SPORTS: Chief Sealth IHS keeps Huling Bowl trophy for second year

10:15 PM: We’re at Southwest Athletic Complex, where Chief Sealth International High School has just topped West Seattle High School in the annual Huling Bowl football game. Final score: CSIHS 29, WSHS 14. Much more to come.

ADDED SATURDAY MORNING: The exuberance that Sealth displayed after the win had permeated the whole night. The Seahawks were the home team, though SWAC is both teams’ home field. Both schools’ bands and cheerleaders were there; the Sealth band marched in pre-game:


Sealth waved the flag – that’s #32, Elias Orbino:

Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer was at the grill for the pre-game cookout:

Now, on to the football. West Seattle’s offense didn’t really awaken until the fourth quarter. Until then, it was almost all about Sealth star #8, Dontae McMillan, starting with his first TD at 4:02 to go in the first quarter:

He scored three of the four Sealth TD’s; his twin brother, #6 Jalonie McMillan, had the other, right before halftime (bringing that score to 20-0):

A safety with 8:43 to go in the third quarter concluded Sealth’s scoring. Then in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats started a comeback.

West Seattle #6 Colin Roman got them on the boards with 11:08 to go in the game; six minutes later, the Wildcats scored again, but though they tried mightily to keep it going, that’s where it stopped, 29-14. The two schools’ athletic directors, WSHS’s Corey Sorenson and CSIHS’s Ernest Policarpio, had been watching from the sidelines with the trophy:

Then it was time to celebrate:

Chief Sealth’s second consecutive win follows two years (2015, 2016) for West Seattle – the Seahawks have won both years since head coach Ted Rodriguez took over.

If you’re new, the Huling Bowl backstory is here. Steve Huling (CSIHS Class of 1965), who we interviewed for that story in 2012, was at the game last night, as were hundreds of fans from both school communities.

NEXT UP: Sealth (1-2) plays Cleveland at Memorial Stadium downtown next Friday night (September 21st), 7:45 pm; WSHS (0-3) is at home at SWAC that night vs. Nathan Hale, 7 pm.

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