By Bucky Beaver
The Ballard High School Beavers hosted the annual Anchor Bowl football game against Roosevelt High School Friday night. It was a tough night for the Beavers as they struggled to their lowest offensive output of the season getting shut out 43-0 by the Roughriders. The offense was led by seniors Dominique Smith and Nate Rauda who had 72 and 60 yards receiving and Johnny Verduin who passed for 147 yards.
Photo by Ed Tanaka and BHS Athletics. BHS teachers and administrators recognized at halftime (each is wearing the jersey of a senior player).
The defense was led by juniors Elliott Brockl with 13 tackles including one for a loss and Max Marshall with 14 tackles. Nate Rauda add 14 tackles; junior Asher Clasen contributed 7; and senior Justin Simon had 6. Senior Harry Shaw had his season high of 2 tackles.
Before the game the Beavers recognized their 16 seniors: Michael Assefa, Camren Burke, Theron Chasse, Tanner Denboer, Andrew Ingham, Dominic King, Nate Leapai, Jordan McColloch, Jacob Marks, Nate Rauda, Josh Roun, Josh Schwartzenberger, Harry Shaw, Dominique Smith, Justin Simon and Johnny Verduin. At halftime the Beavers recognized teachers and administrators from Ballard. Each football senior gave their away jersey to a teacher to wear at halftime.
Senior cheer squad members were also recognized before the game: Amelia Westling, Chloe St. Onge, Stef Ghilarducci, Haile Martin, Ana Krafchick, Taylor Morris, Melissa Lakatos, and Paige Smart. The Beavers recognized their marching band seniors at halftime: Cat Banobi, Helen Miller, Juliette Birkner, Billy Mott, Jordan Callero, Joseph Palasz, Stuart Goedosch, Grace Portelance, Steven Hampton, Will Radford, Lily Konek, Frances Steelquist, Ben Lennon, Derek Woods, and Rebecca Makela.
The Beavers finished 5th in the Crown division ahead of Garfield. Ballard is supposed to play the 5th place team from the Crest division but has elected to give that home game to Garfield so that they can have their Homecoming this weekend. Ballard instead will travel to play Lynnwood High School from the Wesco conference. The game is at 5:00 pm Friday at Edmonds Woodway High School stadium.