Charles Wright Academy wanted desperately to make a statement with a victory against Cedar Park Christian on Friday night in a battle of Class 1A top-10 teams.
Even when trailing by six points, facing with third and seemingly forever play from the Tarriers’ 37-yard line, and with just 35 seconds remaining in the game – that desperation never faded.
“We knew how big this game was,” Charles Wright quarterback Fritz Jacobson said. “Nobody was going to wrestle it away from us.”
Jacobson completed three passes for 63 yards those final 35 seconds, including a touchdown pass to Colin Reynolds with four seconds remaining. The Tarriers then battled Cedar Park Christian in two overtime periods before escaping with a 27-20 Nisqually league victory at Juanita High School in Bothell.
The Charles Wright offensive line came up big for Jacobson late in the game. It bought him enough time to find Collin Hungate for a 27 yard reception on 3rd-and-26.
Jacobson connected with Hungate again the next play, finding him 30 yards down the field to the Eagles’ 8, before spiking the ball with 11 seconds left. Jacobson then rolled out and found Reynolds, who dove for the pylon, got the TD and tied the game at 20.
“That’s what we live and practice for,” Jacobson said. “I knew my guys would come up with it, I just had to make my plays and put the ball in the right spot.”
The Tarriers could have ended the game with an extra-point, but the snap bounced to the holder as the point after failed and the game headed to overtime.
Neither team scored the first OT period and Charles Wright got the ball to start the second overtime.
The Tarriers called a half-back pass their first play and Reynolds received the ball and threw to 6-foot-8 Beau Iverson in the back of the end zone with two defenders on him.
Iverson was bigger. Iverson came down with the football.