THX TO THE 1300+ WHO JOINED THIS LIVE THREAD FRIDAY NIGHT….This post is just a quick rundown to get a recap in the books. We filmed interviews with Kolton Matson and Jayden Limar tonight and those aren’t going to waste: we’ll have a full highlight package and interview piece out in video format later this weekend. Mike Anderton’s game stats should be posted tomorrow and his Week Six Game Story will follow on Sunday. - Kev
A two week lull following a wipe out loss in Oregon. Air quality concerns. Smoke, haze and a top ten opponent.
None of it phased the Lake Stevens Vikings tonight. After spotting last year’s State Quarterfinal opponent a touchdown lead, Tom Tri’s Vikings ripped off 28 unanswered points, convincingly stomping the 10th ranked Eastlake Wolves behind a a cohesive team-wide performance and a well crafted strategy on both sides of the ball.
After a tough opening drive, the Lake defense dominated a very accomplished Eastlake team fresh off a combined 85-13 slaughter of KingCo league opponents.
Mason Turner (FF) and Joey McGinnis battered the hell out of the slight Eastlake ball carriers, demonstrating the advantage provided by TWO 6’2+ 220 lb linebackers patrolling the box. Junior safety Gabe Kylany had 11 tackles and the well-loved DB Quentin Berry added an interception.
On offense, perhaps the best news of the season tonight as it appears Tom Tri has forged an identity for his young offense. From where i stand, Tri appeared set on establishing the passing game and getting players involved early: Jayden Limar didn’t touch the ball until the sixth play (TD, of course).
Sophomore QB Kolton Matson slipped into a confident rhythm that yielded a breakout performance.
Matson threw from the pocket and on the run. He probed the perimeter with screens and targeted the seams with velocity.
He established himself as a feared weapon on the ground, piling up nearly 40 yards rushing and generating oooohs and ahhhhs from the crowd with stop and start agility. He didn’t turn the ball over.
And after Tri’s young QB established himself, Tri began to pepper in a dose of the lethal 17.
Tonight’s 41-14 win only required 13 carries from Jayden Limar, probably because he scored every third time he got the ball. Actually even more often than that!
The Notre Dame commit and All-Everything senior captain reeled off FIVE rushing touchdowns including a Viking career long 82-yard sprint, a 29 yard jet around the perimeter to pay dirt and a diabolical 18 yard death blow, weaving in and out of Eastlake defenders. See below.
Overall, Limar piled up 197 total yards in 14 touches while again and again serving as a motion or play fake decoy, opening up lanes for Matson to leverage perimeter weapons like David Brown, whose 77 yard catch and run down to the one early in the 1Q set the tone for the night. Brown finished with over a hundred yards and a TD.
Limar’s fakes and misdirection often sprung the ever-dangerous Cassidy Bolong Banks, who added 60+ yards rushing and three catches.
Geoff Dishion’s line adapted very well to the absence of a stalwart starter Aaron Parker. The indispensable Bryce Slezak (are we sure he’s just a junior?) slid inside to guard and the middle linebacker tacking-machine Mason Turner took over at left tackle (no biggie).
The line allowed Matson to work at a 13/15 clip for 185 and a TD while opening opportunities for Limar’s 5 tds and 10+ yards per carry average. Limar finished with 13 carries, 185 yards and 5 TDs.
See below for archived game thread and highlights from the game action. The good stuff is yet to come.
Viking Notebook & Game Preview
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4Q 6:18 41-14 Lake Stevens over Eastlake thanks to Jayden Limar’s FIFTH:
3Q Jayden Limar’s 4th TD — 82 yards — makes it 35-14 Vikings
2Q Jayden Limar 29 yard TD 21-7
1Q Matson to Brown 77 yards
Limar TD 7-7 —
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Jayden’s fifth TD is up check that highlight lol
HEYYYYY INTERCEPTION FOR Q!!!!!!
TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. Jayden Limar’s FIFTH rushing TD of the night makes it 41-14 with 7:32 4Q. And this video should be good.
You think you’ve seen it all. Jayden says nah
3&11 Matson rolls right hits Becker for 13
hmmm. first sack of the night. which reminds me the line has played great.
Jayden sweeps right for 8
looking for the kill shot here
Viking timeout. Lake ball EW 36 1&10 8:59 4Q
We’ll make him a junior now. Honorary junior. He’s leveled up like we talked about in the game preview.
The sophomore QB has taken every snap
Matson with the keeper and the crowd makes an audible oooooh as he sticks his foot in the ground and bursts past a defender
Jayden’s 82 yard TD run highlight posted above.
Thank you for all this great coverage!
correction 24.5 seconds left in the quarter not 2:45
LS 35 Eastlake 14 2:45 3Q and i have great video of that 82 yard run
TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS Wasting no time, JAYDEN LIMAR bursts through the line and hits the sideline.. He’s gone. It’s an 82-yard touchdown, the longest I’ve ever seen from him. Amazing.
So it’s Lake Stevens 28 Eastlake 14 as the Wolves turn the Viking turnover into a quick score. It’s still a game with 1:32 left 3Q
Eastlake punches it in from 3 out.
Eastlake second and goal
Just a general note, but one thing that’s different tonight is Tri is calling designed QB runs. Kolton Matson is FAST and he’s been a shoestring away from breaking a long one. in between he’s gone for double digits at least once
Lake is using a new 4-3 alignment. that’s an extra body to battle the run.
Lake D has been strong after the opening drive
2nd and 5 for EW.
it’s 28-7 5:28 3Q
Well, Cassidy fumbled on third and long, fighting for extra yards, and Eastlake recovers at the Lake 30
Jayden’s third TD of the night makes it 28-7 Lake Stevens over Eastlake with 10:10 left in the 3Q
And Jayden Limar is in for a TOUCHDOWN
Cassidy Bolong Banks just put on an exhibition on a reverse for about 35
Viking ball own 40
Ok it was an extra long break bc of the little cheerleaders.
And Jayshon Limar just sent a quick video hello via J425 to his grandma out in AZ we see you!
thank you mom for bringing me my camera sim card right now! love you!
21-7 at half. i did a quick standup over on IG
10 seconds left i assume Tri takes a knee here
/hell of a game for Lake
It’s been a hell of a fake for Lake so far and they get the ball ti start the second hand so if they can hold EW to 3 or less here. ..
Eastlake is threatening with seconds left in the half.
had the wrong video up but it’s fixed see above
that was actually a 29 yard TD run for Jayden as the Vikes convert the turnover into 7
21-7 LAKE 6:52 2Q
25? yard TD RUN
JAYDEN LIMAR TURNS THE CORNER HES GONE
LS ball midfield
he looks faaaast