Eagles recover from slow start to defeat the Patriots

September 1, 2011

By Christina Lords

Jake Bakamus, Issaquah senior wide receiver, scores on a 32-yard pass during the second quarter Sept. 9. By Greg Farrar

After they were held to just a field goal in the first quarter, the Issaquah High School football team got its offense back on track in the second quarter and rolled to a 23-13 nonleague victory against the visiting Liberty Patriots Sept. 9 in Gary Moore Stadium.

The Eagles came out flying in the second quarter as senior quarterback Ethan Kalin picked apart the rival Patriots. Kalin finished the contest by completing 13 of 19 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He went mainly to wide receivers Jake Bakamus and Reed Peterson.

Bakamus, a senior, caught six passes for 150 yards. He also sealed the Eagles’ victory by intercepting a pass from Liberty quarterback Jordan West with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter.

Peterson, junior, had four receptions for 55 yards.

“I’ve been working with these receivers a lot lately, and day in and day out we’ve been working on our routes,” Kalin said. “I just feel comfortable with everything they do out there.”

The victory was the second straight for Issaquah, which plays the Ballard Beavers at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Liberty (0-2) opened the game with a scoring drive that was capped by a 3-yard run by senior running back Hamilton Noel, who raced into the end zone with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

The Patriots were able to hold Issaquah to just a field goal in the first quarter — a 30-yarder by Alex Shane. However, because of defensive pressure from the Eagles — including sacks by senior defensive linemen Trevor Alexander and Eric Lemke in the first half — the Patriots struggled to get an efficient offensive rhythm.

Issaquah’s offense, led by Kalin, rallied for an additional 20 points in the second quarter, to lead 23-7 at halftime.

Sophomore running back Jack Gellatly complemented the passing attack by rushing for 95 yards and scoring a touchdown.

West tried to rally the Patriots in the second half. He connected on a 7-yard pass to junior wide receiver Tynan Gilmore in the end zone with 10 minutes to go in the game, bringing the score to 23-13.

“Their line was kickin’ our tail all night,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “They were physical and made us earn every single yard on the ground … we were bad in the red zone tonight and could have had two more touchdowns. We have to get those in.”

Liberty coach Steve Valach said playing two KingCo Conference 4A teams — the Patriots lost to Skyline in the opener — to start the season has allowed his team to get a true reflection of itself and what it needs to concentrate on down the road.

“If you don’t play quality opponents, if you’re not exposed, sometimes you don’t really know what you need to work on,” he said.

Lemke, a 6 foot-4-inch, 250-pound starting tight end, sustained a knee injury before halftime and was sidelined for the remainder of the game.

“He’s one of our better players and other guys had to step up and fill in,” Bennett said. “That’s what they did. It was a nice team effort.”

Liberty will get its first home game as it takes on the Sammamish Totems (0-2) at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Liberty.

Next

Issaquah

7 p.m., Sept. 16 at Ballard (Memorial Stadium)

Liberty

7 p.m., Sept 16, Sammamish

Christina Lords: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcastle@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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