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Peewee Cougars ride Gilbert to conference championship
The Lakewood peewee Cougars took on Sedro-Woolley in a back-and-forth affair on Saturday, Nov. 3. The game saw fine play from both teams and the outcome was hard to predict until the final whistle. The Cougars held on for a 33-24 victory thanks to the running of Dash Gilbert, Lakewoods top offensive weapon.
The win clinched a conference championship for the 9-0 Cougars, who will play in the Peewee Super Bowl this next week.
Trailing 6-0 in the first quarter, Gilbert ran around the left side on his way to a 47-yard touchdown, outpacing the entire Sedro-Woolley secondary. Quarterback Kyler Rumple rumbled in from three yards out on the extra point to give Lakewood a 7-6 lead.
One drive later, Gilbert did it again with a 35-yard scamper on an end-around play. Gilberts second touchdown gave Lakewood a 13-6 lead.
Sedro-Woolley answered with a touchdown of thier own before the end of the first half to trail 13-12.
In the third quarter Lakewood got some tough tackling from its defense which set the tone for the rest of the game. Sedros ball-carriers were consistently driven back by a determined front seven.
After Lakewood got the ball back, Gilbert made the play of the game. He took a handoff and went 80 yards around the left side of the line. The style of the run was as impressive as its length as Gilbert outmaneuvered four would-be tacklers along the way. Once he cleared the last safety it was off to the races down the sideline.
Just when Lakewood had bumped their lead up to 20-12, Sedro answered with a quick score of their own. A 60-yard quarterback keeper made the score 20-18, and an attempted kick to tie the game banged off the crossbar.
Lakewood got the ball back and moved down the field thanks to the running of Rumple. Rumple then used his arm on a 16-yard touchdown pass to open the game back up 26-18. Sedro closed the gap back up immediately on a kickoff return for touchdown. After a second missed kick, Sedro still trailed by two points, 26-24.
The teams battled to a standstill at 26-24 for most of the fourth quarter. Each defense came up with big stops when needed, nobody being able to take advantage. With three minutes remaining, the Cougars handed the ball to Gilbert again on a sweep. He once again busted past all of Sedro-Woolleys tacklers into the open field. After 40 yards he came to a halt in the endzone for the fourth time on the afternoon. The Cougars gave themselves enough of a cushion at 33-24 to hold on for the win.
Afterward a tired Gilbert spoke about the game.
I am very excited to win, he said. I wasnt sure if I could outrun them.
He could and the Cougars benefitted from it. Coach Jason Schubert, filling in for Ron Rumple, was doused with Gatorade following the victory.