Union’s Comeback Falls Short In 15-9 Loss To Foothill

Written by Bryan Levesque on September 20, 2009

The Union Titans got a taste of playoff football in mid-September Saturday night. The Titans played Foothill High School from Palo Cedro California at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium in the CBA Football Classic.

If you looked across to the road side of the stands you might have thought you were at a JV or Freshmen game, however watching the play on the field, and listening to the Union band, it felt just about the same last season’s playoff games with Ferndale and Lakes. Union’s side had at least a couple of hundred fans make the 3 hour road trip.

Union fell behind early when on the Titans first punt attempt the snap flew over Jed Barnett’s head and out the end zone, giving the Cougars an early 2-0 lead. Foothill extended its lead to 8-0 following a 9 play 85 yard drive capped off by QB Micheal Faris 9 yard TD run. The extra point was missed.

On Union’s next possession, Brandon Weller, of “Walker” as he was referred to all night by the game PA, hit TE Taylor Nelson on a throwback screen which Nelson took 54 yards for a TD. Nelson had several blocks from his leading linemen on the run. The Titans went for 2 to tie the game, however the attempt failed.

Foothill pushed their lead to 15-6 after a 9 play 73 yard drive resulted in a 24 yard TD pass from Faris to RB Cody Ellenwood.

Neither team scored in the third quarter. The Cougars were on the march and looking to score again when an 11 play 53 yard drive was stopped by Titan LB Zach Straubaugh intercepted Faris at the Union 6.

Union drove 88 yards down to the Foothill 2 when Barnett kicked a 20 yard FG to cut the lead to 15-9 with 6:03 left in the game. The Titans stopped Foothill on a 4th down play at their 29 to take over, however only 2:03 remained in the game and Union was without a time out.

Cougar LB Mitchell McCarthy intercepted a Weller 4th down pass to seal the win for Foothill.

Having seen 7 GSHL schools play live so far this season, including Union, Camas and Skyview, I would have to say that Foothill is more physical, faster and hits harder than any of the them. Union stood toe-to-toe, and I believe was starting to wear down Foothill. If football was a 5 quarter game, I think Union would have won. The Titans at least now have a taste of late round playoff football as they near league play.

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Rushing — Foothill — Faris 23-131, Marcial Lawson 10-70, Ellenwood 12-38; Union — Nathaniel Penaranda 7-38, Blake Russell 14-33, Zak Browning 2-17.

Passing — Foothill — Faris 7-12-1-93; Union — Weller 14-25-1-244.

Receiving — Foothill — Eric Vidal 3-51, Lawson 3-23, Dillon Provence 1-19; Union — Nelson 3-91, Mitch Saylor 4-49, Penaranda 2-44, T.J. Boatright 3-39, Russell 2-21.

First quarter
Foot — Safety, snap goes out of end zone
Second quarter
Foot — Michael Faris 9 run (kick failed)
U — Taylor Nelson 54 pass from Brandon Weller (run failed)
Foot — Cody Ellenwood 24 pass from Faris (Ellenwood kick)
Fourth quarter
U — Jed Barnett 19 FG

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12 Responses to “Union’s Comeback Falls Short In 15-9 Loss To Foothill”

  1. GSHL Fan on September 20th, 2009 9:45 am

    Mr. Levesque, when are you going to have the video up from the Heritage and River game?

  2. Bryan Levesque on September 20th, 2009 11:05 am

    The Heritage/CR game might get up tonight however Monday (evening) could be the day. Spent most of Saturday in the car! Very good game to watch up in Seattle. Union fans were there and loud! The band was there and loud, however a bit off. The timing of the players entrance to start the game was off which could be why they lost… ha ha. You come to expect perfection form the players and the band, looks like both had a few bumps Saturday.

  3. camas alumni on September 20th, 2009 8:37 pm

    i think we will see i change in the power rankings :)

  4. 40 on September 20th, 2009 8:53 pm

    I’m a Camas fan and I think Union should still be #1. Until someone in our area beats Union, I will consider them the best team in SW Washington.

  5. camas alumni on September 20th, 2009 9:52 pm

    if the ranking are anything like the NCAA rankings camas will be on top being undefeated

  6. Fan of the U on September 21st, 2009 4:09 pm

    Let Camas be #1……make the Titans hungrier.

  7. camas alumni on September 21st, 2009 5:01 pm

    makes for a great game :)

  8. Knute on September 21st, 2009 9:03 pm

    I agree, let Camas lather in it & then get the full brunt of it when they actually meet about A MONTH AND A HALF FROM NOW! Camas has the talking part down, that’s for sure. Beat Skyiew (unlikely) then let’s hear about how incredibly awesome you are.

  9. GSHL Fan on September 21st, 2009 10:41 pm

    Mr. Brian Levesque, still no highlights from the Heritage/ CR game.

  10. 40 on September 21st, 2009 10:58 pm

    Knute, dont mistake fans for the players. I can assure you, the players know just how good Union and skyview are.

  11. Cougars#1 on September 21st, 2009 11:27 pm

    Foothill is #1 All Union thought they were tough [stuff] but they wernt Foothill is #1

  12. dog pile on September 22nd, 2009 9:59 pm

    knute, why do you hate on camas so bad? they have a good thing going and their fans are no more cocky than any others, including YOU. so dude ease up a bit, take a chill pill.

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