Union Titans Football Advance To 3A Championship Game With 28-7 Win Over Lakes

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 29, 2008

Titans Junior RB Blake Russell scores from 12 yards out to give Union the 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Union Titans are not done playing.

Union knocked off #3 Lakes 28-7 Friday night at the Tacoma Dome to advance to the Finals of the WIAA 3A.

Union Junior RB Blake Russell rushed for 128 yards and a pair of 12 yard rushing touchdowns to lead the young Titans to the finals.

Union took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter following Russell’s first touchdown. Junior QB Brandon Weller executed a perfect option play waiting until the last possible second to pitch the ball allowing Russell to just get past the Lakes defender.

With just over 1 minute in the half the speedy Lancers struck, tying the game at 7-7 when Lakes Junior QB #11 Dalton Gervais hit Junior WR #80 John Goldwire on a 62 yard pass.

Lakes took the ball to start the half, and on the opening play Gervais hit Junior WR #2 Jamaal Kearse for a 37 yard pass and a Lancers first down. The Lancers would not get another first down the rest of the night.

Two players later Gervias dropped back to pass when Union Senior LB #36 Ryan Maddox came flying off the outside and blindsided the unexpected Lakes quarterback forcing him to fumble the ball. Fellow Senior linebacker Derek Adams had also crashed in on the play and gladly picked up the bouncing football on the run ala Mitch Saylor and cruised 47 yards for the go ahead (14-7) and would be winning score.

Sophomore fullback Zak Browning put the Lancers on the ropes later in the third quarter following his 23 yard burst up the middle giving the Titans a 21-7 lead.

Russell, for good measure capped off the magical night with his second 12 yard run right up the middle of the Lakes defense breaking tackles all the way.

Union will now play the winner of Monday’s Bellevue/Capital game on Saturday at 4 pm back at the Tacoma Dome.

For those of you with Comcast digital cable, the game “should” be on Comcast Ondemand.

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Union 28 Lakes 7

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Lakes 0 7 0 0 7
Union 0 7 14 7 28

Second Quarter
U — Blake Russell 12 run (Jed Barnett kick)
L — John Goldwire 62 pass from Dalton Gervais (Spencer Rodriguez kick)
Third Quarter

U — Derek Adams 45 fumble return (Barnett kick)
U — Zak Browning 23 run (Barnett kick)
Fourth Quarter

U — Russell 12 run (Barnett kick)

Leaders
Rushing
— Union — Russell 16-128, Browning 5-44, Nathaniel Penaranda 5-24; Lakes — Teddy Cotton 7-51, Willis Wilson 7-22.
Passing — Union — Brandon Weller 4-9-0-57, Anthony Oliverio 0-1-0-0; Lakes — Gervais 6-12-0-139, Jordan Rivera 0-1-1-0.
Receiving — Union — Adams 3-15, Russell 1-41, Mitch Saylor 1-1; Lakes — Goldwire 3-88, Jamaal Kearse 2-43, Fudarrell Maggitt 1-8.

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Comments

3 Responses to “Union Titans Football Advance To 3A Championship Game With 28-7 Win Over Lakes”

  1. Michael H on November 29th, 2008 1:01 pm

    I like your picture on the front page. That is a nice touch. How did you guys like the twitter updates? Anything that should be changed? Keep in mind it was done with a cell phone between every play, so very difficult to correct errors and keep up with the game. Also, keep in mind that we “went over our tweets,” meaning there’s a limited number of updates you can do per hour. We almost got through the whole game, though, updating each play, plus a few before the game and at half time. I was trying to follow an ESPN Gamecast type of format. We should get a laptop with working internet soon. That will make it 10 times more professional looking and informative.

  2. Michael H on November 29th, 2008 1:02 pm

    I love how well you can hear our crowd and the band in the video. The noise really reverberattes(sp) in that dome. It was quite the scene. I like the first 20 seconds of the video..the buildup…

  3. Michael H on November 29th, 2008 1:05 pm

    That was some SERIOUS speed starting at about the 1:16 mark of the video. At that point, I was afraid we were going to see runs like that all night. But once again, Union adjusted and shut the running game down in the second half.

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