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Red Wolf freshman strand Islanders
As the nights come earlier and the air gets chillier, it seems as if
football season is just beginning instead of half over.
Yet, the Cedarcrest freshman football game against Mercer Island
on Wednesday, Oct. 6, was a lopsided but fun football game that seemed to
signal the beginning of the end of an already great season. Homecoming
celebrations started early as the freshmen defeated Mercer Island 46-0.
Kyle Pierce started the game by making a diving catch for an
Islander misfire on the kickoff, giving the Wolves possession on the 50. The
offense proceeded to move the ball down field, with Dan Merrick scoring on
a 30-yard around-the-end run. Casey Frey kicked the extra point, making
it Cedarcrest 7, Mercer Island 0.
On the next series, the Cedarcrest "D" held the Islanders at the
35-yard line. A few possessions later, a Cedarcrest drive was stopped short
of the goal line, when a Mercer Island defensive back intercepted a pass
near the end zone. The Islanders eventually gave up the ball and good field
position, which the Cedarcrest offense immediately took advantage of.
Rob Westerman made a first down on a fullback screen but was injured in
the play; his relief, Josh Rosen, subsequently scored. A missed extra
point resulted in a 13-0 score, with the advantage to the C-team Wolves.
Mercer Island executed a lengthy drive to end the half, pushing the
ball all the way to Cedarcrest's 5-yard line before the defense stiffened. The
half expired, leaving the Islanders with nothing to show for their effort.
In the second stanza, each of the Red-Wolf kickoffs was fraught
with tension, as the Islanders made good returns for good field position.
However, the defense kept up the pressure, and Mercer Island failed to score.
Not so for the Wolves, who racked up another 13 points on
touchdowns by Tom Harding and quarterback Josh Testerman. The latter score came
after an interception by Kyle Eldred.
The Cedarcrest freshman really shined in the fourth quarter, and
even with all the offensive and defensive substitutions, they would not be
denied. Throughout the game, the defense allowed few yards rushing
and little to none passing, and in the fourth quarter, they were even stingier.
Plays by cornerback Brent Sharp, linebacker Alan Shults, and strong
safety Testerman highlighted an outstanding game.
The fourth quarter also saw three different running backs score.
Merrick made his second long run of the night, hiking the score to 33-0. He was
followed by Shults, with a 10-yard run, and Eldred, from 25 yards out.
The Islanders fought bravely, but in the end, the Wolves' defensive
line wreaked havoc. Ends Garrett Wolf and Pierce, tackles Joe Scott and Vong
Ly and nose guard Rosen kept the Mercer Island offensive line
scrambling. Cornerbacks Tyler Connelly, Sharp, Dan Benson and Frey cleaned up
on the outside and protected against the pass. As for the Cedarcrest
offensive line, it too dominated, allowing six different running backs to score
As always, the Cedarcrest freshmen played as a team with heart
and sportsmanship. And - as is their ritual - they made their parents wait as
they did a couple sprints after the game.