Photo by Bill Forhan
Running Back Dennis Merritt follows his big Tight End Juan Mendoza through a gaping hole in the O-line on one of his many big runs of the night against the Brewster Bears. Merritt led the team in rushing yards Friday night with a total of 231 yards and 3 TD’s.
Photo by Bill Forhan
Escort Joshua Brulotte holds umbrella for homecoming King Randy Mutschler and Queen Elva Flores at Friday night’s rainy Homecoming presentation at Peshastin Field.
By Bill Forhan Acting Sports Reporter
Speedy backs blew through big holes served up by a dominating O-line in Friday night's homecoming contest against the visiting Brewster Bears. At the end of the night the team had gained 573 yards rushing. Much of it from big plays by Dennis Merritt who led the effort with 231 yards on 11 carries, but Noax Wood, 12 carries for 141 yards, and Elijah Nash, 8 carries for 124 yards, were also big contributors to the teams dominating running attack. Running behind the Kodiaks dominating O-line Freshman running back Ian Cummings gained 20 yards on his first attempt.
It wasn't until well into the third quarter when the Kodiaks had racked up 43 points, that the defense slipped and let the Bears escape on a kickoff return putting their first points on the board. The score seemed to energize the Bears who came right back and scored again on a pass to Cade Smith. The Bears went for the 2 point conversion on both touchdowns but failed and ultimately it was clear that their offensive effort would become too little too late to overcome the Kodiaks powerful ground game.
The Brewster offense was forced to pass early as a result of the Kodiak's dominating defense led by Linebackers Duncan Scott and Derek Darlington. Scott was credited with a team leading 6 tackles and 2 assists followed closely by Darlington's 6 tackles and 1 assist. Three of Scott's tackles led to a loss of 10 yards and Darlington stopped the Bears offense behind the line of scrimmage twice for a cumulative loss of 4 yards. On the night the stingy Kodiak defense only allowed the Bears 121 yards on the ground.
There was one frightening moment toward the end of the first quarter when Senior Wide Receiver Fabian Alvarez dove to cover a fumbled kick and injured his neck. Alvarez was immobilized and transported to Cascade Medical as a precautionary measure. He was diagnosed with a sprained neck and was released in time to make it to the homecoming dance. Coach Daley said he was doubtful for the upcoming game against Medical Lake on Friday.
With a final score of 57 to 18 the Kodiaks finish the regular season in second place behind Cashmere their only loss of the season. They will play Medical Lake in the 7 p.m Friday at Peshastin Field in the crossover game.
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