Northwest NEWS

October 22, 2000

Sports

Red Wolves ambushed by Indians

By Doug Sage
   Contributing writer
   The Cedarcrest Red Wolves got bogged down in the mud last Friday night and lost to the Issaquah Indians 37-0 in their final home game of the 2001 season.
   The game was over early in the first quarter after Cedarcrest punted on their first two possessions and Issaquah scored touchdowns on their first two.
   The sloppy field took away from the Red Wolf offense as Aaron O'Neal and the quick strike Cedarcrest offense were unable to sustain the offense or get the big play to score against the big defensive line of the Indians.
   After struggling through the first half as they have done so many times this year, the Red Wolves were unable to put together the second half they have done so productively this year.
   Trailing 30-0 at the break, the Red Wolves defense stepped up and put some big hits on the Indians, creating a fumble deep in Indians' territory to give some life to their sputtering offense.
   Unable to capitalize, the Red Wolves turned it back over on the next play as Issaquah picked off a pass that was deflected into the air and the Indians returned to midfield.
   The bright spot of the evening was senior night. The pregame ceremonies allowed each senior to present flowers and sentiments to their parents in a celebration of hard work and dedication over the years.
   As the score didn't get any better, some of the unsung players who haven't seen much action got to see extended playing time. These players show up every week and practice hard, and seeing them get some action was gratifying.
   Tyler Tarte played on the kick team and made a nice tackle. DJ Harding saw time at WR and on special teams, made a tackle and had balls thrown his way. In the wet weather the passing game was not very productive, so no receptions were made.
   Steven Powell was in at WR and special teams. He made a nice block on one of the kickoffs by Issaquah. Tony Steadman had the play of the night as Issaquah scored with six seconds to play in the first half and then attempted an onsides kick to milk the clock, but Steadman made a great recovery and sent the game to halftime.
   Chris Ansell saw action on offensive and defensive line and made a nice tackle to keep Issaquah from a first down.
   Dean Webb was in as well at linebacker.
   A great effort by the unsung heroes of a football team. They hit hard, played with spirit and made us proud to have them a part of this team. Up next week, a big game at Sammamish. Go Red Wolves!