FNL: Double Dip (M.I./Newport - Liberty/Issy)

It was an interesting night on Friday. After heading to Newport High School to watch Isaac Dotson and the rest of the Grizzlies take on Mercer Island and Jeff Lindquist, Dawgman.com's Scott Eklund then headed east to watch Issaquah play host to Liberty in what turned out to be a very good game...

Mercer Island 36 - Newport 21

First off, here are the notes I posted shortly after arriving at home Friday night.

At the start of the game, it was obvious that Newport was completely outclassed by Mercer Island.

Jeff Lindquist is a man-child out there and weighed more than pretty much everyone on the Knight defense.

Lindquist looked solid, although his numbers might not reflect it. He finished the night just 14 of 31 for 149 yards and one touchdown, but barely missed connecting on a couple of passes that would have been sure touchdowns.

He throws a tight spiral and is pretty accurate.

Lindquist also rushed for 115 yards and third touchdowns.

Mercer Island K Alex Wood has a big leg. He was effortless in his kickoffs and most ended up in the back of the endzone. He also got great lift on his field goal attempts.

It's unclear if he's even on Washington or anyone's radar, but he definitely has the leg and accuracy to play at the next level.

Two youngsters to keep an eye on down the road for the Islanders are LB Matt Hassall (2013) and OL/DE Brad Kimball (2014).

Hassall was in on quite a few tackles, I wasn't able to keep track, and Kimball only played on offense, but both are expected to be top prospects in coming years.

Newport's Isaac Dotson is a great looking athlete who plays quarterback, but will likely be headed to either wideout or the secondary at the next level.

He tried too hard during the early part of the game and had two turnovers that resulted in 14 Mercer Island points, giving the Islanders a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Dotson is very athletic though and, even though he isn't used on defense, he could be an outstanding safety prospect.

Along the offensive line, keep an eye on freshman Calvin Throckmorton who is a legitimate 6'4", 245 pounds. He is just now starting to grow into his body and the Newport coaches put him at tight end and only played him sparingly, but he has the size and he runs well for a young man his size.

Here is the Seattle Times' write-up of the game.

Issaquah 23 - Liberty 13

I left the Mercer Island game with the Islanders up 29-0 and headed out to Issaquah High School to watch the Eagles play host to Liberty and the first thing I noticed as I walked in mid-way through the third quarter was the atmosphere.

The place was packed, on both sides, and there was standing room only along the fence of one of the endzones.

One of the big reasons I headed to the game was to watch Eric Lemke play, however, he went out of the game with a knee sprain in the second quarter and didn't return.

Lemke sent a text to me on Saturday informing me it was merely a sprain and shouldn't cause him to miss a game.

With Lemke out, I turned my attention to RB Jack Gellatly and what he could do.

The sophomore has a great forward lean and showed good vision in getting some extra yardage when the team needed to chew up some clock at the end of the game.

He will be a name to remember in the coming years.

On the other side, Liberty QB Jordan West looked solid spinning the ball. He showed great touch on a couple of passes early in the fourth quarter -- one a corner route thrown perfectly in between the safety and cornerback and another in the back corner of the endzone for a touchdown.

Kevin Ahrens, a junior offensive lineman for the Patriots, also looked solid. He has good feet and was able to move his man off the line, but overall the Patriots weren't able to do a lot on the ground.

Here is the game story from the Issaquah Press.

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