By RayJaun Stelly, The Seattle Medium
Looking to improve upon their impressive 48-8 win against Bainbridge Island last week, the Garfield Bulldogs hosted the Lake City Timberwolves, a 5A school from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Both teams struggled to find a rhythm until 54 seconds left in the first quarter when Garfield running back Reon Hampton scored the first touchdown of the afternoon. It was at this point that coach Reggie Witherspoon’s team began their dominance. Setting the tone defensively, The Bulldogs forced Lake City into back to back three-and-outs.
Leading 7-2 throughout the first half, Garfield quarterback E.J. Caminong connected with running back Jacolby Cochran for a 44-yard pass, which led to a 49-yard touchdown pass by the same duo that extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 14-2 heading into halftime.
On the defensive end, Garfield was aggressive and did not allow Lake City anywhere near the endzone, Cochran, who also plays free safety, set the tone with a ‘pick six’ for 95 yards to start the third quarter.
On their next defensive series, Garfield linebacker Yemoni Howell recovered a fumble, which led to a 90-yard touchdown run by Hampton.
In the blink of an eye Garfield led 28-2 after three-quarters of play, and to start the fourth quarter they forced a fumble in which they recovered. The Bulldogs would go on to score the game’s final two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, as they cruised to a 42-2 victory over the Timberwolves. Lake City’s lone score came on a bad snap that resulted in a safety.
The Bulldogs, now 2-0, will face Davis High School from Yakima in a non-league matchup next Saturday at Memorial Stadium, as Davis will look to get their first win of the season against a Bulldog team that is well coached and clicking on both sides of the ball.
Pictorial Highlights of Garfield vs Lake City (ID)