Friday night in the pouring rain, the Sequim Wolves shrugged off their loss to the Meridian Trojans and showed the Klahowya Eagles what they can deliver, winning their Olympic League opener 53-0.
Sequim (1-0 in league play, 2-1 overall) got 257 yards rushing and two touchdown runs each from Drew Rickerson and Frank Catelli, while the defense held Klahowya to just 13 yards.
The Wolves won this one for Joey Hall, who is recovering from a concussion in the game against the Meridian Trojans.
"You never know when it could be your last play," Hall said, "so give it all you got."
Soon after the opening kickoff, the Wolves stampeded down the field. When the Wolves got into the red zone, Rickerson ran it from 4 yards out for the first touchdown of the night.
Then it was the Eagles' ball and their turn to fly high but they were brought down quickly when Catelli had a massive 14-yard quarterback sack, forcing an Eagles punt. Tyler Forshaw was there to receive the punt and run for a 45-yard touchdown return, and Rickerson ran it in for the 2-point conversion.
The Eagles mustered a little offense in the first quarter, with a few good runs from running back Latrell Simpson, but nothing the Wolf pack defense couldn't handle.
Sequim held nothing back against the Eagles as junior receiver Nick Ramirez snagged a Rickerson pass and ran it 16 yards for a touchdown.
Later in the quarter, Catelli snuck by the Eagles and ran for another touchdown from 46 yards, putting Sequim up 27-0 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, after slowly moving the ball downfield, Rickerson snuck it in for another touchdown from 15 yards.
Forshaw returned a second punt for a touchdown only to see it called back because of a penalty. This did not stop the Wolves, as running back Isaac Yamamoto rushed it down the field in two plays, picking up about 46 yards. Catelli ran up the middle for 9 yards and another touchdown, giving Sequim a 46-0 halftime lead.
"Every play was executed very well," Rickerson said.
Though the Eagles were down at half, they came back with their talons out and ready to play, battling Sequim to a scoreless third quarter.
Sequim reserve running back Jack Wiker surprised the Eagles with his speed in the fourth quarter and blew past them for a touchdown.
"After focusing all week, it had a good end product," Sequim head coach Eric Wiker said with a smile.
Friday night, it's the Bremerton Knights
On Friday, Sept. 24, the Wolves play the Bremerton Knights on the road.
Bremerton is the Olympic League's lone 3A school.
"Bremerton is going to fight hard," Wiker said. "We have been in the same position. When you have a chance at the league title, you are going to go for it."
Sports editor Michael Dashiell contributed to this report.