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Glacier Peak outlasts Jackson in double overtime | Football


Last updated 9/29/2017 at Noon

Glacier Peak junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas could not be stopped.

Ziomas completed 37 of 49 passes for 481 yards and five touchdowns and ran the ball 24 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a come-from-behind 48-41 double-overtime victory over Jackson in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 22, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

With his team trailing 34-26 late in the fourth quarter, Ziomas engineered a game-tying drive that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Bo Burns. Ziomas then ran the ball in for a 2-point conversion that tied the score at 34.

Jackson had an opportunity to pull out a last second victory but Burns intercepted the ball at Glacier Peak’s own goal line.

Both teams scored in the first round of overtime. Ziomas then found David Castro on a 25-yard TD pass to give Glacier Peak (2-0 in the league. 3-1 overall) a 48-41 lead in the second overtime.

The Wolfpack (1-1, 1-2) weren’t able to respond, as the Glacier Peak defense sealed the victory with back-to-back sacks.

“I was just happy the team was able to respond to adversity and challenges,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said.

The game feature two offenses that combined for more than 1,000 yards of total offense and eight lead changes.

As the game was progressing, Bender wondered whether the Grizzlies would be able to keep matching Jackson score for score and then how they would respond to overtime.

Glacier Peak wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary with its passing game, Bender said.

“I just think we figured out what was going on defensively and what their coverage was,” Bender said. “It was clicking all night long.”

Wide receiver Tyson Told caught 10 passes for 134 yards and Burns had eight receptions for 111 yards. Castro grabbed six passes for 80 yards.

Ziomas’ success on the ground also was instrumental throughout the game.

“He’s an extremely efficient runner,” Bender said. “Some of them (runs) were called and some of them are scrambles when the protection breaks down. … He has the wiggle to him when he runs. It’s quite deceptive. He’s a lot faster than people think.”

Jackson’s offense, led by junior quarterback Ben Olesen, nearly matched the Grizzlies.

Olesen completed 17 of 29 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards on 15 carries. Senior wide receiver Daniel Arias caught five passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Garrett Holden had three catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns and Nick Walsh had four receptions for 66 yards. Walsh also ran for 55 yards on eight carries.

Glacier Peak outgained Jackson 592 to 515 in total yards.

Jackson coach Joel Vincent told his players that when two good teams get together, the one that makes the fewest mistakes tends to win the game.

“We made a few too many mistakes,” Vincent said.

The Timberwolves fumbled on a two-point conversion attempt that would have made a difference.

“If we don’t fumble, we walk into the end zone,” Vincent said. “Something as easy as a shotgun snap, we didn’t get done.”

Jackson’s defense had what Vincent described as hit-or-miss performance.

“Half the downs we kept him (Ziomas) contained,” Vincent said. “The other half we didn’t seem to get things done.”

Vincent was pleased with the Wolfpack offense.

“Back-to-back weeks we score 40 (a 40-20 win over Mount Vernon) and 41 points,” Vincent said. “That should be enough points to win games. I though the offensive line did a great job. I thought our receivers made great catches. Ben had great pocket presence.”

Jackson is on the road against Lake Stevens for a 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 contest. Glacier Peak also is on the road against Monroe for a 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 contest.


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