Bellevue runs over Archbishop Murphy | Football
Last updated 9/29/2017 at Noon
Archbishop Murphy suffered its first loss in nearly two years.
Bruising running back Isaiah Ifanse ran for 261 yards and four touchdowns to lead Bellevue to a 35-21 victory over the Wildcats in a non-conference football game Friday, Sept. 22, at Archbishop Murphy High School’s Terry Ennis Stadium.
The Wildcats’ last loss was 24-21 to Tumwater in the 2A state semifinals in November 2015.
“It’s a new feeling for them,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen said of his players. “We have so much we need to correct. That’s why you schedule a game like that.”
Jensen said the Wildcats need to improve on their execution on the little details, such as wrapping up on tackles and running through contact.
Bellevue’s success on the ground was combination of the Archbishop Murphy defense not aligning properly and some poor tackling.
“The combination of those two things is a killer,” he said.
The Wildcats (3-1) fell behind 21-0 in the second quarter before scoring on a trick play. Senior wide receiver Kyler Gordon threw an 88-yard pass to Dillon Singh Halpin and the Wildcats went into halftime down 21-7.
The Wolverines (3-1) scored another TD in the third quarter to extend their advantage to 28-14. Sophomore quarterback Victor Gabalis then connected on a 23-yard touchdown pass to Gordon to cut the deficit to 28-14.
“Coming out of halftime we challenged the boys and they responded,” Jensen said. “You can’t let a good team like that jump on you early.”
But the Wolverines shut down the Wildcats the rest of the way, while scoring two more touchdowns.
Jensen said that Bellevue, which was ineligible for the playoffs last season, came into Friday night’s game wanting to make a point.
“I don’t think our kids really understood the magnitude of the game for Bellevue,” Jensen said.
The Wolverines were the fastest team Archbishop Murphy has faced this season.
“I think it took us a half to adjust to their speed,” Jensen said. “At halftime we got back to doing some of the things that we’ve been able to have success in.”
Archbishop Murphy running back Ben Hines rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries and running back Ray Pimental had 74 yards on 13 carries. Gordon caught seven passes for 63 yards.
Bellevue rushed for 347 yards and completed only 1 of 2 passes for 9 yards.
Archbishop Murphy resumes league play with a 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 game against Sultan at Terry Ennis Stadium.
“It was a very physical game with Bellevue and our kids were definitely feeling it this week. We’ll be missing some guys when we play on Friday,” Jensen said.