However, Monday’s bounce-back game against Skyline saw Eastlake leading with a physical presence. Eastlake scored early and often, but the game was punctuated with a lunch pail drive. The late drive had all the look and feel of a PRIDE drive. The offensive line – led by Connor Jolley, Jacob Allen, Cameron Knutson, Sam Marks, and Jake O’Donnell - played physical and in control. The O-line’s lead was matched with physical running of Austin Gray. This drive could have been a poster for the entire game.
Eastlake jumped out with a 13-0 lead to end the first quarter. Grady Robison’s two 1st quarter TD passes – first to Matt Brookshier on a short screen that turned into a 40 yard TD, and then a 3 minutes later on a 64 yard strike to Carter Cox – put Eastlake in the lead. The defense also had a physical presence all night – Jason Bryant was flying around in the first half – with several big hits and tackles-for-loss. Marks had a big sack to stunt a drive by Skyline. Skyline still managed to punch the ball into the end zone early in the second quarter. The Spartans then surprised Eastlake with an interception return for a touchdown. While Eastlake seemed to be physically in control for much of the first half, they trailed Skyline 14-13.
Gray started the second half with Eastlake’s 3rd interception of the game, with earlier picks coming from Ryan Cole and Vini Monteiro. The Wolves physical domination took control of the game from this point forward. Defensive highlights included a huge 3rd down TFL by Brody Leslie to force a Skyline punt, Andrew Plummer forcing a fumble that was recovered by O’Donnell, Slater Dowd with a crushing tackle on a Skyline kick return, and a late pack-sack by Plummer, Gray and O’Donnell on a 4th down play. The great defense was complemented with scoring conversions - a short TD run by Leslie, then a 38 yard TD run by Brookshier, and finally setting up the previously mentioned PRIDE drive TD by Gray. The game ended 34-14, with the Wolves dominating the 2nd half.
The JV Wolves have a bye week. Mark your calendars for the last game of the season, on October 23rd - the Wolves will host Inglemoor and we hope you can come cheer them on to end the season on a winning note.
Thanks to Chad Greene for photos!