Football: Scots Ground The Gulls

Monday, September 23, 2019

Friday, September 20, Everett Memorial Stadium
Shorecrest Scots 35 - Everett Seagulls 7

#34 Marcus Tidwell
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After a loss last week that in all probability shouldn’t have been, a team can only hope to brush it off, regroup, work hard and the next week, come out swinging. That is exactly what the Shorecrest Scots did this past Friday Night in Everett against the winless Seagulls. 

Making his first start on Varsity, Senior Andrew Pellham did a commendable job at Right Guard helping the rest of the Scots Offensive Line open holes for tandem Tailbacks Gabriel Nelson and Marcus Tidwell. Tidwell, whom Coach Brandon Christensen has dubbed the “Swiss Army Knife”, had no trouble running over would-be tacklers on his way to his first touchdown of the season. With a total of 15 carries for 109 yards, Tidwell galloped for an additional 40 more on 3 pass completions.

Nelson, considered more of a finesse runner and the faster of the two, also scored his first touchdown of the year and if unchecked will soon take one to the house on an end sweep. If the power and determination both backs exhibited Friday night is any indication, the Scots should have no problem continuing to establish their running game against any and all upcoming opponents.

Scots Quarterback Eladio Fountain again showcased his talent throwing the ball 17 times for 11 completions racking up 173 total yards in the air. He also had one of his best games on the ground scoring his 4th rushing touchdown this season.

Coming back from an injury that had him sidelined for most of last year, Senior Jacob Cruz appears to be only a game or two away from making some very big plays on both offense and defense.

Holding the Seagulls to only 7 points all night, the Scots Defense looked great from the start. Only giving up 29 yards through the air and 111 yards on the ground, the Seagulls' sole touchdown and half of their total yardage came against the less experienced, but none-the-less hungry 2nd and 3rd string Scots defenders. 

#13 Gabriel Nelson
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Starting for an injured Des Fox, Savion Lucero picked off two of the Seagulls passes and Zane Morga-Baisac added a third. A fourth was nearly intercepted by Robbie Oxford, but too low of a throw to accurately control. Junior Mo Dean, who was also thrust into a starting Cornerback position after the injury to Amadane Aboudou, broke up several long pass attempts and will undoubtedly continue to contribute both in defensive coverage and on special teams.

Linebacker James Huffman, who of all the Scots Seniors appears destined for a college scholarship, continues to lead the Defense making play after play. Huffman and fellow Seniors Mathew Potter and Derek Williams make up for their lack of size with quickness and physicality.

With a substantial lead Coach Christensen again had the luxury of resting some of his starters and the depth the team appears to possess continues to be impressive.

Sophomore Beau Ormsby came up big with several defensive stops at Middle Linebacker and Wyatt Patenaude again showed that spending the summer in the weight room can be beneficial for a Defensive Lineman. Also getting his first taste of Varsity action this season was Junior Tackle Porter Schmidt who is playing his very first year of organized football and loving every minute.

Sophomore Ben Seather-Brady excited the crowd by carrying the ball, tacking on an additional 6 points for the Scots and could very well be the heir apparent to the ball-carrying throne at Shorecrest.

Tied for second with Lynnwood at 1 and 1 in league play, the Scots will need to focus on reducing unnecessary penalties as they begin preparing for next week’s Rotary Cup against Shorewood. The 0 and 2 Thunderbirds hope to again shock the Scots as they did last year at Shoreline Stadium.

Although a 35 – 7 win against Everett is most impressive, a Rotary Cup win is one both teams look forward to each year and Shorecrest will need to bring their “A game” in order to stifle a Thunderbird team looking to bounce back from a 56 – 10 loss to Snohomish.

The Rotary Cup is the areas biggest matchup and fans of both teams can vote to have it featured as KING 5’s game of the week by clicking on the link.

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--Rob Oxford


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