Northwest NEWS

October 19, 1998

Front Page

A heartbreaker for Cedarcrest football at Tolt field

   by Doug Sage
   Special to the Valley View

  
   CARNATION--Shrouded by the pomp and pageantry of homecoming, with the stands decorated and the largest crowd of the year in attendance, the Cedarcrest Red Wolf football team lost a mighty struggle to the Interlake Saints 8-6 Friday night at Tolt field.
  
   The game started under clear but crisp skies as the Red Wolves displayed an aggressive defense early in the contest.
  
   After the Saints' offense stalled at the Red Wolf 37 on the first drive of the game, the punt was downed inside the Red Wolf 10-yard line and the offense took over.
  
   After minimal gains for three downs, the Red Wolves were forced to punt and the first big break for either side occurred when the snap from center sailed over the punter's head and through the end zone for a safety and two points for the Saints.
  
   The two teams traded field position for the remainder of the first half with solid defensive plays made by the Red Wolves.
  
   The defense, anchored in the middle by 6'4", 280-pound Doug Jackson, stymied the Interlake Saints who could get nowhere near the Red Wolf goal line.
  
   After several quarterback pressures and sacks by linebacker Mike McDonald and defensive end Jimmy Austin, the defense held Interlake out of the end zone and amidst the quagmire that was Tolt field that night and kept the half-time score 2-0 Interlake.
  
   A fired up Cedarcrest team took the field for the second half and battled gamely, but was unable to stop a nifty drive engineered by the Saints.
  
   The Saints used a mix of passing and running inside counter plays to slow down the Red Wolf attacking defense and scored on a 7-yard counter play with 2:34 remaining in the 3rd quarter.
  
   The Red Wolves blocked the extra point to keep the score 8-0.
  
   As the game turned to the deciding 4th quarter, the fever pitch in the stands was raucous as the team laid it all in the mud.
  
   As Cedarcrest's drive after drive came up short of the goal line, everyone was waiting for the miracle that would give the Red Wolves their first win of the season.
  
   Finally, after a Saints' drive stalled at their own 40-yard line, they were forced to punt with less than 35 seconds to go in the game.
  
   But Cedarcrest was waiting for them.
  
   The center of the defensive line led by Jimmy Austin converged on the punter and swarmed him under to block the kick and give Cedarcrest one last breath of hope with their best field position of the night, first and 10 at the Saints' 24 with 24 seconds remaining in the game.
  
   With a mighty throw from Quarterback Brian Henry to wideout Mike Smith, who made an incredible catch between three defenders, the Red Wolves scored to pull within two points with 16 seconds to go.
  
   As the Red Wolves lined up for the tying 2 point conversion, Brian Henry called his own number and was stopped for no gain by the middle of the Saints defense.
  
   The Saints recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock on their second win of the season.
  
   Final score, Saints 8, Red Wolves 6.