Eastlake defense grabs interceptions, beats Issaquah, 44-17

October 18, 2011

By Christina Lords

Reed Peterson (right), Issaquah junior wide receiver, spins away from Eastlake senior defensive back Colton Teglovic into the end zone for a late second-quarter touchdown on a 23-yard pass play. By Greg Farrar

Plagued by interception trouble and a tough Eastlake Wolves’ defense and special teams, the Issaquah High School Eagles fell, 44-17, in KingCo 4A Conference play Oct. 14.

Eastlake, The Seattle Times’ No. 1 ranked 4A school in the state, handed the Eagles their second loss of the season.

“You just can’t give up four interceptions and give up two special teams touchdowns to a quality team,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said.

Bennett praised his team’s ability to run the ball, but said turnovers and two stellar Eastlake kickoff returns eradicated any sense of rhythm the Eagles’ offense was able to establish.

With 6:18 left in the first quarter, Eastlake senior Colton Teglovic intercepted and returned a pass for a touchdown from Issaquah senior quarterback Ethan Kalin.

“It was important,” Teglovic said of his first interception. “It got the team fired up, and we never looked back from there.”

Teglovic would go on to intercept another Kalin pass in the second quarter and added another touchdown after a 75-yard kickoff return to start the second half of the game.

They were his first two touchdowns on the season.

“It’s huge for our whole team morale,” he said. “When defense makes plays like that, it gets everybody going.”

Eastlake senior running back Ryan Lewis added two rushing touchdowns for the Wolves in the second quarter.

After a 35-yard field goal from Issaquah’s Alex Shane and a 23-yard pass from Kalin to junior wide receiver Reed Peterson in the second quarter, the score was 24-10 at the half.

Eastlake linebacker Sean MacDonald would grab two interceptions of his own in the second half. Issaquah sophomore Derek Chapman would score the Eagles’ lone touchdown of the second half with 9:28 left in the third quarter.

Bennett said there’s plenty of Issaquah football to be played in the post season if the team can get back to basics and refocus its offense, which is still adjusting to player injuries.

“There’s a lot of things we can do fundamentally, and I think this team has a lot of fight in it left,” he said. “We’ll be able to make some noise down the road.”

Issaquah finishes regular season play against Newport (3-3) at home Oct. 21.

“Obviously, this is a tough loss. We had some chances, and we didn’t make it happen tonight,” Issaquah sophomore Jack Gellatly said. “We’ll get back in the film room, study up and see what we did wrong. We’ll do our best to put this behind us and get after ‘em next week.”

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

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