Patriots romp, Eagles get in win column
September 22, 2009
Liberty High School and rival Issaquah High School’s football teams were headed in opposite directions prior to last week. However, both are headed on the same path now.
Liberty remained unbeaten Sept. 17 with a 51-13 rout of the visiting Mercer Island Islanders. Issaquah, a highly regarded Class 4A team before the season, ended a two-game losing streak with a 28-24 triumph Sept. 18 against the visiting Inglemoor Vikings at Mount Si High Stadium.
Both teams hit the road Sept. 25 with Liberty at Sammamish, and Issaquah playing Garfield in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. Both games start at 8 p.m.
Patriots rock Islanders
Chandler Jenkins scored three touchdowns as Liberty cruised by Mercer Island, the 3A/2A KingCo Conference opener for both teams.
Jenkins, a junior, rushed for touchdowns on runs of 20 and 55 yards. He also caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Liberty quarterback Trey Wheeler.
Jenkins finished the night rushing for 85 yards on four carries, and four receptions for 97 yards.
He also returned a kickoff 12 yards and had two punt returns for 14 yards to cap a busy night.
Wheeler, a junior, threw three touchdown passes in all. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 220 yards.
Wheeler connected with Jenkins on the 1-yard score and with Peter Wiggum on a 26-yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
Then, in the second quarter, Wheeler hit Jake Bainton on a 7-yard touchdown pass. Bainton, another junior, had six receptions for 96 yards.
Jay Chakravarty rushed for two third-quarter touchdowns to cap the scoring for the Patriots.
Chakravarty finished the game with 51 rushing yards on eight carries. Tei Saladi also had 58 rushing yards on eight carries as the Patriots showed a balanced attack.
Liberty had 494 total offensive yards.
Liberty, 3-0 and ranked fourth in The Seattle Times Class 3A state poll, led 23-0 after the first quarter and 37-7 at halftime.
Eagles stop Inglemoor
Quarterback Ryan Bergman tossed two first-half touchdown passes as the Issaquah Eagles defeated Inglemoor.
Issaquah took a 7-0 first-quarter lead when Phillip Hamilton recovered a fumble in the end zone.
The Eagles then exploded for three touchdowns in the second half to lead 28-0 at halftime.
Bergman connected on an 18-yard touchdown pass with Gavin Schumaker to open the second period.
He later hit Evan Peterson on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Taylor Wyman also scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.