EVERETT — Eighth-ranked Glacier Peak scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to overtake Jackson and take a 49-35 nonleague win on Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Jackson used its explosive offense to built a 28-18 halftime lead, but it was all Glacier Peak in the third quarter, and that was enough for the Grizzlies to take the win.
Branson Corwin threw for one touchdown and ran for another during the Glacier Peak second-half blitz in which the Grizzlies scored 31 unanswered points — adding a fourth-quarter Spencer Pettit field goal — to built a 49-28 lead.
“We knew it was going to be a battle of two good offenses, touchdown-for-touchdown,” Corwin said. “I didn’t feel like we had to score every time, but I did feel like we had to keep them from having the ball.”
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The win moves Glacier Peak to 3-0 on the season while Jackson falls to 2-1.
Pettit kicked two field goals for Glacier Peak, the first a 53-yarder that gave the Grizzlies an 11-8 lead in the first quarter.
“He’s a weapon,” Glacier Peak coach Rory Rosenbach said. “That first one would have been good from 60. He had a little wind and that helped. Any time it’s 35 yards and in, I feel like we’re good. I’m not going to hesitate at all.”
Alex Cheesman completed 12 of 19 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help Jackson build its 10-point halftime advantage.
Nick White had two touchdown runs, and Travante Robinson and Kenyan Foster both had long touchdown catches as Jackson looked unstoppable — until everything changed in the third quarter.
“We started tackling better and were able to put our guys in better positions to make plays,” Rosenbach said. “In the first half, we just let some of their guys run free. Offensively, we just stayed in the game plan, which was to run the football.”
Austin Hines gained 91 yards on only four carries with two touchdowns for Glacier Peak, which finished with 338 yards on the ground on 46 attempts.
Cheesman finished with 348 passing yards and three touchdowns, but Glacier Peak did have three interceptions.
“We knew we had to come out harder in the second half,” Corwin said. “We have a good rivalry going on with Jackson, so it’s really good to get the win. If we keep playing like we did in the second half, we’ll win a lot of games.”