High School Sports

Issaquah knocks Olympia from the playoffs with 28-14 win

Issaquah's Connor Smith (left) celebrates as teammate Conner Pederson scores a pick-six touchdown during Friday night's 4A football district playoff game against the Olympia Bears at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah on Nov. 6, 2015.
Issaquah's Connor Smith (left) celebrates as teammate Conner Pederson scores a pick-six touchdown during Friday night's 4A football district playoff game against the Olympia Bears at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah on Nov. 6, 2015. Staff photographer

There was no déjà vu for Olympia.

The Bears were eliminated Friday night at Issaquah High School in a 28-14 loss to the Eagles in the Class 4A District 1/2/3/4 playoffs.

“Give Issaquah the credit, they came out hard and played physical up front,” Olympia coach Bill Beattie said.

Olympia bested Issaquah, 32-14, in Week 5, but the Eagles quickly erased any thoughts of a repeat.

On Olympia’s third drive, Conner Pederson picked off Jack Bell and screamed 53 yards down the left sideline to make it 7-0 for Issaquah.

The Eagles forced a Bears punt on the following drive before Bryce Hughes capped an 11-play Issaquah drive by muscling three yards into the end zone to gain a two-touchdown advantage.

Scott Gunther cut the deficit to 14-7 for the Bears late in the second quarter. He danced through the Issaquah defense before breaking free for a 42-yard touchdown run.

But any momentum shift was short-lived.

Cam Humphrey found Pederson four plays later for a 29-yard scoring play with 1:08 to play in the half.

Humphrey was 17 of 26 passing for 209 yards.

Twenty seconds later, Bryce Hughes picked off Bell on first down and trotted 38 yards into the end zone to make it 28-7.

Pederson picked off Bell again in the end zone to end the half. Pederson finished with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

“It could have been very easy to fold,” Beattie said. “But they battled for the whole 48 minutes, and it just didn’t go our way.”

The Bears gained some traction on their third-quarter opening drive. Olympia’s offense pushed David Woodward forward on quarterback keepers for nine yards apiece on two consecutive plays to advance to Issaquah’s 1-yard line.

Woodward punched it in with 3:18 remaining in the third to make it 28-14.

Gunther led Olympia with 128 rushing yards on 21 carries, while Woodward had 17 carries for 60 yards — their lowest combined rushing total of the season.

Issaquah held the Bears to 220 total rushing yards and 60 yards in passing.

Olympia turned the ball over on downs twice on its next two drives before Pederson snatched his third interception of the night with 2:21 to play in the game. By the time the Bears got the ball back with less than a minute left, it was too late.

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5478

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