That Jackson Timberwolves (6-1) secured a landslide victory over the Sammamish-Interlake Renegades (3-3) in a 15-1 three quarter shut out Tuesday night at Sammamish High School.
Non-League games can be tricky for teams as some may decide to rest key players, get other players more reps or test out new offensive plays. Sammamish-Interlake junior attackman and leading scorer Ryan Tsoi sat out in this match-up in order to recover a knee injury before they go back to their conference games. Jackson used this opportunity to fine-tune their offense before they face an undefeated Stanwood team on Thursday night.
Timberwolves senior attackman Luke Rodgers had his biggest game of the season with four goals including an impressive behind-the-back shot into the cage late in the game. Leading D1 Wesco scorer’s junior attackman Jericho Timbol and senior attackman Adrian Tong combined for six goals and three assists.
Sammamish-Interlake scored their only goal of the game in the first quarter as they found it increasingly difficult to clear the ball and get to the crease. This was their first game against a D1 team this season and they wisely used it as a learning opportunity for their players.
Jackson was a tough test as they have shown great value in assists as much as goals. Head coach Craig Hess preaches this philosophy to his players that sharing the ball is important in winning a game.
“We really want to share that ball. How we run our motion offense, we’re looking for the kid driving but also looking for the off-ball and that’s what makes us a threat because when they try and come after [Tong and Timbol], there’s four other kids that are just as lethal.” Hess said after the game.
Hess is a coach that respects his opponents regardless of what division they are in while also seizing the opportunity to tweak his offense before an upcoming Stanwood game.
“This is a good team, they are a younger team than us, we’re a little bit older.” Hess comments further. “We’re using this opportunity to run our offense to get it squared away because we know if we make a mistake in the Stanwood game that’s going to be an opportunity for them and we don’t want to give them any opportunities.”
Jackson will be up against their toughest opponent all year as they head to Stanwood (6-0) on Thursday night with the mission of stopping their undefeated season. The Renegades will have their rematch against the Inglemoor Vikings (4-2) Friday night after they lost to them in late March 11-8.
Story by Michael Thornbloom