November 2, 1998
A tale of two halves
by Doug Sage
Special to the Valley View
The Cedarcrest Red Wolves played a Jekyll and Hyde game Friday night at Tolt Field. In a game with the Sammamish Totems which showed a tremendous momentum shift and a furious rally by the hometown team, they came up short 32-29.
The game started under clear skies on a field made playable by truckloads of sand brought in to soak up the muddy surface. The Totems came out in the first half and showed an offense which had every intention of putting the game out of reach.
The Red Wolves showed they were game by blocking the first two extra point tries to keep the 1st quarter score at 12-0 Sammamish. With the clock winding down in the first half, the Totems scored on an 86-yard run to complete the scoring at 32-0 Sammamish with 45 seconds to go. True to their form over the past few games, the Red Wolves mounted a furious march capped by a 32-yard pass from Brian Henry to Mike Smith to set up first and goal at the Totem 10. From there Henry misfired on 4 straight passes to end the half.
A different pair of teams came out in the second half and, like the sand brought in to dry the field, the hometown team showed true grit.
Starting on their own 36 after a nice runback by Wiseman, then Red Wolves moved smartly down the field mixing run and pass to score their first points on an 8-yard run by Wiseman with 10:22 to go in the 3rd quarter. After an interception by Cody Wheeler, the offense moved the ball to a 4th and 3 at the Cedarcrest 46. Playing like a riverboat gambler with nothing to lose, the Red Wolves made the first down with a short pass from Henry to Eric Branthwaite. From there the Red Wolves could not be stopped as they drove right down for another score as the connection of Henry to Smith produced again for the Red Wolves. With passes from Henry to his favorite receivers Miller and Smith, the Red Wolves moved in for another score on a 3-yard smash by Mike McDonald. With 36 seconds to go in the game, Henry found Will Miller in the end zone to make it 32-29.
The Red Wolves final game of the season is this Friday against the Mt. Si Wildcats at Tolt Field.