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Originally published September 27, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified September 27, 2008 at 1:04 AM

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Metro | No. 5 Wildcats defeat Nathan Hale 32-15

Another Friday night, another batch of touchdowns for West Seattle's T. J. Lee. The senior speedster scored four TDs and fifth-ranked West...

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Another Friday night, another batch of touchdowns for West Seattle's T.J. Lee.

The senior speedster scored four TDs and fifth-ranked West Seattle beat host Nathan Hale 32-15 in a significant Metro League Sound Division game.

Nathan Hale (1-3, 1-1) is the defending division champion and now only Rainier Beach appears to have a realistic chance of upsetting West Seattle.

Rainier Beach (3-1, 3-0 Metro) and West Seattle (4-0, 3-0) play Oct. 17.

Lee rushed for three touchdowns and finished with 157 yards on 17 carries. For the second straight week, he also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, this one 76 yards after taking a handoff.

Last week, Lee scored all three touchdowns in West Seattle's victory over O'Dea.

"He's a big-time impact player," said Hale coach Hoover Hopkins of the 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back.

Lee scored on a 45-yard touchdown gallop on the fifth play of the game, but the Raiders answered with a 10-yard touchdown by Michael Fields, who finished with 94 yards on 22 carries.

Lee replied with his all-the-way kickoff return.

Nathan Hale took its only lead, 13-12, in the second quarter on an 11-yard pass from Jordan Sullivan to Chris McKinney and a point-after kick by 266-pound lineman Carlos Vega-Garcia.

Marshall Hance answered for West Seattle with a 31-yard TD run before halftime.

In the second half, Nathan Hale scored on a safety after a bad punt snap, but Lee had TD runs of 58 and 13 yards, the latter coming on a clock-chewing 11-play drive late in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Aleks Sils connected with Isaiah Jenkins for third-down gains of 32 and 26 yards in the drive. Jenkins finished with 101 yards on three catches.


West Seattle again was without all-purpose standout Aaron Grymes, a Washington Huskies recruit. Coach Davis Lura said Grymes will undergo exploratory knee surgery on Tuesday and will miss at least the next two games and possibly more.

Other games

Rainier Beach 41, Cleveland 6

At Memorial Stadium, Thomas Williams ran for three touchdowns, including a 98-yarder, to lead the Vikings to the Sound Division win. Williams started a Rainier Beach 35-point barrage in the second quarter with his 98-yard run. He scored the next two touchdowns to start the rout. With the 35-0 second quarter spurt, Rainier Beach (3-1, 3-0) has now outscored its past three opponents 82-0 in the second quarter.

Ingraham 13, at Chief Sealth 12

The Rams scored all their points in the second half and got their first win of the season with the Sound Division game. Ingraham (1-3, 1-2) trailed 6-0 at halftime. Chief Sealth (0-3, 0-3) had a pair of scoring runs from Tyree Brown and Daniel Davis.

Bainbridge 34, Seattle Prep 0

At West Seattle Stadium, Senior Ross Cobb ran for an 86-yard touchdown in the third quarter to break open the game and lead the Spartans (2-1, 1-0) to the Mountain Division win. Cobb finished with 133 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving. Seattle Prep dropped to 1-3, 0-1.


League Overall
Mountain W L W L
Bainbridge 1 0 3 1
Lakeside 0 0 3 0
Eastside Catholic 0 0 2 1
O'Dea 0 0 2 1
Bishop Blanchet 0 0 1 2
Seattle Prep 0 1 1 3
Sound W L W L
Rainier Beach 3 0 3 1
West Seattle 2 0 4 0
Cleveland 2 1 2 2
Nathan Hale 1 1 1 3
Ingraham 1 2 1 3
Franklin 0 2 1 2
Chief Sealth 0 3 0 3

Friday's results

Rainier Beach 41, Cleveland 6

West Seattle 32, Nathan Hale 15

Ingraham 13, Chief Sealth 12

Bainbridge 34, Seattle Prep 0

Mark Morris vs. Franklin (NL), late

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