October 26, 1998
Red Wolves bowled over by Bellevue
by Doug Sage
Special to the Valley View
The Cedarcrest Red Wolves lost a difficult game Friday night to the Bellevue Wolverines 49-14.
The Wolverines used a high school version of the old USC play of "student body right" to wear down the Cedarcrest defense.
After Bellevue moved the ball on its opening drive to score on a run by running back Owen Biddle, the Red Wolves moved the ball on passes from Brian Henry to wideouts Mike Smith and Jake Nieman to a first down inside the Wolverines 15-yard line.
After a sack moved the ball back to the 26, Henry hit Mike Smith and his league leading 22 yards per catch average on a diving circus grab on 4th and 26 to tie the score at 7-7 with 4:56 remaining in the first quarter. From there Cedarcrest began to figure out the Bellevue offense and held them to only two touchdowns the remainder of the half.
With a great defensive stand, the Red Wolves, who stopped Biddle for minimal gain on 4th and 3 at the Cedarcrest 47, got the ball back with 4:34 to go in the first half.
From there a gain of 10 yards by Eric Branthwaite on 4th and 2 gave the Red Wolves a first down at the 30 with 2:38 to play in the half. After consecutive penalties on Bellevue gave the Red Wolves first and goal from the 7-yard line, Cedarcrest unleashed their latest weapon of Doug Jackson as running back and pounded the ball at the center of the Wolverine defense. But Henry's desperation pass was intercepted and the clock ran out.
In the second half it was quick and painless as Bellevue scored on its first two possessions.
The Red Wolves showed some of the future as sophomore quarterback Nick Rich's late touchdown pass of 15 yards to junior Cody Wheeler filled out the final score.