Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Football Game 4 - Sequim 7, Bremerton 0

Kickoff return decisive in Sequim's 7-0 win over Bremerton

September 24th, 2016 - 01:00 am

(Bremerton) -- A 95-yard opening kickoff return by Gavin Velarde proved the game-winning and decisive play Friday night as the Sequim Wolves defeated the Bremerton Knights 7-0.

The initial kickoff drove Velarde to his right sideline, where he caught the ball at his own 5-yard line.

Textbook blocking by the Wolves return team was highlighted by a pancake on the Bremerton safety from Payton Glasser that allowed Velarde to break into the clear at the Wolves 45, cruising untouched into the north end zone just 17 seconds into the contest.

It was the only score of the game as defense ruled the final 47 minutes and 43 seconds.

Sequim's offense reached the red zone on its first drive, but stalled at the Bremerton 15 with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

Bremerton's deepest penetration of the first half came after Alex DeFillippi recovered a Sequim fumble from Hayden Gresli at the Wolves 38 with 3:58 before intermission, but the Knights gained just 3 hashes before turning the down over on downs.

The Knights put their biggest scare into Sequim after Velarde muffed a punt return that was recovered by Jasiah Demarc at the Wolves 13 with 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Wingback Diyamante Hall carried three times on counter plays, setting up Bremerton with a 4th-and-3 from the Wolves 6.

Sequim (3-1 overall, 1-0 in Olympic League) snuffed out the Knights opportunity, a Mikhail Papillon pass to Hall for no gain.

The Wolves eventually took over possession for the final time after stopping Bremerton on a fourth down incompletion at the Knights 43.

Sequim ran out the final 3:19, quarterback Riley Cowan taking the final knee at the Bremerton 10.

Bremerton fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in Olympic League action.

Game Notes

It was Velarde's second game-opening kickoff TD return of the season, repeating his feat two weeks ago against the Montesano Bulldogs. 

Sequim returns home next Friday for a matchup with the North Kitsap Vikings, while Bremerton visits Cedar Park Christian in Bothell.

Scoring by Quarters:

Seq - 7 0 0 0 -- 7
Bre - 0 0 0 0 -- 0

Scoring Summary:

1st quarter:

Sequim - Gavin Velarde 95 yard kickoff return (Riley Cowan kick) 11:43

Individual Statistics:


Seq - Riley Cowan 3-4, Kyler Rollness 1-2, Gavin Velarde 1-2, Tyler Conn 16-42, Hayden Gresli 5-16.

Brem - Michael Papillon 3-(-13), Semaj Cook 8-19, Savante Perrigo 8-9, Diyamante Hall 17-51, Javonn Stoudermire 3-20, Richard Bios 1-10.


Seq - Riley Cowan 18-for-41, 166 yards, 2 INT.

Brem - Michael Papillon 4-for-19, 33 yards; Max Boekenoogen 0 for 1, 0 yards.


Seq - Gavin Velarde 5-73, Payton Glasser 7-52, Kyler Rollness 2-13, Tyler Conn 3-13, Cody Bell 1-15.

Brem - Troy Saunders 1-9, Diyamante Hall 2-10, Savante Perrigo 1-14.

Team Statistics:


Seq - 26 carries, 66 yards.

Brem - 40 carries, 96 yards.


Seq - 18-for-41, 166 yards, 2 INT.

Brem - 4-for-20, 33 yards.

Total Yards:

Seq - 67 plays, 232 yards, 3.5 avg.

Brem - 60 plays, 129 yards, 2.2 avg.


Seq - 12-110

Brem - 6-65

Had Intercepted:

Seq - 2

Brem - 0

Fumbles Lost: 

Seq - 1

Brem - 0


Seq - 7 (2 interceptions, 1 fumble, 4 turnovers on downs)

Brem - 6 (6 turnovers on downs)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

2016 Football Game 3 - Sequim 28, Centralia 14

Sequim Coach Erik Wiker points to the scoreboard after his team beat Centralia 28-14.

(Centralia) -- A newly installed Sequim defense stymied Centralia Friday night as the visiting Wolves knocked off the previously unbeaten Tigers 28-14.

Coach Erik Wiker and staff installed a base 4-4 defense in practice sessions this week after allowing more than 500 rushing yards last Friday against Montesano.

The defensive changes proved successful as Sequim held Centralia to negative rushing yards for the evening, allowing 308 total yards and kept the Tigers off the scoreboard in the second half.

