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Eastlake pulls away late

Posted Saturday, October 07, 2006 by Matt Massey
Saturday, October 7, 2006 - Page updated at 06:39 PM

KingCo 4A Roundup | Eastlake pulls away late

By Matt Massey
Special to The Seattle Times


KIRKLAND 2 Justin Helwege didn't fear losing. Eastlake High School football coach Gene Dales kept the faith.

Helwege and teammate Tanor Johnson made the big plays in the second half as second-ranked Eastlake broke a tie with 27 unanswered points to spoil Lake Washington's homecoming 48-21 in a KingCo 4A game on Friday night at Mac Field.

Helwege, a 6-foot-5, 192-pound senior receiver, hauled in four passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard game-breaker for a 35-21 lead in the fourth quarter.

"We take one step at a time," Helwege said of the Wolves' second-half flurry that saw them score 27 points in a span of 8 minutes, 19 seconds to pull away from a 21-21 tie. "If they scored, we knew we'd come back and score again. We have great weapons in the backfield and in the receiving corps.

"We're a second-half team."

After Lake Washington's second interception of the game, Eastlake (5-0 overall, 5-1 KingCo) blocked a field-goal attempt and then drove for the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter. The Wolves went ahead 28-21 on a 6-yard pass to the left flat from Ryan Robertson to the multi-purpose Johnson with 1:13 left in the third.

Johnson's catch-and-run capped off an eight-play, 80-yard movement that spanned 3:49.

Johnson took over at quarterback after Robertson hit his head on the turf when sacked with 7:07 left in the game. Johnson, who began the year as the starter at QB, engineered a short scoring drive, which was capped by an 8-yard TD run for a 41-21 lead. It was Johnson's second TD of the game.

"It came down to five or six plays, and we made big plays," Dales said.

Lake Washington dipped to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in KingCo 4A.

The game featured KingCo 4A's leading rusher in Lake Washington's Justin Kim and the leading passer in Eastlake's Robertson, who finished 11 of 21 passing for 246 yards with four TD tosses and two interceptions.

Eastlake rang up 466 yards of total offense to LW's 157. The Wolves limited the Kangaroos to 44 yards rushing and held 1,000-yard rusher Kim to just 35 yards on 12 carries and one TD.

Eastlake's Dane Steel led all rushers with 92 yards on 18 carries.

Other games

At Redmond 35 , Juanita 7

Logwone Mitz rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Mustangs (3-3, 3-3 KingCo) to an easy win over the Rebels (2-4, 1-4).,

Redmond led 35-0 at halftime.

Juanita quarterback Nick Olearain completed 11 of 16 passes for 135 yards and one touchdown.

Roosevelt 7, Ballard 6

At Seattle Memorial Stadium, the Roughriders (2-4, 2-3 KingCo) scored in the third quarter, then held off the Beavers (1-4, 1-4).


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