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.
Bryan – Union ×
Mike – union ×
Foot — Safety, snap goes out of end zone
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)
U — Jed Barnett 19 FG