Grizzlies’ season comes to an end | Football

By David Pan | Nov 16, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Evan Mannes runs with the ball against Eastlake.

Glacier Peak’s season came to a disappointing end.

Eastlake defeated the Grizzlies 25-9 in a 4A district football playoff game Saturday, Nov. 3, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

The loss, however, couldn’t overshadow what was a successful season for Glacier Peak, which suffered only its second loss of the year. The other was to Wesco 4A champion Lake Stevens, who is playing in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

“I’m beyond proud with the entire program,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “We have four losses total over three teams (varsity, junior varsity and freshman). The kids really bought into everything. Hopefully, this is the start of something great.”

The Grizzlies’ prospects for a victory took a heavy blow when four-year starting quarterback Ayden Ziomas was injured toward the end of the second quarter. Ziomas was scrambling for yardage and was tackled by an Eastlake defender. The senior standout fell awkwardly to the turf and came up holding his left arm.

Ziomas was replaced by sophomores Ryan Kinney and later by sophomore Tyson Lang.

“You’re hoping the kids will bounce back,” Bender said. “Sometimes things don’t roll the way you want them to.”

Ziomas completed 9 of 11 passes for 91 yards before leaving the game.

Eastlake took a 7-0 first-quarter lead on an 11-yard pass from Grady Robison to Jack Rud. Glacier Peak Brayden Corwin then connected on a 42-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 at halftime. The Grizzly defense held the Wolves scoreless in the third period.

“I think the defense did a good job,” Bender said. “They gave us tons of opportunities. We just weren’t able to capitalize off of them.”

Eastlake sealed the victory with two more touchdowns and a field goal in the final period.

Glacier Peak’s Lang threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Evan Mannes in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Robison completed 16 of 26 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 93 yards on 19 carries and scored one touchdown.

In an email this week, Bender said that Ziomas had to wear a sling on his arm for a day but that he is doing good.


WILDCATS OUSTED: Archbishop Murphy lost 37-9 to Sehome in a 2A District playoff game Friday, Nov. 2, at Archbishop Murphy High School’s Terry Ennis Stadium. The Wildcats (4-3) took a 7-0 on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Victor Gabalis to Jack Barnes. But the Mariners responded with five unanswered touchdowns and a field goal. Gabalis completed 12 of 29 passes for 89 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.


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