Eatonville Cruisers drive over Pirates, 41-20

For The Beachcomber

The Vashon football team had no answer for the Cruisers’ offense Friday night at the Eatonville Stadium, surrendering 596 yards of offense en route to a 41-20 loss. The Pirate defensive line was regularly gashed as the front seven were unable to consistently provide pressure and clog running lanes. When the Pirates did manage to wrest control away from their hosts, their drives were most often short-lived.

A year after rejoining the 1A Nisqually League, the 64-player Eatonville team jumped out with an early score against the 29-player Pirate squad. It was clear that the Cruisers had sharpened their skills battling larger schools during their recent 2A rotation.

There were glimmers of hope for Vashon when lineman Owen Brenno delivered a potent sack followed by solid tackles by Nate Lawson and Ian McWhirter. The forced Cruiser punt set the ball into Pirate hands, but Eatonville regained possession.

Any wish Vashon had of a comeback was eliminated when the Cruiser offense added another big play touchdown, running through a large gap and continuing 65 yards to the end zone. On their next drive, the Cruisers scored again from the 35-yard line. The Pirates headed into the locker room at halftime with the Cruisers leading, 21-0.

Eatonville picked up right where they left off when the third-quarter kickoff was returned with an 80-yard touchdown run, bringing the score to 27-0. It was not until the Cruisers started to work through their deep bench that the Pirates were able to gain some traction.

After a couple unsuccessful drives, quarterback Sam Schoenberg finally found wide receiver Evan Anderson for a 9-yard touchdown. Eatonville responded quickly with a punishing 82-yard touchdown run and 2-point conversion, bringing the score to 35-7. The Cruisers scored again following a nine-play drive, upping their lead to 41-7.

Vashon’s most significant action came late in the fourth quarter as they faced fresh Cruiser back-up players. The exhausted Pirates, many of  whom played offense and defense throughout the game, mustered a final scoring spree with a Nick Amundsen touchdown run from the 10-yard line, followed by a Sam Schoenberg to Evan Anderson 30-yard touchdown pass with less than a minute on the clock.

The Pirates will face the Port Townsend Redskins at Vashon High School Stadium at 6 p.m. Friday.

— Cheryl Cochrane is the mother of a Pirate football player.

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