Jackson misfires against Vikings | Football
Last updated 10/6/2017 at Noon
A rough start snowballed for Jackson.
An interception by a defensive lineman on the first play from scrimmage deep in the Timberwolves’ own territory led to a Lake Stevens touchdown and seemed to set the tone for a dominant 49-7 victory by the Vikings in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 29 at Lake Stevens High School.
That same Lake Stevens lineman, Ryan Sander, later tipped another ball to himself and returned it for a touchdown.
Jackson coach Joel Vincent said that in 28 years of coaching he’s never seen that happen.
“Both balls were batted,” he said. “Their linemen did a good job getting their hands up.”
Even though the 49 points given up was a season-high, Vincent said that he thought the defense played its best game of the season in terms of players executing their assignment.
The problem was that Lake Stevens had great field position the entire game and the Jackson defense was forced to defend a short field.
“When you’re defending 20 or 30 yards every time you’re out there, it’s tough,” Vincent said. “Never once did we pin Lake Stevens deep in their own territory and make them work.”
When the Jackson offense executed its game plan, it moved the ball well, Vincent said. The problem was three turnovers in the first half led to Viking scores.
“They had three drives that were 35 yards or less,” Vincent said. “We have to figure out a way to take care of the ball better and maximize those possessions.”
Jackson junior quarterback Ben Olesen completed 16 of 22 passes for 199 yards. Senior wide receiver Daniel Arias caught nine passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.
Jackson (1-2, 1-3) looks to snap its two-game skid against Kamiak (0-3, 1-4) at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The Timberwolves currently are tied with Mariner (1-2, 2-3), Mount Vernon (1-2, 2-3) and Cascade (1-2, 3-2) for fourth place in the league with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs.
“The next four weeks and how teams play down the stretch is going to determine who gets that fourth and final playoff spot,” Vincent said.