Sequim rumbles over Port Angeles 49-6
(Sequim) -- The annual football rivalry game between Port Angeles and Sequim lived up to its Rainbow Rumble moniker in the early going before the Wolves eventually turned the contest into a 49-6 rout over the Roughriders.
Sequim improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Olympic League 2A Division play, while Port Angeles fell to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in circuit action.
Port Angeles opened the game with a new wrinkle in its offensive formation that puzzled the Sequim defense initially.
The Riders used junior Tyrus Beckett at quarterback and operated from a multiple receiver, zone-read shotgun attack, instead of the more conventional "I" and split back formations used in their first seven games.
After the opening Sequim drive of the game fizzled, Port Angeles started at its own 48 with 10:48 to go in the opening stanza.
Kellen Landry converted a 3rd-and-7 from the Sequim 49 with an 11-yard run and Beckett churned another 9 yards to the Wolves 27.
Following a Sequim penalty, Beckett found Rudy Valdez for a 21-yard pass reception to the Sequim 1.
Two plays later, Taylor Millsap punched it into the end zone and PA had a 6-0 advantage after a missed PAT.
Sequim survives 4 interceptions to rally ahead
Landry intercepted Sequim quarterback Riley Cowan 2 plays into the Wolves next possession, but the Riders were forced to punt 4 plays later, when the most electrifying play of the game was negated via penalty.
Sophomore Gavin Velarde fielded Jacob Kennedy's punt at the Wolves 14, reversed field to the left sideline and motored 86 yards for an apparent Sequim touchdown that was called back by a Wolves penalty for running into the kicker.
Kennedy punted again, this time pinning Sequim back to its own 10.
The Wolves journeyed 79 yards to the Port Angeles 11 before Landry intercepted Cowan a second time, returning the ball to the Rider 35.
On the next snap, PA's Beckett fumbled a shotgun snap from an empty backfield and was tackled out of the play by James Thayer.
Sequim's Matt Schock scooped the ball up at the PA 27 and rumbled 20 yards to the Rider 7.
Arnold Black scored two plays later from the PA 1 and the Wolves took a 7-6 lead after Thomas Winfield kicked the PAT with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter.
Velarde thrills the Homecoming crowd
The Wolves increased their lead to 14-6 only 3 plays into their next voyage with Velarde catching a long Cowan pass on the right sideline at the PA 45.
The sophomore speedster juked past 4 Rider tackle attempts in completing a 64-yard touchdown traverse, his 11th score of the season.
Sequim couldn't take advantage of a blocked punt that gave the Wolves possession deep in PA territory as PA's Ryan Rodocker got the third interception of Cowan on a 4th-and-goal from the Rider 18.
However, Port Angeles threw it right back to Sequim on the next snap when Michael Shimer picked off Beckett and returned the pigskin 10 yards to the PA 8.
Sequim was ahead 21-6 with 7:50 to go until halftime after Black scored on the ensuing play.
The Wolves extended their advantage to four touchdowns by marching 52 yards in 6 plays, all on the ground.
Cowan had a 22-yard scramble that put the ball on the Rider 22 and, after a series of 3 penalties, Brandon Stamper steamed 18 yards to the Port Angeles 1.
Black got the call two plays later for his third touchdown of the first half, giving Sequim a commanding 28-6 bulge.
Black muscled to 54 yards on 9 carries.
The Wolves had a chance to add even more before intermission, but PA freshman Garrett Edwards got the fourth interception of Cowan at the Rider 10, just before the Homecoming halftime show.
Sequim rolls in the second half
The Wolves clicked on their first possession of the second half, starting at midfield after a PA punt.
Black had a 17-yard run to the Rider 25, highlighting the 6-play sojourn that was completed through the air.
Noah Christiansen's 23-yard pass reception from Cowan made it 35-6 Sequim.
Cowan completed 10 of his 21 passes for 208 yards and 2 TD's, increasing his season scoring strike total to 10.
Freshman QB Riley Cowan
The Wolves scored on defense with 1:50 left in the third quarter, James Thayer intercepting Beckett and returning the ball 16 yards to the north end zone, boosting the lead to 42-6.