Quick Centralia start

The Evergreen Conference Tigers (2-1) scored on the game's fourth scrimmage play when speedy Jose Pineda eluded defenders on a screen pass from quarterback Joey Aliff and steamed 55 yards up the right sideline and a Centralia 6-0 lead.

Aliff connected on 20 of his 37 passes for 328 yards and a score, but threw 3 interceptions.

Sequim held Centralia to three plays and out on two consecutive possessions.

The Wolves got excellent field position after a Gavin Velarde punt return to the Tigers 39.

Wolves strike back

The Wolves (2-1) took the lead 7-6 with 5:12 to go in the opening quarter after Keeshawn Whitney scored from 8 yards for the first of his 2 rushing touchdowns.

The Wolves increased their advantage to 13-6 on a 30-yard Whitney touchdown rumble, just a play into the second quarter.

Whitney left the contest with 77 yards on 10 carries after turning an ankle.

Centralia answered with a 9-play, 80-yard balanced march, highlighted by a 33-yard Aliff to Pineda pass play to the Sequim 3.

Pineda scored the touchdown a play later and Centralia took back the lead 14-13 with 8:12 left in the first half.

Pineda was held to 2 yards on 4 carries rushing, but caught 6 passes for 121 yards and a score.

Big defensive plays in second quarter

The rest of the first half hinged on big defensive plays by each side.

A Pineda 35-yard interception return of Sequim quarterback Riley Cowan put Centralia into Wolves territory at the 38-yard line.

Five plays later, Sequim's Kyler Rollness, a 5-foot-6 sophomore, wrestled a touchdown out of the hands of Centralia's 6-foot-3 junior Jordan Thomas in the end zone for the defensive stop of the game.

Sequim marched 66 yards to the Centralia 14 in the final moments before intermission.   With 31 seconds left, Cowan threw to Velarde near the right goal line pylon, but Thomas sliced in for a diving interception to kill the Wolves drive at the 1.

Cowan completed 10 of his 18 passes for 96 yards with 2 interceptions and gained 45 yards rushing on 7 scrambles.

Velarde caught 6 passes for 33 yards.

Wolves shut out Tigers in second half

In the third quarter, Centralia threatened the Sequim red zone after a 32-yard Aliff pass to Cale Shute put the ball at the Wolves 5.

Shute had 147 receiving yards on 8 catches.

The Wolves defense stiffened and Aliff threw an incompletion on 4th-and-Goal from the Sequim 3.

A 13-play, 97-yard drive, highlighted by a 45-yard Cowan spiral to Rollness that moved the ball to midfield, put Sequim in control.

Tyler Conn got the touchdown from 6 yards and ran in the two point conversion as Sequim was ahead to stay 21-14 with 21 seconds left in the third quarter.

Bad snaps from center killed Centralia in the fourth quarter.   One of them resulted in a 5-yard loss on a 4th-and-9 from the Tiger 43 that turned the ball over on downs to Sequim.

The Wolves smelled blood and Conn rammed the ball 38 yards in 3 plays into the Centralia end zone (8 yd TD), blasting Sequim ahead 28-14 with 8:52 remaining.

Conn finished with 99 yards on 21 carries.

James Thayer and Payton Glasser made fourth quarter interceptions for Sequim to help keep the Tigers off the scoreboard in the final 32 minutes.

Game Notes

Coach Erik Wiker got his first ever victory over Centralia Friday.  The Wolves had lost to the Tigers 20-14 in 2008 at Tumwater in a playoff game and 34-28 in overtime at home in 2014.

Centralia opened the season with 2 non-league wins against the Longview high schools, 34-21 against R.A. Long and 35-14 versus Mark Morris.

Sequim will be on the road at Bremerton next Friday for an Olympic League opener, while Centralia hosts the Kelso Hilanders for a non-leaguer at Tiger Stadium.

Scoring by Quarters:

Seq - 7 6 8 7 - 28

Cen - 6 8 0 0 - 14

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:

Cen - Jose Pineda 55 yd pass from Jose Aliff (kick failed) 9:47

Seq - Keeshawn Whitney 8 yd run (Riley Cowan kick) 5:12

2nd Quarter:

Seq - Keeshawn Whitney 30 yd run (kick failed) 11:52

Cen - Jose Pineda 3 yd run (Pineda from Aliff pass) 8:12

3rd Quarter:

Seq - Tyler Conn 6 yd run (Conn run) :21

4th Quarter:

Seq - Tyler Conn 8 yd run (Cowan kick) 8:52

Individual Statistics:


Sequim - Riley Cowan 7-45, Keeshawn Whitney 10-77-2TD, Gavin Velarde 6-34, Tyler Conn 21-99-2TD, Hayden Gresli 1-4.

