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September 11, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Jackson’s Gay leading the way under former QB

Since the school’s inception 15 years ago, Jackson has yet to win a football game in the state playoffs. Losses in 2003 at Lake Washington and last year at Ferris have kept the Timberwolves from reaching the quarterfinals.

That trend could change this year, with eight starters back on both sides of the ball.

Seventh-ranked Jackson (1-0, 0-0 Wesco South) brought back two-thirds of its offensive triumvirate from a year ago, with only running back Taylor Cox gone. The returning combination of signal-caller Andy Gay and punishing running back Riley Carr (165 receiving yards, four touchdowns overall) dominated Stanwood in last week’s 35-18 win.

Gay, a first-team selection last year, in particular shined: 23 of 28 for 333 yards and four touchdowns. Jackson coach Joel Vincent said that he is “receiving a ton of Ivy League interest.”

“The kid is devoted to football,” said Vincent, also a two-year starting quarterback in the early 1980s at Leavenworth High (now Cascade High). “He’s a student of the game and he watches film.”

Besides successful connections with Carr (who is being recruited by several Division-1 West Coast schools), Gay utilized the rest of his talented receiving corps.

Senior tight end Trevor Hegeberg (6-4, 230) was a pleasant surprise, catching six passes for 49 yards. Vincent mentioned that he began the past two seasons as a starter, only to see them end mid-way through due to injuries.

Junior wide receivers John Wilde and Kyle Olson combined for nine receptions for 104 yards and a score.

Unfortunately, Wilde is out for 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist suffered on a fall following his fumble in the third quarter. “We’ll go by-committee, with a junior in Derrick Grayson and sophomore Sam Brown,” said Vincent when asked about Wilde’s replacement.

The Timberwolves are hosting Shorewood (0-1, 0-0) in their South opener right now at Everett Memorial Stadium.

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