Mark Morris Lands The Final Blow And Knocks Off Anacortes 36-31 To Advance To The Semifinals

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 20, 2010

Mark Morris is just happy to get out of Tumwater with the win. The Monarchs defeated the Anacortes Seahawks 36-31, in a game that just could not figure out who wanted to win for much of the night, and will advance to play the winner of #1 Archbishop Murphy vs Interlake, Saturday at the Tacoma Dome in the WIAA 2A Semifinals.

After the first quarter of play things were looking very good for the Monarchs.

Sam Wichard picked off Shahawks QB Cody Clup midway through the first quarter. A big run by Mark Morris RB Willie Fujioka put the ball deep into Seahawks territory, where a few plays later Dan Feeney punched in his first rushing touchdown on the night from 1 yard out. Feeney also ran in the 2 pt conversion for a 8-0 Monarchs lead.

After stopping Anacortes on down at the Monarchs 32, Nikko Asbell ripped of a 48 yard run to set up Feeney’s second touchdown of the game, this one from 20 yards out, giving Mark Morris a 14-0 lead with 45 seconds left in the quarter.

The Seahawks however were not ready to just roll over and give up.

Just 2 minutes later the Seahawks were on the board when Culp hit Andre Bolton from 3 yards out. After stopping Mark Morris on a 4th and 6 at their 31, the Seahawks go right down the field and score on a 4 yard touchdown run from RB Preston Madden.  A botched snap on the PAT keep the Monarchs up 14-13 at the half.

Late in the 3rd quarter Dan Feeney came knocking once more and this time punched one in from 9 yards out. Feeney again ran in the 2 point conversion and the Monarchs led 22-13 with 4:36 left in the 3rd. Things were looking as though the Monarchs were about to pull away with this one.

Not so fast my friends, as Lee Corso would say.

Culp hit Jackson Kirkpatrick on a 49 yard bomb down to the Monarchs 20 setting up another touchdown run by Presont Madden, this one from a yard out.

The Seahawks then recovered an onside kick at the Monarchs 40 which set up another deep pass from Culp to Kirkpatrick, this one from 40 yards out for the score. So just 2:21 seconds after Feeney’s 3rd touchdown of the game put Mark Morris up 22-13, the Seahawaks had their first lead of the game at 25-22.

It did not take long for Mark Morris to get that lead back however.

In just a short 3:02 the Monarchs drove the length of the field thanks to a couple of long runs by Feeney and Jeremy Wolf. On 3rd and goal at the Anacortes 3, Nikko Asbell ran in the go-ahead touchdown. Wolf ran in the 2 point conversion and the Monarchs were back on top 30-25 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the game.

Preston Madden’s 42 yard scamper on the next drive helped set up a 1 yard quarterback keeper by Culp. The 2 point pass play was no good and the Seahawks were back up 31-30 with 7:33 to go.

Mark Morris again traded runs by Feeney, Wolf and Asbell, and with 2:14 left to play, Dan Feeney punched in his 4th rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 3 yards out to give Mark Morris the lead once again. The Seahawks did stop the 2 point run attempt leaving the score at 36-31 Monarchs.

Anacortes had one final push but turned the ball over on downs with just under a minute to play giving Mark Morris the hard fought victory.

Dan Feeney finished the night with 157 yards rushing on 26 carries and 4 rushing touchdowns. Fellow Monarchs RB Nikko Asbell had 100 yards rushing on just 7 carries while Jeremy Wolf had 122 rushing yards on 15 carries, 116 of those came in the 2nd half.

Anacortes RB Preston Madden finished the game with 125 rushing yards on 23 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

Mark Morris improves to 9-3 on the season with the win. The Monarchs will play the winner of #1 Archbishop Murphy vs Interlake, Saturday at the Tacoma Dome, 1:00 p.m. in the WIAA 2A Semifinals.

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FINAL
Team
1
2
3
4
Total
Anacortes Seahawks
0
13
12
6
31

Mark Morris Monarchs
14
0
8
14
36

first quarter

MM – Dan Feeney 1 run (Feeney run)
MM – Feeney 20 run (run failed)

seond quarter

ANA – Andre Bolton 3 pass from Cody Culp (Jackson Kirkpatrick kick)

ANA – Preston Madden 4 run (kick failed)

third quarter

MM – Feeney 9 run (Feeney run)
ANA – Madden 1 run (kick failed)
ANA – Kirkpatrick 40 pass from Culp (kick failed)

forth quarter

MM – Nikko Asbell 3 run (Jeremy Wolf run)
ANA – Culp 1 run (pass failed)
MM – Feeney 3 run (run fail)

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Comments

16 Responses to “Mark Morris Lands The Final Blow And Knocks Off Anacortes 36-31 To Advance To The Semifinals”

  1. Papi grande on November 20th, 2010 11:40 am

    Fine job Monarchs. Enjoy the ride, good luck, and way to take advantage of this opportunity.

  2. shsalumni on November 20th, 2010 12:09 pm

    hats off to mark morris for now consistently representing sw washington football deep into the state playoffs 2 years in a row now (that i know of)i havent always payed the most attention to 2a football. great job guys and take it home.

  3. High School Football Fan I on November 20th, 2010 12:28 pm

    Great Job Monarchs!!! Way to represent the GSHL!!!

  4. ccclps on November 20th, 2010 7:23 pm

    funny how he thought ratting out jake dills would make MM lose

  5. gshl 2a on November 21st, 2010 11:32 am

    I would not in any want blame papi for what happened to the MM player that is all that players fault and im glad to see the sophomore step up as this seems to be a consistent trend in tgeb MM program. Congrats monarchs tough test next week and will be very hard to win but you guys have snuck up on the state this year so anything is possible.

  6. MM fan on November 21st, 2010 12:14 pm

    Bryan, why would you allow comment #4 above? Naming names does not make a positive contribution to anyone.

  7. Bryan Levesque on November 21st, 2010 12:21 pm

    I have no idea what anyone is talking about.

  8. MM fan on November 21st, 2010 12:27 pm

    Oh. I wish I didn’t.

  9. Papi grande on November 21st, 2010 1:59 pm

    Cannot place enough importance on depth in a program.

  10. MMCHAMPS on November 21st, 2010 2:25 pm

    cccpls you are making the monarch program and yourself look like a complete idiot stop with you dumb comments and let the monarchs play the way the can play and stop leaving the comments please

  11. ccclps on November 21st, 2010 5:26 pm

    My dumb comments? doesn’t matter, I’m done talking anyways

  12. MM Power on November 21st, 2010 5:27 pm

    that’s enough talk! let the players do their thing, play hard and win

  13. Jack Supporter on November 22nd, 2010 3:06 pm

    Should be an interesting matchup with Archbishop Murphy. We played them in the playoffs last year and no one thought we could hang with them at all, but we were only down 7-3 at halftime. Then they put us away in the second half. If MM stays focused and disciplined, they could pull off an upset. They can’t be intimidated by playing in the dome against a team that’s used to being there every year. I’m predicting ATM 34 MM 23.

  14. ripcity on November 22nd, 2010 7:08 pm

    I would love to see MM win, but I dont see this next game as being close at all. ATM is a private school that draws its athletes from all over the greater everett and north seattle area. they are tough year in and year out for a reason, they get the athletes from a huge metro area. not a level playing field for teams like MM. good luck though, I’d love to see an upset.

  15. MM fan on November 25th, 2010 10:22 am

    The above text should read “Kyle Wishard”. Nice interception Kyle!

  16. Coach B on November 25th, 2010 11:28 am

    Duckguy, it’s Erik, not Eric. Easy on calling people out on here when obviously you don’t know. Thx

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