Ballard High School football travelled to Issaquah Friday night for their seventh game of the season as the Eagles held their Homecoming ceremonies. A packed crowd watched the 4-3 Eagles take on the 1-6 Beavers on a rainy night—the homecoming crowd was not disappointed. The Eagles jumped to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Beavers finally got their offense going scoring on a 60-yard touchdown pass from senior Johnny Verduin to senior Dominique Smith. Senior Andrew Ingham added the extra point. The Eagles scored two more times in the second quarter to take a 35-7 halftime lead.
The second half was a little more fruitful for the Beavers as they scored three times on a 90-yard run by junior Dana Williams, a 38-yard run by Smith and a 1-yard run by sophomore Shea Carroll. Ingham added another extra point and Verduin connected with junior John DeGarmo for a 2-point conversion. Final score was Issaquah 49 and Ballard 28.
Ballard’s offense was led by Smith who had 133 yards receiving and 1 touchdown on 7 catches and 42 yards rushing and one touchdown. Williams had 137 yards rushing on 12 carries and one touchdown. Seniors Nate Rauda and Michael Asefa had 79 and 39 yards receiving, respectively. Verduin passed for 264 yards and one touchdown.
The defense was led by junior Elliott Brockl who had 12 tackles, seven solo, a sack, and three tackles for a combined loss of 19 yards. Rauda and Williams added 11 and eight tackles, respectively.
The Beavers host the Roosevelt Roughriders (4-3) this Friday night at 7:45 p.m. at Memorial Stadium for the annual Anchor Bowl. This will also be Senior Night for Ballard.