Northwest NEWS

September 18, 2000

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Red Wolves open home season

by Doug Sage
   Contributing Writer
   The Cedarcrest Red Wolves opened their 2000 home season with a 24-13 defeat at the hands of the Sammamish Totems.
   The home team was hyped for their home opener and so was the crowd. The Red Wolves brought the highest rated passing offense in the league into the game and looked to capitalize on their senior laden team. The Totems won the coin toss and (K) Tom Felts launched the ball high and deep.
   A misplay by Sammamish and the Red Wolf cover team smothered the runback at the 7-yard line. A quick three and out by the Totems and the Red Wolves were in business at the Totem 41.
   Solid running by the tandem of Aaron O'Neal and Darrin Carrido got the running game off to a good start. O'Neal and Carrido were helpful to each other as O'Neal started by laying a crushing block on a Totem defender to spring Carrido for a sizable gain.
   After an exchange of punts, Cedarcrest lost the field position game on a clipping penalty to set up shop deep in their own territory at the 15.
   Sammamish came up with a big play on third down and sacked QB Nick Rich at the 5 forcing the Red Wolves into a punting situation. Starting at their 41 after a terrific punt by Nate McClallin, the Totems tried to run against the stingy Cedarcrest defense.
   On a run around the left side Brent Bendict gave the home team a big boost by causing a fumble recovered by Cedarcrest.
   Unable to stand prosperity, the Red Wolves gave it right back to Sammamish on a tipped interception. From there, Sammamish stormed down the field for the first score of the night late in the 1st quarter. The Totems made a 2 point conversion to take the 8-0 lead into the 2nd.
   From there, the Totems took control of the first half by strong running inside on a tough inside counter play that the Red Wolves just couldn't shut down and picking off their second scored on a field goal after a terrific goal line stand by the Red Wolf defense led by Steve Polejewski, Curtis Coe and Jed Dern.
   A late score by Sammamish with 1:25 to go in the second quarter made the score 18-0 at the break.
   A sterling performance by the award-winning Cedarcrest Drill team to the Top Gun theme was the highlight of the halftime show.
   After the home team broke the CHS sign held by the Cedarcrest Cheer squad, they used the same enthusiasm to break down the Totem defense.
   A beautiful 90-yard kickoff return by Tommy Harding was called back for a clipping penalty.
   Setting up at their own 15, the Red Wolves needed a ground pounding drive to open the second half, and that's just what they delivered. A long drive that featured only one pass set up Darrin Carrido for a 3-yard TD behind center Bobby Znack to put the Red Wolves on the board 18-6.
   Great defense up the middle by Jesse Thompson and a solo tackle by Brett DeVries held Sammamish to another punt from around their own 44. Sammamish tried a fake in which the pass fell harmlessly to the ground giving the Red Wolves the ball in good field position. A quick roll to the left by Rich (170 yds 1 TD) and a pass in the flat to Carrido and the speedy senior outran the entire defense to the house.
   Felts added the point after to close the gap to 18-13 with 1:46 to go in the 3rd. After Sammamish scored with 10:42 to go in the game to make the score 24-13, Cedarcrest mounted several threats that just couldn't produce.
   The team played well and made the reigning state runner's up very nervous with their spirited play. Way to go Red Wolves!!!
   Next up, a trip to Issaquah to take on the Indians.