By Dan Engel For The Enterprise
Winning cures all. And the Jackson football team delivered a bitter pill to Snohomish, clobbering the Panthers 42-7 on Sept. 17 at Veterans Stadium.
A resounding victory in the non-league contest gives the defending Western Conference 4A South Division champions their first win after two heartbreaking losses to start the season. Snohomish drops to 0-3.
“We played two pretty good teams right out of the gate in Marysville-Pilchuck and Arlington, and it came down the stretch in those two games where we didn’t make plays when we needed to,” Jackson head coach Joel Vincent said. “I think it was important for our kids to come out and put a good game together and prove to themselves that they have the potential to be a pretty good team.”
The Timberwolves’ offensive onslaught was led by junior quarterback Sam Brown, who was 14-19 passing for 229 yards and scored three touchdowns in a little more than two quarters of play.
“Sam Brown is a great kid and it’s only his third high school start,” Vincent said. “I think you’re only going to see him get better.”
Jackson running backs Traishawn Patrick and Hunter Fitzgerald led the ground attack for the Timberwolves. Fitzgerald ran for 54 yards on four carries and a touchdown. The senior also caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Patrick had nine carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, most of it the first half. Coming into the game, Vincent said he wanted Patrick to start fast.
“We thought it was important to establish (Patrick) early,” Vincent said. “We felt in the previous two games that we maybe hadn’t put enough emphasis on that, so we wanted to come out and demonstrate that we could run the ball a little bit.”
The Timberwolves begin league play 7 p.m., Sept. 24, hosting again Kamiak (2-1 overall) at Everett Memorial Stadium.