Thundering Eagles

September 10, 2013

Jack Gellatly leads Issaquah attack with four touchdowns

By Darryn Dieken Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, scampers through a large hole in the Interlake line for a large gain. Gellatly scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 44-3 victory against the Saints.

By Darryn Dieken
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, scampers through a large hole in the Interlake line for a large gain. Gellatly scored four touchdowns in the Eagles’ 44-3 victory against the Saints.

On Sept. 5, Mother Nature reminded the region she’s still a force to be reckoned with, displaying quite the impressive thunder and lightning show.

The following night, Issaquah High School put the region on notice it, too, will be a force of nature in KingCo this season. The Eagles stormed into host Interlake High School’s field and ran away with a 44-3 win in a nonleague matchup.

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Bellevue hammers Skyline in matchup of defending champs

September 10, 2013

In a battle of high-school football programs with 18 state championships between them, it was the Bellevue High School Wolverines who looked much more comfortable in a big-game environment.

Bellevue High School, winners of the last five Class 3A titles, forced three turnovers and ran up 418 yards of offense, leading to a 45-7 victory over two-time defending 4A champion Skyline on Sept. 7 at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

By Greg Farrar Chandler Wong (34), Skyline High School junior linebacker, sacks Bellevue senior quarterback Timmy Haehl for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter, helping stifle the Wolverines’ first possession of the game.

By Greg Farrar
Chandler Wong (34), Skyline High School junior linebacker, sacks Bellevue senior quarterback Timmy Haehl for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter, helping stifle the Wolverines’ first possession of the game.

The Wolverines took control early on both sides of the ball, using their size and speed to overwhelm the Spartans at the line of scrimmage. At halftime, Bellevue led 35-0 and had three scoring plays of 40 yards or more.

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Eastside Catholic douses Patriots, 62-9

September 10, 2013

As the clocked ticked to zero, and the scoreboard showed an ugly 62-9 loss for the home team, something beautiful was going on in the stands at Liberty High School on Sept. 6.

Despite just witnessing their beloved Patriots sustain a blowout at the hands of a talented Eastside Catholic squad, the still-full Liberty student section cheered louder than ever as the team approached the stands to thank their fans after the game.

By Greg Farrar Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a 16-yard pass for a second-quarter touchdown Sept. 6 against Eastside Catholic junior defensive back Austin Moss.

By Greg Farrar
Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a 16-yard pass for a second-quarter touchdown Sept. 6 against Eastside Catholic junior defensive back Austin Moss.

“We’ve got some great fans,” Liberty tight end Lorin Archibald said after the loss.

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Eagles hope big offseason translates on the field

September 3, 2013

Jack Neary, Issaquah High School senior quarterback, throws a series of passes to his receivers during a drill Aug. 21 at team practice. By Greg Farrar

Jack Neary, Issaquah High School senior quarterback, throws a series of passes to his receivers during a drill Aug. 21 at team practice. By Greg Farrar

It’s never a guarantee that offseason success will translate to the gridiron come fall, but as summers go, the Issaquah High School football team had a pretty stellar one.

In June, the Eagles won the University of Washington 7-on-7 passing tournament, defeating Skyline on their way to the top, and finished second in a separate 7-on-7 event.

“It’s really helpful work,” Issaquah coach Chris Bennett said. “You do well in those things when you have good quarterback play and solid receivers.”

The 2013 Eagles possess one of the best receiving corps he’s had, Bennett said, led by Jeff Shipley, speedster Derek Chapman and Tommy Nelson, who received MVP honors at the UW passing tournament.

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Spartans seek a third straight title

September 3, 2013

Rashaad Boddie carries the ball for Skyline High School during practice. The sophomore running back transferred over the summer to Skyline from Clayton, N.C. By Jim Nicholson

Rashaad Boddie carries the ball for Skyline High School during practice. The sophomore running back transferred over the summer to Skyline from Clayton, N.C. By Jim Nicholson

Rain fell in sheets. A nearby lightning strike temporarily knocked out power in the locker room. The team photo was cancelled.

In other words, it wasn’t a pretty picture at Skyline High School’s annual Green vs. White scrimmage Aug. 29.

It wasn’t all bad. Before the weather ended the scrimmage prematurely, the Spartans showed flashes of brilliance they hope will translate to the Sept. 7 season opener against Bellevue.

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Patriots eye rekindled tradition

September 3, 2013

Marquel Ellis (right), Liberty High School sophomore linebacker and running back, listens to coach Steve Valach set up a play. By Greg Farrar

Marquel Ellis (right), Liberty High School sophomore linebacker and running back, listens to coach Steve Valach set up a play. By Greg Farrar

No one was unluckier than the Liberty High School football team last year. An already thin-in-numbers squad was hit with injury after injury in 2012.

As the injuries piled up, so too did the losses in a tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference, on the way to a 3-7 record.

Luckily, things are already looking up for the Patriots as they prepare for the 2013 campaign with a much larger turnout than last year, which should help with depth, longtime Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

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Football Preview 2013

August 28, 2013

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End of an era

August 20, 2013

Final Gellatly brother prepares for senior season at Issaquah

By Greg Farrar Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, holds off O’Dea junior defensive back Jack Murphy on the last yard of his 19-yard touchdown run against the Irish Sept. 14, 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School running back, holds off O’Dea junior defensive back Jack Murphy on the last yard of his 19-yard touchdown run against the Irish Sept. 14, 2012.

Robert and Susan Gellatly could be considered the ultimate Issaquah Eagles sports fans.

They’ve been going to football and baseball games for more than 10 years, witnessing two state championships and countless playoff runs along the way.

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Back in the game

August 13, 2013

Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.

Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.

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Skyline grad Kasen Williams pays fine in Chelan County

July 16, 2013

Kasen Williams, the University of Washington’s leading receiver in 2012, paid a fine of $695.50 July 8 for a misdemeanor citation related to a May 26 incident in which he was pulled over in Chelan County for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.

Williams, 20, a junior from Sammamish, took a voluntary breath test at the scene, according to court records. He blew a .059 percent and .056 percent, both under the legal limit of .08 percent.

Kasen Williams

Kasen Williams

Williams was arrested, but he was ultimately not charged with DUI. He was cited for being under 21 and operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or marijuana. As part of his citation, he was also placed on two years’ probation.

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