This week’s prep football notebook deals with No. 10 Newport and No. 6 Lake Stevens facing off in the first round of the state playoffs. You can read that here.
To summarize: Lake Stevens has a dangerous air attack, while Newport likes to run it down team’s throats. Lake Stevens is led by junior quarterback Jacob Eason, a Georgia commit who led Wesco in passing with 2,278 yards. Meanwhile, despite opponents knowing Newport wanted to run the ball nearly every offensive possession, the Knights still managed to go for 377.7 yards per game on the ground. Senior Paul Wells led KingCo in rushing and all-purpose yards.
Of course, there’s that whole other thing: Newport bounced Lake Stevens from the playoffs last year with a 62-35 win.
Let’s get on with some quotes.
On Eason: “Their quarterback, obviously, he’s going to Georgia and he’s got a really good arm. He’s strong, he’s elusive and we’re going to have to watch film to prepare this week.
On where Eason has improved: “On film, we see he has improved arm strength a lot, and throwing on the run.”
On how Newport defense has to adjust: “Scrambling drill, we’re going to have to work with that and just stick on our guys longer.”
On the game: “We’re going to try to impose our will on them early, hopefully get out to an early lead. Whoever does the best on defense is gonna win.”
– Lake Stevens coach Tom Tri
On offense: “We’re going to run the ball, too. We’re actually pretty balanced. We are going to … throw the ball more than they are. We rely on our balance to try to open up our run lanes. As soon as teams start spreading out to try to defend the pass, that’s when we try to come back and then run the ball between the tackles again. I think it’s that balance that allows us to execute offensively.
On if running game is overlooked: “Sure, sure. We’ve seen teams do that to us this year, where they drop eight in the pass coverage or some teams will blitz five to try to stop our pass game, or even six. But, they blitz from the edge, leaving very little guys in the middle of the field. Next thing you know, our running back’s to level two, and then to level three and there’s nobody there. That turns into a long run. Yeah, we’ve seen that happen a couple different of different ways.