Newport rolls past No. 8 Issaquah, 40-21
September 25, 2012
By Terry Wood
After losing in six consecutive seasons to neighboring Issaquah, the Newport High School Knights took advantage of a strong running game and five Issaquah turnovers to roll to a 40-21 victory in the KingCo 4A Crest Division opener for both teams.
After getting trounced by the Eagles by an average of 25 points the past six seasons, the Knights built a 21-7 lead in the game’s first 10 minutes, and then exploited three second-half turnovers by Issaquah while controlling the ball and dominating the clock. Time of possession in the second half: Newport 17:46, Issaquah 6:14.
Issaquah fumbled the ball away on the game’s first drive on a fourth-and-one attempt from its own 33. Four plays later, Newport’s Conner Baumann scored his first of two touchdowns on a 10-yard run.
Issaquah responded two plays later with a 72-yard touchdown pass from Jack Neary to Reed Peterson, but Dotson scored on a 30-yard dash up the middle to put Newport up 14-7. Six minutes later, the Knights were up 21-7 after a 16-yard scoring run on third-and-11 by Eric Rodan.
Conference rushing leader Jack Gellatly (17 carries, 139 yards) scored from a yard out in the final 15 seconds of the second quarter to cut Newport’s lead to 21-14.
But the Knights drove 80 yards on 16 plays to open the second half with a 3-yard touchdown run by Paul Well.
The Eagles play Roosevelt at home at 7 p.m. Sept. 28.