Grizzles turn back Jaguars 27-19 on home turf

Jaguars’ QB Kennedy McGill runs for positive yards. Eric Battle

By Bob Kirkpatrick

It was a close low scoring battle for the first 22 minutes of the contest with Glacier Peak clinging to a 7-6 lead. But the wheels came off the Jaguar bus in the final two minutes of the first half and the boys from Bothell went to the break down 24-7.

“We had an awful sequence where they scored 17 points in about a minute and a half. We had a punt blocked, and gave up two screens for TDs,” coach Torrey Myers said. “In the second half, we really battled. I was extremely proud of the guys.”

Neither team posted points on the board in the third quarter. But North Creek was able to inch a bit closer in the opening minutes of the final quarter.

“We scored at the beginning of the fourth to make it 24-13. Then they kicked a field goal and we answered with another TD to make it 27-19 with three and a half minutes left,” Myers said. “We then played our best defense of the year, forced a three and out, used all of our time outs and got the ball back at our 45 with three minutes to go. Unfortunately, we couldn’t generate a first down and they ran out the clock.”

It’s difficult to go on the road and play well against a solid program, but it’s even harder when you don’t have your full complement of players. Such was the case for North Creek.

“We have a significant number of players injured and it would have been easy for or kids to quit,” Myers said. “But they didn’t and it speaks volumes for their character and who they are as people.” 
Up next is a date with the Skyline Spartans in Sammamish on Friday, Oct. 22.

“Skyline is in a similar situation to us. We are both in third place on our respective side of the 4A KingCo Conference,” Myers said. “They have some talented players and a lot of tradition. I think we are pretty evenly matched and we are both battling for a playoff spot at this point so it’s a big game for both teams.”

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