Archbishop Murphy rolls past Kennedy Catholic, 45-28
Archbishop Murphy ran for 404 yards and took advantage of four Kennedy Catholic turnovers.
Special to The Seattle Times
EVERETT — What's an extra 'A' mean between friendly Catholic high school football programs?
Not much, as Class 2A Archbishop Murphy flattened 3A Kennedy Catholic 45-28 Friday night in a nonleague game at Terry Ennis Stadium.
Archbishop Murphy (2-0) ran for 404 yards on 51 carries and took advantage of four Kennedy Catholic turnovers in a win that overshadowed a heroic effort by Lancers senior running back Damian Brooks.
Brooks scored all four touchdowns for the Lancers (1-1) while accounting for 402 total yards.
Brooks, who hopes to play for Stanford after this season, ran for 160 yards, caught four passes for 133 more and had kickoff returns for 111 yards.
"This is just a wakeup call for our team," Brooks said. "We just couldn't hold on the ball. It's my job to get into the open field. I was able to do that tonight, but we had too many turnovers."
Archbishop Murphy led 26-21 at halftime, but Kennedy Catholic had a chance to take the lead in the third quarter after moving the ball to the Wildcats' 5. Julius Tavaga then recovered the third lost Lancer fumble to turn the game around.
Morgan Masanda, who carried only four times, scored five plays later on a 67-yard run. After a misplayed punt, Cameron Guy caught a 43-yard scoring pass from Austin VanderWel to put the game away for the Wildcats.
"It was a track meet out there and the scoreboard was getting lit up," Archbishop Murphy coach Dave Ward said. "Both offenses were able to run and throw and it was a good challenge for both defenses to try to stop them. It was a fun game. They're a good team and it was a good experience for everybody."
Alex Galgano, a sophomore who began the season as a backup but became the starter when Randy Gordon broke his leg in the opener, ran for 206 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for the Wildcats.
"It was the line that really dominated up front and allowed us to break some plays," Ward said. "Alex has a great feel to find the creases and he was able to do that tonight."
Galgano also credited his blocking.
"They would bring their safeties up in the box and it was one block, one cut and it was off to the races," Galgano said.
Archbishop Murphy scored four touchdowns in the first half, with quarterback Austin VanderWel running for two and passing for another.
Brooks had three touchdowns in the first half and 290 yards of total offense. He scored on an 80-yard run, a 78-yard kickoff return and on a 73-yard reception from Jason Thompson.