Issaquah Eagles advance to preliminary round of playoffs

October 28, 2011

By Christina Lords

NEW — 11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2011

After a decisive 40-24 victory in a must-win game over the Inglemoor High School Vikings on Friday night, the Issaquah Eagles advance to the preliminary round of the Class 4A state playoffs next week.

“We tell the guys that we have to earn every week of practice,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “The Inglemoor players wanted to win just as bad as we did … and we’re really lucky that we’ve earned an extra week.”

Senior quarterback Ethan Kalin handed off the ball to sophomore running back Jack Gellatly for the Eagles’ first score on the night two minutes into the game.

Kalin would connect with with junior wide receiver Reed Peterson twice in the first half, first with a 59- yard touchdown pass in the first quarter followed by a 25-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The Eagles maintained a narrow 20-17 lead over the Vikings at half time.

Sophomore wide receiver Derek Chapman snatched a 54-yard Kalin pass for a touchdown during Issaquah’s first possession of the second half.

Gellatly would give the Eagles two two-yard touchdown rushes in the second half to seal the win for Issaquah.

“Their line outweighed us by 100 pounds at least,”  Peterson said. “It was all about heart for us. We just had to keep fighting, keep pushing.”

In other area football action, Bellevue shut out Liberty, 38-0.

The other Issaquah School District team, the Skyline Spartans, takes on Roosevelt at 8 p.m. Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

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