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Eastlake takes out Olympia

Posted Saturday, November 11, 2006 by Grant Clark

Published: November 11th, 2006 01:00 AM

Eastlake takes out Olympia

GRANT CLARK; For The News Tribune


Olympia's hallmarks all season have been running the football and playing tough defense.

Injuries and a powerful Eastlake aerial attack, however, limited the success of both those characteristics Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs as the banged-up Bears saw their season come to end with a 17-7 loss to visiting Eastlake at Ingersoll Stadium.

"Give all the credit to Eastlake," Olympia coach Bill Beattie said. "That's a very good football team we played tonight."

Ryan Robertson passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns, and Tanor Johnson hit a 41-yard field goal with 1 minute, 46 seconds remaining to help the Wolves (9-2) earn their first state playoff victory.

Olympia, champion of the Narrows League Bay Division, finished 9-2.

The Bears were missing senior defensive back Corey Ashline (broken hand), junior receiver Brent Williams and junior offensive tackle Viet Ha (knee), and they saw limited action from junior running back Casey Sherwood, who missed seven games because of a broken collarbone.

Ashline, regarded by Beattie as Olympia's best defensive back, was sorely missed as Robertson directed the Wolves' spread offense to near perfection in the first half.

Eastlake, runner-up of the Kingco Conference, scored on two of its first three possessions. Robertson hit Justin Helwege on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 2:40 left in the first quarter to give the Wolves a 7-0 advantage.

Robertson's first TD pass capped a five-play, all-throwing drive in which Robertson went 5-of-5 for 66 yards.

Robertson, who passed for 200 yards and completed 12 of his 16 first-half attempts, was too much, also adding a 58-yard touchdown pass to Johnson two minutes into the second quarter, pushing Eastlake's lead to 14-0.

"The kid can definitely throw the football," Beattie said. "We haven't had someone throw on us this season like he did in the first half. Plus, he has a great group of receivers to throw to."

The Bears cut the deficit in half on Ryan Harlan's 25-yard touchdown strike to Michael Fennerty on fourth-and-8 with 2:48 to play in the third quarter.

Fennerty, who finished with five catches for 52 yards, kept Olympia's lone scoring drive alive earlier on a fake punt from its 47 on fourth-and-long by hitting Charlie Naubert on a 24-yard pass.

The Bears' TD drive marked the only time Olympia crossed midfield.

Johnson added six receptions for 106 yards, while teammate Helwege hauled in four passes for 71 yards.

The Wolves, making just their second state playoff appearance, outgained Olympia 337-187 yards.

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