November 4, 2002
Petterson sets record as Red Wolves lose to Wolverines
by Doug Sage
Valley View Sports Reporter
Cody Petterson inked his name firmly into the Kingco record books last Friday for receiving yards as he ended the night with 1,137 yards for the season.
In Friday's game against the Bellevue Wolverines, Petterson passed by the previous record of 1,048 yards that Anthony Brown of Roosevelt High School set in the 1997 campaign.
Coming into the night Cody had 1,011 yards and was 38 yards short of the record. He caught four passes in the first half from quarterback Manin DuBois for 57 yards and the league mark was his.
Cody had surpassed the school record the previous week against Skyline as he moved past Michael Smith into first place at Cedarcrest.
Coach Hansen said about Petterson, "It's a pretty huge achievement; he's a great kid, he's got a good work ethic, he's got a good sense of where the open spots are and he gets to them. He's got the tools to go with it, the speed, the hands, the knack to get to the ball. It seems that every time he gets to the ball, he catches it. I don't think that for the 47 receptions he's had more than three drops all year."
The Red Wolves were not as fortunate as the Wolverines showed off their running attack and outmanned the smallish defense of the Red Wolves for a 48-6 victory.
Bellevue struck quickly as they took the opening kickoff and returned it to the 35-yard line. One play and Bellevue had 64 yards and a first and goal from the 1. They scored on the next play to make it 7-0 with only 25 seconds gone in the game.
Bellevue recovered and was in business again inside the Red Wolf 40. One play and a 39-yard touchdown later and Bellevue was on the board again 14-0. Three plays, and two touchdowns in only 2:11 of the game and Cedarcrest already had their backs to the wall. Turnovers were the Red Wolves' downfall as they had one fumble and four interceptions in the first half to thwart any positive momentum they were able to generate on offense.
The lone bright spots early were that Dubois (15-24, 162 yards, 1 int) was able to find open receivers and move the ball, only to have the turnover bug bite and give the ball back to the Wolverines. Jake Ballingham made some tough catches in traffic and Kyle Eldred and Derek Foote hauled in some nice passes as well. Jesse Petterson ran tough as he took over the tailback duties when Tommy Harding went down with an injury in the first half.
The second half was a more defensive struggle as neither team was able to sustain drives due to unfortunate mistakes.
Cedarcrest suffered some nicks and bruises as Dubois, Harding and Vong Ly were sidelined with various ailments. Russell McGinnis (4-8, 103, 1 TD, 1 int) stepped in at quarterback and was effective avoiding the Bellevue rush and getting off his throws.
The prettiest pass of the night was late in the 4th quarter as Cody Petterson got behind the defenders deep down the middle and McGinnis laid the ball out high and long.
Petterson caught the ball perfectly in stride three yards behind the defense and was off for a 57-yard touchdown and the only points for the Red Wolves on the night.
Alan Shults and Robbie Westerman played tough 'D' and shut down the Bellevue attack in the second half. James Harter saw some action on special teams and Brad Petty at running back ripped off a nice run right up the middle for a gain of eight yards and a first down. There were new starters on the offensive line this week as Dashiell Hei and Russell Knight saw plenty of action in this game.
After the game, Cody Petterson was very quick to praise his teammates and bring up the fact he had two tackles for loss in the game as defensive end. "Bellevue is a good team, you've got to hand it to them," he said.
When Cody talked about the record, he said, "I've got to give a hand to Manin on this one. Without him, this wouldn't have happened."
DuBois was equally congratulatory. "Cody's a player. He comes ready to go every week. There's something about him, he separates from defenders so well, and he catches everything that comes his way. He deserves the record, he worked hard this summer to get where he is. I couldn't ask for a better receiver and a better friend than Cody Petterson."
Next up, Cedarcrest against Mt. Si in the Valley Cup.