Seattle Prep edges Mercer Island 36-35 in overtime
Seattle Prep knocked Mercer Island on its heels early and the Islanders looked like they might never recover. But a furious MI rally forced...
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Seattle Prep knocked Mercer Island on its heels early and the Islanders looked like they might never recover.
But a furious MI rally forced Prep to fight back.
Prep landed the blows early and late and knocked off the 10th-ranked Islanders 36-35 in Saturday's wild nightcap of the 2011 Emerald City Kickoff Classic at CenturyLink Field.
The game came down to a blocked extra point in overtime.
Tere Calloway crashed in for a 4-yard touchdown run. Milo Cantor kicked the extra point — from 32 yards out after a holding penalty — as the Panthers scored on the first possession of the Kansas tiebreaker for at 36-29 lead.
Then, UW-bound quarterback Jeff Lindquist connected with Eric Stefanchik for a 6-yard score on fourth-and-goal to make it 36-35.
Alex Wood's point-after kick was partially blocked and bounced off the front side of the cross bar and Prep celebrated wildly.
Lindquist struggled at the start for MI, being intercepted twice and fumbling in the opening 10 minutes, 26 seconds.
Lindquist drove the Islanders to three touchdowns in the final 6:10 and scored on a 2-yard keeper with five seconds left in regulation. Wood's PAT tied the score at 29.
Three quick-strike scores in the opening 14 minutes, 29 seconds built a cushion for the Panthers.
The Panthers opened a 21-0 lead, thanks to two big-play scores.
Parker Mays caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Clough and Calloway burst behind the defense for a 70-yard TD run.
Lindquist scored on a 13-yard keeper around right end with 5:17 left in the first half and then collected a safety on a bad punt snap just before halftime. That pulled the Islanders to 21-9 at intermission.
Clough found Mays for a 7-yard TD pass, rolling to his left, and Charlie Brennan hauled in Calloway's two-point conversion pass to boost the Prep lead to 29-9 with nine minutes left. To that point, MI had just 7 rushing yards — all from Lindquist — in the second half.
Lindquist drove his team and scored on a 1-yard run to cut Prep's lead to 29-16 with 6:10 to play in the game. Then, he broke a couple of tackles for a 22-yard keeper around right end to cut the gap to 29-22 with 2:04 to go.
Lindquist finished with 128 yards rushing and four TDs on 24 attempts. He completed 31 of 48 passes for 333 yards, one TD and the two interceptions.
Calloway led Prep with 138 yards rushing and two TDs on 15 carries.
Mays had three catches for 76 yards and a TD.
Hazen 35, Blaine 32
Cody Taylor and the Hazen High School football team couldn't have gotten off to a better start.
The finish could have been a little better, but the Highlanders can chalk it up to being battle-tested.
Taylor supplied 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns — two rushing and a 94-yarder receiving — as Hazen did just enough to put away Blaine in the opening game of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.
The game was marred by an injury to Hazen punter Eddie Timm, who was taken off the field on a stretcher and left the stadium in a Seattle Medic unit.
Timm was taken to Harborview Medical Center as a precautionary measure, evaluated and discharged by game's end, according to Hazen coach Drew Oliver.