Archbishop Murphy crushes Cedarcrest, 50-0
Morgan Masanda scored touchdowns all three times he touched the ball, and the Wildcats rolled up 386 yards on the ground in their Cascade Conference opener.
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EVERETT — Morgan Masanda sprinted for touchdowns all three times he touched the football to help Archbishop Murphy crush Cedarcrest 50-0 Friday night.
Masanda, a sophomore, scored on runs of 4, 14 and 47 yards in the first half to help the Wildcats build a 43-0 cushion in the Cascade Conference opener for both teams. He then made a veteran move by crediting his offensive line.
"I barely even got touched, so I have to give props to our guys up front," Masanda said after gaining 65 yards on three carries. He sat out the second half.
"We have a good mix of backs and I'm the speed guy. We have a couple of power backs, so even though it was good tonight we can play even better," Masanda said.
Archbishop Murphy (3-0, 1-0) used 11 running backs to rack up 386 yards on 32 carries. Sophomore Alex Galgano had 147 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and Keola Wilkins gained 82 yards on only two carries.
"Morgan really looked good," Wildcats coach Dave Ward said of his 5-foot-6, 141-pound halfback. "He's got some speed and when we get him to the outside he has the ability to go all the way every time he touches it."
Ward, 25-3 in three seasons at Archbishop Murphy, said it's premature to award the conference trophy to his team. Cedarcrest was picked by league coaches in a preseason poll to finish second to the Wildcats.
"We're obviously really good against the run," Ward said after his team held the Red Wolves to 29 yards on 27 carries. "I think King's and Lakewood, with their passing attacks, are probably going to be a better challenge for us against our young secondary. We're looking down the road and saying we have tougher games coming. We can't relax and say we have the league wrapped up by any means."
Cedarcrest (1-2, 0-1) turned it over the first three times it had the ball, on two interceptions and a fumble. Archbishop Murphy scored on its first two possessions, and John Schulstad's 45-yard interception return for a TD put the Wildcats ahead 21-0.
A running clock was in effect with Archbishop Murphy up by more than 45 points, but Cedarcrest twice called timeouts in an attempt to score in the final seconds. Time finally ran out with the Red Wolves at the Wildcats' 2.