As sudden as the temperatures dropped and the rains came in, the Eastlake Wolves JV turned their fortunes with a complete team victory, 28-12. The game saw the young Wolves win all sides of the game.The game started with a quick score by Mount Si off a long fumble return. Foretelling of the night, the special teams responded and Vini Monteiro intercepted the 2-point conversion attempt. On this night, the Eastlake special teams would out-execute their opponents. Twice the special team downed punts inside the Mount Si’s 5 yard line. Eastlake also converted all extra points on the night with solid snaps by Cameron Knutson, holds by Jack Miller and kicks by Ryan Curran. Austin Gray added to the strong special team night by returning the second half kick off into Mt. Si territory.
That kick-off return was just part of a nice night by Gray. Austin scored on three touchdown runs (2, 24 and 12 yards), including the last score of the game – a nice outside run with nice blocking on the edge by Ryan Cole, Jack Miller and Matt Brookshier. Brookshier had earlier scored a touchdown of his own on a long 43 yard breakaway. Like the special teams, the offense proved to be more effective than their opponent. The touchdowns by Gray and Brookshier were the result of consistent running - both inside and out. The line was effective most of the night with strong blocking by the interior, as well as Axel Isackson and Jake O’Donnell in their snaps at tackle.
The cap of the night for the defense came in the fourth quarter. With Eastlake ahead 28-12, Jacob Allen closed the game with a hard-hitting sack. The game was effectively over at this time. The defense had worked to get to this point with big plays all night. An early sack by Jason Bryant slowed and effectively stopped one Mount Si drive. Another play-of-the-night candidate was also delivered by Bryant -- chasing and catching the quarterback short of the sticks on a 4th down play. And yet another Mount Si drive was stopped with tough coverage by the DBs, led by Owen Burke tracking his receiver all the way across the field; while the backside locked down their receivers, O’Donnell pursued and flushed the quarterback out of bounds. The defense simply played great all night.
Thanks to Chad Greene for Photos.