Sequim football downs Kingston 37-17
(Kingston) -- Riley Cowan threw 5 touchdown passes for the second consecutive game as the Sequim Wolves beat the Kingston Buccaneers 37-17 Friday night.
The Wolves completed the regular season with a 7-2 overall record and earned second place in the Olympic League 2A football standings at 5-1.
Sequim will have a district playoff game against the Eatonville Cruisers Saturday, November 5th at Silverdale Stadium with the kickoff slated for 7 p.m.
The Cruisers (7-2) beat the Washington Patriots 21-13 Friday night in a South Puget Sound League divisional crossover game.
Early drives come up empty
Both teams were thwarted in their opening drives, Kingston moving into Wolves territory before turning ball over on downs at the Sequim 28.
The Wolves pushed deep into Buccaneer country before Paul Johnson intercepted a fourth down Riley Cowan pass inside the 10 and returned it to the Kingston 34.
Sequim stopped Kingston after a Bucs holding penalty and got the ball back at its own 45.
Gavin Velarde got the first of his two touchdown receptions on a 55-yarder to put the Wolves ahead with 4:40 left in the first period.
Cowan made the first of his five PATs for a 7-0 Sequim lead.
Long drive for 3, short jaunt for 7
Kingston responded with a 15-play, 62-yard march to a booming 42-yard field goal by senior Damon Ledezma with 8:55 remaining in the first half, closing the deficit to 7-3.
After watching the Buccaneers chew up 7 minutes and 34 seconds of game clock, the Sequim offense wasted little time in expanding their lead.
A four-play, 77-yard drive started with a 15-yard run by Tyler Conn, followed by an amazing diving catch by Payton Glasser for 28 yards to the Bucs 34.
Rudy Whitehead caught a 20-yarder to the Kingston 14, then Glasser scored Cowan's second TD pass, making it 14-3 Wolves with 7:45 left until intermission.
The Bucs go to the Bag of Tricks
Kingston threatened again on eight rushes and two passes, stalling at the Sequim 12.
The Bucs lined up for a field goal, but a fake fizzled after the officials ruled that holder John Jones' knee was down when he flipped the ball to the kicker Damon Ledemza, turning the ball over to Sequim at its own 20.
Cowan punted from the Sequim 48 and the ball was downed at the Kingston 1 with 49 seconds before halftime.
On Kingston's third play, a fumble by quarterback John Jones rolled back into the end zone and was recovered by the Buccaneers -- ruled a safety for Sequim -- boosting the score to 16-3 Wolves at intermission.
Wolves offense clunks then clicks
Sequim opened the second half and drove to the Kingston 2, where Cowan's 4th down sneak came up short of a first down.
The Bucs fumbled back to Sequim two plays later at the Kingston 17, but Wolves stalled again, turning the ball back to the Buccaneers on fourth down at the 28.
Sequim stayed patient and scored on its next 2 possessions, both drives lasting just 4 plays.
Gavin Velarde touched pay dirt on a 39-yard screen pass, complete with a slew of broken tackles that increased Sequim's advantage to 23-3 with 6:10 left in the third quarter.
Kingston fumbled at its own 23 and Cowan found Glasser in the end zone on a 24-yard scoring strike that pushed the lead to 30-3 at the 1:37 mark of the third frame.
Kingston scores twice in final stanza
The Buccaneers' Nick Waxon got behind the Sequim defense and pulled in a 28-yard TD pass from John Jones with 11:08 remaining to edge Kingston closer at 30-10.
The Wolves answered again with an 8-play, 63-yard journey concluded with a 32-yard Cowan bomb to Kyler Rollness with 8:19 to go.
Kingston's Paul Johnson scored against the Sequim reserves with 31 seconds left on a 5-yard run for the final margin of 37-17.
Kingston celebrated 10 seniors in a pre-game ceremony -- Anderson Crawford, Skyler Fulton, Simon Glintborg, Brett Heaps, Noel Issa, Paul Johnson, Damon Ledezma, Owen Maxwell and Wiktor Niemirski.
The Buccaneers have scheduled a Week 10 contest next Friday at home against Shorewood.
Riley Cowan finished the regular season completing 58 percent of his passes, 134 of 229 for 1788 yards, 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Cowan, a sophomore, passed Miguel Moroles (2012-14) on the Wolves career passing list (2903), with 2947 career yards.
Cowan has 32 career touchdown passes, needing 21 more to overtake Drew Rickerson (2007-10).
Junior Gavin Velarde was the leading receiver with 53 catches for 819 yards and 9 touchdowns.
He rushed 30 times for 202 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Velarde returned 3 kickoffs and 1 punt for touchdowns, crossing the goal line 18 times in the regular season.
He has 36 career touchdowns.
Junior Tyler Conn is Sequim's leading rusher with 512 yards on 98 carries and 5 touchdowns.
Junior Payton Glasser has 30 catches for 340 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns.
Sequim is the number 2 seed into the district playoff from the Olympic League and will host the Eatonville Cruisers at Silverdale Stadium, Saturday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Scoring by Quarters:
Seq -- 07 09 14 07 -- 37
King - 00 03 00 14 -- 17
Seq -- Gavin Velarde 55 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 4:40
King - Damon Ledezma 42 yd Field Goal 8:55
Seq -- Payton Glasser 14 yd Pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 7:45
Seq -- Safety (Kingston recovered fumble in own end zone) :21
Seq -- Gavin Velarde 39 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 6:10
Seq -- Payton Glasser 24 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 1:37
King - Nick Waxon 28 yd pass from John Jones (Ledezma kick) 11:08
Seq -- Kyler Rollness 32 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Austin Leis kick) 8:19
King - Paul Johnson 5 yd run (Ledezma kick) :31
Seq -- Riley Cowan 8-(-19), Gavin Velarde 1-4, Tyler Conn 9-54, Hayden Gresli 7-45, Keeshawn Whitney 1-(-1).
King - John Jones 12-19, Paul Johnson 23-93-1TD, William Dixon 8-40, Noel Issa 4-16, Tyler Sloman 3-8.
Seq -- Riley Cowan 16-26-327-5TD-1INT.
King - John Jones 10-19-159-1TD.
Seq -- Gavin Velarde 9-190-2TD, Payton Glasser 3-66-2TD, Kyler Rollness 1-32-1TD, Curtis Gorr 1-15, Rudy Whitehead 2-24.
King - William Dixon 2-32, Hunter Collins 1-14, Tyler Sloman 3-28, Nick Waxon 4-85-1TD.
Seq -- 26-83
King - 50-176-1TD
Seq -- 16-26-327-5TD-1INT
King - 10-19-159-1TD
Seq -- 52-410 (7.9 avg)
King - 69-335 (4.9 avg)
Seq -- 4-35
King - 7-65
Seq -- 1
King - 0
Seq -- 0
King - 2
Seq -- 2 (1INT, 1TOD)
King - 4 (2FUM, 2TOD)
Friday's Olympic League 2A Results:
Sequim 37, Kingston 17.
Bremerton 40, North Mason 0.
North Kitsap 62, Tenino 16.
Olympic 48, Port Angeles 0.
Olympic League - Final 2A Football Standings
North Kitsap 6-0 9-0
Sequim 5-1 7-2
Olympic 4-2 5-4
Bremerton 3-3 5-4
Kingston 2-4 2-7
North Mason 1-5 1-7
Port Angeles 0-6 0-9