Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 Football Game 4 - Bremerton 30, Sequim 22

(Sequim) -- A dominating effort in the trenches was the difference Friday night as the Bremerton Knights churned out 361 rushing yards in a 30-22 victory over the Sequim Wolves.

The Knights improved to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Olympic League 2A division play, while the Wolves are now 2-2 overall with an 0-1 league mark.

Bremerton snapped the ball 68 times in the contest for 451 hashes and limited the Sequim attack to just 173 yards on 30 plays.

The Knights' Semaj Cook carried the pigskin 27 times for 136 yards and a pair of scores, while fullback Ryan Saylor pounded out 111 hashes on 19 carries.

Bremerton has a non-league home game Friday against Cedar Park Christian of Bothell (2-2), coached by former Bellevue mentor Butch Goncharoff.

Sequim will travel to Poulsbo to face unbeaten North Kitsap (4-0) next week.

Wolves close the gap late

Trailing 30-14 in the fourth quarter, the Wolves hinted at a miracle comeback for the second consecutive game after last week's thrilling 23-22 win against Centralia.

The Wolves took possession at their own 37 with 4:03 to go, after a Bremerton score by Cook increased the Knights' margin to a two-score lead for the first time in the contest.

A 42-yard Riley Cowan pass over the middle to Nathan Despain put the Wolves into Bremerton territory.

Cowan completed 12 of 27 passes for 163 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

He faced relentless Bremerton pressure and was sacked 4 times in the contest.

Three snaps later, mercurial senior Gavin Velarde caught a Cowan fade in the left corner of the end zone to make it 30-20 with 2:36 remaining.

The Wolves went for the two-point conversion, setting up with freshman Taig Wiker at quarterback in a Wildcat type formation with an unbalanced line.

Despain snapped the ball to Wiker, who fired straight ahead to an uncovered Despain in the end zone for the extra markers.

Sequim tried the onside kick down 30-22 with senior Byron Rice's boot deflecting backward from a group of converging players near the 50 and was recovered by the Wolves' Kyler Rollness.

Two plays into the potential game-tying drive, Cowan fired deep up the left sideline, but Bremerton safety Kelo Logova stepped in front of receiver Michael Young for the interception, bringing the ball back to the Knights 37 with 2:24 to go.

Bremerton clinched it after converting a 4th-and-1 from its own 46 with 1:47 left after a hard snap count caused a Sequim defender to jump offside.

Knights lead 3-0 after 1st quarter, but miss 2 FGs

Bremerton spent most of the initial 12 minutes in Sequim territory, but led just 3-0 after James Moran and the Knights special teams unit connected on just one of three first quarter field goal attempts.  

Wolves scored twice in 2nd period

A 7-play, 67-yard drive early in the second period put Sequim ahead with a pretty 29-yard bomb from Cowan to Kyler Rollness, making it 7-3 with 8:04 to go before halftime.

Bremerton was looking to take the lead back before intermission and had churned out 38 yards in 4 ground plays from its own 9.

On a 3rd-and-3 from his own 47, Bremerton QB Max Boekenoogen looked deep into the Sequim secondary for receiver Troy Saunders.

Gavin Velarde stepped in front of Saunders for the interception at his own 37 and angled for the left sideline, cutting back inside to avoid a lineman at the 50, then two more defenders at the Bremerton 45 as he angled for the right hash mark, then outran the field for the 63-yard touchdown.

It was Velarde's third career pick-six, repeating last year's feat for 98 yards against Olympic and 99 yards against Eatonville.

The PAT by Byron Rice boosted the Sequim advantage to 14-3 with 1:25 left in the half.

The Knights closed it to 14-10 with 16 seconds to go, capping off a 9-play, 47-yard march with a 4-yard TD pass from Boekenoogen to Savante Perrigo.

Knights stick to the ground game in 2nd half

Bremerton took the lead after nine rushing plays for 95 yards, the final 29 from Brock Criss for the go-ahead score with 7:41 left in the third period, putting the Knights ahead 17-14.

Semaj Cook scored his two touchdowns in the 4th quarter, from 5 yards with 8:57 left for a 24-14 Knights bulge and from 2 yards with 4:08 remaining that upped it to 30-14.

Next week's Preview: North Kitsap Vikings (4-0)

Wolves have a 3-20-2 record in Poulsbo against NK

Sequim will take the road to Poulsbo Friday for a tough test against the unbeaten North Kitsap Vikings (4-0, 2-0).

The Vikings have a 11-36-2 overall advantage in the series that began with a 7-0 Poulsbo victory in 1931.

North Kitsap has defeated the Wolves six consecutive times, including 42-7 last fall in Sequim.

The last Sequim victory in the series was 42-21 in 2010, the first meeting of the teams since 1990.

Sequim has won just three times in Poulsbo in 25 meetings against North Kitsap.

The teams tied at 0-0 in 1940 and 6-6 in 1953.

First Sequim win in Poulsbo - 1950

Coach Bill Schade's squad took the first win at Poulsbo in 1950, 14-12.

Sequim went ahead in the first quarter 7-6 after Wolves quarterback Jim McNally threw to fullback Sam Kilbe for a 50-yard touchdown pass.

Sequim recovered a midfield fumble and scored again in the third quarter when Fahler Dunlap went over the goal line from the 5.

Dunlap had another TD of 90 yards called back via penalty.

The Vikings scored again in the final period but did not convert. 

Coach Barry Wheeler's Wolves won twice in Poulsbo


The legendary 1978 Sequim football squad improved to 6-0 with a 14-10 win over North in Poulsbo.

