Glacier Peak takes down archrival Snohomish | Football

Grizzlies win their sixth straight game against the Panthers
By David Pan | Sep 15, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Glacier Peak’s Drew Johnson (37), Joshua Erling (19) and Dawson Crosby (11) pursue Snohomish’s Keegan Stich during the Grizzlies’ 28-14 victory Friday, Sept. 8, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

Glacier Peak was feeling the pressure.

In the six years they have faced Snohomish, the Grizzlies have never lost to their crosstown rival.

Glacier Peak junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas and senior wide receiver Bo Burns were determined that their team’s winning streak would not end.

Panther quarterback Langdon Orgill had just thrown a 28-yard touchdown pass to Tristin Harmston to cut Glacier Peak’s lead to 21-14 with just under eight minutes left in the fourth quarter.

How would Glacier Peak respond?

It didn’t take long as the Grizzlies answered with an 83-yard drive that culminated with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Ziomas to Burns that effectively sealed a 28-14 victory in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 8, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

“I would hate to be that first class that loses to the Snohomish team,” said Ziomas, who completed 10 of 18 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns. “They’re a great team, a great program. We played a great game today and I think it paid off.”

Glacier Peak (1-1) went back to the basics on its final scoring drive.

“We were just trying to slow things down,” Ziomas said. “We were getting the run game going. Our running backs are finding great holes and getting runs down the field. Eventually that opened up the one-on-one matchup with receiver Bo Burns. I liked that matchup. I went for the TD and we got it.”

Snohomish took the opening drive 80 yards with senior running back Keegan Stich scoring on a 11-yard run to give the Panthers (1-1) an early 7-0 lead.

Glacier Peak went three-and-out on its first offensive possession but then got the offense rolling on the next drive. Ziomas eventually found Burns on a 41-yard touchdown pass that tied the score at 7.

Ziomas connected again with Burns in the second quarter on a 64-yard touchdown pass and the junior quarterback also ran 25 yards for a touchdown. Ziomas finished with 55 yards on 13 carries. Burns caught four passes for 109 yards. Senior running back JohnPaul Anderson rushed for 63 yards on five carries.

“It took a little while to wake up,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “Once we woke up, I think we adjusted pretty quickly. I’m proud of the guys for putting together four quarters finally completely together.”

Snohomish’s Stich ran for 137 yards on 29 carries, but he was held largely in check after Snohomish’s opening drive. Most of Stich’s yards were accumulated in the first half.

“Our defensive staff made some great adjustments,” Bender said. “It was just reminding our kids how to play our base defense with block-downs and step-down procedures, make him bounce his runs and give us time to gang tackle. Stich is a great player, no doubt. But luckily, we were able to answer that call tonight.”

Glacier Peak outgained Snohomish 272 to 226 in total yards. The Panthers were only 2 of 10 on third downs, while the Grizzlies were 4 of 10.

One of Glacier Peak’s scoring drives ended up being 99 yards after a bad snap resulted in the Grizzlies having the ball on their own 1.

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