Eastlake football powers past Woodinville after waking up in second half
In an away game at Pop Keeney Stadium against Woodinville, the Eastlake Wolves reigned victorious with a score of 17-7, maintaining the Wolves’ undefeated winning streak and snubbing the opposing team’s homecoming game.
Woodinville initially came out stronger than Eastlake, with the Falcons’ Henry Nichols scoring first with a 9-yard touchdown to end the first quarter at 7-0. Despite their early lead, this would be the only points on the board for Woodinville for the rest of the game.
Eastlake started to fight back in the second quarter, managing a lone field goal by Noah Weintraub to bring the score to 7-3, Woodinville, to close the half.
The Eastlake offense woke up in the second half. With just one minute before the end of the third quarter, quarterback Parker Barrysmith connected with Griffin Miller on a 26-yard touchdown pass, giving Eastlake a 10-7 lead.
A slow but steady advance down field marked the opening of the fourth quarter for the Wolves. Despite a near-fumble, Eastlake managed to score their second touchdown of the night thanks to a 6-yard rush to the end zone by Blake Borup, widening the gap to a more comfortable 17-7 Eastlake lead.
The remainder of the game would be a back-and-forth stalemate in the center of the field with neither team managing to dominate a possession or add to the board.
Eastlake assistant coach Nathan Gibson credits the Wolves’ defense for the turnaround after the first quarter.
“After scoring a touchdown on the first possession of the game, Woodinville’s offense really struggled to move the ball,” Gibson said.
Eastlake’s (4-0) next game will be its homecoming game against Redmond High School on Friday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m.