The Wolves controlled the ball for 9 of the final 12 minutes to spoil the NK homecoming celebration.

Senior tailback Tony Shea, the first 1000 yard rusher in Sequim history, ran for 175 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns.

North Kitsap took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter after recovering a blocked Mike Sherry punt at the Wolves 29, scoring on a 4-yard run by quarterback Mike Moore.

Sequim's stellar offensive line and the backfield of quarterback Mike Russell, fullback Sherry and tailback Shea started from their own 25 and took just nine plays to march for the winning score.

Sherry blasted for 30 yards on three carries in the drive and Russell tacked on 10 more on another jaunt.

Shea got another 17 before running around right end, bouncing off a Viking defender and rolling into the end zone.

Blaise Kaminski kicked the conversion and Sequim led 14-10.

In the first 8 minutes of the final period, North Kitsap had the ball for just six plays.

The Wolves took over with 4:56 left and kept possession for nearly 4 minutes before giving it back at 1:07.

Matt Young blasted NK QB Moore for a 12-yard loss as the clock expired.

Sequim rushed 54 times for 287 yards and won the game with no passing yards.


In 1980, Ray Owens blasted the North Kitsap fullback on a 4th-and-goal inside the 1-yard-line with nine seconds remaining to seal a 13-7 victory for Sequim in Poulsbo.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Barry Wheeler's team.

North Kitsap took over on their own 30 and moved towards the goal line via four 15-yard penalties on Sequim during the drive, obtaining a first-and-goal at the Wolves 4.

Tailback Dave Gillis punched through the North defense for 104 yards in 23 carries and a touchdown.

Fullback Mark Irwin hammered for 87 hashes in 19 rushes and a score.

The Sequim defense slammed the door on the Vikings offense, which gained 44 yards in 29 tries against the visitors.

Gillis scored via trickery in the first quarter when Sequim faced a fourth-and-eight from the North 47.

Gillis took the snap from punt formation and roared right into the interior of the line, slicing his way for the touchdown.

Richard Angelo set up the Wolves second TD in the second quarter with a 50-yard pass interception return to the Vikings 12.

Irwin scored from the 3 and Dale McBride kicked the PAT for a 13-7 halftime lead.

1984 - The longest game in Sequim history

The Wolves bowed to the Vikings 14-6 in a battle for second place in the Olympic League.

The two teams had to return to the Poulsbo gridiron Monday after Friday's game was called off with 6:27 to play in the second quarter because of a power failure in Poulsbo with the Vikings leading 7-6.

The two teams slugged it out in the trenches Monday night.

North scored late in the third quarter with quarterback Rich Hecker setting up the score with a 32-yard pass to Mike Giesch down to the Sequim 10.

The duo connected again for the touchdown from 6 yards.

Hecker hit 12 of 26 passes for 186 yards.

NK rushed for 89 yards.

Sequim's John Nolan was 12 for 30 for 93 yards, but had 4 interceptions.

Ernie Chudej rushed for 37 yards on eight carries and caught 3 passes for 34 yards.

Willie Smith caught 5 passes for 22 yards.

Sequim finished 3-2 in league play and in third place under first-year coach Rich Sweeney.

2017 Game Statistics - Bremerton 30, Sequim 22

Scoring by Quarters:

Brem - 03 07 07 13 -- 30
Seq  -- 00 14 00 08 -- 22

Scoring Summary:

1st quarter:

Brem - James Moran 25 yd Field Goal 7:16

2nd Quarter:

Seq -  Kyler Rollness 29 yd Pass from Riley Cowan. (Byron Rice kick) 8:04

Seq -  Gavin Velarde 63 yd pass interception return (Rice kick) 1:25

Brem - Savante Perrigo 4 yd pass from Max Boekenoogen (Moran kick) :11

3rd Quarter:

Brem - Brock Criss 29 yd run (Moran kick) 7:41 

4th Quarter:

Brem - Semaj Cook 5 yd run (Moran kick) 8:57

Brem - Semaj Cook 2 yd run (kick failed) 4:08

Seq  - Gavin Velarde 6 yd pass from Riley Cowan (Nate Despain pass from Taig Wiker) 2:38

Individual Statistics:


Brem - Semaj Cook 27-136-2TD, Max Boekenoogen 2-14, Ryan Saylor 19-111, Rasheed Joiner 9-53, Brock Criss 4-47-1TD.

Seq - Riley Cowan 10-(-5), Kyler Rollness 1-(-8), Gavin Velarde 2-6, Tyler Conn 3-3, Hayden Gresli 2-14.


Brem - Max Boekenoogen 7-18-90-1TD-1INT

Seq  - Riley Cowan 12-27-163-2TD-2INT


Brem - Troy Saunders 2-33, Ryan Saylor 1-9, Savante Perrigo 3-21-1, Brock Criss 1-27.

Seq  - Gavin Velarde 5-66-1TD, Nathan Despain 1-42, Kyler Rollness 2-33-1, Taig Wiker 1-8, Michael Young 1-16, Tyler Conn 1-0, Hayden Gresli 1-(-2).

Team Statistics:


Brem - 61 rushes, 361 yards, 3TDs

Seq  - 18 rushes, 10 yards


Brem - 7-18, 90 yds, 1TD, 1INT

Seq  - 12-27, 163 yds, 2TD, 2INT

Total Yards:

Brem - 68 plays, 451 yards (6.6 ypp)

Seq  - 45 plays, 173 yards (3.8 ypp)


Brem - 7-65

Seq  - 9-90

Had Intercepted:

Brem - 1

Seq  - 2


Brem - 0

Seq  - 0


Brem - 1

Seq  - 2

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