Photos, video: Chief Sealth wins 2012 Huling Bowl thriller

October 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 9 Comments

(All photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
After Chief Sealth International High School‘s first-time-in-a-long-time Huling Bowl triumph last night – Sealth 19, West Seattle High School 15 – there were celebrations loud …

(Video by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
and not so loud:

And lots of spirit from both sides even before the team captains headed out for the coin flip (note the pink socks for Breast Cancer Awareness Month):

It wasn’t long till a hard-fought game was under way:

WSB contributing photojournalist Nick Adams‘ 23 additional scenes from the field, the stands, and the sidelines tell the story – ahead:

The free pregame barbecue (courtesy of the sponsoring Huling family – see our Friday preview for the backstory) featured principals Ruth Medsker (WSHS) and Chris Kinsey (CSIHS) at the grill:

Camaraderie prevailed between the coaching staffs too.

And then – it was on. West Seattle’s Diandre Jackson was the first to score in the game, running the ball in on the Wildcats’ second possession:

Things weren’t looking too bad for WSHS. Here’s the Wildcats’ Joe Ylagan with a pass:

Sealth kept the pressure on:

So did WSHS.

Cheerleaders too.

Here’s West Seattle’s Ayden Mikami on the run:

And Chief Sealth’s Joseph Kilgore looking to block Wildcat Brennan Newquist‘s tackle:

West Seattle’s 8-7 lead at halftime looked like it might hold up as the rain arrived in time for the second half. But first … the halftime show:

(The two schools’ bands had practiced together just hours earlier, as we showed you Friday afternoon.)

The slick ball made the third quarter a quick affair.

But as the rain subsided, both teams managed to score.

West Seattle’s Jimmi Martin jumps for a pass …

… and misses one:

Everything seemed to turn when Sealth blocked a West Seattle punt and Marquise Givens scored one play later.

Givens also had several long runs in the fourth quarter:

Senior defensive back Trey Brown had a key interception, picking off a West Seattle pass with about two minutes to go. They’d been after him earlier:

Finally, Sealth’s Vinny Wilson dove into the end zone to give the team the winning touchdown against West Seattle.:

Jubilation followed for the Seahawks, since it had been more than a decade since they had beaten WSHS in the big game:

Then there was the run back out with that special celebratory bucket:

First-year Sealth coach Luther Carr III afterward:

(We interviewed Coach Carr shortly after he came aboard last February, but didn’t think to ask the question “So do you think you can bring home the Huling Bowl trophy?”) Both teams have their next games on Thursday night – WSHS plays Nathan Hale on the road, 7 pm Thursday, while it’s Sealth’s Senior Night vs. Ingraham, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex.


  1. Thanks for all the coverage. I saw nothing on the local news about this game.

    Comment by Lara — 3:29 pm October 13, 2012 #

  2. Yessss! Go Chief Sealth!!!

    -Proud CSIHS Graduate :)

    Comment by Anonymous — 3:59 pm October 13, 2012 #

  3. Congrats guys!

    Comment by WTF — 5:08 pm October 13, 2012 #

  4. Thank you to the Huling family for giving back to our community.

    Comment by Harry Reems — 7:08 pm October 13, 2012 #

  5. Go, Hawks!

    Thanks for the great coverage :)

    Comment by Catherine — 10:48 pm October 13, 2012 #

  6. It was a well panned community event in a full house. The school spirit, the cheer leading, the bands, the hot dogs and the game itself were fantastic. I always look forward to these games. We are proud to be a part of it. Great coverage WSB. Congrats!!

    Comment by steve huling — 8:31 am October 14, 2012 #

  7. Sweet

    Comment by dsa — 9:24 pm October 14, 2012 #

  8. The Huling family gives to the community? I am curious… how? ps: big congrats!!

    Comment by denise — 12:47 pm October 15, 2012 #

  9. It’s in our previous story (which Chief Sealth, game hosts, was even kind enough to republish on the back of the game program!) –

    Comment by WSB — 12:52 pm October 15, 2012 #

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