The defending Canadian “AA” champion Seaquam Secondary football team looked the part during Saturday’s 46-28 victory over now 0-2 Sehome at Civic Stadium.
It was all Seahawks for the majority of the first half as Seaquam turned to the arm of quarterback Josh Haydu who turned in a 14 for 22 with two passing touchdowns and one running touchdown night. Seaquam led 28-0 before Sehome finally got on the scoreboard with 2:32 left in the second quarter.
Sehome, which saw its losing streak stretch to 19 games, attempted to run the ball to get its offense going, but after being stuffed repeatedly, realized that quarterback Michael Mindnich was its best bet to make a comeback. Mindnich, who was coming off a Week 1 performance of 148 yards and two passing touchdowns and 58 yards and a rushing touchdown, threw for 247 yards and two touchdowns Saturday.
Mindnich found seven different receivers on the night, but his favorite was Melloy Nelson, who he found for throws of 44 yards and a score in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard rifle to make the score 40-28 Seaquam.
Sehome had most of the momentum after Nelson scored with 6:28 left in the game, but couldn’t catch a break down the stretch. On the final play of the game, Mindnich’s pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown to seal the game. It’s the second week in a row the Mariner’s final play didn’t pan out the way they wanted it to.
Last week, Sehome twice erased double-digit deficits and had a shot to score a go-ahead touchdown in the final minute before what appeared to be a shovel pass inside Mountlake’s 10 was ruled a rally-killing fumble.
It was more of the same Saturday night even though Sehome didn’t turn the ball over until the final play of the game, and won the penalty battle handedly. Seaquam was charged for 15 penalties, while Sehome only had eight.