KINGSTON — The message Sequim head football coach Erik Wiker has been sending to his players after a rough 0-3 start to the season was that they have to keep believing in themselves.
And boy, did the Wolves ever make believers out of Kingston, crushing the Buccaneers on the road Friday 52-6 behind four touchdown passes and two touchdown runs from Lars Wiker.
Wiker finished the game 14-for-21 for 233 yards. He rushed five times for 53 yards.
“I think we played to our potential. We’ve been getting better every week,” said coach Wiker.
Coach Wiker said that in a loss against Forks, the Wolves actually outgained the Spartans and that the Wolves’ other two losses were to a very good 3A Bainbridge squad and a good Port Angeles team that absolutely manhandled preseason favorite Olympic on Friday.
“I told them they have to keep the belief in themselves and the belief that they are a good team,” Wiker said. “It can be hard to believe in yourself when you’re 0-3 but I kept telling them they’re a better team than that.”
Liam Wiker had 18 yards receiving and a touchdown and ran 11 times for 101 yards. He also had a 19-yard pass for a touchdown. Zeke Schmedeke had a great game with four catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.
Patrick Elias had 52 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Charlie Grider had 40 yards receiving and a touchdown. Miles Taylor had 20 yards receiving and a TD.
In addition to all those fireworks, Jack Henninger kicked a 39-yard field goal, a healthy distance for high school football, and two kickoffs into the end zone.
Next week, Sequim (1-2, 1-3) is back on the road to play Olympic (1-3, 2-3) at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a chance to get to .500 in the Olympic League.
Raymond/South Bend 40, Forks 21
SOUTH BEND — The Forks football team was victimized by big plays against a good 4-1 Raymond team, staying close until the fourth quarter, when the Ravens pulled away for a 40-21 victory, handing the Spartans their first loss of the year.
The Spartans were down just two scores at 27-14 in the fourth quarter.
“They’re a very well-coached team. We knew they would be well-prepared,” said Forks coach Trevor Highfield.
Big plays hurt the Spartans as the Ravens had a 45-yard run, followed by 62-yard and 87-yard touchdown runs in the first half. In the second half, Raymond had a bit of a lucky 50-yard touchdown pass on a throw that was tipped by the Spartans’ Cashtien Barajas.
“The big, explosive plays killed us,” Highfield said. The Spartans started four freshmen going up against 10 seniors on the Raymond squad.
“I’m proud of them. They played well,” Highfield said.
After Raymond got up 14-0, Nate Dahlgren, who returned to the team as the lead running back after missing a few weeks, scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7. After the Spartans gave up an 87-yard run in the final seconds of the first half to make it 20-7, one of those freshmen, Bubba Hernandez, hit Gunner Rogers with a 27-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to make it 27-14.
Landon Olson scored a touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Hernandez for Forks’ final score.
“The great thing about the scoreboard is you either win or learn. It’s an opportunity to learn,” Highfield said.
Walker Wheeler also had an interception for the Spartans and Highfield said Wheeler, Brody Lausche and Dahlgren all made a number of great plays on defense.
The Spartans (2-1, 4-1) look to bounce back with an unusual “home” game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sequim against Friday Harbor (2-2), which has to take two ferry trips to the game, which is the reason for the location and Saturday afternoon time.
Neah Bay 60, Tulalip Heritage 6
STANWOOD — The Neah Bay football team got exactly 200 yards rushing from Tyler Swan and Jodell Wimberley in a 60-6 win over Tulalip Heritage for the Red Devils’ third straight win.
“Things are coming together pretty well. The offensive line is starting to work together,” said coach TJ Greene.
Wan led the team with 109 yards rushing and three touchdowns while also making 11 tackles, including seven unassisted tackles, on defense.
Wimberley ran 14 times for 91 yards and a touchdown. He also had an interception on defense.
Quarterback Mathias Greene was 5-for-6 passing for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 25 yards. Aiden Ellis had two catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a 44 rushing touchdown. He added six tackles on defense.
Carlos Aguirre added five tackles and a quarterback sack on defense.
Neah Bay’s record improved to 3-2 after a 2-0 start, and the Red Devils are getting hot just in time for a very rough stretch of their schedule. They play a very good 2B team from Raymond/South Bend (4-1) that just beat Forks. That game is at 7 p.m. Friday in Forks. After that game, they play a strong 1B team in Darrington (5-0).
Neah Bay has already played Forks and last year’s defending 1B champion Liberty Bell this season as the Red Devils gave themselves an exceptionally difficult schedule this season.
In other Friday night games, Neah Bay beat Tulalip Heritage 60-6 and Life Christian beat East Jefferson 66-12.