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Football: Emerald Ridge tops Spanaway Lake, 41-12

Post by Doug Pacey / The News Tribune on Sep. 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm with No Comments »
September 16, 2011 10:43 pm

By Shaun Scott
Staff Writer

The Emerald Ridge Jaguars football team put together its most dominating performance on the gridiron since 2008 on Friday night against the Spanaway Lake Sentinels.

Emerald Ridge scored six rushing touchdowns on its way to a convincing 41-12 win against the Sentinels at Sparks Stadium. Emerald Ridge quarterback Jake Sommer rushed for three rushing touchdowns. Sommer, who injured his groin in a loss against the Rogers Rams last week, refused to let last week’s setback slow him or his team down.

Jaguars running back Ashanti Kindle, who had two rushing touchdowns in the win, said Sommer is the epitome of a leader.

“Words cant even explain how good he’s been doing,” Kindle said. “Last week he got hurt but he was able to come back tonight and he played amazing.”

Emerald Ridge offensive coordinator Darren Erath said the plan going into the game was to gash the Sentinels between the tackles.

“There were some looks we saw on film where we thought we would be able to run the ball successfully,” Erath said. “Our running backs and our offensive line made plays tonight and continue to make huge improvements. It was fun to be able to call the game and just let the guys go. It was nice.”

Kindle credited Emerald Ridge’s offensive line for making the running game work smoothly.

“Our offensive line was great tonight. I give them all the props,” Kindle said.

The Jaguars improved their overall record to 2-1 with the win. The marked improvement didn’t escape Erath’s mind. In 2010, the Jaguars finished with just two wins and in 2009 were winless.

“This is so huge for the kids. They got something they can hang their hat on now. I’m excited for them and excited for our fans,” Erath said. “They haven’t had a win like this where we have handled it and controlled the game like that for a long time. That confidence going into next game could be big for us. I’m excited for them and I’m excited for the fans. They haven’t experienced too much of this. It’s exciting to see them have fun out there.”

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