Issaquah fends off Redmond, remains undefeated

Issaquah kept its record flawless Friday night, beating Redmond 35-23 at home.

  • BY Wire Service
  • Monday, December 19, 2011 11:15am
  • Sports

Issaquah kept its record flawless Friday night, beating Redmond 35-23 at home.

Up 21-14 in the third quarter, junior Grant Gellatly helped the Eagles pull away, scoring two TDs — one from 32 and the other from 3 yards. Gellatly, who had 285 yards on 22 carries, also scored the first touchdown of the game from 1 yard out. The junior now has 14 touchdowns in five games — he missed one-and-a-half games due to a thumb injury.

Kyle Hansen added a 66-yard TD run and Ross Zuhl added a 5-yard score.

Running back Michael Conforto scored all three touchdowns for the Mustangs, who remained winless at 0-6.

Issaquah improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the KingCo Crest division.

The Eagles host Skyline (6-0, 3-0) at 7 p.m. today. The game will likely determine the Crest champion. Skyline is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 18 nationally by ESPN. Issaquah has been ranked as high as No. 3 in the state.

ECHS wins big over Blanchet

Eastside Catholic rattled off its fourth straight victory Saturday afternoon, crushing league foe Bishop Blanchet, 45-17.

The Crusaders scored 35 first-half points, behind another big play from Marion Bactol. The senior returned a kickoff from 90 yards, marking his third straight game where he has had a return for a touchdown. The play came after Blanchet scored its only first-half points on a 28-yard field goal from Madison Poole. Senior running back Mike Bush added two first-half touchdowns, both from 1 yard out. Bush had 14 carries for 104 yards in limited action.

Quarterback Zach Cuaresma also had a solid first half, completing six of 10 pass attempts for 82 yards and two TDs — a 48-yard strike to Spencer Esau and an 11-yard TD to David Carlton.

Bactol carried only twice for 24 yards, but added another 12-yard TD in the third quarter.

Eastside Catholic improved to 3-0 in the Metro Conference and 5-1 overall, setting up a matchup with O’Dea (3-0, 5-1) that will determine the Metro Mountain champion.

Eastside Catholic at O’Dea

Kickoff: 7 p.m. at West Seattle Stadium

Quick look: Last year’s state runner-up O’Dea is having another strong season at 5-1, but the Irish have shown chinks in the armor. It’s been 15 years since Eastside Catholic has defeated O’Dea, with close losses the last three years. Rodney Stokes leads the run-heavy attack for the Irish with close to 400 yards.

Prediction: This will be another close battle between two of the best in the 3A. Eastside Catholic will finally break the string of runner-up finishes behind the legs of Mike Bush and Marion Bactol. Final score: 28-27 Eastside Catholic.

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