Issaquah Rolls Into Rematch

From the opening kickoff the momentum belonged to Issaquah. Central Kitsap made it close in the first half but the Eagles wouldn't be denied a chance at redemption against Skyline...

Issaquah employed the pooch kick on all their kickoffs Friday night. This proved to be a wise decision as Central Kitsap had trouble covering the opening kickoff of the game and Issaquah recovered it at the CK 35. Issauquah moved in and scored on a 12 yard TD pass to senior Ross Zuhl. Issaquah would never trail in the game.

After a CK punt Issaquah again used the passing game to set up a 2 yard TD run by Dustin Talley to take a 14-0 lead. CK answered with a great play action TD pass of 49 yards from Jason Simonis to Christian Wesley. They forced Issaquah to punt on their next possesion and it looked like the momentum may have been shifting sides. As they did all afternoon the Issaquah defense stepped up and forced CK to punt the ball back.

The following drive to score before half was what decided the game. Issaquah got close then backed themselves up with penalties. However on 3rd and goal from the 20 QB Joey Bradley threw what may have been the best looking ball I have seen all season. His RB Grant Gellatly was trying to get behind the defense but pressure was coming up the middle. Instead of forcing a throw Bradley lofted a pass that floated to the five yard line, allowing Gellatly to run under it for the score. With just six seconds left in first half Issaquah had taken a 21-7 lead.

The second half defense by CK was much better but the offense could still get nothing going. Time bled away and it shortly became obvious that CK would not be able to overcome their first half performance. Issaquah gets a rematch with their Skyline in the final Friday night at 7:30pm. Skyline beat Issaquah earlier this season 38-0. Issuaquah players were sure to mention that early season loss can be erased with a win this Friday night. Should be a great final game!

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