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Football: Trojans top Wolves on Homecoming
A tale of two halves continued for the Sequim Wolves on homecoming night.
After weeks of second half surges, the Wolves were outrun in the second half by the Olympic Trojans in the 28-12 loss on Oct. 4.
Quarterback Miguel Moroles led the pack early giving the Wolves a 6-0 lead going into halftime but Sequim (0-3 in league, 0-5 overall) failed to stop the Olympic’s monstrous running game.
Tailback Keshun McGee exploded for the Trojans (2-1, 3-2) with 247 yards on a 70-yard touchdown run on the first play in the second half and an 80-yard run later in the third quarter.
McGee left briefly in the third quarter with an injury between those scores but his backup Logan Madison ran for two scores in the fourth quarter.
Moroles ran for a score of his own but threw three interceptions.
Sequim head coach Erik Wiker commended Moroles for his efforts as Morles passed for 137 yards and ran for another 132 yards.
“Miguel played his butt off (but) it takes a team,” he told his players after the loss.
Sequim caught a few breaks as Olympic had three touchdowns called back for penalties– the first due to illegal formation at the end of the second half, the second due to an illegal chop block in the last seconds of the third quarter, and a block in the back in the fourth quarter.
However, Wiker called out his team for bad penalties of their own such as an unsportsmanlike conduct call on a failed onside kick after scoring their second touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“If you watch the second half, you’ll see effort they didn’t have before,” he said.
The Wolves had opportunities to match the Trojans such as a fumble recovery at Olympic’s 21-yard line midway through the third but an end zone interception led to McGee’s 80-yard run and a 21-6 lead.
Sequim strung together good run and pass combinations in the fourth leading to Moroles’ second touchdown run but a failed two-point conversion and missed onside kick recovery forced the Wolves back into a two-possession game at 21-12.
The Trojans kept the ball on the ground leading to Madison’s second score for the 28-12 win.
Wiker said afterward his players need to work on execution. “They stopped themselves and need to work on not causing their own destruction,” he said.
He partly attributes the season’s growing pains to the young team’s inexperience and maturity.
“We had freshmen on the field under the big lights of homecoming when they were just eighth graders in the stands last year,” he said.
“We’ve never had that before.”
Senior receiver Brett Wright was injured less than three minutes into the game with a lower neck injury.
He was brought by ambulance to Olympic Medical Hospital.