Jack Gellatly powers Issaquah past Newport in league opener
Gellatly scores three times to lead Eagles in big win.
Seattle Times staff reporter
ISSAQUAH — Jack Gellatly is, quite literally, Issaquah’s Jack-of-all-trades.
On Thursday, Issaquah coach Chris Bennett described Gellatly as versatile and said they would continue to try to get him the ball a number of ways during games. Gellatly showed just how true his coach’s words were on Friday night against Newport.
Gellatly rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns, adding 50 yards receiving with another touchdown through the air in helping Issaquah to a 48-28 win over the division-rival Knights in their first KingCo 4A Crown game of the season.
It didn’t matter that the Issaquah run game wasn’t even the Eagles’ main weapon. Issaquah added 222 passing yards on top of its 165 rush yards — thanks in part to Gellatly’s receiving.
“We’d like to get him a ton of touches every game,” Bennett said. “I don’t think it was sexy. I don’t think we ripped off any huge runs, but we were able to move the chains.”
Indeed, Gellatly didn’t have a lot of long runs — his longest being for 32 and second-longest for 15 — but he had a lot of carries. Gellatly rushed 32 times and had five receptions in Friday’s win.
Issaquah quarterback Jack Neary went 18 for 26 for 304 yards and four passing touchdowns.
Conner Baumann led Newport, putting up 172 rushing yards on 10 carries, including a 63-yard rushing touchdown on Newport’s second play of the game.
But all eyes were on Gellatly.
“I love to be that guy,” he said with a big smile.
And that includes being on the field with his team down to the very last minute.
“Even at the end, he gets mad if he has to come out,” Bennett said. “He’s excited to even run back out on the field in the victory formation just to take a knee. He just wants to be out there. That’s just how he’s wired. He wants the ball, and a guy like that, we’re going to get him the ball.”
Information in this article, originally published Sept. 27, 2013, was corrected Sept. 28, 2013. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Issaquah quarterback Jack Neary was 17 for 25 for 233 yards.