I’m not sure if it was the 80-degree heat. Or the fact that one team was coming off a 103-point overtime game and the other one is still acclimating to having a whole new set of skill-position players.
Whatever the factors, Friday’s non-league affair between Wesco 3A Glacier Peak and Wesco 4A Lake Stevens was as disjointed as they come. Case in point: 214 penalty yards, 26 penalties, 10 punts, four turnovers, three missed extra-points, a blocked field goal, a botched snap on a field-goal attempt and a safety.
Lake Stevens punted on six of its first seven possessions, and eight times overall. On five occasions, the Vikings couldn’t muster a first down.
But, amazingly, they stayed in the game with the same defense which held Mariner to 12 points the previous week. After scoring on its first possession, Glacier Peak proceeded to: turn the ball over on downs inside Lake Stevens’ 20-yard line, commit a turnover (interception) and go three-and-out.
The ensuing series saw senior running back Brennan Frost (nine carries, 56 yards) scurry in from 11 yards out, and suddenly Lake Stevens was ahead 7-6. Glacier Peak, however, immediately answered.
The Grizzlies’ scoring drive was set up by Luke Westburg’s 52-yard reception down the right sideline on a brilliantly-thrown ball from quarterback Zach Richter. Three plays later, the 6-2, 180-pound senior found Jahu Coleman for a 20-yard touchdown to give the Grizzlies the lead for good at 13-7 late in the period.
Ben Kaestner made it 19-7 midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run. Tanner Southard’s 29-yard touchdown reception — in which he somehow slipped past two oncoming Vikings after catching it around the 12-yard line — put it away at 25-10 with 5:10 to go in the third. (The drive was kept alive by Jack Bonner’s 29-yard reception on fourth-and-10.)
Shockingly, there were only two punts (both Lake Stevens) in the second half. Instead, a standing-room only crowd was treated to a pair of interceptions, a fumble, the safety, the botched snap and the blocked field goal.
Next up for the Grizzlies (2-0) is an 11 a.m. date Sept. 19 with Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.) in the 2009 NIKE CBA Football Classic at Seattle Memorial Stadium. Lake Stevens (1-1) opens its Wesco North season on Friday at Stanwood (0-2).