Eagles win 48-0, finding there’s safeties in numbers

September 6, 2011

By Christina Lords

Jack Gellatly scores twice, Issaquah defense gets three endzone sacks

Reed Peterson (12), Issaquah junior wide receiver, is protected by (from left) Noah Evans, Jacob Peterson and Mitchell Morimoto during his 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Eagles’ 46-0 win Sept. 2 over the Heritage Timberwolves. By Greg Farrar

About a minute and a half into Issaquah High School’s season opener Sept. 2 against visiting Heritage High School, Jack Gellatly sailed into the end zone for Issaquah, scoring his first of two rushing touchdowns.

It became a big night for Gellatly, a sophomore running back, and for the Eagles. Dominating both offensively and defensively, the Eagles never looked back en route to a 48-0 nonleague victory against Heritage, of Vancouver, in Gary Moore Stadium.

All of Issaquah’s points came in the first half.

“We came out really strong, scoring on our first drive,” Gellatly said. “But our defense was also phenomenal. Our starters had a shutout, and some young guys came in and did really well to keep the shutout going. It’s always cool to see a lot of people playing and contributing.”

Gellatly, the youngest of four brothers who all starred at Issaquah, rushed for 113 yards on four carries.

Junior running back Kyle Thomas, junior wide receiver Reed Peterson and senior wide receiver Jake Bakamus all added a touchdown with successful extra points tacked on from junior Alexander Shane for Issaquah in the contest.

Gellatly, who also ran back a 35-yard interception for a touchdown, said while much went well for the Issaquah squad, the season is young and there’s always more to learn from and improve upon.

“No team ever has a perfect game, and we certainly didn’t have a perfect game tonight,” he said. “You try to roll off the momentum, but you look at film and see what we did wrong.

“There’s some routes that we didn’t run quite right and we’ll go back and work on those.”

Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said he was pleased with senior quarterback Ethan Kalin’s pass efficiency and how well the offense was able to maintain a balance of passing and rushing yards.

Kalin completed 8 of 12 passes for 125 yards. He connected with Bakamus on a 40-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Eagles finished with 339 total yards, most coming in the first half.

Defensively, Issaquah held Heritage to -53 yards in the first half. The Timberwolves finished the game with just 22 total yards.

“Defensively, we were very assignment oriented, and they know the road gets tougher as we go, but we couldn’t ask for a better start,” Bennett said.

He said he will continue to stress protecting the ball after one fumble in the first half, but the Eagles were able to capitalize on several of Heritage’s mistakes, including Issaquah scoring three safeties after Heritage’s several bad snaps to punter Houston Dillard.

“Overall, we still need to focus on gelling as a unit,” Bennett said. “We’ve got a lot of new faces out there, and we need to play together.”

Bennett rested his starters in the second half.

The Eagles will take on rival Liberty at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in a nonleague contest at Issaquah.

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

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