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Tag: Archbishop Murphy


Football: Championship game preview capsules, picks


No. 1 Bellevue (13-0) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lowdown: All the stands in the way of a fourth straight state championship for Bellevue is the last team that beat the Wolverines in the state playoffs. O’Dea’s ball-control offense grinded out a 21-13 win over No. 5 Camas in the semifinals. The Irish held the ball for 13 of the final 14 minutes of the game. If O’Dea can exert its will along the line of scrimmage against Bellevue, get some big plays from running backs Jayshawn Jordan and Jomari Brooks and a couple long kickoff or punt returns from Tatum Taylor, the Irish will push Bellevue to the limit. That’s easier said than done. Bellevue has already knocked off the second- and fourth-ranked teams in the state (Lakes and Kamiakin), holding them to a combined 24 points, and is intent on claiming its 10th state title. Stopping the Wolverines isn’t easy. QB Tyler Hasty and running backs Ari Morales, Myles Jack, John Nguyen, Joey Moore and Andy Bouleware have all had big games this season.

TNT Pick: Bellevue 27, O’Dea 17
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Football: Tumwater stunned by ATM in title rematch, falls 41-6

Bart Potter
Contributing Writer

First things first: Get a stop on Archbishop Murphy’s running quarterback, Hans VanderWel.

The Tumwater Thunderbirds achieved that, more or less, after the first quarter. But the T-
Birds didn’t account for the passing quarterback VanderWel or the sticky pass-defending VanderWel, and the rest of the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats followed the lead of their junior standout en route to a 41-6 victory against defending Class 2A champion Tumwater in a first-round playoff football game at Tumwater District Stadium.

The game was a startling reversal of the 2010 2A title game, when Tumwater handled Archbishop Murphy, 34-14. This year, Murphy dominated from the opening kickoff.

“That’s probably the biggest whipping we’ve had on that field in a long time,” a weary Tumwater coach Sid Otton said afterward.

On the first offensive series of the game, the 6-foot, 200-pound VanderWel had carries of 16 and 8 yards on a seven-play, 57-yard drive capped by a 17-yard touchdown run by junior running back Ricky Gordon.

Tumwater stopped the Wildcats on downs on their next possession, which reached the T-Bird 20, most of the yardage coming on a 40-yard burst by junior Alex Galgano.
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Football: Get your state playoff scoring updates here

We’ll be posting scoring updates of Friday’s first-round state playoff games tonight. Follow me on Twitter at @DougPaceyTNT for instant updates, or check back here throughout the night.

Friday’s football state playoff games

Union 31, No. 10 Kentlake 7 – Final
Central Valley 23, No. 3 Ferris 7 — Final
No. 9 Skyview 34, Kentwood 7 — Final

No. 1 Bellevue 42, Eastside Catholic 0 — Final
No. 2 Lakes 28, Mountain View 0 — Final
No. 5 Camas 48, No. 10 Kennedy Catholic 14 — Final
No. 3 O’Dea 17, Mount Si 3 — Final

W.F. West 52, No. 9 Sequim 21 — Final
No. 7 Lakewood 43, Lindbergh 14 – Final
Inrterlake 49, No. 10 Franklin Pierce 41– Final
No. 6 Archbishop Murphy 41, No. 2 Tumwater 6 — Final
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