Grizzlies top Timberwolves | Football

By David Pan | Sep 21, 2018

Glacier Peak was happy to walk away with another win, while Jackson lamented what could have been Friday night.

The Grizzly defense forced four turnovers, one that was an interception returned for a TD and two in the fourth quarter, to defeat the Timberwolves 39-23 in a Wesco 4A football game at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Clinging to a 25-23 lead to start the fourth quarter, Glacier Peak scored two touchdowns to stretch the lead to a more comfortable 16-point margin and thwarted any Wolfpack thoughts of a comeback with two interceptions.

“I think we started out really hot and let them back into the game,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “A couple of missed assignments made it more of a contest.”

Bender added that one of the most important statistics is the turnover differential and in Friday’s contest, Glacier Peak had a 4 to 1 edge.

“I think ultimately that helped seal it all up,” Bender said.

The Grizzlies (1-0 in the league, 3-0 overall) jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead on 12-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Ayden Ziomas and a 10-yard interception return by Dylan Owen.

Jackson (0-1, 2-1) answered with an 80-yard TD run by running back Nick Walsh in the second quarter. Ziomas then found wide receiver David Castro on an 18-yard touchdown pass to extend the Grizzlies’ advantage to 19-10. Jackson’s Donguk Yoon booted a 21-yard field goal late in the second quarter to cut the Glacier Peak lead to 19-10 at halftime.

“We gave up a special teams TD early in the game, a snap over the head,” Jackson coach Joel Vincent said. “That interception was not good.”

Seconds into the third quarter, Walsh scored on another 80-yard touchdown run and the Timberwolves found themselves down 19-17. Glacier Peak responded with a 5-yard TD run by Caelan Briggs, but Jackson again fought back.

Wolfpack backup quarterback Nathan Clark found Garrett Holden on a 36-yard touchdown pass with just under 30 seconds left in the third quarter and Jackson went into the final period trailing 25-23.

Jackson starting quarterback Ben Olesen was knocked out of the game by a hard hit late in the first quarter.

“We went with Nathan the rest of the way,” Vincent said. “He filled in admirably. He did a great job. It was his first time for any significant varsity minutes. He did a steady job. That’s tough duty”

Vincent said that Olesen has been cleared to play this week against Cascade.

“I thought we really battled to get back to 25-23,” Vincent said.

In the fourth quarter, Ziomas found wide receiver Evan Mannes on a 14-yard touchdown pass and the Glacier Peak quarterback also ran 16 yards for the final score Ziomas completed 24 of 36 passes for 266 yard and four touchdowns. He threw one interception. Briggs finished with 108 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown. Castro caught five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

“It was a little bit close there,” Bender said. “That’s what I really love about the kids. They’re so used to close games. They don’t even think twice about them. … The outcomes have been pretty good.”

Walsh had what Vincent described as a career day with 246 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns.

“He’s a good blend of speed and size,” Bender said. “I think some of the stuff was us not doing the proper assignments. It kind of opened some things up. He’s a good back and took advantage of those opportunities.”

Vincent praised both Walsh and the offensive line,

“He had a great night running the football,” Vincent said. “Credit should go to the offensive line. They did a nice job. They had a nice night.”

Clark completed 12 of 21 passes for 218 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Holden caught five passes for 123 yards and one touchdown.

Vincent said that the game had a familiar feel.

“We felt like we let one slip away,” he said. “That’s always frustrating to know you played well except for a handful of plays. I think we learned in the game that we are two pretty evenly matched team. It goes down to a handful of plays.”

Glacier Peak hosts Kamiak at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Jackson takes on Cascade at 8 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium.


Jackson 47, Mount Rainier 13

Garrett Holden returned an interception a record 99 yards for a touchdown to help the Wolfpack defeat the Rams in a nonconference game Friday, Sept. 7, at Everett Memorial Stadium. Holden also caught four passes for 126 yards and one touchdown and picked off two Mount Rainier passes. “He had a monster game for us,” Jackson coach Joel Vincent said. Quarterback Ben Olesen completed 10 of 16 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown.


Glacier Peak 36, Snohomish 28

Senior quarterback Ayden Ziomas competed 18 of 23 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns to lead Grizzlies past their crosstown rivals in a nonconference game Friday, Sept. 7, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Ziomas also ran the ball 16 times for 47 yards. Senior Evan Mannes caught seven passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Senior defensive lineman Ma’ake Fifita recorded seven tackles. “The main thing was our kids were resilient in the game,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “I think we definitely could have played better. When the game got close, we had a good result.”

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