Arnold Black got a pass interception for Sequim and the Wolves had another 9-play, 64-yard journey, tallying on Mark Feeney's 13-yard jaunt with 8:44 left.
The 49-6 Sequim lead triggered the running clock for the remainder of the contest.
With the exception of a sprinkle just before halftime, the Rainshadow Rumble was played in dry conditions with the temperature remaining in the upper 50's.
Sequim had a 395-175 advantage over Port Angeles in total yards, with a 196-31 difference in passing yards.
The Wolves remained in third place in the Olympic League 2A Division standings at 3-1, a game behind Olympic and North Kitsap, both 4-0.
Playoffs looming for the Wolves
Sequim has apparently clinched one of three Olympic League 2A playoff spots after Kingston lost to North Kitsap Friday night.
The Buccaneers are 2-3 in league play with just one league game remaining at Port Angeles on October 30th. Kingston plays a non-leaguer against Mountlake Terrace next week.
Even if Kingston beats Port Angeles in two weeks and Sequim should lose its final 2 league contests against Olympic and Bremerton, the Wolves would have the tiebreaker over the Bucs from their 13-10 victory at Kingston on September 18th.
Sequim Coach Erik Wiker
Other Friday games
In other games involving Olympic League teams Friday night, North Kitsap defeated rival Kingston 28-7, Olympic crushed North Mason 42-0, Port Townsend ripped Klahowya 43-6, Chimacum broke its 14-game losing streak with a 14-9 win over Coupeville and Centralia dropped Bremerton 29-21 in a non-leaguer.
Next week's opponents
Next week, the Wolves host the undefeated and state-ranked Olympic Trojans, while Port Angeles travels to Poulsbo to play the North Kitsap Vikings.
Scoring by Quarters:
PA -- 06 00 00 00 -- 06
Seq - 07 28 14 07 -- 49
PA -- 1 yd run Taylor Millsap (kick failed) 7:45
Seq -- 1 yd run Arnold Black (Thomas Winfield kick) 1:44
Seq -- 64 yd pass Gavin Velarde from Riley Cowan (Winfield kick) 9:53
Seq -- 8 yd run Arnold Black (Winfield kick) 7:50
Seq -- 1 yd run Arnold Black (Winfield kick) 2:36
Seq -- 23 yd pass Noah Christiansen from Riley Cowan (Winfield kick) 8:34
Seq -- 16 yd interception return James Thayer (Winfield kick) 1:50
PA -- Kellen Landry 8-25, Tyrus Beckett 13-59, Ryan Rodocker 3-(-4), Jace Bohman 4-18, Taylor Millsap 1-1, Rudy Valdez 2-45.
Seq -- Brandon Stamper 5-37, Mark Feeney 7-78-1TD, Arnold Black 9-54-3TDs, Riley Cowan 6-17, Gavin Velarde 4-14, Austin Hilliard 1-0, Tyler Conn 2-(-1).
PA -- Tyrus Beckett 7-15 (47%), 31 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs
Seq -- Riley Cowan 10-21 (48%), 196 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs, Johnnie Young 0-1.
PA -- Taylor Millsap 1-4, Kellen Landry 3-4, Rudy Valdez 1-18, Jace Bohman 1-7, Ryan Rodocker 1-(-2).
Seq -- Ian Dennis 3-54, Noah Christiansen 2-33-1TD, Ben Hughes 1-15, Gavin Velarde 2-63-1TD, Rudy Whitehead 1-9, Austin Hilliard 1-22.
PA -- 7-15 (47%), 31 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs
Seq-- 10-21 (48%), 196 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs
PA -- 31-144, 4.6 avg, 1 TD
Seq-- 34-199, 5.9 avg, 4 TD
PA -- 46 plays, 175 yards, 3.8 avg.
Seq-- 55 plays, 395 yards, 7.2 avg.
PA -- 3-15
PA -- 1 Passing, 6 Rushing, 0 by penalty, Total 7
Seq-- 6 Passing, 11 Rushing, 0 by penalty, Total 17
Third Down Conversions:
PA -- 1-6 17%
Olympic League 2A Division Football Standings