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Eastlake gets bounce-back win

Posted Saturday, September 09, 2006 by Matt Massey

Saturday, September 9, 2006 - Page updated at 12:45 AM

Eastlake gets bounce-back win

By Matt Massey
Special to The Seattle Times

Eighth-ranked Eastlake of Sammamish was out to prove that it was no pushover after its season-opening loss to Hawaiian power Punahou.

The Wolves, in their KingCo 4A opener Friday night, showed the rest of the conference that they'll be a force.

Junior quarterback Ryan Robertson passed for 202 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-21 accuracy and Eastlake came to life on both sides of the ball in a 31-0 blowout of Roosevelt at Memorial Stadium.

The Wolves (1-1 overall, 1-0 KingCo 4A) dominated on defense, limiting the Roughriders (1-1, 1-1) to just 80 yards of total offense while piling up 333.

"Our whole mentality with that [first] game was that it will get us ready," the 6-foot-3 Robertson said after a boisterous postgame celebration. "Punahou was a great a team. We just wanted to come out and show KingCo who we really were."

It was the conference opener for Eastlake, which lost 23-16 to Punahou of Honolulu in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic last Saturday at Qwest Field.

Senior Dane Steel rushed for two touchdowns and 65 yards, including 53 in the first half, on 13 carries. Junior Taylor Lappano ran for 47 yards on seven carries for the Wolves.

"I know our defense really stepped up and our offensive line didn't allow any sacks," said Robertson, who didn't throw an interception after tossing one in the season opener.

Eastlake upped its lead to 24-0 on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Robertson to Justin Helwege, who jetted the final 30 yards for the score with 2:43 to go in third quarter.

The lead grew to 31-0 late in the fourth when Robertson hit a diving Cory Mackay for a 15-yard touchdown strike. Mackay took a brutal hit in the end zone from Justin Hayes, but hung on for the catch.

The Wolves drove 63 yards in nine plays and 4:53 on the first possession of the game for a 7-0 lead. Steel powered for 46 yards on the ground on the drive, barreling in for a 3-yard touchdown to cap the march with 7:07 left in the first quarter.

On Eastlake's second possession, Steel capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive that consumed 5:12 with a 1-yard TD plunge with 11:57 left in the first half.

Tanor Johnson booted a 27-yard field goal 12 seconds before halftime to make it 17-0. The Wolves took advantage of a sack and fumble recovery and a 55-yard reception by Johnson for the score. Johnson finished with six catches for 109 yards.

Eastlake dominated play in the first quarter, outgaining the Roughriders in total yards, 138 to minus-1.

Roosevelt opened the 2006 season with a 35-7 KingCo 4A win over Garfield.

Junior Cameron Stephan gained 60 yards on 11 carries for Roosevelt.

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