FNL: Jackson at Mountlake Terrace

Jackson High School met Mountlake Terrace for this late season Wesco 4A match up on Friday night. It was a physical game with a lot of big hits and tough yards but in the end the Jackson Timberwolves (6-1) beat the Mountlake Terrace Hawks (3-4) by a score of 17-0. There was a decent amount of talent on the field, and a few kids who have a chance to play some college football.

Here is a summary of what I saw and who played well on this night…

Jackson QB Andy Gay (2010) – I was impressed by Gay's size and ability to play the quarterback position. For some reason, Jackson often used a form of the "wildcat" formation that has become popular for the Miami Dolphins this year. I thought that the team was much more effective with Gay on the field. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, which is great size for a signal caller. He isn't the most mobile player, but he moved well enough when he had to, and showed decent pocket presence. He has a strong arm and was very accurate with the majority of his throws. Gay did not pass for a touchdown in the game but when he was on the field, he was a very productive player. I think that this kid has a chance to be one of the better quarterbacks in the state next year and he will be one to look for on college radars.

Jackson RB/LB Riley Carr (2010) – Carr was my favorite player on the field. He is a really thick kid who plays both running back and linebacker well for the Timber Wolves. While he is built for a lead blocker with his size and toughness, he shows some good running ability as well. He seemed to injure his right leg in the 3rd quarter but gritted it out and came back to set up a touchdown with a rumbling 34-yard run. Carr is also a good looking linebacker, making plays all night and coming up with a sack. He leads his team in tackles and has the hands to pick some passes off. Although he is a very good linebacker, he looks like a future blocking back to me, and will have the added dimension of being able to rush for some yards as well as be a receiver. He should continue to develop and will get some good looks from colleges during his senior year.

Jackson RB/DB Taylor Cox (2009) – Cox scored both touchdowns in the game, with runs of 2 and 5 yards. He took most of the direct snaps that Jackson called but was better when he was getting the hand off and using his vision to make plays. He showed decent speed to the outside but he is not necessarily a burner. Taylor received the majority of touches and was rarely caught for a loss due to his decent size and toughness, gaining slightly over 100 yards. He lined up at corner on defense and showed some ability there. Although he may not be fast enough to play corner on the next level, he could develop into a good DB down the road. At 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds he has size enough to play for a college team but has yet to receive a scholarship offer.

Other Jackson players to watch: WR/DB Jordan Kellington (2009); TE/DE Trevor Hegeberg (DNP) (2010); DB/WR Taylor Mead (2010); OL Jahleel Barnes (2009).
Mountlake Terrace WR/S Billy Lechtenberg (2009) – Unfortunately for the Hawks, Lechtenberg was visibly hobbled by a left leg injury that left him at about 40%. He played very sparingly on the offensive side of the ball and was held without a catch. His better position is safety and he played as well as he could for his team in the defensive backfield. Although he was not as explosive, he still made some plays and helped hold Jackson to only 17 points. There was a point in the game where big hit followed big hit and Lechtenberg started it all off by blowing up a Jackson receiver and separating him from the ball. The kid has talent but his injury held him back and his ability to showcase his skills was diminished. Being a senior, Billy will have to get healthy and show what he can do at some camps in order to get a chance at some college football.

Mountlake Terrace LB/OL Alex Martin (2010) – Martin was probably Mountlake Terrace's best player on defense this night. He made a lot of tackles from his linebacker spot and fought through blocks to make some tough tackles. Due to the size of Jackson's offensive line in comparison to Mountlake Terrace's defensive line, most of the plays reached the second level where Martin was the player to make the stop. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds he has some good size and another year to develop. Jackson has a pretty potent rushing attack complimented by a good passing game and Martin did his best to hold them down with the help of his teammates. He has decent speed and took pretty good pursuit angles to stop both Cox and Carr.

Mountlake Terrace RB/LB Nick Deller (2009) – Deller emerged as the most consistent player for the Hawks. He made a couple of receptions out of the backfield to keep drives going as well as making some tough yards in the ground. On defense, he teamed with Martin to make the majority of the tackles. He showed some versatility by assuming the lead blocking position on a lot of plays. With the team a little banged up, Deller became one of the most important players for Mountlake Terrace and did his best to keep his team in the game. Although he made most of his plays on the offensive side of the ball, he is probably a better linebacker prospect. At 6-foot-0 and 205 pounds, he will need more size if he wants to play college football. He is not an top prospect but is a solid player nonetheless.

Other Mountlake Terrace players to watch: WR Jacob Champoux (2010); QB Brandyn Eckhart (2010).

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