October 9, 2000
Islanders vote off Red Wolves
by Doug Sage
The Mercer Island Islanders (5-0) and the Cedarcrest Red Wolves (1-4) locked up in a Kingco 3A contest last Friday night and the powerful Islander offense proved too much for the Red Wolves as they registered a 34-3 win.
Coming in with one of the top offenses in the league, Mercer Island used their defense for the first score of the game as Ian Mcleod returned an interception 28 yards to put the Islanders on the board with only 1:33 elapsed in the game.
Cedarcrest countered with a new offensive set with 5 wide receivers and no backs, even going to the hurry-up offense early in the game to keep MI from substituting based on the situation.
Cedarcrest pulled out all the stops as Rich was aiming at receivers Bret DeVries and Zack Taylor who had a couple of nice grabs early, but Mercer Island's defense seemed to have an answer for everything QB Nick Rich and the offense could muster. Their only score came as Tommy Felts booted a 38-yard field goal with 5:11 left in the first half to make the score 14-3.
The Red Wolves' defense played one of their best games of the year. Despite giving up several first downs, the defense only gave up 2 touchdowns on long drives to the Islander offense, making them settle for 2 field goals along the way.
Aaron O'Neal, Steve Polejewski, Tommy Felts, Curtis Coe and Jed Dern provided audible evidence of the Red Wolves resolve in this game with loud, crunching tackles that stopped MI in their tracks.
Cedarcrest was able to slow down the nemesis of their defense, the outside running play. By stopping this play, they made MI go the long field almost every time they got the ball which caused them to use lots of clock time in order to get in to the endzone. This great play by the defense also kept the score close, as at the half it was 17-3.
The only time that MI got the short field was on the opening sequence of the second half, as their return man Justin McCullum returned the kick 85 yards and was stopped at the Red Wolf 4.
Cedarcrest got on the turnover bandwagon late in the game as the Red Wolves created a turnover with 5:26 to go in the game and Dan Merrick recovered at the 28. From there backup QB Sean McDonald hit Ben Frey on a couple of nice pass plays as well as a nice slant to Justin Harrold and the Red Wolves were on a march which was their deepest penetration into MI territory.
The march ended as Darrin Carrido corralled a pass and was knocked out at the 8 after a great run by the nifty senior.
From there, MI recorded a couple of sacks as McDonald was trying to find open receivers and the threat ended as the clock ran out.
The Red Wolves played with great spirit away from home. Their next home game is a against the Saints from Interlake next Friday at 7:30.