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October 18, 2008 at 11:39 AM

Welcome to the Taylor Cox Show; look out for Glacier Peak

I’m not sure if I’ve seen a more talented running back than Jackson’s Taylor Cox in the last couple years.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior can set up blocks, make people miss, break tackles, out-run defenders, basically do it all.

Cox had 181 yards on just 14 carries and four total touchdowns to lead the Timberwolves to a big 39-29 win over Mariner on Friday. I think the win clinched a playoff berth for Jackson, but not positive. At 4-0 in the WesCo South with wins over Edmonds-Woodway and Mariner, I don’t think they can finish fourth in the division.

Mariner had its chances all night, particularly due to good field position as Jackson’s kicker was out of town for a soccer tournament. With Riley Carr in charge of kickoffs for the first time in his career, the Marauders usually began drives close to the 50-yard line.

But Jackson’s defense was able to keep Marauders multi-talented Adrien Black — who had 3 touchdowns — in check on the ground and forced a couple turnovers in key situations.

Check out the highlights below courtesy of Jackson videographer Matthew Robertson. Cox is No. 1.

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I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about Glacier Peak’s surprising 42-24 win over Everett in the early game I attended. For the first quarter and a half, the Grizzlies looked every bit a first-year program falling behind 17-7 but then they scored 35 straight points sparked by a perfectly executed halfback pass just before halftime.

Zach Richter, Glacier Peak’s junior quarterback, runs the spread offense to perfection. His timing is perfect with his receivers. His wideouts, led by Luke Westberg and Tanner Southard, run great routes and have great hands.

The Grizzlies also have a great player in 5-foot-8, 155-pound sophomore Nick Sage, who looks to be generously listed if you see him on the field. Though he’s not the biggest guy on the field, he has one heckuva motor. I had Sage with 2.5 sacks.

Everett’s offense simply couldn’t get going in the second half on Senior Night. The passing game stalled and the running game couldn’t get going like it normally does.

At 2-1 in the WesCo 3A Division and a head-to-head tiebreaker with Everett, Glacier Peak is looking like they might have a shot at a state playoff berth. That would be a wonderful accomplishment for the first-year program.

Jackson Football Highlights – 10.17.08 vs. Mariner from Matthew Robertson on Vimeo.

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