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Wolves romp over Klahowya
KONP News Talk Radio 1450
Sequim kicked off the 2011 Olympic League campaign with a 53-0 drubbing of the Klahowya Eagles at Silverdale Stadium on Friday night.
Senior quarterback Frank Catelli threw four touchdown passes, rushing for another score as the Wolves improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2005.
“One thing we have always done in this program is take advantage of the weeks that we have opponents we think we should be able to beat,” Sequim coach Erik Wiker said. “Our goal is to get better the week we play them and get better for the weeks ahead that are tougher.”
Catelli completed 19 of 26 passes for 385 yards and had one interception. He also rushed 11 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.
It took just 93 seconds for Sequim to tally the first score against the Eagles, as Christian Miles took a short Catelli pass off a drag pattern 36 yards to pay dirt, capping a five-play, 77-yard march.
Miles caught six balls for 111 yards and a pair of scores.
Klahowya’s attempt at chicanery on its first play from scrimmage with a double pass was thwarted by Sequim’s Tyler Forshaw, who intercepted a pass by running back Jacob Sheets and returned the ball to the Eagles’ 38.
The teams traded turnovers before the Wolves boosted their lead to 13-0 on Forshaw’s 21-yard TD reception from Catelli at the 7:27 mark of the opening stanza. Forshaw grabbed five passes for 135 yards.
Less than three minutes later, Sequim tailback Jack Wiker made his second of three visits to the Klahowya end zone on a 9-yard run, making it 19-0 with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolves got two short TD runs in the second period — a 1-yard walk by Catelli behind power blocking and a 2-yard punch by Wiker — along with a 20-yard Catelli to Wiker TD aerial that gave Sequim a 39-0 halftime lead.
Wiker carried eight times for 58 yards.
Klahowya managed to get to the Sequim 10-yard-line early in the second half, but came up empty after a 31-yard field goal miss by Eagles freshman kicker Casey Barnes-Trask.
Erik Wiker gave kudos to his defensive unit that held the Eagles to 77 total yards for the game.
“The line did really well as did the defensive backs on pass coverage; they’re probably the best DBs (defensive backs) as a core, almost ever here,” he said.
“Our defense played really tough,” said Erik Wiker, who now is 10-0 in his career versus Klahowya.
“We let them get going a bit in the second half, but it’s hard to stay focused when you’re up by that much,” he said. “We have to do that so the kids don’t get hurt.”
After Catelli’s final 3-yard scoring pass to Miles with 4:52 left in the third quarter, the mercy rule was triggered with a 46-0 Sequim advantage.
The time clock ran continuously for the final 16 minutes, 52 seconds.
Late in the fourth quarter, Sequim sophomore Adam Knapman spun out of a Klahowya tackle and raced 29 yards to the house and the final score of 53-0.
The Wolves racked up 621 yards of offense, despite 13 penalties for 110 yards.
Erik Wiker talked about several illegal procedure calls on his offense.
“The wideouts weren’t checking with the line judge and they were getting penalties for being off the line and then we had a few holding penalties, a lot of it was us not executing to our ability,” Wiker noted.
One first half Sequim touchdown drive went 85 yards in 10 plays, despite five penalties for 40 yards.
“The positive was there was the perseverance in a negative situation,” Wiker said. “Our line did really well both running and passing. They were a big difference in the game.”
Wiker also praised the hard work of his coaching staff, noting this season’s loss of coach Matt Ashley to a small college in Kansas.
“A lot of guys have stepped up and taken on the role that he has done,” Wiker said. “We work really well together and they’ve done a good job with the kids this year.”
Knights on the horizon
After two road games, Sequim is back for some home cooking and a game against the Bremerton Knights, the Olympic League’s lone 3A school, in the first of three consecutive home games.
Last week, Bremerton dropped a 47-27 decision at Port Angeles.
In 2010, Sequim blasted the Knights as the Wolves overcame 17 penalties to shake off the upset-minded Bremerton squad, 48-14. Drew Rickerson threw for 326 yards and three touchdown passes while Isaac Yamamoto added 133 rushing yards and three scores. Tyler Forshaw had 109 receiving yards in the win.
In other Olympic League openers, Port Angeles outscored Bremerton 47-27, Kingston spanked Olympic 35-7 and North Kitsap blanked North Mason 45-0.
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