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Monday, September 18, 2006 - Page updated at 11:13 AM

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Air Eastlake takes flight

Seattle Times staff reporter

SAMMAMISH — Before Friday's game against Woodinville, Eastlake coach Gene Dales was hesitant to talk about exactly what his supposed two-quarterback rotation would look like.

The secret's out.

Junior Ryan Robertson took all the snaps and threw for 302 yards and a school-record five touchdowns, three to senior wideout Justin "O.J." Helwege, to lead fifth-ranked Eastlake over Woodinville 33-9 in a KingCo 4A matchup.

The 6-foot-5 Helwege caught eight passes for 123 yards. Robertson finished with 21 completions in 31 attempts, with two interceptions.

Tanor Johnson started the season as the Wolves' top quarterback, and Dales had hyped the do-it-all senior as the preseason conference MVP. While Dales believed Robertson had a live arm, the junior known around school as "Ry-Ro" wasn't even mentioned in preseason questionnaires returned by Dales to local newspapers.

"We realized that maybe our best chance at making a deep run (in the playoffs) and being as efficient as possible is to have Ry-Ro throwing the ball and have Tanor playing in space because he's so quick," Dales said.

On a chilly night atop the Sammamish Plateau, against what could be one of KingCo 4A's best defenses, Robertson showed how fast his maturation has come.

The 6-3 quarterback stood poised in the pocket against a physical pass rush and slung completion after completion, directing a four-touchdown explosion in just eight minutes during the decisive second quarter.

Riverside's rise

Three years ago, Auburn Riverside had lost 33 consecutive games. The eighth-ranked Ravens, 3-0 after blasting Enumclaw in their SPSL 3A opener Friday, are an early success story this season. Coach Andrew Sage and his team have a chance to finish with the school's first winning record since it opened in 1995.

Marquee Games

Auburn Riverside 42, Enumclaw 14: In an SPSL 3A collision of teams off to surprising starts, the eighth-ranked Ravens knocked the fifth-ranked Hornets from the unbeaten ranks.

Edmonds-Woodway 28, Shorecrest 7: The fourth-ranked Warriors, 3-0 in the WesCo South, turned in their best defensive effort this year.

Difference Makers

Ryan Robertson, Eastlake: Completed 21 of 31 passes for 302 yards, 5 TDs.

Marshall Lobbestael, Oak Harbor: Completed 18 of 22 passes for 225 yards, school-record 6 TDs.

Billy Gonzales, Auburn Riverside: Three catches for 85 yards and a score, returned interception 95 yards for TD.

Demetrius Bronson, Kentwood: Carried 16 times for 246 yards, four touchdowns.

By the Numbers

306 Passing yards, on 11 completions, by Tyee's Caleb Tuani on Thursday night.

4 Interceptions in three games by Colin Carpenter of Auburn Mountainview.

By the time the marching band came out for its entertaining take on "Bohemian Rhapsody," Eastlake (2-1 overall, 2-0 KingCo) led 26-9.

As for Johnson, if he was disappointed, he didn't show it on the field.

Starting at safety and wide receiver, Johnson intercepted two Woodinville passes, both off tipped balls, in the second quarter. On both drives after the turnovers, Robertson and Johnson connected on TD passes.

Johnson caught four balls for 61 yards. He said he felt an initial blow to his pride but, "I'm pretty pumped with the position I'm playing right now. It's like last year, just running around and being able to make plays, and being the big-play guy again."

Woodinville (2-1, 2-1) led 6-0 after the first quarter on a pair of Jered Leslie 34-yard field goals, before giving away the momentum on turnovers. Leslie added a third field goal as time ran out in the first half, from 41 yards.

Other games

Redmond 32, Ballard 0

At Memorial Stadium, senior defensive back Paul Garrison returned a fumble for a touchdown and the Mustangs (2-1, 2-1) pitched a shutout against the Beavers (1-2, 1-2). Logwone Mitz rushed for two touchdowns and Jabari Mu'ied returned a kickoff for a Mustangs score.

At Lake Washington 41, Inglemoor 35

Lake Washington's Kirby Young intercepted a pass after Inglemoor recovered its second onside kick of the game, helping the Kangs hold off a late-game rally by the Vikings.

Lake Washington (2-1, 2-1) led 41-21 before Giovanni Learned of Inglemoor (1-2, 1-1) threw TD strikes to Matt Starr and Matt Conroy in the fourth quarter to make it close.

Justin Kim ran for 182 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, and Gerard Boseman had a 56-yard scoring run and 109 yards on 13 carries for the Kangs.

Bothell 48, Roosevelt 0

At Pop Keeney Stadium, the Cougars (2-1, 2-0) held Roosevelt to 91 total yards and made six sacks in a dominating defensive effort. Alan Gilge returned an interception 47 yards for a Bothell touchdown.

Franklin 33, Garfield 12

At Memorial Stadium, the Quakers (1-2, 1-1) got their first victory at the expense of the Bulldogs (0-3, 0-3). No other details were available.

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