A defensive stop early in the second half would put pressure on the visitors as Inglemoor was still looking for the keys to its offense.
But it didn’t happen: On its very first play Issaquah went deep as quarterback Ethan Kalin found Derek Chapman wide open 10 yards behind the nearest defender for a 54-yard touchdown.
“First five minutes of the second half usually determines the outcome, and they got us in about five seconds,” Inglemoor coach Frank Naish later said.
Issaquah’s sophomore feature back Jack Gellatly — you’ll hear his name more in the next two years — punched in a 2-yarder to make it 34-17.
Inglemoor responded with a Perry Pipkin 64-yard catch-and-run from Hans Fortune down to the 4-yard line and the QB found Davis Walker in the end zone for a score to close to 34-24 with nine long minutes left and some hope.
Curiously, the Vikes opted for an onside kick which the Eagles recovered at midfield.
Issaquah didn’t do much with it, and punted poorly to give Inglemoor another shot with six minutes remaining.
But an overthrow by Fortune on 2nd-and-8 was intercepted — the Eagles’ third pick of the night — and the curtain fell on Inglemoor’s season.
“We couldn’t run it,” Naish said when asked about the difference. “They made us one-dimensional and you gotta be able to do both. That’s football.”
Post script: Gellatly, to his credit, finished with 190 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns.
But his last TD perhaps didn’t need to happen: Issaquah up 34-24 with 30 seconds left on a clock ticking and the host team reeling ... their coach chose not to take a knee from the 2-yard line and ran up the score with his stud still in the game.
For what it’s worth, Issaquah’s extra point attempt was blocked.