(WSB photos/video by Patrick Sand, unless otherwise credited)
10:09 PM: This year’s cross-peninsula bragging rights have just gone back to Chief Sealth International High School, after they won the annual Huling Bowl football game against West Seattle High School, 34-8. The Wildcats won resoundingly last year after four consecutive Seahawk wins, but tonight Chief Sealth had the upper hand on the field. Details and photos later.
3:10 AM: We’ve added more toplines and photos/video from the game, which drew a sizable crowd to Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex, bigger than we can remember in most years (weather might have been a factor – the game is often later in the season, and last year it was raining). Both schools had robust cheering sections:
Most of the first quarter was about defense. The scorelessness finally ended with 1:30 to go when #5, junior Jamal Guy Jr., got the first of his two touchdowns. The quarter ended with Sealth leading, 7-0.
In the second quarter, WSHS #17, junior Matthew Henning-Dierickx, scored what turned out to be the Wildcats’ only TD.
At 5:19 to go in the half, West Seattle took the lead after getting two points from a safety. Their lead only lasted until the :50 mark, when Sealth’s Guy got his next TD. The Seahawks tried a two-point conversion, but that didn’t work. 13-8 was the score going into halftime.
In the second half, Sealth opened things up with a TD by #4, junior Isaac Martinez, at 5:55 to go in the third quarter.
The kick was good, and the Seahawks were ahead 20-8. WSHS tried to get something going after that but just couldn’t, though they did manage to restrain Chief Sealth from further scoring in that quarter, and until midway through the final period.
At 5:04, (corrected) Sealth’s #9, sophomore Micah Policarpio, got the ball into the end zone again.
Seahawks’ #22, junior Jeylen Pham-Alejaga, followed suit three minutes later. By that point, West Seattle fans started to leave. And when the final seconds were gone, it was time for head coach Daron Camacho and his Seahawks to celebrate Sealth’s fifth Huling Bowl win in six years.
This was the second win of the year for Chief Sealth, the first loss for West Seattle and head coach Jeff Scott. CSIHS plays at Ingraham next Friday, 4:30 pm, while WSHS plays at NCSWAC, 7 pm vs. Lincoln.
SIDE NOTE: If you aren’t a longtime West Seattleite, you might wonder what and who the game’s named after. This WSB story from 2012 explains. For a closer look at the trophy, here’s a photo from Friday night’s game with the two schools’ athletic directors, Ernest Policarpio and Corey Sorenson:
(We may add a few more photos later today.)