Jack Gellatly rushes Issaquah High School Eagles to first win

September 4, 2012

By Matt Carstens

Issaquah High School’s football season opener was scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 31, but neither team showed up until the third quarter. Fortunately for Eagles head coach Chris Bennett, running back Jack Gellatly was the one who woke up, leading the Eagles to a 24-13 win over Interlake.

Gellatly had three rushing touchdowns for the night and ran for more than 80 yards en route to the Eagles’ first victory of the year. The first Gellatly score came right off the bat on the Eagles first drive.

“We went down and scored on our first possession and then after that to be honest we weren’t very good,” Bennett said. “We were kind of our own worst enemy. I can’t tell you how many turnovers we had. When you turn the ball over like that you don’t win, so we feel very fortunate to win. But we just couldn’t get going. We threw the picks, and in the run game we’d get a run here or there. Give credit to Interlake and their coaching staff, they did a nice job.”

After Gellatly’s second rushing touchdown, the Eagles caught Interlake napping with a high, rainbow kickoff that the Issaquah special teams was able to recover. The play deflated Interlake and the Eagles never looked back.

“We’d been kicking deep and we have a kicker that does a nice job,” Bennett said of Alex Shane. “He usually puts it in the end zone for us and they have two nice returners. So we just popped it up left and he did a great job. I don’t think they were ready for it and our guys hustled down and were able to recover it, and we at least got a field goal out it.”

Up next, Issaquah continues its nonconference schedule visiting Mount Si High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

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