Glacier Peak beats Cascade 40-27 | Football

By David Pan | Sep 22, 2017

Junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas had a hand in all five of his team’s touchdowns to lead Glacier Peak to a 40-27 victory over Cascade in the Wesco 4A season opener for both teams Friday, Sept. 15, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

With the Bruin defense focused on taking senior wide Bo Burns out of the game, Ziomas connected with junior wide receiver Evan Mannes on touchdown passes of 45, 31 and 41 yards. Ziomas, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 296 yards, also threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to David Castro and ran for a 7-yard score. Ziomas finished with 129 yards on 12 carries.

“We saw immediately who they were trying to take away – Bo Burns,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “That opened up other guys.

Mannes caught four passes for 130 yards and Castro grabbed five passes for 121 yards.

“It was (Mannes’) night to shine,” Bender said. “He ran with it. It was nice to see we have that versatility.”

Bender also praised his defense’s performance against a Cascade team that battled back from a 14-0 first quarter deficit to tie the score at 14 in the second period.

“They’re a tough team to face. They have a tough offense,” Bender said.

The Bruins’ ground game featured a lot of misdirection and fakes.

“I was hoping to see our kids answer the physical challenge,” Bender said. “We’ve been facing a lot of spread teams. Cascade is a physical team that wants to run the ball. We went toe-to-toe with them.”

Glacier Peak (1-0 in the league, 2-1 overall) went into halftime with a 21-14 lead. The Bruins (0-1, 2-1) cut the lead to 21-20 in the third quarter before the Grizzlies responded with a TD and a 25-yard field goal by Heston Pettis. The Grizzly defense then recorded a safety to start the fourth quarter before another Bruins TD cut the Glacier Peak advantage to 33-27. The Grizzlies sealed the victory with a 41-yard touchdown pass from Ziomas to Mannes.

Glacier Peak hosts Jackson at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. The Grizzlies rallied for 16 unanswered points in the final four minutes to edge Jackson 37-31 last year.

“These kids really know each other so well,” Bender said. “Some of them live back-to-back. It’s a little bit of a personal type of game.”



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