Centralia - Derek VanDeLaarschot 4-5, Jose Pineda 4-2, Joey Aliff 7-(-30), Nathan Yahn 2-3.


Sequim - Riley Cowan 10 for 18, 96 yards, 2INT.

Centralia - Joey Aliff 20 for 37, 328 yards, 1TD, 3INT.


Sequim - Gavin Velarde 6-33, Payton Glasser 2-17, Kyler Rollness 2-46.

Centralia - Cale Shute 8-147, Jose Pineda 6-121-1TD, Nathan Yahn 2-6, Jordan Thomas 1-7, Layne Pertzborn 2-40, Derek Van DeLaarschot 1-7.

Team Statistics:


Sequim - 45-259-4TD

Centralia - 17-(-20)-1TD


Sequim - 10-18, 96 yards, 2INT.

Centralia - 20-37, 328 yards, 1TD, 3INT

Total Yards:

Sequim - 63-355-5.6 avg

Centralia - 54-308-5.7 avg


Sequim - 4-21

Centralia - 4-40

Had Intercepted:

Sequim - 2

Centralia - 3

Fumbles Lost:

Sequim - 0

Centralia - 0


Sequim - 2

Centralia - 3

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2016 Football Game 2 - Montesano 66, Sequim 34

(Sequim) -- Montesano junior Carson Klinger scored seven touchdowns as the powerful Bulldogs tore up the Sequim Wolves 66-34 Friday night.

Klinger had 229 yards rushing on 20 carries and five scores, caught 3 passes for 62 yards and a TD reception, plus a kickoff return for another end zone visit.

The non-league contest featured 15 combined touchdowns, including 4 kickoff return scores, 3 by Sequim.

A state 1A semifinalist last season, Montesano broke open a 14-13 advantage with 4 touchdowns in the final 8 minutes and 20 seconds of the first half, taking the long walk to the Sequim High locker room ahead 41-13.

The club from the Grays Harbor County seat dominated the contest, limiting Sequim to 222 yards on 44 offensive snaps, while the Bulldogs churned out 733 yards in 73 plays, 10 yards per snap.

First of 4 kickoff return TDs

Gavin Velarde returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown, giving the Sequim the initial lead at 7-0.

The Bulldogs responded with a 6-play, 80-yard drive, Klinger scoring from a yard and closing the gap to 7-6 after a missed 2-point conversion.

After a failed fourth down Sequim pass attempt by Riley Cowan gave the Bulldogs possession at the Wolves 39, Klinger ripped a 26 yarder to the Sequim 13, then took a 13-yard jaunt to pay dirt, putting the Bulldog ahead 14-7 with 1:09 left in the opening stanza.

Sequim put together its best drive of the game - 4 minutes, 26 seconds -- covering 67 yards in 13 plays, highlighted by a 23-yard pass from Cowan to Payton Glasser that moved the Wolves to the Monte 27.

Keeshawn Whitney scored from 3 yards, as the Wolves trailed 14-13.  

Whitney was Sequim's leading ball packer with 55 yards on 12 carries.

Monte scores 27 in 8:20 before intermission

Klinger returned the ensuing kickoff 88 yards to move the Bulldogs ahead 21-13.

After Sequim's Cowan was intercepted by Ridgway at the Bulldog 7, Montesano covered 93 yards in 7 plays with Ridgway going 20 yards for a 28-13 advantage with 3:36 left until intermission.

Cowan was picked off again by Nick Chapman and the Bulldogs took over at the Sequim 16 with 2:37 remaining in the half.

Montesano had a 7-play, 84-yard march with Klinger scoring on a 15-yard pass from Ridgway making it 35-13 Bulldogs with 45 seconds to go.

The Bulldogs recovered an onside kick at the Wolves 43 and got to the end zone with no time remaining after Nick Chapman caught a deflected Ridgway pass at the goal line for a 41-13 halftime bulge.

Ridgway completed 10 of his 15 passes for 196 yards for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Five more touchdowns in the 3rd quarter

Montesano's Klinger had 3 more rushing touchdowns in the third quarter (9, 10, and 20 yard runs).

Sequim managed to keep the affair from the range of the mercy rule, closing to 48-20 after Velarde took the jailbreak screen from Cowan 33 yards with 6:06 left in the third period.

Cowan completed 15 of his 26 passes for 167 yards and a score, but was intercepted twice.

