Jackson ousted by Kentwood | Football

Wolfpack QB on the run for most of game
By David Pan | Nov 17, 2017
Courtesy of: Scott Williams Jackson quarterback Ben Olesen (5) passes the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Kentwood Friday, Nov. 3, at French Field in Kent.

In some ways Jackson’s loss to Kentwood was a microcosm of the season.

The Timberwolves, especially the defense, played well at times, but it wasn’t enough as Kentwood defeated the Wolfpack 44-14 in 4A playoff football game Friday, Nov. 3, at French Field in Kent.

Jackson coach Joel Vincent said that the defense responded with solid play after the Conquerors had short fields to work with in the first half. The Wolfpack forced three field goals on drives that started in Jackson territory.

“That part was good,” Vincent said.

The bad part was that Jackson’s offense was only able to generate two touchdowns, one in each half.

Junior quarterback Ben Olesen found himself under siege for most of the night.

“They had a great pressure package,” Vincent said. “Ben was short of time and under fire for most of the game. We had a difficult time picking up their blitzing schemes. Ben was rushed. Ben was chased. Ben was on the ground. They had seven sacks.”

For much of the game, the Wolfpack offense faced second- and third-and-long situations and also went three-and-out three times, which meant that the defense spent an extended period of time on the field.

“It was tough offensively to get anything going,” Vincent said.

Olesen still completed 14 of 25 passes for 257 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes to wide receiver Garrett Holden. The sophomore standout caught five passes for 105 yards.

Senior wide receiver Daniel Arias faced double coverage by Kentwood and was held to two receptions for 63 yards.

“It was tough to get Daniel involved in the offense with what they were doing,” Vincent said. “Garrett Holden picked up the slack. He had a great game. It sets him up for next year.”

Arias, who is headed to the University of Colorado, caught 46 passes for 843 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

“He was a joy to coach,” Vincent said. “He’s a great kid. He’s courteous, respectful and hard-working.

Olesen, who missed much of his sophomore season due to a leg injury, completed 118 of 194 passes for 2,010 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He averaged 17 yards per pass.

“Ben had a great year,” Vincent said. “Garrett Holden had a breakout season as a sophomore. That’s nice to know those two young guys will be back.”

Three offensive linemen also will be returning. The biggest change looming for Jackson is on defense, where 11 seniors suited up against Kentwood.

“We’re going to have to have some young guys take on leadership responsibilities,” Vincent said. “That’s pretty unique to have all 11 starters be seniors. That’s a testament to this class. These guys turned themselves into good football players and earned starting spots and earned that playing time. We’ll be in a rebuilding phase on defense.

“The offense will hit the ground running with so many returners. We’ll have a lot of new guys on defense. They’ll be playing some pretty important roles for us.”

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