|Friday||Nov 4th||2016||3A Playoffs||Boys||Football|
Lakes Advances in Road Win Over Warriors
By Steve Dion
The opening round of the playoffs featured an intriguing Pierce County vs. WesCo matchup between the Lakes Lancers and host Edmonds-Woodway Warriors.
Edmonds-Woodway caught Lakes flat early in the opening minutes. Cappassio Cherry was able to punch the rock in at the goal line after a handful of big carries in their first drive.
The Warriors defense matched the intensity by stuffing the Lancer attack. Ali Gaye was a force coming off the edge to pressure Lakes quarterback Cody Roe.
Lakes utilized a dual quarterback system as Jaylen Antoine made his debut after a long absence from injury. Cody Roe got the start who is more of a running quarterback.
Wind was a factor as northerly gusts affected punts and long passes.
Early in the second quarter Lakes capitalized on the punt affected by the elements as Daeon Hudson pounded it in from 3 yards out. Like the old football saying “low man wins”, Hudson got low on Ransom Gardner which is tough task because Gardner is listed at 5’0 165 pounds.
As the half wore on Edmonds-Woodway faced a crucial 4th and 2. They called timeout to talk it over. This proved to be a good decision because Cherry took a pitch from the backfield as if he was shot from a cannon and bolted to the endzone untouched from 49 yards out.
Enter Jaylen Antoine.
With 1:03 left. Lakes faced a 3rd and long from their own 25. Antoine aired it out and found Dedrian Milligan on the other end. On the next play, another long ball. At the 0:29 second mark, Aaron Richardson found himself standing in the Warriors endzone with the football and a tied ballgame. Coach Miller later admitted this was a crucial series of heading into the locker room and second half.
The third quarter was a pick party as Anthony Lindamood intercepted a Lindsey pass in the opening minutes, but was immediately nullified when Dedrian Milligan returned the favor. Not to be outdone, Lindamood came up with a second pick shortly thereafter.
Lakes came up with a big 4th down stop early in the final quarter when the Warriors were threatening. However, the next play was another interception, this time by Noah Becker.
Unfazed, the Lancers defense stepped up yet again and this time were rewarded. With 5 minutes remaining and Roe back in the game, a shotgun snap and a clunky run-option execution in which Roe ran into his running back Melvin Miller, he tucked it and ran down the sidelines. He followed key blocks and barreled into the endzone for a 46 yard score to take the lead.
This ignited an already amped Lancer defense. Edmonds-Woodway’s offense was stuffed in their desperation drive and Lakes regained position to lined up in victory formation to find themselves victors.
The Final Score:
Lakes 21, Edmonds-Woodway 14.
Cody Roe- Game-winning 46 yard touchdown run
WASHINGTON STATE RANKINGS WEEK #1
|3A||LIVE 5!||Football||Week #1|
|3A||IN THE HUNT||Football||Week #1|
|6||Mountain View||Greater St. Helens||1-0|
|10||Gig Harbor||South Sound||0-1|
|3A||ON THE BUBBLE||Football||Week #1|
|-||Bonney Lake||Pierce County||0-1|
Crusaders Jump Out to Big Lead Early, Headed to State Final Again
By Steve Dion
Eastside Catholic entered Friday with an opportunity to earn its fourth straight 3A championship game berth. To do so, they would have to contend with a surging Lakes team that collected wins over O’Dea, Kamiakin, and Kennewick to make their way to the nearby Tacoma Dome.
Crusader senior Brandon Wellington made his impact felt early in this one as he took the opening kickoff 84 yards to the house. The Lancers were clearly caught off balance in the first quarter as ECHS proceeded to score three more unanswered touchdowns in the first eight minutes of the contest including a pair by Devon Arbis-Jackson and a 81 yard reception from Harley Kirsch to Hunter Bryant. Lakes finally put their foot down and strung together a drive that was capped off with a Christopher Hun score from Jaiave Magalei. Wellington responded on another kickoff return for touchdown, this time from 82 yards.
Lakes regained momentum during the second quarter by cutting the deficit to 34-14 on a Andrew Bostic touchdown. The Lancers then recovered a fumble in Crusader territory and were on the doorstep of making it a two possession game. Ryan Taylor had other plans. The Eastside Catholic sophomore hauled in an interception that set up Wellington’s third score that zapped the Lancer mojo.
The second half did not have a competitive element as the Cru did enough in the first half to cruise to a 49-21 victory. After the game, Wellington stated he hopes to face Wolverines for the fourth straight year, but not “if Bellevue isn’t the best team out there…because if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.”
The Final Score:
Eastside Catholic 49, Lakes 21
Brandon Wellington: 2 kickoff return TDs (82, 84), 1 receiving TD (12)
Harley Kirsch: 12/14 243 yards 4 TDs
Andrew Bostic 22 rush, 190 yds
Jaiave Magalei 20/30 3 TDs 159yds 12 rush 75 yds
|Auburn High School||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Game Recap below
Auburn-Mountainview Defends Spotless Record Against Hungry Lancers
By Steven Dion
At this point of the season, many leagues have runaway favorites where one team isolates itself at the top of the standings; SPSL 3A is not one of those leagues. The separation between Auburn Mountainview (5-0) and Lakes (4-1) is first and fourth place with Auburn and Peninsula sandwich in between. Needless to say, this clash of title contenders posed high stakes for the postseason run.
The Lancers reigning from the city of Lakewood have been frequent visitors to the Tacoma Dome in recent years, but the time has slipped a bit to the point where the days of dominance are in the rear view mirror. Auburn-Riverside does not have the historical pedigree of their opponent, but are riding high with a blemish free-record. Would the Lions retain it?
AMHS’s loaded skill positions including Gresch Jensen, Nate Hardin, Bitner Wilson, and Devon Tandberg would account for all of their team’s scoring in this contest. After a scoreless first quarter. Tandberg connected with a 26 yard field goal to break the deadlock. Wilson would bust through for an eleven yard rushing score later in the frame to give the Lions a double digit advantage. Lakes drove, but a pass break up near the goal line blew up a key Lancer scoring opportunity.
Trailing by ten, the Lancers needed a spark to get their offense rolling. Yisrael Stephens provided some punch from the backfield, but not enough to sustain drives and keep the Lions at bay. Gresch scurring on one of his many read option plays for a 14 yard touchdown to give Auburn-Mountainview a lead they would not give up. In fact, their defense pitched a shutout thanks to Gavin Robertson, Jason Sele, Aeron Watson, and the rest of their gritty unit. Jaiave Magalei and Max Nauer were warriors in this contest despite the losing effort. Final score: Auburn-Mountainview 17 Lakes 0.
Gresch Jensen 9/18 105 yards, 15 rush 90 yds TD
Bitner Wilson 9 rush 55 yards, TD