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Football loses to Anacortes 26-14 - Spektor sets record for catches

By Matt Phelps

The Mercer Island High School football team lost their first game of the season Friday 26-14. But the Islanders weren't just facing the Anacortes Seahawks, as they were coming off a huge season opening win against South Kitsap just four days earlier at Qwest Field in Seattle.

Mercer Island's short week was also combined with the three hour drive to Anacortes.

Despite adversity, the team made Anacortes work for the win.

The Seahawks got on the board first with a 21-yard pass play for a touchdown. Islander Jeremy Spektor tied the game at 7-7 when he caught a 21-yard pass for a touchdown of his own. Spektor broke a Mercer Island football team record during the game by catching 13 passes.

The Seahawks took a big lead during the second quarter as they scored on a 3-yard run and a 21-yard pass play, both for touchdowns.

The final blow came during the third quarter as Anacortes scored again, this time on a 4-yard touchdown run.

Mercer Island's offense scored one last time during the fourth quarter as Timothy Wettack scored a touch down from three-yards out.

On the rushing side, Mercer Island had three backs with 30 or more yards during the game and Spektor finished the game with 151 yards receiving. The Islander defense gave up 213 yards on the ground.

The Islanders will play at West Seattle Friday at 7:30 p.m. but next week will be the big test as they host three time defending state champions Bellevue High School at Islander stadium.

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