Football games like the one Friday make Lakes High School coach Dave Miller appreciate the stretches of brilliance and dominance when few schools in the 3A South Puget Sound League gave the Lancers a competitive battle.
And yet, at the end of the ninth-ranked Lancers’ 29-22 seesaw victory over Bonney Lake at Harry E. Lang Stadium, there was a hint of satisfaction, too. His team had to come off the mat to pull off a game-winning drive.
Quarterback Jaiave Magalei led the final 75-yard drive. His 39-yard pass to Cale Lindsay set up Yisrael Stephens’ 3-yard touchdown scamper with 2 minutes, 6 seconds remaining that broke a 22-22 tie.
The Panthers had a last-gasp drive, too. Theirs ended in the Lakes end zone when Terrell Bromer picked off Isaiah Weed’s pass with 66 seconds to go.
In fact, Lakes intercepted three Weed passes in the end zone on the night.
Miller said it was not only a back-and-forth final quarter, but also an emotional one. Offensive lineman J.T. Colvin was taken off on a stretcher with an injury with 10 minutes remaining.
“You know, we were reeling at the time,” Miller said. “This was a real growing experience — a gut check.”
Bonney Lake, which is coached by former Lakes defensive coordinator Jason Silbaugh, tied it at 22 on Weed’s 3-yard scoring pass to Dillon Jordan (and Weed’s conversion pass) with just over four minutes remaining.
“(Silbaugh) is a heck of a coach, and is building a very good program,” Miller said. “He’s taken what he learned from us, and then doing what he is doing on his own — that combination is why he is such a great coach.”
Wain Clarke caught touchdown passes of 40 and 62 yards from Griffin Meyers for Emerald Ridge in the victory.
South Kitsap’s only score was on Dustin Garcia’s 90-yard kickoff return to start the second half.
Wilson forced six turnovers, registered three sacks — and held Shelton to 56 total yards after halftime in erasing an early deficit.
It was a school record for points for the Abes. The previous mark was 70, set in 2002.
Regulation ended in a scoreless tie after Central Kitsap's Hail Mary was picked off by Carson Bertelli at the 4-yard line.
Willie Patterson completed all 11 passing attempts. His 6-yarder to Bing with 41/2 minutes to go in the third quarter gave Franklin Pierce the lead for good, 19-14.
1A EVERGREEN CONFERENCE
Johnathon Warner tallied a pair of touchdown runs, and Jake McCormick passed for 114 yards for Eatonville.
2B PACIFIC LEAGUE
Defensive end Luke Grocott also scored his first-ever touchdown on a 30-yard fumble return in the second quarter.