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Senior RB Owen runs wild, powers Grizzlies past Knights

Glacier Peak uses ground game to defeat Kamiak

 

Last updated 10/4/2019 at 12:45pm

David R Pan

Glacier Peak's Dylan Owen ran for 219 yards and four touchdowns against Kamiak.

With the rain creating challenges for the passing attack, Glacier Peak went to Plan B – Dylan Owen.

The senior running back carried the ball 22 times for 219 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a 41-6 victory over Kamiak in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 27, at Goddard Stadium.

Glacier Peak (2-0 in the league, 4-0 overall) had two drives stall deep inside Kamiak territory in the first quarter. Senior Brayden Corwin kicked field goals of 45 and 36 yards to give the Grizzlies a 6-0 lead.

“We committed to running the ball,” Glacier Peak coach Shane Keck said. “The weather was bad.”

Owen scored on runs of 1-, 49-, 1-yard in the second quarter and then added a 31-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

“He’s real physical in his running,” Keck said. “He didn’t try to press. He’s not real quick. But he’s a pretty fast guy once he hits the hole.”

Junior quarterback Tyson Lang completed four of eight passes for 82 yards. He connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Corwin in the third quarter.

Keck said that Friday’s victory over the Knights (0-2, 0-4) gave the Grizzlies some confidence with their run game.

“We think we can throw it pretty good,” he said. “You’ve got to be able to run the ball. We proved we could do that. We didn’t turn the ball over. That’s always going to be a plus for us.”

On the defensive side, Glacier Peak was able to play some of its reserves against Kamiak. The Grizzlies started the game with nine new defensive starters.

“It was a chance to develop some depth,” Keck said. “Kamiak played extremely hard. There was no quit in them. Their quarterback (Wesley Garrett) was really athletic.”

A week earlier, the Grizzlies jumped on Jackson early with three first-quarter touchdowns and went on to prevail 49-10 in the league opener Friday, Sept. 20.

Lang completed 15 of 24 passes for 156 yards. He threw TDs of 11 yards to Matthew Torgeson and 13 and 4 yards to Corwin. Owen rushed for 164 yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 16 and 3 yards. Torgeson had four catches for 71 yards.

The Grizzlies finished with 354 total yards on offense – 156 passing and 198 running.

“We want to be balanced,” Keck said. “At the end of the day you’ve got to go with what works. … Owen played inspired. He just ran hard and he was determined not to go down.”

Glacier Peak takes on Cascade (1-1, 2-2) at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Bruins shut out Jackson 40-0.

 

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