G-K over­comes mis­cues, fends off rally by Mead

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Kapowsin in Spanaway.

“They com­pete and they play hard,” Ea­gles coach Eric Kurle said. “We made some mis­takes on spe­cial teams. On de­fense, com­mu­ni­ca­tion on some cov­er­age stuff (hurt us).”

De­spite three costly turnovers — in­clud­ing two that led to Mead touch­downs — al­low­ing a long kick­off re­turn for a score, and the two botched at­tempts to re­cover on­side kicks in the fi­nal min­utes, the Ea­gles did enough to set up an­other post­sea­son meet­ing with No. 3 seed Lake Stevens (11-0) next week.

“We wanted it bad,” Rober­son said. “We’ve been with each other for years. It’s a great group of peo­ple and the bonds are in­sep­a­ra­ble.”

This is the third time in the past four sea­sons the to pro­grams will play. Gra­ham-Kapowsin beat the Vik­ings by a touch­down in the open­ing round last year, and Lakes Stevens ousted the Ea­gles in 2015 with quar­ter­back Ja­cob Ea­son, who is red­shirt­ing with the Washington Huskies this sea­son af­ter trans­fer­ring from Ge­or­gia.

“They’re a great team,” said Ea­gles quar­ter­back Dy­lan Mor­ris, a UW com­mit, who will meet the Vik­ings for the third time in his ca­reer. “We have to have a great week at prac­tice, prepare well, and it will be a good game.”

This al­most an­nual meet­ing al­most didn’t hap­pen. Ev­ery time the Ea­gles seemed that they would open up an in­sur­mount­able lead on Satur­day af­ter­noon, the Pan­thers found a way to re­spond.

Mead scored the game’s open­ing touch­down at the 8:33 mark in the first quar­ter, cap­i­tal­iz­ing on Gra­ham-Kapowsin’s fum­ble on the first play of the game.

Blair con­nected with Jonathan Baird for 3 yards on the first of his four pass­ing touch­downs.

That was Mead’s only lead of the game, and it lasted lit­tle more than two min­utes, but Gra­hamKapowsin could never quite creep away.

“It’s tough,” Mor­ris said of the late the­atrics. “We prac­tice it, but it’s just hard to prepare for it. ... You just want to pick the guy up (who didn’t re­cover the ball) and clean it up in prac­tice.”

Mor­ris fin­ished 18 of 24 pass­ing for 376 yards, the three long touch­downs, and two in­ter­cep­tions. Rober­son was his top tar­get, haul­ing in nine catches for 247 yards and two scores.

Shabro John­son led all rush­ers with 124 yards and a touch­down on 22 car­ries, balanc­ing a Gra­ham-Kapowsin of­fense that out­gained Mead, 563-390, and con­trolled pos­ses­sion for much of the con­test.

Mead ran the ball just 18 times in the con­test, and at­tempted 48 passes. Blair fin­ished 30 of 48 for 318 yards, the four touch­downs, and one in­ter­cep- tion that led to John­son’s rush­ing touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter.


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