Issaquah Eagles beat Liberty Patriots 23-13 at home

September 9, 2011

By Christina Lords

Jake Bakamus, Issaquah senior wide receiver, scores on a 32-yard pass from quarterback Ethan Kalin in the second quarter to put the Eagles ahead 10-7 against the Liberty Patriots, on the way to a 23-13 win. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 10:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

Issaquah High School has opened the season with a 2-0 start, defeating the Liberty Patriots 23-13 in a nonleague game Friday night at Issaquah in Gary Moore Stadium.

Starting wide receiver Jake Bakamus sealed the win for the Eagles with an interception from Liberty quarterback Jordan West with 5:54 left in the fourth quarter.

Liberty opened the game with a rushing touchdown from senior running back Hamilton Noel, taking a 7-0 lead on their first offensive drive with 5:11 left in the first quarter.

The Patriots were able to hold Issaquah to just a field goal in the first quarter, but with defensive pressure from the Eagles — including sacks from senior defensive lineman Trevor Alexander and senior defensive back Eric Lemke in the first half — the Patriots struggled to get an efficient offensive rhythm.

Issaquah’s offense, led by senior quarterback Ethan Kalin, rallied for 23 points in the first two quarters, with a score of 23-7 at halftime.

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 contest.

Issaquah will next take on Ballard at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Seattle Memorial Stadium, while Liberty will face the Sammamish Totems at 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at Liberty.

In other area action, the Bellevue Wolverines defeated the Skyline Spartans 31-17 at Skyline. The score was 14-10 at the half.

The Spartans take on a 1-1 record on the season, having beaten Liberty in their first game. Skyline looks to Lake Oswego in Oregon for next week’s action.

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