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KingCo 4A Football | Wolves' defense steps it up

Posted Friday, September 14, 2007 by Seattle Times

KingCo 4A Football | Wolves' defense steps it up

By Tom Wyrwich
Seattle Times
staff reporter

BOTHELL — Eastlake quarterback Ryan Robertson heard the roar from the other side of the field, saw the Woodinville fans jumping up and down in anticipation and felt a familiar anxiety.

As Woodinville's final drive breeched the 20-yard line, Robertson remembered Eastlake's last-minute, season-ending playoff loss to Gonzaga Prep last fall. Only one thing calmed him.

"Faith," he said. "Just knowing those guys would do everything in their power to stop them."

Thursday night, third-ranked Eastlake leaned on its defense in a 19-14 victory against eighth-ranked Woodinville at Pop Keeney Stadium.

In a tight fourth quarter, the Wolves from Sammamish stopped two Woodinville drives inside the 20, each of which could have given the Falcons the lead.

"They played their tails off," Eastlake coach Gene Dales said of his defensive unit. "They had their backs pinned to the wall."

The Wolves (3-0) stayed atop the KingCo 4A Conference and did it while their usually prolific passing offense stumbled for a night.

Robertson started 2 of 7 with an interception, and the Woodinville defense sacked him twice and was in his face repeatedly. With five minutes left in the first half, Woodinville led 14-0 after touchdowns by brothers Matt and Mike Brumfield.

Then Eastlake junior Scott Payton jumped in front of a Woodinville pass and ran 18 yards down the sideline for a touchdown.

"I told everyone all week a big play was going to change the game," said Robertson, who finished with 161 passing yards and a touchdown. "That play started us off."

Woodinville's next drive ended in a punt, leaving Eastlake time in the first half for another score. Robertson found tight end Easton Fix — the Wolves' "coverage-buster," Robertson said — over the middle. Fix broke a tackle and finished a 46-yard touchdown play that put the Wolves right back in it, 14-12.

But even after Eastlake took a 19-14 lead in the third quarter, the Falcons kept it tight. Their first fourth-quarter drive into the red zone ended with a fumble at the Eastlake 15-yard line, and their second ended when they were stopped on fourth down at the 19.

"We had our opportunities," Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell said.

Tom Wyrwich: 206-515-5653 or twyrwich@seattletimes.com
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