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By David Pan 

Grizzlies rally to beat Bulldogs | Football


Last updated 11/3/2017 at Noon

Glacier Peak overcame some self-inflicted wounds to defeat Mount Vernon.

JohnPaul Anderson scored on 2-yard run to lift the Grizzlies to a 42-38 comeback victory over the Bulldogs in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 27, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Junior quarterback Ayden Ziomas completed 31 of 52 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns. Ziomas threw TD passes to Anderson (15 yards), Bo Burns (17 yards), Evan Mannes (21 and 16 yards) and Connor Stroup (25 yards). Mannes finished with 107 yards on six catches and David Castro had eight receptions for 96 yards.

Glacier Peak (5-2 in the league, 6-3 overall) also rushed for 80 yards with Anderson finishing with 35 yards on five carries.

The Grizzlies face Bothell in a district playoff game at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell. Last season, Glacier Peak lost to state semifinalist Sumner in an opening playoff contest.

“One of these days we’ll have an easier road,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “They’re a good quality program. Their quarterback is pretty special. He’s got his all-American jersey. It’s going to be a battle.”

Bender said that the Grizzlies are a better team than they were last year.

“We are definitely more rounded and powerful than last year,” he said.

Glacier Peak’s talented receiving corps means that the opposition isn’t going to be able to double cover any particular receiver.

A strong passing attack also opens up the run game, Bender added.

“I’m happy with the balance we are starting to see with the run game and the passing game,” he said.

Eight players did not start against Mount Vernon (2-5, 3-6) due to breaking team rules by being late to a walk-through. As a result, the Grizzlies fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter.

Bender was glad to see that his players didn’t panic.

“We kept grinding away,” he said.

The Glacier Peak offense started to get in a groove. Near the end of the game after the Bulldogs scored to take a 38-35 lead, the Grizzlies told their coach that they were going to win the game.

“I think our confidence is there,” Bender said.


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