Eagles go hunting for Bears in Olympia

November 5, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 5, 2010

The Issaquah High School football team has faced adversity throughout the season with injuries to key players. However, the Eagles have managed to find valuable replacements. Issaquah will be depending on quarterback Braden Bouwman, one of those replacements, to lead it to a crucial victory Saturday in the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Issaquah plays the Olympia Bears at 7 p.m. in Olympia’s Ingersoll Stadium.

“Olympia has a lot of tradition. We know we will have our hands full,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said earlier this week.

Olympia, 8-1, enters the contest as the Narrows League champion. The Bears have won the league title six times in the last eight years.

Issaquah, the 4A KingCo Conference’s No. 5 seed, is 7-2 on the season. The Eagles qualified for the playoffs last week with a 38-7 rout against Woodinville in the league tournament. Bouwman, filling in for Ethan Kalin, completed 10 of 12 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. It was his second start of the season. Bouwman also relieved Kalin two weeks ago and led the Eagles to a 35-14 victory against Newport. Kalin, who ranks second in KingCo passing, suffered a serious elbow injury in the Newport game. He was unable to play against Woodinville and is expected to be sidelined for the game with Olympia.

The Eagles boast the league’s top receiver in Evan Peterson, who leads KingCo in receptions (56), receiving yards (1,014) and touchdown passes (nine). Issaquah also has a strong ground game led by Taylor Wyman and Jack Gellatly. Wyman ranks third in KingCo rushing with 823 yards and has scored 11 touchdowns. Gellatly, a freshman, scored three touchdowns against Newport and had one touchdown against Woodinville.

“He’s really an intense football player,” Bennett said of Gellatly.

Olympia has a strong ground game led by Spenser Killman and Anthony Parks. Killman scored five touchdowns last week when Olympia defeated Shelton 41-35 in overtime. He also rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns the previous week when the Bears locked up the league title with a 37-33 victory against Bellarmine Prep.

Parks is a dangerous kickoff returner. Earlier this season he returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ 52-14 victory against Stadium.

Olympia’s line is led by 282-pound Brett Wittenberg.

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