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Eastlake ends Bears' season

Posted Saturday, November 11, 2006 by Darrell Root

Published November 11, 2006

Eastlake ends Bears' season

by Darrell Root for The Olympian

Over the last four football seasons, Olympia High School's seniors have put a lot of wins in their pockets.

Their sophomore year the program struggled to a 4-6 record. The other three years they've won 32 games and lost just four.

Unfortunately their run of success came to an end Friday night when the Bears lost 17-7 to Eastlake of Bellevue in the opening round of the state 4A playoffs.

"They're a good team," Olympia coach Bill Beattie said of the Wolves.

"We gave up two quick scores, but we basically didn't let them score in the second half except for a late field goal. We just made too many mistakes (to come back)."

Eastlake basically won the game behind the play of quarterback Ryan Robertson and his bevy of talented receivers.

Robertson ignored the rainy, cold-and-getting-colder weather to complete 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards and both Eastlake touchdowns in the first half.

Robertson opened by throwing primarily to Justin Helwege, who caught five passes for 70 yards in the first quarter.

The last of those was an 11-yarder to the deep right corner of the end zone, capping a four-play, 59-yard drive for the Wolves' first touchdown with 2:40 left in the first quarter Robertson then turned his attention to receiver Tanor Johnson, who made his third catch just beyond the defense and outraced everybody to the end zone for a 58-yard TD.

Eastlake was in position to add to that when a high punt snap gave the Wolves the ball at the Bears' 21-yard line with 16.8 seconds left.

But Olympia's Blake Skidmore intercepted a Robertson pass on the next play to end the half.

Eastlake basically put its passing game away after halftime, while the Bears tried to fight back.

"They made some blitzes and came after us in the first half," said Beattie, whose Bears gained 63 total yards 2 27 on two pass plays 2 in the first half.

"We adjusted our blocking in the second half, and (quarterback) Ryan Harlan did a good job of checking off to other plays."

Punter-receiver Michael Fennerty set up Olympia's touchdown with a 26-yard pass to Charlie Naubert to the Eastlake 27 off a fake punt

Four plays later, on fourth-and-8, Harlan found Fennerty deep in the right corner of the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown.

The Bears finally started moving the ball a bit on the ground with Tim Brusselback carrying the ball seven straight times from their 6 to the 36.

But the drive stalled, and Olympia never came closer.

Then Eastlake got a 41-yard field goal from Johnson with 1:46 left, and the verdict was clinched.

Eastlake finished the game with 321 total yards, 244 of it through the air, while Olympia managed just 205 total yards.

"The important thing is our seniors finished off a great four years," Beattie said. "Forty six ... that's a lot of games they got to play at Olympia in four years."

While Olympia finishes with a 9-2 record, Eastlake improved to 10-1 and travels to play Gonzaga Prep (10-1).

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