The 1st quarter of the game was back and forth with both defenses keeping each other out of the end zone. Eastlake’s defense was electric holding Issaquah to just a few 1st downs. The quarter ended with a towering punt by Jack Lathwell resulting in a fumble recovery for EHS with :09 left.
The Wolves offense took advantage of the fumble and drove to the 10 yd line of Issaquah converting on a 4th and 1 but unfortunately gave the ball up and Issaquah took the fumble recovery to the end zone. The PAT was good and the Eagles took an early 7-0 lead. Eastlake answered quickly with Jackson Proctor driving the offense down the field with 4 big completions. The drive was capped off by a 38 yd TD pass to Zade Thomspon in the left corner of the end zone. The PAT attempt was wide ending the 1st half with the score 7-6 Issaquah.
Eastlake started the 2nd half with a 30 yard kickoff return by Leroy Jackson. However, Eastlake’s first drive ended in a punt giving Issaquah good field position for their first drive. Will Doran got the ball right back after Nathan Bickel caused a fumble on Issaquah’s drive. Eastlake completed a couple of long passes ending with a 21 yd TD pass to Sam Coomes. The 2 pt conversion was good with a run by Jackson making the score 14-7. Eastlake kicked off and Joey Grzetic forced a fumble with a huge hit giving the Wolves the ball deep in Issaquah territory. Proctor completed a 35 yd TD pass to Max Verboort giving Eastlake the lead 21-7. Issaquah answered with a long TD pass to close within 7 of Eastlake. The 3rd quarter ended with a defensive stop with huge back to back tackles by Carson Seelig and Lathwell.
The 4th quarter started off quickly with Issaquah scoring a TD to tie the game at 21. Both defenses fought hard including a key sack by Luke Robertson to end a crucial Issaquah drive. With the clock winding down, Proctor completed consecutive passes to march down the field quickly and found Nick Robbins in the corner of the end zone for a TD. Eastlake went up 28-21 with :28 seconds to go. The defense held Issaquah to end the game and a WIN.
Eastlake will take on the Woodinville Falcons at 6:30 pm next Wednesday at Woodinville HS. Please come out and show your pride.
Thanks to our photographers, George Bickel and Rob Veal.