Saturday, October 29, 2016

2016 Football Game 9 - Sequim 37, Kingston 17

Sequim football downs Kingston 37-17

October 29th, 2016 - 12:00 am

(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.

Game Notes:

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.

Next Week:

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

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:

Seq -- Gavin Velarde 55 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 4:40

2nd Quarter:

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

3rd Quarter:

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

4th Quarter:

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

Individual Statistics:


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.

Team Statistics:


Seq -- 26-83

King - 50-176-1TD


Seq -- 16-26-327-5TD-1INT

King - 10-19-159-1TD

Total Yards:

Seq -- 52-410 (7.9 avg)

King - 69-335 (4.9 avg)


Seq -- 4-35

King - 7-65

Had Intercepted:

Seq -- 1

King - 0

Fumbles Lost:

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 Football Game 8 - Sequim 49, Port Angeles 9

Sequim wins Rainshadow Rumble 49-9 over Port Angeles

October 22nd, 2016 - 01:00 am


(Sequim) -- Sequim's Gavin Velarde scored 4 touchdowns and broke 2 school records as the Wolves dropped the Port Angeles Roughriders for the second consecutive year in the Rainshadow Rumble, 49-9.

Velarde had 7 catches for 238 yards and 3 touchdown receptions (39, 64 and 75), plus an 83-yard punt return.

Sequim (6-2 overall and 4-1 in Olympic League 2A play) harassed Port Angeles quarterback Matthew Warner all night long, sacking him 6 times and forcing 5 Rider turnovers on 3 fumbles, an interception and a turnover on downs.

Port Angeles (0-8 overall and 0-5 in Olympic League 2A play) was limited to 213 total yards, with just 79 rushing hashes on 34 attempts.

Record setting night for Velarde

Velarde, a junior, came into the contest tied with Tyler Forshaw (2009-11) for top spot on Sequim's all-time receptions list with 82 and needed 19 hashes to overtake Forshaw (1,222) for Most Receiving Yards.

After a Port Angeles fumble on the game's second play was recovered by Michael Larsen at the PA 13, Velarde got the career catch record with number 83 on a 5-yard gain from Riley Cowan.

Two plays later, Cowan connected with Kyler Rollness on a slant for a 3-yard TD and the Wolves led 7-0 with 9:25 to go in the first period.

Cowan completed 17 of 29 passes for 351 yards and 5 touchdowns, both career-highs.

The record setter for Most Receiving Yards in Sequim history came 10 plays into an 85-yard Wolves march as Velarde took a pass down the right sideline and blew past defenders for 39 yards and a touchdown.

Riley Cowan's extra point made it 14-0 Sequim with 3:03 in the opening frame.

The Riders strike back

Port Angeles quarterback Matthew Warner opened a drive with a nimble 11-yard scramble for a first down at the Riders 45, then was sacked for a 6-yard loss by Michael Larsen.

On the following play, Warner threw a jump ball up the right sideline for Garrett Edwards, who made the grab near the Sequim 40, spun out of a tackle attempt and rumbled into the end zone for a 61-yard pass-and-run combo.

The extra point cut the Sequim lead in half, 14-7, with 1:47 left in the first quarter.

Warner connected on 10 of 18 passes for 134 yards and one score.

He was limited to 13 yards on 19 rushing attempts. Edwards led the Rider receivers with 76 yards on 3 catches.

Sequim had a first-and-goal at the Port Angeles 9, but Easton Joslin sliced in front of Kyler Rollness on a slant pattern at the goal line for a Port Angeles interception.

The drive stalled and the Riders were forced to punt back to Sequim.

Velarde scores again . . .

On the first Wolves play, Velarde took a short screen and rambled 64 yards to pay dirt, the second of his 4 touchdowns that put Sequim ahead 21-7 with 8:15 to go until halftime.

Port Angeles got possession back with 3:18 left and drove for 9 plays before turning the ball over on downs to Sequim at the Wolves 38 at the 1:16 mark.

On 3rd-and-17 from the Sequim 25, Velarde took another Cowan screen pass 75 yards for the backbreaking score and the Wolves went to the locker room ahead 28-7.

Wolves pull away in 3rd quarter

In the third quarter, the Riders were 8 plays into a drive when a fumble was recovered by Sequim's Hayden Gresli at the Wolves 43.

Sequim had a quick 4-play drive, started with a 36-yard counter by Velarde to the PA 7.

Three snaps later, Cowan found Payton Glasser in the left corner of the end zone for 7 yards.

After an officials' discussion, a pass interference penalty on Port Angeles was declined and Sequim led 35-7 with 4:45 left in the third period.

Sequim capped another drive after a 29-yard strike from Cowan to Glasser moved the pigskin to the Port Angeles 6.

Tyler Conn got the call on the dive from 6 yards as the Wolves had a 42-7 advantage after 3 quarters.

Rider drive stymied by red zone fumble 

Port Angeles started its best drive of the second half at the Rider 17.

Aided by 41 yards in Sequim penalties (pass interference, unsportsmanlike conduct and a facemask), PA had a first down at the Wolves 11.