At one point in the third quarter, three touchdowns were scored in just 31 seconds on the game clock, a Klinger 10 yard run, a Kyler Rollness kickoff return and another Klinger rushing jaunt.

Montesano was ahead 60-28 after 3 quarters.

Backup fullback Evan Bates got Monte's final touchdown from 3 yards with 7:32 left and Curtis Gorr answered for Sequim with an 82-yard kickoff return.

Bulldog QB Ridgway gained 116 yards rushing on 7 keepers and Nathan Olson had 105 yards on 14 carries, part of Montesano's massive 537-55 advantage in the ground game.

Next week

Sequim (1-1) has another non-leaguer next Friday at Centralia, when the Bulldogs (2-0) visit Castle Rock.

Scoring by Quarters:

Monte -- 14 27 19 06 -- 66

Sequim - 07 06 14 07 -- 34

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter:

Seq - Gavin Velarde 87 yd kickoff return  (Riley Cowan kick) 11:44

Mon - Carson Klinger 1 yd run (pass failed) 10:09

Mon - Carson Klinger 13 yd run (Chapman from Ridgway pass) 1:09

2nd Quarter:

Seq - Keeshawn Whitney 3 yd run (kick failed) 8:35

Mon - Carson Klinger 88 yd kickoff return (Evan Bates kick) 8:20

Mon - Trevor Ridgway 20 yd run (Bates kick) 3:29

Mon - Carson Klinger 31 yd pass from Trevor Ridgway (Bates kick) :45

Mon - Nick Chapman 15 yd pass from Trevor Ridgway (kick failed) :00

3rd Quarter:

Mon - Carson Klinger 9 yd run (Bates kick) 8:16

Seq - Gavin Velarde 33 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 6:06

Mon - Carson Klinger 10 yd run (kick blocked) 3:49

Seq - Kyler Rollness 75 yd kickoff return (Cowan kick) 3:36

Mon - Carson Klinger 20 yd run (kick failed) 3:18

4th Quarter:

Mon - Evan Bates 3 yd run (kick failed) 7:32

Seq - Curtis Gorr 82 yd kickoff return (Cowan kick) 7:20

Individual Statistics:


Monte - Carson Klinger 20-229-5TD, Trevor Ridgway 7-116-1TD, Trevor Olson 14-104, Dakoyta Reninger 3-13, Michael Tagman 4-47, Evan Bates 4-12-1TD, Cody Willis 5-22, Shaydon Farmer 1-(-7).

Sequim - Keeshawn Whitney 12-55-1TD, Gavin Velarde 2-(-7), Hayden Gresli 3-0, Riley Cowan 7-1.


Monte - Trevor Ridgway 10-15-196 yards-2TD-1INT.

Sequim - Riley Cowan 15-26-167 yards-1TD-2INT.


Monte - Dakoyta Reninger 4-85, Carson Klinger 3-62-1TD, Nick Chapman 3-49-1TD.

Sequim - Gavin Velarde 3-56-1TD, Payton Glasser 1-23, Kyler Rollness 5-46, Curtis Gorr 1-9, Rudy Whitehead 3-21, Keeshawn Whitney 2-12.

Team Statistics:


Monte - 58-537

Sequim - 18-55


Monte - 10-15-196 yards-2TD-1INT.

Sequim - 15-26-167 yards-1TD-2INT.

Total Yards:

Monte - 73 plays, 733 yards, 10.0 average

Sequim - 44 plays, 222 yards, 5.0 average


Monte - 6-50

Sequim - 3-13

Had Intercepted:

Monte - 1

Sequim - 2

Fumbles Lost:

Monte - 1

Sequim - 1


Monte - 2

Sequim - 3

Saturday, September 3, 2016

2016 Football Game 1 - Sequim 27, Port Townsend 26

Sequim beats Port Townsend 27-26

September 3rd, 2016 - 01:00 am

(Port Townsend) -- The Sequim Wolves staved off the Port Townsend Redhawks 27-26 Friday night at Jefferson County Memorial Athletic Field in a prep football season opener.

The Redhawks rebounded from a 27-14 deficit midway through the third quarter, scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions, but were left trailing by a point with 6:21 to go after a fizzled two-point conversion attempt.

Sequim was forced to punt on its subsequent possession and Port Townsend took over at its own 45 with 4:30 left.

Facing a 4th-down-and-5 from midfield, Redhawks running back Detrius Kelsall was manhandled and stopped by the Wolves defense 2 yards short of a first down, turning the ball over to Sequim at the Wolves 47 with 3:42 remaining.

Kelsall had game-high rushing honors with 99 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns on the ground and another receiving.

