(Video and most photos added postgame)
The annual Huling Bowl game – cross-peninsula high-school varsity football, West Seattle vs. Chief Sealth – is over, and for the second consecutive year after a long WSHS win streak, Sealth keeps the trophy, breaking the game open in the second half and winning 49-19. Our as-it-happened coverage from West Seattle Stadium is below; post-game video with the Luther Carr-coached Seahawks jubilantly claiming the trophy is above, and we will be adding numerous photos below in the hours ahead, so check this story again in the morning to see what happened not only during but also before the game:
ORIGINAL REPORT, BEGINNING AT 7:04 PM: The big game is on – Chief Sealth Seahawks vs. West Seattle Wildcats, varsity football with the Huling Bowl trophy at stake.
We’ll be updating from West Seattle Stadium as it goes.
7:18 PM: First score of the game, with 4:43 left in the first quarter – Chief Sealth, touchdown by #7, LeeAndre Dickerson. Extra point is good, 7-0 CSIHS.
7:35 PM: First quarter’s over, score still Sealth 7, WSHS 0.
Lot of turnovers.
8:02 PM: Second touchdown in the game is also #7, LeeAndre Dickerson, for Sealth, seen in our Instagram clip:
No point after; score’s now 13-0 Sealth, with 2:26 left in the first half. The marching bands have left the stands to get ready for the halftime show.
8:14 PM: The Wildcats are on the board, with #12 Carter Golgart scoring a TD with :25 to go in the first half.
Attempted two-pointer failed afterward; score now 13 CSIHS, 6 WSHS.
8:19 PM: It’s halftime – still Sealth 13, WSHS 6. (added)The bands took the field.
Instagram clip from the combined bands’ performance:
Band directors Marcus Pimpleton (Sealth) and Ethan Thomas (WSHS):
8:38 PM: The second half has just begun. Good fan turnout on both sides.
8:46 PM: Sealth #42, Marquise Givens (above), just scored a TD, with the point after by #34, Edgar Marquez. It’s now Seahawks 20, Wildcats 6, with 9:48 left in the third quarter.
8:49 PM: And after #59, Sam Tino, came up with the ball again for Sealth, #2, Brady Crane got a 45-yard TD on the reverse. Point after good. Now 27-6 Sealth with 9:26 to go in the third quarter.
9:00 PM: West Seattle answers with another touchdown by #12, Carter Golgart (above), but the 2-point conversion attempt failed. It’s now Sealth 27, WSHS 12 (two-point conversion failed), 5:33 left in 3rd quarter.
9:09 PM: It’s a night for scoring two TDs, at least for the three players between both teams who’ve had TDs so far. Now there’s another for Sealth by #42, Marquise Givens. It’s 36 CSIHS, 12 WSHS.
9:18 PM: Third quarter is over, still 36-12 Sealth. Meantime, thanks to CSIHS’s Twitter crew for informing us that #42 has the wrong name on the printed roster – those two TD’s are the work of Marquise Givens, and we’re editing the above updates to reflect that.
9:20 PM: Another Sealth TD with 10:18 to go in the game. #41, Allen Delker.
9:30 PM: With 7:23 to go, a quarterback-keeper TD by #12 Weston Reed. It’s now Sealth 49, WSHS 12.
9:36 PM: The Wildcats answer – West Seattle’s #5 Carter Mensing with a TD, 4:39 left in the game. 49-19 Sealth. Some spectators have left but a lot of dedicated fans remain. Last year, by the way, was the first time in memory that Sealth won the Huling Bowl – that was a close game (19-15). Two minutes now remain in this one.
9:46 PM: It’s final, 49-19 Sealth over WSHS for the Huling Bowl. Trophy to come.
ADDED: Pre-game scenes – WSHS staff including Principal Ruth Medsker were at the grill for the free barbecue:
Wildcat-spirit treats were part of a bake sale to raise money for the cheer squad:
Speaking of whom:
We photographed their CSIHS counterparts practicing pre-game:
Back in the parking lot, the tailgating continued:
A short time later, the home team’s band marched in, and it was on:
Next week, the final games of the regular season. It’s West Seattle’s homecoming game on Thursday (October 24) at Southwest Athletic Complex, against Nathan Hale; Sealth is on the road Friday (October 25th) vs. Ingraham at Northwest Athletic Complex.