime defensive adjustments continued to stymie the Newport offense as linebackers Carney and Matt Brookshier fill the A gaps on the line, pushing the Newport running game to the outside again where the ends and corners were perfectly positioned to make the tackles. And again, another turn over on downs by the Newport offense.
Eastlake took the ball on the Newport 10 yard line. Quick strike again for the Wolves after 3 plays as Carney ran the ball for the last touchdown of the day. Eastlake 48-26.
The offense would put up 400 yards of offense on the day and the defense threw a second half shutout for the second time against the Newport Knights to seal the 3rd victory of the season. Current record is 3-3 for the year with the final game at home this Wednesday vs Issaquah at 5PM.