The Wolves bashed out 46 yards on the ground in the game's final 6 plays to run out the clock.

Sequim sophomore quarterback Riley Cowan was red hot in the early going, completing 15 of his first 16 passes.

Cowan made TD connections with sophomore Kyler Rollness from 20 yards and junior Payton Glasser from 7 yards as the Wolves led 14-0 with 7:27 left in the opening quarter.

Sequim's Payton Glasser after scoring first career TD reception
Glasser made his Wolves varsity football debut with 3 catches for 29 yards and a pair of scores, also intercepting a Port Townsend pass on defense.

The Redhawks were unfazed and responded with a 10-play, 62 yard march, closing within 14-8 after Berkley Hill's 3 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Blankenship.

Sequim extended its lead to 20-8 after Glasser made a diving 19-yard TD catch with 10:10 left in the first half.

The Redhawks pulled within a score with 6:07 to go before intermission when Hill threw 3 yards to Kelsall for a PT TD, making it 20-14 Wolves.

Hill completed 11-of-21 passes for 112 yards, 2 touchdowns, and was intercepted once.

Sequim got another touchdown on a 4th-and-9 when Cowan found Gavin Velarde for a 24-yard touchdown pass with 5:18 to go in the third period, extending the Wolves advantage to 27-14.

Velarde was the game's leading receiver with 13 receptions for 150 yards and a score.

Cowan finished the game connecting 24 of 31 passes for 270 yards, 4 touchdowns and was intercepted twice.

Kelsall got the Redhawks within 27-20 with 1:06 left in the third quarter on a 2 yard run, but the conversion run failed.

The Wolves had a chance to salt the game away early in the final period, driving deep into Redhawks territory.

However, Sequim's Keeshawn Whitney was stripped of the ball by a host of defenders trying to extend a 12 yard run to the Port Townsend 6 with 9:31 left.

Whitney was the leading Wolves ground gainer with 46 yards on 6 carries, including a pair of punishing runs on the contest's final drive.

Sequim (1-0) hosts perennial 1A powerhouse Montesano, a 54-20 winner over Aberdeen, next Friday.

Port Townsend (0-1) hosts Port Angeles, a 40-0 loser to Mount Tahoma, next Thursday.

Scoring by Quarters:

Seq - 14 06 07 00 -- 27

PT -- 08 06 06 06 -- 26

Scoring Summary:

1st quarter:

Seq -- 20 yard pass Kyler Rollness from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 7:27

Seq -- 7 yard pass Payton Glasser from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 3:22

PT -- 3 yard pass Kyle Blankenship from Berkley Hill (Blankenship from Hill pass) :21

2nd quarter:

Seq -- 19 yard pass Payton Glasser from Riley Cowan (kick failed) 10:10

PT -- 3 yard pass Detrius Kelsall from Berkley Hill (kick blocked) 6:07

3rd quarter:

Seq -- 24 yard pass Gavin Velarde from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 5:18

PT -- 2 yard run Detrius Kelsall (run failed) 1:06

4th quarter:

PT -- 1 yard run Detrius Kelsall (pass failed) 6:21

Individual Statistics:


Sequim -- Riley Cowan 7-(-20), Keeshawn Whitney 6-46, Gavin Velarde 3-16, Tyler Conn 8-39, Hayden Gresli 1-4.

Port Townsend -- Detrius Kelsall 25-99-2TD, Jacob Boucher 3-7, Berkley Hill 11-75, Kyle Blankenship 2-1.


Sequim -- Riley Cowan 24-for-31, 270 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT.

Port Townsend -- Berkley Hill 11-for-21, 112 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT.


Sequim -- Gavin Velarde 13-150-1 TD, Payton Glasser 3-29-2 TD, Kyler Rollness 6-82-1 TD, Curtis Gorr 2-9.

Port Townsend -- Kyle Blankenship 3-14-1 TD, Detrius Kelsall 3-30-1 TD, Cole Crawford 1-14, Nico Winegar 1-20, Kyle Mackey 1-14, Jacob Boucher 2-20.

Team Statistics:


Sequim -- 25 carries, 85 yards.

Port Townsend -- 41 carries, 182 yards, 2 TD.


Sequim -- 24-for-31, 270 yards, 4 TD.

Port Townsend -- 11-for-21, 112 yards, 2 TD.

Had Intercepted:

Sequim -- 2

Port Townsend -- 1

Fumbles Lost:

Sequim -- 1

Port Townsend -- 0


Sequim -- 7-50

Port Townsend -- 2-15