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September 26, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Jackson’s shutout of Edmonds-Woodway: Just how good are they?

The Big Three (Skyline, Bothell and Auburn) in the Class 4A state rankings seem to be on a different playing field this season. Besides them, I can’t imagine many 4A teams beating Jackson.

To see Edmonds-Woodway (albeit in a down year) lose by more than four touchdowns while getting shut out on their home field is almost incomprehensible. But that’s exactly what fifth-ranked Jackson did in a 31-0 victory Friday at Edmonds Stadium.

Andy Gay (14 of 20 for 197 yards and two touchdowns Friday) and the multi-dimensional Riley Carr (130 receiving and rushing yards, two touchdowns) led Jackson (4-0, 2-0 Wesco South) once again.

Gay, a 6-4, 200-pounder, is 57 of 82 for 825 yards and eight touchdowns. The 6-foot, 225-pound Carr has rushed for 348 yards (7.7 yards per carry) with nine touchdowns and has 13 receptions for 272 yards and four touchdowns.

Having covered E-W (1-3, 0-1) the past four seasons during The Heard Era, I’ve witnessed four state playoff teams. This included back-to-back semifinal appearances when Josh was a senior and Tony was a sophomore, and again the following season.

Jackson may be the equal of those E-W teams, namely the 2006 squad which also featured wide receiver Eric Greenwood (Idaho) and tight end Casey Hamlett (WSU).

The Timberwolves, furthermore, could be the most complete Wesco team I’ve seen since Oak Harbor that year, when the Wildcats won the school’s first state championship behind current WSU starting quarterback Marshall Lobbestael. That team had it all: passing game, running game (workhorse Chris Valencia), defense, coaching, etc.

Jackson seems to as well, giving more reason to suspect a deep playoff run. But the main reason why (hint, it’s not their offense) may surprise you.

They’ll be more on this in another post coming later this afternoon.

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