October 29, 2001
Cedarcrest washed out against Totems
by Doug Sage
The Cedarcrest Red Wolves left their rubber boots at home as the Sammamish Totems ran wild on the wet field to score a 32-0 victory last Friday night.
The Red Wolves, again succumbing to the wet conditions, delivered five turnovers which played right into the Sammamish scheme.
Sammamish rolled on offense racking up 279 yards rushing to play patient ball control offense.
The Red Wolves offense, grounded for the second week in a row by inclement weather, amassed only 60 yards in the first half as the Totems scored their 32 points.
Tommy Harding led the Red Wolves in rushing for the game, generating 68 yards for his efforts.
It looked like the Red Wolves would pull their typical second half comeback when Aaron O'Neal pulled out a page from the back of the playbook and his halfback pass was complete to Cody Pettersen for 23 yards down to the 4-yard line. Not able to stand prosperity, the Red Wolves promptly fumbled away their opportunity and came away empty-handed on the drive.
The wet conditions played havoc with the Red Wolf offense all night as the passing game attempted only 11 passes, and completing only five while two were intercepted.
The Red Wolves defense was given a boost during the second half as Alan Shults recovered two Sammamish fumbles, but the Red Wolf offense was unable to capitalize on either turnover.
Which brings us next week. The Red Wolves travel to Snoqualmie for their final game of the season against the Mt Si Wildcats in the traditional Valley Cup game.
The defending champion Red Wolves are looking to make it four wins in five years in this end of the season matchup as they won last year's game 7-0 at Howard Miller field. It looks to be a good contest for this year's game as the Red Wolves (3-5) match up well against the Wildcats (4-4) and their run-oriented attack.
History favors the road team in this contest as the road warriors have captured the trophy in three of the past four years. The last time Cedarcrest traveled to Mt Si they won the trophy with a 16-7 victory in 1999 in a game played in gale- force winds and driving rain.
O'Neal, MacDonald, Pettersen and company will be primed to do battle against the Wildcats for the final time this season. Go Red Wolves!