Northwest NEWS

September 20, 1999

Valley Special

Red Wolves lose to Totems

by Doug Sage, contributing writer

   The Cedarcrest Red Wolves were like lambs going to the slaughter on Friday night against the Sammamish Totems. From the opening kickoff returned by Darrin Carrido, the Red Wolves were in for a long and painful night.

   After their opening possession netted a minus 2 yards, Cedarcrest punted to Sammamish. From there, Sammamish running back Chris Raftery was a one-man execution crew.

   Sweeping over the right side, then the left, he scored back-to-back touchdowns on runs of 18 and 22 yards early in the first quarter. Early in the second quarter with the score 14-0, Cedarcrest turned in a great play on a fade route from quarterback Nick Rich to wide receiver Mike Smith for an apparent touchdown of 56 yards, only to have it called back on a questionable call of illegal receiver downfield.

   On the next play, a third-down swing pass to Darrin Carrido netted a first down and a tack-on of 15 yards for a face mask penalty, which gave Cedarcrest their best operating position of the night at the Totem 28.

   With a swift shot to the foot, like the Red Wolves were prone to do all night, they fumbled the next play and turned the ball over to Raftery and the high-powered Totem offense. From that point on, it seemed that the Red Wolves' best play was running kickoff returns.

   After Sammamish ran up a total of 5 more touchdowns, including runs by Raftery and an interception return for a touchdown late in the first half, the Red Wolves finally got something going.

   The best drive of the night for the Red Wolves included a nifty pass completion to Smith down to the 25-yard line and a shifty run right up the middle down to the 1-foot line by Carrido. The Red Wolves' score came from Casey Peterson on a quarterback sneak from inside the 1 to make the halftime score 47-6, Sammamish. Unfortunately, Carrido bruised his shoulder on the run to the 1 and was lost to the Red Wolves for the remainder of the contest.

   In the second half, Sammamish scored early and often and scored their final points with 2:52 to go in the third quarter. From there, both teams played a number of clean-shirted players who got plenty of game action as both coaches emptied their benches.

   Cedarcrest scored again in the fourth quarter as running back Eric Dick showed some good outside speed and swept around the right end for a gain of 20 yards, and then Peterson hit junior Matt Geiger with a nice pass over the middle and Geiger muscled his way into the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown.

   Final score: Sammamish 61, Cedarcrest 12.