Almost nobody gets excited about a four-plus-hour bus trip across the state, but the Sehome football team probably didn’t mind if it ran into a little traffic along Interstate 5 Saturday evening. This was a trip the Mariners were going to thoroughly enjoy.
“There’s a lot of smiles and a lot of laughter,” coach Kevin Beason said. “They’re just enjoying the moment.”
And who could blame them? It’s been 23 games since Sehome last tasted victory – 756 days to be exact. But that streak is history, replaced by a one-game winning “streak” after the Mariners turned in their most complete game of the season to beat Seton Catholic in Vancouver, Washington, 41-13.
The win was not only the first for Sehome under Beason, who is in his first year, it is the program’s first since a 16-3 victory over Anacortes Sept. 19, 2015.
“I think we just executed better on both sides of the ball,” Beason said, “and on special teams, too. We had two special teams touchdowns.”
Those special teams scores were supplied by Gerardo Arreloa, who returned an onside kick for a touchdown, and Matt Fisher, who recovered a muffed snap on a punt attempt and returned it for a TD.
Melloy Nelson also caught a TD pass, and Dylan Roberts ran for another as part of what Beason called a strong game by the Mariners rushing attack.
“I’m just happy for the kids,” Beason said. “They’ve been waiting a long time for this. ... This is a feeling I hope we get used to.”
To help in that effort, Beason said he and the coaching staff have no plans to savor the win for long, as they’ll be back to work Sunday, preparing for Friday’s game against visiting Granite Falls.
“We want to continue to improve our execution at every position at every level,” Beason said. “That’s how you grow and get better. We’re going to enjoy this moment, because it’s a moment that came about because of endless hours of work by our kids and coaches, but we’re ready to get back at it and continue to improve.”