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By David Pan 

Glacier Peak downs Kamiak | Football 


Last updated 10/27/2017 at Noon

Glacier Peak played two great quarters against Kamiak and that was enough for a 35-14 victory in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 20, at Goddard Stadium.

The Grizzlies (4-2 in the league, 5-3 overall) scored four of their five touchdowns in the first and fourth quarters.

“We had a complete first and fourth quarter,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “The second and third quarters had room for growth.”

Bender cited some mental mistakes and also wanted to see the Grizzlies finishing with a little more tenacity.

“The second and third quarters, the only thing stopping us was ourselves,” Bender said.

The Grizzlies took a 14-0 first quarter lead on touchdown passes of 33 and 39 yards from junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas to senior wide receiver Connor Stroup.

Kamiak (0-6, 1-7) responded with a 13-yard pass from junior quarterback Matt Merk to senior wide receiver Cole Ebert to cut the deficit to 14-6.

Ziomas then threw a 41-yard TD pass to senior wide receiver Bo Burns to extend Glacier Peak’s advantage to 21-6 in the second quarter.

The Knights again responded with a 6-yard touchdown run by senior running back Ben Barton and a successful 2-point conversion pass from Merk to Ebert. Glacier Peak went into halftime ahead 21-14.

After a scoreless third quarter, Ziomas found junior wide receiver Evan Mannes on a 7-yard scoring strike and JohnPaul Anderson ran 27 yards for a touchdown.

Ziomas completed 15 of 21 passes for 193 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 87 yards on 17 carries. Senior running back Anthony Collins rushed for 64 yards on seven carries. Stroup caught two passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns, and Burns had three passes for 46 yards and one touchdown.

Friday’s game was one of the few times that pass-happy Glacier Peak actually accumulated more yards on the ground – 246 – than through the air – 193.

The Grizzlies have clinched the league’s No. 3 seed to the district playoffs and will face Bothell on Nov. 3 or 4.

Glacier Peak closes out the regular season against Mount Vernon at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct., 27 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“We’re going to play a regular game,” Bender said. “There is a lot of stuff we need to improve on. We want to go into the playoffs on a high note.


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