Sequim 55, Washington 21
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Friday, October 30th, 2009
(Sequim) – Sequim returner Alex Gillis found the end zone on an 85-yard opening kickoff return and a first quarter 45-yard punt return that propelled the Wolves to a 55-21 Nisqually Olympic League triumph over the Washington Patriots.
The victory, along with North Mason’s 38-23 win over Fife, clinched the league’s number one seed into the state playoffs for Sequim.
Sequim’s regular season finale is next week at Fife, a 38-23 loser to North Mason, with a first-round state matchup looming with the number three seed from the Northwest District on November 13th or 14th at either Silverdale Stadium or Viking Stadium in Poulsbo.
The quick striking Wolves (8-1, 6-0) scored 4 touchdowns in the opening 6 minutes Friday in a game played on a relatively dry Sequim field, without the appearance of rain or wind.
Gillis caught Perry Rooks’ opening kickoff with a full head of steam at the 15, flying through excellent center return blocking and cruising 85 yards to a score.
Mitch Koonz kicked the first of his 4 PAT’s, giving Sequim a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game.
Sequim tackles Thomas Gallagher and Roman Turner dominated the defensive line of scrimmage, holding Washington to three plays and out on its first three drives.
The Wolves scored again just 77 seconds later on a 49-yard run by running back Travis Decker, a jaunt that pushed the senior over the 1000 yard barrier.
Quarterback Drew Rickerson scored the 2-point conversion for a 15-0 advantage.
Sequim’s Clancy Catelli tackled Washington punter Sergey Yevchev at the Patriots 2 after a bobbled high snap, leading to another Sequim score -- a 2-yard pass from Rickerson to John Textor -- boosting the Sequim lead to 22-0 with 8:44 left in the opening quarter.
Washington was forced to punt again from its own 5, as Yevchev’s boot was grabbed by Gillis at the Patriots 45 with the senior angling to the right sideline, evading a tackle at the 15 and scoring his second TD of the night and third of the season.
The Wolves led 29-0 with just 5 minutes and 53 seconds elapsed on the clock.
After an interception halted the next Patriots drive, Sequim took over at its own 45.
Rickerson hit Textor on a drag across the middle and the elusive senior evaded 4 tackles, rambling 50 yards down the right sideline to the Washington 5.
Rickerson hit Clancy Catelli for a 1-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the drive as time expired in the first quarter and a 29-0 Sequim bulge after Frank Catelli’s PAT.
Sequim scored three more times in the second quarter – on a 22-yard Decker run, a 35-yard Frank Catelli quarterback keeper and a 3-yard run by Stephen Stilts - for a 55-0 halftime lead.
Sequim Coach Erik Wiker substituted liberally beginning early in the second quarter.
The Patriots scored three times in the second half against Sequim reserves – two touchdowns by Yevchev and another by wingback Eli Weems.
While Sequim visits Fife next week, Washington (2-7, 1-5) hosts winless Klahowya.
Score by Quarters
Was 0 0 7 14 21
Seq 36 19 0 0 55
Seq – Alex Gillis 85 kickoff return (Mitch Koonz kick)
Seq – Travis Decker 49 run (Drew Rickerson run)
Seq – John Textor 2 pass from Rickerson (Koonz kick)
Seq – Gillis 45 punt return (Koonz kick)
Seq – Clancy Catelli 2 pass from Rickerson (Frank Catelli kick)
Seq – Decker 22 run (kick failed)
Seq – Frank Catelli 35 run (Koonz kick)
Was – Sergey Yevchev 12 run (Perry Rooks kick)
Was – Eli Weems 23 run (Rooks kick)
Was – Yevchev 26 run (Rooks kick)