Timberwolves stumble early against Bearcats, Bulldogs | Football
Last updated 10/19/2018 at Noon
Jackson couldn’t get its offense rolling early and suffered the consequences.
Monroe and Mount Vernon outscored the Timberwolves 56-0 in the first quarter and coasted to easy victories in Wesco 4A football action.
The Bearcats won 56-14 and the Bulldogs prevailed 49-24 to end the Wolfpack’s slim playoffs hopes.
“We’ve gotten off to some pretty slow starts the past two weeks,” Jackson assistant coach Ryan Simmons said.
But unlike the overall disappointing performance in the Monroe contest, Jackson responded well in the second half against Mount Vernon.
Trailing 21-0 at halftime, the Timberwolves scored three touchdowns and kicked a field goal.
“We learned from the week before,” Simmons said. “Our guys stepped up in the second half. You could see it in their faces and in their eyes. They did not want a repeat from the week before.”
With senior quarterback Ben Olesen likely sidelined for the rest of the season, Jackson went with sophomore quarterbacks Nathan Clark and Justin Vickery and both responded with scoring drives.
Clark threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Holden and Vickery connected on TD passes of 24 and 5 yards to Chris Grayson and Isaac Grayson. Donguk Yoon also booted a 35-yard field goal.
Holden scored on an 11-yard run and Walid Rassulli returned an interception 84-yard for a touchdown against Monroe.
Turnovers hurt the Timberwolves (1-4 in the league, 3-4 overall) in both games as they threw four interceptions.
“The defense has been put in some difficult situations,” Simmons said. “I think this past week against Mount Vernon the defense tightened up. The tackling started getting better as the game went on. We started realizing that we could play with these guys. They did a decent job all things considered.”
Holden rushed for 67 yards on seven carries against Monroe and caught five passes for 65 yards and one touchdown against Mount Vernon. Vickery completed 13 of 19 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns and Clark was 11 of 23 for 99 yards and one TD in the Mount Vernon contest. Isaac Grayson caught 10 passes for 149 yards and one TD.
Jackson faces its biggest challenge of the season against defending league champion Lake Stevens (5-0, 7-0) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, at Lake Stevens High School.
Simmons acknowledges that the Wolfpack will be a major underdog.
“Obviously, we’d like to get a W. We’d like to shock the world,” he said. “I want to see our guys come out and respond. We want to come out and make them work. We want to improve our tackling this week and we’ve got to find a way to move the ball.”