Eagles hoping for short-term memory loss with Roosevelt waiting | Prep football preview

Issaquah takes on Roosevelt this week and after handling rival Newport, which was previously unbeaten, is hoping to avoid a letdown.

Neary had his best game as an Issaquah player last week

Neary had his best game as an Issaquah player last week

Issaquah (2-2, 1-0) VS. Roosevelt (3-1, 0-1) @ Memorial Stadium, Friday, 5 p.m.

Tempering excitement off a big win is one of the most difficult jobs a prep coach faces.

For Issaquah head man Chris Bennett, that challenge is now unavoidable.

The Eagles thrashed previously unbeaten Newport 48-28 last week in the 4A KingCo Crown Division opener for both teams, and the final score still didn’t do justice to Issaquah’s dominant night.

“That was definitely a shocker for us, a little bit,” Bennett said of the lopsided result. “We just let our kids play football and I’m really proud of how they held up physically.”

Senior quarterback Jack Neary had what Bennett called, “his best night as an Issaquah Eagle,” in the win, throwing four scores and more importantly, keeping plays alive downfield with his legs when protection broke down around him.

“That was just something he hadn’t shown,” Bennett said. “He is a bigger kid, more of a pocket kid, but he did a great job extending plays.”

If Neary and his corps of pass catchers (Bennett said he believes he can go six-deep at wide receiver) can continue to operate with such efficiency, defenses will be put in a difficult position, given the Eagles also boast standout all-conference performer Jack Gellatly at running back.

“All those guys catch balls and they all have their own little niche,” he said. “They are just a nice group.”

The task this week is a Roosevelt team that has allowed more than 16 points only once this year, in last week’s 36-0 loss to Skyline. In the other three games thus far in 2013, the Roughriders have allowed 10 points per contest.

After watching Newport perhaps underestimate his own team last week and pay a heavy price in a blowout loss, Bennett said he hopes the lesson was filed away with his players.

“You want them to play with that confidence,” he said. “The theme of this week is validating that win.”


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@issaquahreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.issaquahreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Sports

Eastlake player throws a pitch. Courtesy of Patrick Krohn.
Eastlake baseball team defeats Bothell High School

The final score of the May 10 game was 10-3.

The Issaquah High School baseball team celebrates their May 10 win against Skyline. Courtesy of Patrick Krohn.
Issaquah baseball to play one game before heading to state

On May 10 Issaquah defeated Skyline by 4-3.

Russell Wilson’s $28 million Lake Washington home (Screenshot from Redfin website)
Russell Wilson’s $28 million Lake Washington home hits the market in Bellevue

The listing of the property comes after the former Seahawks quarterback was traded to Denver.

Screenshot of video obtained by Redmond police shows Richard Sherman trying to break into the Redmond home of his in-laws.
Richard Sherman takes plea deal on charges stemming from July 2021 incident

The former Seahawks player will not have to do any additional jail time.

Design rendering of future Sounders FC facility in Renton. (Courtesy of Seattle Sounders FC)
Seattle Sounders FC announce new HQ at Renton’s Longacres site

Facility is expected to open in 2024, before Seattle potentially hosts FIFA World Cup games in 2026.

tsr
WIAA launches bias reporting form in response to discriminatory incidents

Inappropriate behavior seen, heard or witnessed at any WIAA member school event can be reported.

Courtesy of Calder Productions
Girls basketball: Mt. Si beats Issaquah in conference action

Mount Si High School beat Issaquah 68-59 at home Jan. 5 in… Continue reading

file photo
Health department: COVID outbreaks linked to high school wrestling tournaments

At least 80 cases are tied to the events which included attendees from multiple counties and states.

Photo courtesy of Panthers Youth Rugby
Panthers Youth Rugby rolls into action

Panthers Youth Rugby is encouraging boys and girls in middle school and… Continue reading

Photo of Eastlake Little League’s All Star Team. From L to R: (Back row) Jackson Wheeler, Kellen Kinney, Sanath Chari, James Ort III, Sule Tian, Eli Jones, Pryce Eadon. (Front row) JJ Hamiltion, Sawyer Todd, Ryder Oswalt, Walter Steinbok, Logan Rausch, Harrison Militello. Photo Courtesy of Jeff Steinbok.
Eastlake’s time at Little League World Series comes to an end

The boys of Eastlake Little League’s 12U all-star team’s time at the… Continue reading

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.