Eastlake dominated Issaquah Friday night with a 42-0 victory to remain undefeated for the season with an 8-0 record.
Eastlake took the early lead when quarterback Parker Barrysmith connected with wide receiver Noah Weintraub to put the Wolves on the board, 7-0, in the first 18 seconds of the quarter.
The Wolves had to work to put their second touchdown on the board with a series of downs, when running back Jack Peterson managed to push through the Eagle line for a rushing touchdown and extra point to give the Wolves the 14-0 advantage.
Refusing to let up, the Wolves added another 14 points to the scoreboard before the end of the first quarter. Barrysmith connected with wide receiver Griffin Miller on a pass for a score of 21-0. Running back Michael Lester added an additional 6 when he punched into the end zone for the Wolves fourth touchdown. With the extra point, the Wolves boasted a comfortable 28-0 lead.
The Eagles did not fare any better in the second quarter. With a pass from Barrysmith to Miller, the Wolves added another 6 to their route. With his fifth successful extra point after touchdown in the game, Weinbtraub brought the score to 35-0 with 11:07 left on the clock. The half ended with a comfortable lead for Eastlake despite no point gain for either team in the remaining minutes of the quarter.
Managing to regroup during halftime, the Eagles found a way to hold the Wolves’ offense to just one touchdown in the second half. With another rushing breakthrough for a touchdown from Peterson, the Wolves scored only one time in the second half to end the game 42-0.
The Eagle offense never took off, in large part, due to excellent defense from linebacker Logan Eller, who sacked the Issaquah quarterback twice, forcing two fumbles during the game. In addition, Eller managed to get a hand on an Eagle pass, tipping the ball and allowing an interception by linebacker Blake Borup.
Eastlake will Face Bothell on Thursday in what will be a marquee matchup between the only two undefeated teams in the KingCo 4A conference.
“We are very excited. The game against Bothell this upcoming Thursday should be a great one,” said assistant coach Nate Gibson. “One of our goals this year was to win our conference and we have a chance this week to do that.”
In the KingCo crossover game on Thursday, October 28, No. 5 ranked Eastlake (8-0) will play No. 6 ranked Bothell (8-0) at 7:00 p.m. for the conference title. Due to a referee shortage, the game will be played on Thursday, not Friday.