Aside from a blocked PAT following their first touchdown, things went swimmingly for the Wolves, who jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back.
Behind stout defense and balanced offense, the Wolves dominated the game in all aspects, holding the Vikings to 2.1 yards per play while creating four turnovers and harassing the Inglemoor offense throughout the contest. Led by Jason Bryant’s six tackles, Carter Cox’s two interceptions, and the team’s seven tackles for loss, Inglemoor never so much as threatened to score. Conner Jolley led a surging defensive line with 4.5 tackles overall, including a sack. The Wolves were equally effective in the kicking game with coverage teams swarming Inglemoor returners, highlighted by Owen Burke’s open field tackle to prevent a break away in the 2nd quarter.
Meanwhile, the Eastlake offense was in business all evening, and business was good particularly in the running game which averaged a staggering 12.4 yards per rush. Led by quarterback Grady Robison’s 92 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, and the steady play of linemen Jake O’Donnell, Hunter Snyder, Cameron Knutsen, Andrew Plummer, and Sam Marks – with relief from Axel Isackson and Jacob Allen –Eastlake consistently moved the Viking defensive line and opened holes. Eastlake never lost yardage on a rushing attempt, very telling of the line’s success as a unit, and we yielded only one sack on the night. Running back Austin Gray turned in a workmanlike performance with seven carries for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Matty Brookshier rushed eight times for an additional 85 yards and a touchdown. Brody Leslie added five yards on two attempts.
The Wolves jumped to an early 6-0 lead on a 40 yard scramble by Robison capping Eastlake’s opening drive. After the teams traded punts, Cox jumped in front of an Inglemoor pass, returning the interception 26 yards for a touchdown, and the rout was on. The Wolves would add another score before halftime on a tremendous 28 yard catch by receiver Johnny O’Loughlin. On 2nd and 5, O’Loughlin made an acrobatic diving snare of a pass from Robison between two defenders just over the goal line.
Even when things didn’t go to design for the offense, the Wolves made something out of nothing, typified on Robison’s second touchdown scramble. After Inglemoor had taken the 2nd half kickoff and sustained their best drive of the night, eating away the first six and a half minutes of the third quarter, the Wolves hit the accelerator for their first score after the half. Already leading 20-0, the Wolves quickly covered 73 yards in four plays, finished by a pass play turned scramble. Rolling out to his left and looking to check down to Brookshier, who was well covered on the play, Robison turned up field and was helped by receiver Vini Monteiro’s crushing block at the 20 yard line on the scoring play.
Defensively, Eastlake freely rotated players and completely befuddled the Vikings. Fifteen different Wolves recorded tackles in the game. Jolley forced a fumble deep in Inglemoor territory early in the 2nd quarter to stop a Vikings possession, and Trent Greene would add an interception to end another Inglemoor drive late in the period, Eastlake’s third takeaway of the half. The second half looked much the same. Inglemoor’s opening drive after intermission would be their only sustained drive of the evening, but did not produce points and stalled at the Wolves’ 27 yard line. Andrew Plummer’s sack reenergized the home team during the drive. In the fourth quarter, Cox would come down with his second interception after an athletic deflection of a pass by cornerback Jack Miller. On their final series, the Vikings were stymied by sacks courtesy of Snyder and Jolley, which sandwiched a deep pass ably knocked down by cornerback Slater Howd.
Thanks to Chad Greene for the Fab Photos, this week and all season long!
The JV Wolves ended their season with a strong finish, and we look forward to seeing them next year on the Varsity field!