Jackson falls to Monroe | Football

By David Pan | Oct 27, 2017

If you take away eight minutes in the second quarter, then Jackson coach Joel Vincent might have given his team an ‘A’ for its performance against Monroe.

Unfortunately, the Timberwolves self-destructed in the second quarter and the Bearcats seized control of the game with a 30-point outburst en route to a 52-20 victory over the Wolfpack in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct., 20 at Monroe High School.

“Minus the second quarter, eight minutes of the second quarter, the game went pretty well,” Vincent said. “For three-fourths of the game we went nose to nose and played them tough. In that 8-minute stretch we turned the ball over and the game got out of reach in a quick span of time.”

The turnover that really hurt was a fumble on a kickoff return. Trailing 16-6, the Wolfpack (3-3 in the league, 3-4) returned the ball past midfield but lost the ball. Monroe (6-0, 8-0) capitalized with a touchdown and extended its lead.

“We’re down three scores,” Vincent said. “That (turnover) was the big one.

Jackson still clinched the league’s No. 4 district berth thanks to Mount Vernon’s 21-14 victory over Mariner. The loss eliminated the Marauders from the playoffs. The Timberwolves will play the North Puget Sound League Cascade’s No. 1 seed on Nov. 3 or 4.

Vincent praised his defense’s play against the Bearcats’ running attack. Monroe finished with 154 yards but 70 of them were on one run.

“I thought we played really good against their running game,” Vincent said. “Offensively, we were efficient. We moved the ball. We made plays when we had to. … I think the defense has played well all year. That’s one of the biggest areas of improvement from last year to this year. I think the defense is playing a lot better. The defense has been put in some really tough spots. We’ve had to defend a short field because we don’t take care of the football.”

Junior quarterback Ben Olesen completed 11 of 17 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Caviyon McCallister rushed for 43 yards on eight carries.

Senior wide receiver Daniel Arias caught five passes for 93 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown.

Jackson closes out the regular season against Mariner at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Goddard Stadium in Everett.




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