Eastlake starts early and dumps Mariner, 56-13
Marcus Harewood returns opening kickoff 80 yards to get Eastlake rolling
Special to The Seattle Times
SAMMAMISH — Now and then, a boxer gets hit by a punch that is so well delivered there's just no recovering from it. The fight might not end then and there, but it might as well.
Eastlake's Marcus Harewood flattened Mariner with a perfect blow at the opening whistle Friday and the Wolves just continued to batter the Marauders, winning the Class 4A nonleague matchup between two hot teams 56-13 in a shockingly one-sided contest.
"Marcus broke their backs from the beginning and we just limited them the rest of the way," Eastlake quarterback Keegan Kemp said. "It just got us going and we didn't stop."
Harewood returned the opening kickoff 80 yards, setting up a 1-yard Kemp touchdown plunge less than four minutes into the game. Eastlake (5-1) went on to score on its first seven possessions and eight of 10 overall.
"We had an emphasis on starting fast because we sputtered out of the gates last week," Eastlake coach Gene Dales said. "It was great to start out so well, and we just executed at a very high level the entire game."
Both teams came into the contest having won four in a row after dropping their season openers, but it was Eastlake that was clearly the better team. The Wolves outgained the Marauders (4-2) 434-234 and regularly matched Mariner's impressive speed on offense with outstanding effort defensively. Eastlake held Mariner star running back KeiVarae Russell to 118 yards on 14 carries, though the standout junior scored both of his team's touchdowns. Russell got 58 of his yards on one carry, a touchdown scamper that made it 21-7. Eastlake immediately responded with a 12-play drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by its own star running back, senior Kyle Lappano, who had 117 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns.
"We knew with Kyle's running ability, we'd be able to spread them out," said Kemp, who ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns and was 9-for-10 passing for 156 yards and two more scores. "That's what we did, and everything just worked in harmony."