Jackson closing in on postseason after beating Bruins | Football

Back-to-back wins boost Timberwolves’ playoff prospects
By David Pan | Oct 20, 2017
Courtesy of: Bill Trueit Jackson senior running back Johnny Navarro runs past a Cascade defender for a touchdown Friday, Oct. 13, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Jackson coach Joel Vincent challenged his team to make a strong push for the playoffs and the Timberwolves responded with one of their biggest victories of the season.

Junior quarterback Ben Olesen completed 10 of 14 passes for 226 yards and threw touchdowns to five different receivers to lead the Wolfpack to a 39-22 victory over Cascade in a key Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 13, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The victory means that Jackson (3-2 in the league, 3-3 overall), currently tied for third place with Glacier Peak (3-2, 4-3), is in a good position to claim its first playoff berth since 2013.

A victory against Monroe (7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 at Everett Memorial Stadium) or against Mariner (7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27 at Goddard Stadium) would clinch a district playoff berth.

“It was a good win for us,” Jackson coach Joel Vincent said. “It kind of allows us to be in control of our own destiny down the stretch. … If we win one out of next two, we’re in.”

The Wolfpack led 12-6 at halftime on Olesen’s TD passes of 57 and 27 yards to Marcello Pellegrino and Johnny Navarro.

Jackson then scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to extend its lead to 32-7.

Olseen connected on scoring passes of 45, 11 and 29 yards to Garrett Holden, Nick Walsh and Daniel Arias.

Clint Wagner closed out the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Jackson defense kept the Bruins largely in check throughout the contest.

A fumble recovery and a defensive stand on fourth down helped give the Wolfpack offense a short field to work from, Vincent noted.

“I was real happy with the defense,” he said. “I thought we tackled well. We were extremely physical. These are all good signs.”

Olesen also finished with 96 yards on 15 carries.

“I thought we ran the ball really well,” Vincent said. “Cascade brought a lot of pressure. … Ben extended a lot of plays with his feet.”

Vincent said that special teams will be a focus at practice with one missed extra point and a failed two-point conversion attempt.

“It will be a real point of emphasis,” he said.

The Timberwolves also will look to continue to work on a defense that is playing well.

“We’re playing great defense,” Vincent said. “We’re rallying to the football.”

 

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