PREP FOOTBALL: Olympic runs over Sequim in second half
Sequim’s Matthew Sierra (28) looks up after making a catch in front of the defense of Olympic’s Joel Gesicki. Photo -- Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
By Jordan Goodman
For Peninsula Daily News
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The Trojans’ surge was led by running back Keshun McGee, who slipped through and around the Wolves for 250 yards and two touchdowns.
“He’s faster than anyone on the field. He’s elusive, too,” Sequim head coach Erik Wiker said of McGee. “We stopped ourselves, though. We can’t cause our own destruction.”
The Wolves, meanwhile were unable to find big plays of their own.
Junior quarterback Miguel Moroles gained yards through the air and by running bootlegs, but the Wolves couldn’t sustain drives.
“We’ve got to improve on execution,” Wiker said. “It’s maturity. I think it’s inexperience.”
The Wolves have seven freshmen and 17 sophomores on the varsity team and only six seniors.
Junior running back Nate Nelson scored on a 4-yard run for Sequim, who held a 6-0 lead into halftime.
The Wolves defense kept Olympic scoreless in the first two quarters by clogging holes and making tackles.
“We’re competing at a high-level with a young team,” Wiker said.
“But we can’t put a whole game together.”
Both teams were their own worst enemies with numerous costly penalties and turnovers.
Moroles threw three interceptions, two of which came on fourth down. The Wolves’ defense forced two fumbles and junior Nathan Henning came up with an interception in the first half.
The difference was that McGee’s legs were able to make up for the Trojan’s mistakes.
On the first play of the second half, McGee sprinted for a 69-yard touchdown, which was nine more yards than he had the entire first half.
Following punts by each team, Olympic scored on a 1-yard run by Logan Madison in the third quarter to make it a 14-6 game.
With less than seven minutes to play, McGee raced for an 80-yard touchdown following a fourth-down interception to put the Trojans up 21-6.
Moroles followed with a 7-yard touchdown run, but Sequim’s two-point conversion attempt fell short when Nelson was stuffed at the line of scrimmage.
Trailing 21-12 with only four minutes left in the game, the Wolves tried for an onside kick that landed just out of reach.
The Trojans’ final score came on a 20-yard run by Madison that made it a 28-12 game with 1:21 to play.
“They’ve gotta believe,” Wiker said of his team.
“When we don’t believe, it turns into that.”
After the game he challenged his team to never quit, and he told them that the only losers are those who quit.
He also praised the effort of Moroles.
“He didn’t quit,” Wiker said.
Big-play star and senior homecoming prince Brett Wright suffered a neck injury in the first quarter and was taken away by ambulance.
Wiker said after the game that Wright was able to make some movement.
The Wolves were all sporting pink socks in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
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