They didn’t win the league title, but the West Seattle High School Wildcats have no time to dwell on that – now it’s on to the playoffs, after last night’s loss to Eastside Catholic. Here’s our full report, including a video interview with the coach:
By Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publisher
For the past few weeks the question hasn’t been how physical are West Seattle High‘s opponents, but just how fast? That changed on Friday night when the Wildcats came up against Eastside Catholic Friday night in the Metro League championship game at Memorial Stadium downtown. Eastside came away with the victory, 38-14, and the title. After the game West Seattle coach Davis Lura talked with us on video about his team’s first loss of the season.
Eastside managed to keep West Seattle defense on the field for most of the first half. The first quarter alone was taken up by one Eastside drive that managed to move the ball down the field to score despite the fact that the Crusaders picked up more than 30 yards in penalties in the process.
West Seattle kept the game close throughout the first half by using little or no time to score on two separate possessions. The first time the Wildcats had the ball they managed to drive 65 yards on four plays and score. The time of possession was less than a minute. That drive, so typical of many seen this year, relied on Alek Sils rolling out to hit Benny Seaturn for a 28 yard gain. From there, Markeem Adams only had to run a couple of yards to put the ball in the end zone.
The real damage was done by Eastside’s five-eight, 200-pound running back Mike Bush. He did all the heavy lifting for the Crusader offense Friday night. He was not only their leading scorer but also their go-to guy for gaining ground and burning time off the clock. The only damage he wasn’t responsible for was Eastside’s double-teaming of WSHS running back T.J. Lee, who has provided so much of the Wildcats’ offensive punch this year.
This game leaves both teams with a record of 8-1 on the year. The Wildcats move on to playoff action, first facing Enumclaw, who beat White River 35-19 on Thursday night. That game will be played next Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
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