Eagles remain unbeaten with 43-20 win over Mount Si

September 19, 2008

By Staff

 

The defense made more big plays, Grant Gellatly scored four more touchdowns and the Issaquah High School football team rattled off another big win to start the season with a 34-20 beating of Mount Si Friday night at home.

Gellatly, fresh off leading the Eagles to a season-opening upset of Bothell, rushed for 133 yards and scored four touchdowns on 21 carries. He was part of an impressive second-half push by Issaquah, which trailed 14-13 at halftime.

“You give him a seam, and he is gone,” Issaquah head coach Chris Bennett said of his standout running back. “He’s running the ball really well right now.”

Mount Si trailed just 27-20 and had the ball with just more than four minutes to play. But the Wildcats turned the ball over on downs and Gellatly busted loose for a 21-yard scoring scamper to seal the win.

Gellatly also scored the game’s first touchdown on a 1-yard dive. The Wildcats, however, answered with a 3-yard scoring run by quarterback Tyson Riley and a 1-yard scoring plunge by running back Sean Snead to gain the lead. Gellatly scored again before halftime, but the point after was blocked and Mount Si had a 14-13 lead at the break.

It was 20-20 at the end of the third period, following Gellatly’s third touchdown run of the game. Issaquah finally took the lead for good when tight end Sean Stuby hauled in a 64-yard touchdown catch.

“Offensively, we’re getting really good quarterback play. The receivers are playing really well and we have a tight end making big plays,” Bennett said. “Grant Gellatly is rushing the ball really well, as well.”

Mount Si is expected to compete for the KingCo 3A/2A title this year, making it two impressive victories in a row for Issaquah. Still, the Eagles have been anything but perfect and hope to get much better before the start of league play.

“We weren’t very good on third downs. They were able to convert quite a few third downs to keep drives going and keep them in the game. We’ll have to do better at that,” said Bennett, whose team plays Inglemoor this week.

“There are always things you can improve on. There are certainly things we can do better,” he said. “Still, you start out with a win against Bothell and then get a win against a Mount Si team playing really physical — that’s a good start.”

Reach Reporter Ryan Piersol at 392-6434, ext. 246, or rpiersol@isspress.com.

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