On a night when both Lindbergh and Renton football teams had a second chance to play, both games ended with the same mistakes that hurt them all season long.
Orting 31, Lindbergh 20
Lindbergh, ranked 10th in the Associated Press final rankings, lost to Orting who came back from 17-20 down to win 31-20 and advance to the 2A first round football championships. For the Eagles, it ended a season where only a core group of players stayed focused all season long and took the team to what head coach Pat O’Grady called the "most successful senior class in school history," with four state playoff appearances.
The Eagles scored first on a Daniel Wiitanen 1 run; Orting scored 17 points to have a 17-7 lead at halftime.
"They're taking our lunch money,” O’Grady told his team in the locker room. Jarrett Holt and Nick Troung, both linemen, helped O’Grady build a plan to open a whole for their rushers.
Lindbergh came out and scored 13 points--a Cam Callen 7-yard run and Joseph Simpson’s 24 yard run. Derrick Holt went 2 for 3 on point after attempts.
The turning point came when quarterback Tyrell Shavers threw an interception in the fourth quarter, setting up Orting deep in Eagle territory. Orting would put the game away with less than two minutes on another Shaver’s interception.
After the game, the team huddled up to listen to O’Grady and assistant coach Matt Leamer. “The hurt, the pain you are feeling... I hope it motivates you in the off-season,” said O’Grady.
Leamer reminded the team's seniors to relish the moment.
“For you seniors, it has been a great four years. Your pictures hang in my den. I want all your phone numbers to keep in contact with you,” said Leamer.
The Eagles end the season 7-3.
Bremerton 26, Renton 0
Renton had five turnovers and two missed field goals, including a 41-yard attempt on the game’s opening drive. Bremerton proved to be too strong for the Indians as quarterback Mikey Lawrence scored three touchdowns.
The Indians end their season at 4-6.