I went to Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell last night hoping Eastlake and Woodinville would provide a clearer, crisper picture of who can contend in Class 4A. Instead, I left even more uncertain than I arrived.
In a 19-14 Eastlake win, the Wolves didn’t flash the dynamic air attack I’d heard so much about. Instead, they flashed some defense, winning with second-half stops. Allow me to summarize:
– Late third quarter, Woodinville has fourth-and-one at the Eastlake 45. Woodinville’s Matt Brumfield, a pain in Eastlake’s side all night, runs right into 6-foot-1, 272-pound DL Ross Teare, who puts him back for a 1-yard loss.
– About 6 minutes left, Woodinville has fourth-and-two at the Eastlake 17. Brumfield goes left and has a defender between him and the marker. He goes in the air, gets the first down, but the ball pops loose and Eastlake recovers.
– With about four minutes left, after a three-and-out marred by two penalties, Eastlake goes to punt from its own 46. The snap sails over Eastlake punter Aaron Race’s head, he runs back and picks it up at the 20. What’s the book say here? Go down. Don’t make the situation worse. But Race doesn’t go down. On the run, he kicks it past midfield. Woodinville takes it back to the Eastlake 40. That’s a 20-yard difference, and quite possibly the difference in the game.
– About 3 minutes left, Woodinville has fourth-and-four at the Eastlake 19. Woodinville throws a screen pass, but Eastlake has at least four guys there in seconds to smother it for a loss.
Woodinville had a 14-0 lead, and if it doesn’t give up two touchdowns in the last 5 minutes of the first half, we’re probably having a different discussion today. The Falcons dominated the first 19 minutes, but two mistakes allowed Eastlake to make up the difference.
So how is the picture in Class 4A any different today? I’m not sure it is. You can point to Eastlake’s struggling offense, but you have to mention its stingy defense, too. If both are rolling, do you want to face that team? And Woodinville was just one play away from winning, so I don’t think you can rule the Falcons out as a contender, either.
So maybe I didn’t get the clarity I wanted Thursday night, but I did get a pretty good game.
1. Demetrius Bronson, Kentwood, football. UW recruit has his best game yet, going for 249 yards and three long touchdowns in 35-6 win against Decatur.
2. Jackie Thomas, Kennedy, girls soccer. Scored three goals and added an assist in 5-0 win against Highline.
3. Devin McMahon, Redmond, girls cross-country. Was fastest finisher in five-team meet by 23 seconds with time of 19:09.
Tonight’s top games
1. Skyline at Newport, football, 7:30 p.m. We know this: Newport’s going to run, Skyline’s going to pass, and the winner’s going to have an edge in KingCo 3A.
2. Beamer vs. Puyallup, football, 7 p.m. at Federal Way Stadium. Fourth-ranked Puyallup will have to wrap up Beamer RB Lamardray Fuller (372 yards, 3 TDs).
3. Issaquah at Bellevue, football, 7:30 p.m. Wolverines will have to get a hold of Issaquah’s Dustin Talley and Kyle Hanson (4 rushing TDs each) to avoid 1-2 start.