Payton pick gets Eastlake untracked

Posted Thursday, September 13, 2007 by SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER


Payton pick gets Eastlake untracked
Wolves rally from an early 14-0 deficit

Last updated September 13, 2007 11:42 p.m. PT


BOTHELL -- With two blowout victories under its belt, Eastlake was flat to start its KingCo 4A battle with Woodinville, but the Wolves rebounded behind their defense for a 19-14 victory in front of a packed house Thursday at Pop Keeney Stadium.

Eastlake trailed 14-0 late in the second quarter, but an interception for a touchdown by senior defensive back Scott Payton shifted the momentum and the Wolves never let it go.

"We've always been a solid defensive team," Eastlake coach Gene Dales said. "Tonight we needed that defense, and our guys got after it when it counted."

Woodinville coach Wayne Maxwell thought his team might surprise Eastlake (3-0) early since the Wolves weren't tested in their first two wins, outscoring Mercer Island and Roosevelt by a combined score of 102-7.

"We hit them in the face early on," Maxwell said. "But being the quality team they are, they made plays and did enough to get the win."

After returning the opening kickoff to near midfield, Woodinville (2-1) started the game with a seven-play scoring drive. Junior tailback Matt Brumfield had five carries on the drive, including a 9-yarder for the score.

After an exchange of punts, the Falcons put together an eight-play, 57-yard march that burned nearly 5 minutes of clock. Woodinville made it 14-0 early in the second quarter when senior quarterback Peter Roberts lobbed a 10-yard pass to Mike Brumfield in the end zone.

Brumfield and Payton came down together with the ball, but possession -- and the touchdown -- was awarded to the Falcons.

With Eastlake's offense struggling for consistency, Payton redeemed himself with 4:31 left in the first half. He picked off a Roberts pass and made a nifty 17-yard return into the end zone to cut the Falcons' lead to 14-6.

"Scotty is such a tough kid," Dales said. "Those plays were all guts on his part. He really showed a lot of character, just like the team did in coming back like that."

Eastlake got the ball back before halftime and made the most of its chance. After a pass interference call gave the Wolves the ball inside Woodinville territory, senior quarterback Ryan Robertson found 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end Easton Fix streaking down the right sideline for a 46-yard touchdown with less than a minute left in the half.

Eastlake made it 19-14 with 6:04 to play in the third quarter off a 1-yard plunge by senior Joey Rosanova, capping a five-play drive. The Wolves started the drive on the Woodinville 36 after a short punt.

Woodinville drove inside the Eastlake 25 twice in the fourth quarter, only to fumble and turn the ball over on downs. Roberts finished the game 16 of 28 for 151 yards. Eastlake's Robertson was 10 of 28 for 161 yards.

Eastlake next plays at Redmond next Friday, and Woodinville meets Inglemoor at Pop Keeney Stadium. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

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