Gig Harbor Fends Off Interlake in Playoff Downpour


Saturday Nov 5th 2016 3A Playoffs Boys Football
Interlake High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Interlake 13 0 0 0 13
Gig Harbor 0 14 0 0 14


See game recap below

Gig Harbor Fends Off Interlake in Playoff Downpour
By Steve Dion

A late Saturday afternoon with unrelenting rain at Interlake High School was the scene for an opening round playoff matchup between the host Saints and visiting Gig Harbor Tides.

Interlake was ready to defend their home field at the onset as their first play from scrimmage was a flea flicker to put them within striking distance. Moments later, Duncan Varela found Micheal Veliyev behind the Tide secondary for the opening score of the game from 31 yards out.

A minute later, Veliyev picked off Nick Yockey’s pass and the Saints were in business.

In the closing seconds of the first quarter, Varelia connected with Charlie Galanti to put Interlake up by 13. The Tides were reeling.

Needing a successful drive, the Gig Harbor put together a series of plays which eventually placed them in striking distance for their first points of the game; a fake handoff by Ben Hollenbeck which allowed the Tide quarterback to trot into the endzone untouched.

Feeding off the momentum swing, Gig Harbor came up with a fumble by the Saints and before the half concluded grabbed a one-point lead when Martin Brazier punched it in from 2 yards out.

When play resumed, so did the rain and a flurry of turnovers created a game which saw few legitimate scoring opportunities. The score remained 14-13 and the clock was winding down.

In the final two minutes of the contest, Interlake had the ball on the Gig Harbor side of the field and were driving. Varela was able to move the sticks a number of times to retain fresh sets of downs. The Interlake quarterback tucked the ball and was endzone bound, but the ball came loose and the Tide defense jumped on it within their own 5 yard line.

Utilizing timeouts effectively, Interlake was able to stop the Tides from running the clock dry and had one last gasp effort. However, Cole Workman hauled in a late interception to put the game on ice. Gig Harbor moves on in the 3A state playoffs, Interlake concludes their season.

The Final Score:
Gig Harbor 14, Interlake 13.

Top Performer

Gig Harbor
Martin Brazier- Go-ahead 2-yard TD

3A State Rankings
Football Week #3



3A LIVE 5! Football Week #3
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 3-0
2 O'Dea Metro 3-0
3 Squalicum Northwest 3-0
4 Ferndale Northwest 3-0
5 Peninsula South Sound 3-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #3
# School League Record
6 Oak Harbor WesCo 3-0
7 Bellevue KingCo 0-1
8 Lynnwood WesCo 3-0
9 Garfield Metro 3-0
10 Interlake KingCo 3-0

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #3
# School League Record
- Bonney Lake Pierce Country 2-1
- Lincoln Pierce County 2-1
- Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 2-1
- Timberline South Sound 2-1
- Mount Tahoma Pierce County 2-1


3A State Rankings
Football Week #2



3A LIVE 5! Football Week #2
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 2-0
2 Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 2-0
3 O'Dea Metro 2-0
4 Squalicum Northwest 2-0
5 Ferndale Northwest 2-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #2
# School League Record
6 Lynnwood WesCo 2-0
7 Peninsula South Sound 2-0
8 Oak Harbor WesCo 2-0
9 Kelso Greater St. Helens 2-0
10 Mount Tahoma Pierce County 2-0

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #2
# School League Record
- Interlake KingCo 2-0
- Yelm South Sound 2-0
- Mountain View Greater St. Helens 1-1
- Gig Harbor South Sound 1-1
- Bellevue KingCo 0-0


Meadowdale Rolls Past Interlake in Tournament Opener

Meadowdale Rolls Past Interlake in Tournament Opener
By Steven Dion

Monday- December 29 2014 Boys 3A Non-League
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Meadowdale 16 14 11 14 55
Interlake 5 10 9 13 37

Meadowdale Junior Nathan Heilpap

The third of four games slated for round one of the boys tourney at Bellevue College featured a 3A clash between KingCo and Wesco as Interlake would take on Meadowdale. During the shootaround, it was difficult to tell which team was which as both team donned their powder blue warmups. On the line in this contest would be a round two battle on Tuesday night with the winner of the Renton/Inglemoor game which followed this game. The stage was set for the Saints and Mavericks to determine which team would advance in the winner’s bracket.

The Mavs raced out of the gates on a 7-0 run during the first 3:50 of the game. Many of their early field goals stemmed from turnovers on the defensive end leading to transition buckets on offense. Reid Wilson and Charlie White accounted for 14 of Meadowdale’s 30 first half points. Interlake’s difficulty finding a groove was exacerbated by unusually unfortunate bounces around the rim. The Saints found themselves down by double digits after one quarter despite getting good looks at the basket. Meadowdale took advantage of slow zone rotations from IHS by allowing Aidan O’Neill and Nathan Heilpap dial a pair from downtown. Interlake’s Justin Jordan provided a spark off the bench by knocking down a few jumpers of his own in the second quarter. The first half ended with a Landon Hopkins three at the buzzer to give the Mavericks a 30-15 leading heading into the locker room.

With a sense of urgency by Darren Bowden’s Saints, the pace of the game picked up in the third frame, but MHS was prepared to defend their lead. Interlake chipped away at the deficit slowly, but the Mavs closed the quarter strong to set up the final eight minutes. Kyle Grund played a major role in putting the game on ice as the 6’6 senior scored 6 of his 8 points down the stretch. Interlake’s Ayden Allen put together a strong second half en route to a game high 13 points, but Meadowdale advances to the second round after an 18 point win.

The Final Score: Meadowdale 55 Interlake 37

Top Performers:
Charlie White and Reid Wilson-12 points

Ayden Allen-13 points