THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
BELLINGHAM - Sehome football couldn't have picked a better way to say goodbye to its senior class.
In a game where offenses dominated, the Mariners (4-6), led by senior running back Malik Williams, defeated winless Sammamish 62-29 on Friday, Nov. 2, at Civic Stadium.
And in his last game as a Sehome football player, Williams showed the younger players what will be expected of them in the years to come. Williams finished the game rushing for 130 yards and two touchdowns on four carries (32.5 yards per carry), while adding a late 54-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Austin Rapp.
But Williams, in genuine form, took little credit for the team's strong play.
"It was a real team effort tonight," Williams said. "The future looks bright for the teams."
Rapp, who also played in his final game as a Mariner, threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns.
Sehome coach Bob Norvell said after the game that he wished he had a few more games with his talented group of seniors.
"They were everything I wanted," Norvell said. "They're so talented - they have no idea how good they really are."
Although Sehome was eliminated from playoff contention last week, the win was anything but meaningless. The convincing victory was the Mariners' fourth of the season, which is the most wins the team has gotten since 2008.
And the future only looks brighter with talents like junior running back/wide receiver Daniel Ziegler returning for Novell's second season as Sehome's coach. Ziegler finished the game against Sammamish with 151 yards rushing and two touchdowns on three carries, including a 93-yard touchdown that nearly saw him dropped for a safety as he crossed along the backline. He also had 51 yards receiving and a touchdown on two receptions.
"Ziegler is real special," Novell said. "(I think) he's proved himself."
Sehome racked up 643 yards of total offense in the win over the Totems, including 401 rushing yards on 26 carries (15.4 yards per carry).
Sammamish 8 14 0 7- 29
Sehome 35 7 7 13- 62
Seh - Daniel Ziegler 57 run (Ziegler run)
Seh - Malik Williams 38 run (Sam Diehl Kick)
Seh - Taylor Rapp 6 run (Diehl kick)
Sam - Tim Hervey 21 pass from Terrance Allen (Stephen Fry run)
Seh - Williams 50 run (Diehl kick)
Seh - Forrest Longanecker 6 run (kick failed)
Sam - Hervey 8 pass from Allen (Connor Bussing kick)
Seh - Ziegler 20 pass from Austin Rapp (Diehl kick)
Sam - Fry 10 run (Bussing kick)
Seh - Ziegler 93 run (Diehl kick)
Seh - Williams 54 pass from Austin Rapp (kick fail)
Seh - Blaise Black 20 run (Diehl kick)
Sam - Richard 38 pass from Allen (Bussing kick)
First downs 20 23
Rushing Att-Yards 46-187 26-401
Comp-Att-Int 11-20-0 10-14-0
Passing yards 238 242
Penalties-yards 9-60 9-73
Fumbles-lost 5-3 5-2
RUSHING - Sammamish: Stephen Fry 18-107, Rathtana Duong 13-54, Max Hummer 8-24, Ryan Richard 3-12, Terrence Allen 3-(-11), #20 1-1. Sehome: Titi Lamositele 5-57, Malik Williams 4-130, Austin Rapp 4-14, Daniel Goebel 4-2, Daniel Ziegler 3-151, Taylor Rapp 2-11, Blaise Black 2-25, Forrest Longanecker 1-15, Bo Banner 1-(-4).
PASSING - Sammamish: Terrence Allen 11-20-0-238. Sehome: Austin Rapp 10-14-0-242.
RECEIVING - Sammamish: Tim Hervey 3-88, Rathtana Duong 3-75, William Beck 3-29, Ryan Richard 1-38, Ryan May 1-8. Sehome: Taylor Rapp 3-59, Titi Lamositele 3-51, Daniel Ziegler 2-51, Daniel Goebler 1-27, Malik Williams 1-54.