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Robertson throws for four touchdowns in rout of MI

Posted Saturday, September 01, 2007 by SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

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Robertson throws for four touchdowns in rout of MI
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Last updated 12:53 a.m.


MERCER ISLAND -- Bill Heglar's Mercer Island coaching debut couldn't change one all-important fact: Eastlake has a darn good football team.

There wasn't much Heglar could do from the sideline as the visiting 4A Wolves poured it on the 3A Islanders with a 54-7 non-league victory Friday night.

"That's a good football team we played," Heglar said. "They have a good quarterback. You play a good team like that, that's what's going to happen. They've got good kids and good coaches and that's what it's all about."

Ryan Robertson was the most visible offensive member of the Wolves, kicking off his senior season with 298 yards through the air while connecting on 13 of 23 pass attempts for four touchdowns. He did have one pass picked off by the Islanders, but that was merely a scratch on what was an impressive night.

"Ryan's one of the best in the state," Eastlake receiver Cory Mackay said. "He's a good quarterback; I love Ryan."

Robertson must have felt the same for Mackay. Three of the quarterback's first four completions went to Mackay to the tune of 69 yards and two scores.

The pair connected for a 38-yard touchdown on Eastlake's third play of the season and with Justin Lewis' extra point, the Wolves jumped out to an early 7-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, a botched Mercer Island punt gave Eastlake the ball inside the Islanders 20. After a penalty, a three-yard loss and a two-yard run, Robertson looked back to his favorite target, this time for a 29-yard touchdown. The Islanders blocked the extra point attempt, but still trailed 13-0 six minutes into the game.

"Our kids are young but they played hard," Heglar said. "We'll get better. It's the first game; we'll be fine."

Mercer Island came back with an eight-minute, 80-yard drive following Mackay's second score. They gave up two sacks by Mackay during the march, but five Eastlake penalties kept the drive alive when the Islander offense could not. Andy Thompson took a fourth-down handoff to the end zone from eight yards out to cap the drive.

"I think our defense would have had a shutout if we didn't have so many penalties," Mackay said. "We could have held (Mercer Island) for about 20 yards, but penalties killed us."

With Eastlake's passing game, it didn't take long to cover for the defense's mistakes.

Less than a minute after Thompson crossed the goal line, Robertson had his third touchdown pass. This time, Kolby Kemp got behind the Islander secondary and Thompson hit him in stride for a 72-yard score.

"It's a very nice first game for the guys as far as throwing the football," Eastlake coach Gene Dales said. "I thought Ryan looked very sharp and his receivers ran good patterns and caught the ball when they were open. ... The production was very good."

Mercer Island's Sam Franklin intercepted Robertson on the Wolves' first drive of the second half, but it slowed Eastlake's attack only momentarily. On its next possession, Robertson found Kemp for a 36-yard scoring play. The kick made it 33-7.

Eastlake sacked quarterbacks Thomas Hollowed and Max Moncaster seven times and caused two turnovers, including a 17-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown from Zach Nicholson, but they were penalized 15 times for 150 yards.

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