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Bye bye, Buccaneers

Just like old times.

For three quarters, this looked like an Olympic League prep football showdown pitting equally talented teams vying for a shot at a league title.

For a 14-minute span late in the first half, however,

Sequim's offense, defense and special teams unleashed a fury that overwhelmed Kingston's Buccaneers and turned an early 7-0 Bucs lead into a 56-28 Wolves win.

Beginning with Tyler Forshaw's 90-yard kickoff return and capped by Frank Catelli's fumble recovery in the end zone, Sequim scored six touchdowns in just eight plays during that first half stretch, turning this key league contest into a rout.

The Wolves got two scores each from defense and special teams, plus three passing touchdowns and a rushing TD.

"It was our playmakers stepping up," Sequim coach Erik Wiker said, following a victory win that keeps Sequim undefeated in league play (4-0, 5-1 overall) heading into next Friday's Homecoming game against Olympic.

"I wish I could plan it that way every week," he said.

For much of the first quarter and second half, the Buccaneers looked up to the task of taking on the defending Olympic League champs. But a spate of turnovers and quick Sequim scores were reminiscent of the teams' three previous match-ups, with Sequim outscoring Kingston 156-13 collectively in those games.

"This (Kingston squad) is a far better team," Wiker said of the Bucs (2-2 in league, 3-3 overall), now a four-year program seeking its first winning season.

"We had much respect for them. (The win) was just our kids playing tough."

Sequim quarterback Drew Rickerson finished 18-of-32, passing for 205 yards and three touchdowns.

Teammate Isaac Yama-

moto added 77 rushing yards and score, a touchdown catch, and interception for a six points and a fumble recovery.

The Wolves effectively shut down Kingston's running game and, in particular, running back Lou Hecker, the region's top yardage leader heading into week six.

Hecker had 67 yards on 20 carries and didn't break a run longer than 11 yards.

"Our backers just really plugged the holes," Sequim defensive lineman Frank Catelli said.

"This definitely felt like a championship game," he said.



Bucs take an early lead

Kingston came out punching. Five plays after forcing a Sequim fumble deep into Bucs territory, Kingston quarterback Sam Byers found Stephen Gorman for a 69-yard touchdown pass (Gorman was injured on the play and didn't return).

But Sequim responded immediately, opening a huge lane for kick returner Tyler Forshaw, who motored through the crowd and gave an ankle-breaking juke at midfield for a 90-yard touchdown run. The point-after failed, keeping Kingston ahead, 7-6.

Sequim's defense got to Byers on the next possession to force a fumble and Rickerson found Chase Bigger on the very next play from 26 yards out. Sequim led 14-7.

After forcing a Kingston punt, Sequim scored early in the second quarter on a one-play drive, as Rickerson found Forshaw for a 45-yard catch-and-run and 21-7 lead.

Sequim defensive back Joey Hall jumped all over the next play from scrimmage, reading Byers' pass in the flat for a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown and 28-7 Sequim lead.

The Wolves forced another Kingston punt and took possession on the Bucs' 40-yard-line. Three plays later, Yamamoto motored in from 22 yards away for a 35-7 Sequim advantage.

Frank Catelli capped the barrage by recovering a Kingston fumble on the ensuing kickoff and Mitch Koonz's extra point made it 42-7.

Byers helped Kingston close the gap to 42-14 just before halftime with a 44-yard touchdown toss to tight end George Marinan from 44 yards out.

Sequim pushed the lead to 49-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter, a 16-yard pass from Rickerson to Yamamoto.

Byers and Marinan connected again three minutes later, this time from 19 yards out. But it was Yamamoto putting an emphatic Sequim stamp on the game, picking off a Byers pass with two minutes left for a 28-yard touchdown.

Byers finished 12-of-22 for 234 yards, three touchdowns and the two interceptions.

Sequim's Forshaw had 78 yards receiving. Koonz was a perfect 6-for-6 with extra point tries.



Homecoming

is coming

Sequim looks to break a long-forgotten but ominous streak when they take on Olympic, a former 3A school that dropped down into the 2A classification along with half of the Olympic League before the season.

The Trojans are 11-1 all-time against the Wolves, including a 10-game winning streak.

The teams haven't played each other since 1990, when Olympic topped the Phil Langston-coached Wolves 41-14. Sequim's lone victory against the Silverdale-based Trojans was in 1979.

Olympic (1-3, 1-5) is coming off a 19-3 win against North Kitsap.

Following that game,

Sequim hosts North Kitsap on Oct. 22. Looming is an Oct. 29 date at undefeated rival Port Angeles.

Catelli said that, despite the cross-peninsula rivalry and possible league title-deciding game against the Roughriders, the Wolves are - to coin that old sports cliché - taking it one game at a time.

"We've got to focus on the task at hand," he said.

"(But) I'm looking for-

ward to that game, definitely."



Olympic League standings

Team Lg. Over.

Port Angeles 4-0 6-0

Sequim 4-0 5-1

Bremerton 2-2 3-3

North Mason 2-2 3-3

Kingston 2-2 3-3

Olympic 1-3 1-5

North Kitsap 1-3 1-5

Klahowya 0-4 0-6



Reach Michael Dashiell at miked@sequimgazette.com.





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