On second down, Trevor Shumway motored 9 yards to the Sequim 2, but a fumble on the next snap was recovered by the Wolves' Jesse Schleve at the 1.

Shumway led the Roughrider ball packers with 39 yards on 12 carries. 

Sequim was penalized for a personal foul in the end zone to start its drive, which by rule, resulted in a 2-point safety for Port Angeles, making the score 42-9 with 8:11 remaining in the game.

Port Angeles was forced to punt and Velarde was not to be denied on the return.

The speedster took the ball at his own 17 and scampered to the left sideline, juking out the final defender near the Riders 40 and scoring with 5:56 left.

Sequim led 49-9 and reserves played out the final minutes of the 40-point mercy rule running clock.

District playoff looms for Sequim on Saturday November 5th

Sequim Athletic Director Dave Ditlefsen told that Sequim is planning to host a district playoff game on Saturday, November 5th at Silverdale Stadium.

The top 4 teams in the South Puget Sound League's Mountain and Sound Division will crossover with each other Friday, October 28th.

The two 3rd place teams, Eatonville and Washington, will crossover for the number 5 and 6 seeds.

Sequim will play the number 5 (Eatonville/Washington winner) as the Olympic League number 2 seed at district.

Game notes:

Sequim football players wore purple and gold camouflage jerseys in honor of the Military and Veterans Friday night.  

A Coast Guard helicopter flew over the field at the conclusion of the National Anthem. 

Veterans attending the game were honored during a ceremony at halftime.

Next week:

The Wolves will visit Kingston next Friday, when Port Angeles hosts the Olympic Trojans at Civic Field.

Scoring by Quarters:

PA -- 07 00 00 02 -- 09

Seq - 14 14 14 07 -- 49

Scoring Summary:

1st Quarter:

Seq - Kyler Rollness 3 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 9:25

Seq - Gavin Velarde 39 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 3:03

PA -- Garrett Edwards 61 yd pass from Matthew Warner (Edwards kick) 1:46

2nd Quarter:

Seq - Gavin Velarde 64 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 8:02

Seq - Gavin Velarde 75 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) :16

3rd Quarter:

Seq - Payton Glasser 7 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Cowan kick) 4:45

Seq - Tyler Conn 6 yd run (Chris Puksta kick) :42

4th Quarter:

PA -- Safety - by rule after Sequim personal foul penalty in end zone 8:11

Seq - Gavin Velarde 83 yd punt return (Chris Puksta kick) 5:56

Individual Statistics:


PA -- Matthew Warner 13-19, Rudy Valdez 1-(-2), Trevor Shumway 12-39, Nate Drake 1-18, Jace Lausche 1-11.

Seq - Riley Cowan 4-16, Gavin Velarde 4-37, Tyler Conn 9-40-1TD, Robert Beeson 3-(-6).


PA -- Matthew Warner 10-18-134 yards-1TD, Nate Drake 0-1-0-1INT, Easton Joslin 0-1.

Seq - Riley Cowan 17-29-351 yards-5TD-1INT.


PA -- 
Jace Lausche 2-15, Rudy Valdez 2-13, Trevor Shumway 1-8, Ben Arnold 1-10, Garrett Edwards 3-76-1TD, Easton Joslin 1-12.

Seq - Gavin Velarde 7-238-3TD, Payton Glasser 5-52-1TD, Kyler Rollness 2-19-1TD, Curtis Gorr 1-12, Rudy Whitehead 1-16, Tyler Conn 1-14.

Team Statistics:


PA -- 34-79

Seq - 20-87-1TD


PA -- 10-20-134-1TD-1INT

Seq - 17-29-351-5TD-1INT

Total Yards:

PA -- 54-213-1TD (3.9 avg)

Seq - 49-438-6TD (8.9 avg)

Had Intercepted:

PA -- 1

Seq - 1

Fumbles Lost:

PA -- 3

Seq - 1


PA -- 5 (3 fumbles, 1INT, 1TOD)

Seq - 3 (1 fumble, 1INT, 1TOD)

Olympic League - 2A Football Standings

North Kitsap  6-0   8-0

Sequim          4-1   6-2

Olympic         3-2   4-3

Bremerton     2-3   4-4

Kingston        2-3   2-6

North Mason 1-4   1-6

Port Angeles 0-5   0-8

Sequim Top 5 Receiving Yards

Gavin Velarde (2014-           1442
Tyler Forshaw (2009-11)      1222
Ryan Rutherford (2002-04)  1114
John Textor (2007-09)          1064
Joey Hall (2007-10)                921

Sequim Top 5 Career Receptions

Gavin Velarde (2014-              89
Tyler Forshaw (2009-11)         82
Nick Ramirez (2009-11)          60
Brett Wright (2011-13)            60
John Textor (2007-09)            59

Sequim Top 5 Touchdown receptions

Ryan Rutherford (2002-04)   19
Gavin Velarde (2014-             14
Joey Hall (2007-10)                11
John Textor (2007-09)           11
Clancy Catelli (2007-09)        10