Jackson defeats Mount Vernon in league opener | Football

By David Pan | Sep 21, 2017

The Jackson offense got rolling at the right time.

After being shut out by Edmonds-Woodway in the season opener, the Timberwolves scored early and often to defeat Mount Vernon 40-20 in the Wesco 4A season opener for both teams Friday, Sept. 15, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Junior quarterback Ben Olesen completed 19 of 26 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns. Olesen also carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards.

Senior wide receiver Daniel Arias caught nine passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Jonathan Navarro had seven catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Nick Walsh ran for 58 yards on seven carries.

“The offense got on track,” Jackson coach Joel Vincent said. “We’re pretty happy with the way they played.”

Vincent said the Wolfpack passing game was effective against the Bulldogs.

“It was the coverage we were getting from Mount Vernon,” Vincent said. “We had some route combinations that were really good against what they were doing. We put them in open areas. It’s pretty simple actually.”

Walsh accumulated much of his yards toward the end of the game.

“It was one of those things that we were hitting them so much with the pass that it softened it up for the run,” Vincent said. “During the tail end of the game, he got some critical first downs for us. We hope that stuff continues.”

The Jackson defense had some struggles against the Mount Vernon run game.

Running back Seth Terceo rushed for 189 yards on 39 carries and scored two touchdowns.

“I don’t think we defended the run very well,” Vincent said. “They were not beating us up front. Our linebackers have to play better. … That’s going to be a big point of emphasis.”

Jackson (1-0 in the league, 1-1 overall) plays Glacier Peak, who beat Cascade 40-27, at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

Grizzly junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas threw for 296 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 129 yards and one score.

“He’ll beat you with his feet and his arm,” Vincent said. “We’ve got to keep him in the box and not let him get out and run around. We have to be sound with our coverage and be in the right places.”

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