This was Lakes Stevens’ biggest test of the year, as it was the first time they faced a consensus Top 10 team.
Washington “Game of the Week” – Week 12
Lake Stevens Vikings’ QB Jacob Eason is well known throughout the country and is the top pro style QB on several scouting lists. Much is also made locally about Eason’s main targets, receivers Riley Krenz and Hunter Eckstrom. And some are starting to realize the talent of RB Andrew Grimes. But, on November 21, at Art Crate field in Spanaway, the Vikings’ entire team was on display as they dominated in all aspects of their quarterfinal game with the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles, 49 – 14.
This was Lakes Stevens’ biggest test of the year, as it was the first time they faced a consensus Top 10 team. The Vikings got their typical production out of Eason (17/27 for 262 yards and 4 TDs). But, the offensive line also opened holes for a rushing game that churned out 419 yards on the day, while not allowing Eason to get sacked once.
The Eagles, of course, have one of the most heralded linemen ever out of Washington, junior Foster Sarell, as well as a strong o-line from tackle to tackle. But, GK struggled all day, committing turnovers, while the Vikings defense stuffed the run and deflected multiple passes thrown by GK’s freshman sensation QB Dylan Morris.
The teams traded touchdown drives early in the first quarter, making it a 7-7 ball game. It looked to be the competitive match up that was seen on paper. But, the Vikings rolled off another 42 unanswered points and GK did not score again until early in the fourth quarter when Eian Olmos caught a 55-yard TD pass from Morris.
Grimes ran the ball 21 times for 280 yards and 3 TD’s of 38, 44 and 53 yards, which all started up the middle. Back up RB Asi Tupua added 72 yards on the ground. Krenz caught 5 passes for 112 yards and 2 TD’s including a 72-yarder for Lake Stevens’ last score.
Lake Stevens will face Skyline in the semifinals on Saturday. Graham-Kapowsin handed Skyline its only loss of the year, a 38-34 thriller that UTR covered in Week 6.