Union Titans Football Advance To 3A Championship Game With 28-7 Win Over Lakes
Written by Bryan Levesque on November 29, 2008
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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U — Blake Russell 12 run (Jed Barnett kick)
L — John Goldwire 62 pass from Dalton Gervais (Spencer Rodriguez kick)
U — Derek Adams 45 fumble return (Barnett kick)
U — Zak Browning 23 run (Barnett kick)
U — Russell 12 run (Barnett kick)
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.