11/2/18: (L-R) Sehome defensive lineman Felipe Arreola-Martinez, Rylie Bair, Josh Dentel and Bryce Andrews attack the Archbishop Murphy offense. PHOTO: Doug Lange
Sehome Shuts Down Archbishop Murphy in
November 2, 2018
The Sehome football squad got downright defensive Friday night in their first playoff game since 2013. The Mariners held 9th ranked Archbishop Murphy to a total of 109 yards of offense and punched their ticket to state with a 37-9 victory over the Wildcats.
How good was the Sehome defense in this 2A postseason game at Terry Ennis Stadium in Everett?
They surrendered just 12 yards of rushing to the Wildcats, intercepted quarterback Victor Gabalis three times and recorded a blocked punt in the dominating victory.
"I'm so proud of our defense, we've been practicing so hard every practice and it paid off," said defensive back Jay Travier. The senior had two of the interceptions on the night, giving him a total of 9 so far this season.
The Mariners gave up the first and final points of the game. In-between they rolled, scoring 37 straight points.
Quarterback Jacob Kaepernick was 15-of-28 for 241 yards with three touchdown passes. The sophomore connected with Tim Malo, Christian Knudtson and Michael McLin on the scoring strikes.
"After the first possession we knew we could move the ball," said Kaepernick. "We knew they weren't better than us, so we had no fear that we could push the ball all the way down the field and score."
Dylan Roberts was the workhorse on the ground rushing 18 times for 87 yards highlighted by a 37 yard touchdown in the 1st quarter. Dawson Smith added a 9 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter.
Second year Sehome coach Kevin Beason was beaming while celebrating with his team, staff and fans on the field following the win. He has led the turnaround for a squad that was 0-10 as recently as 2016.
"I told them I love them and I love what they're doing and couldn't be prouder of them," said Beason. "What they're doing right now is breaking new ground for this program and I could't be prouder of them."
Sehome will learn who they play next on Sunday, after a meeting of the Football Seeding Committees at the WIAA office in Renton.
- Doug Lange
(L-R) Sehome DB Jay Travier & QB Jacob Kaepernick PHOTO: Tyler Anderson
11/2/18: Sehome players and fans celebrate a 37-to-9 win over
Archbishop Murphy. PHOTO: Doug Lange