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Mark Morris Put Up A Fight, But Ultimately #1 Archbishop Murphy Proved Too Much In 48-18 Season Ending Loss | Greater St. Helens League Football

Mark Morris Put Up A Fight, But Ultimately #1 Archbishop Murphy Proved Too Much In 48-18 Season Ending Loss

Written by Bryan Levesque on November 29, 2010

There are not a lot of times when one can look at a 42-18 final and say, ‘wow, that’s pretty impressive’, when talking about the losing team.

Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome, the Mark Morris Monarchs can do just that.

The Monarchs did a few things Saturday that no other team has done all season when playing the top ranked Wildcats.

One, Mark Morris took the opening drive 80 yards in 12 plays eating up 6:55 and scored a touchdown to jump ahead 6-0. Only two other schools had even held a lead on Archbishop Murphy all season. 3A Kennedy led 7-6 before losing 45-28, and Lakewood did go up 6-0 after a quick strike 65 yard touchdown pass just 23 seconds into the game, Murphy then led 35-14 in the 4th before winning 35-28.

Two, Mark Morris then ran back an interception 78 yards for another touchdown and took a 12-0 lead. No other team had ever led by more than 6 points all season.

Three, Mark Morris led after 1 quarter 12-0. No other team led after 1 quarter of play vs the Wildcats this season. Only W.F. West had a  tie score, 7-7, after 1. Archbishop Murphy’s average score after 1 quarter through their first 12 games had been 17.3-2.4. Only 4 other teams had even scored a touchdown in the opening quarter.

Four, Mark Morris held Archbishop Murphy to 0 points after 1 quarter. The Wildcats had never been held without a score in the opening quarter, having scored an average of 17+ pts through their first 12 games. 5 times they scored 21+ including 35 in last weeks 58-13 win over Interlake.

Unfortunately for Mark Morris, there was still 3 more quarters of football to play.

Over the next 36 minutes Archbishop Murphy looked all of the #1 ranked team in the state, putting up 14 points in each of the next 3 quarters, and leading 42-12 before the Monarchs scored on the final play of the game.

The Wildcats were just flat out too fast, and too sharp for Mark Morris.

After the opening drive, in which QB Seth Pedersen hit Zach Tackwell on a 38 yard touchdown pass on 4th and 10, the Monarchs struggled just to get first downs.

It’s not like the Monarchs played a bad game, or looked sloppy on offense. Many times a Mark Morris play appeared to be well on it’s way to a 20+ yard gain, only to have 2, sometimes even 4-5 Wildcat defenders fly in and stop the play for little or no gain, sometimes even 5+ yard losses.

It did not help that after taking their 12-0 lead, the Monarchs threw interceptions on their next 2 offensive possessions.

The Wildcats had 3 RB’s rush for 80+ yards and ran for 410 yards as a team compared to just 88 for the Monarchs.

Jeremy Wolf did provide the 2 other bright spots for Mark Morris. Wolf ran back the interception 78 yards for the touchdown in the 1st quarter, and scored on a 7 yard run, diving to the pylon, as the clock expired in the 4th quarter.

With the loss Mark Morris falls to 9-4 on the season and finished tied for 3rd in state at the 2A level with East Valley of Spokane. The Monarchs season is over.

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Bryan – Archbishop Murphy √
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Cody – Archbishop Murphy √

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First Quarter

MM – Zack Tackwell 38 pass from Seth Pedersen (kick blocked)

MM – Jeremy Wolf 78 interception return (run failed)

Second quarter

ATM – Alex Galgano 65 run (kick good)

ATM – Galgano 1 run (kick good)

Third quarter

ATM – Alex Kramer 16 run (kick good)

ATM – Eneliko Tevaga 33 run (kick good)

Forth quarter

ATM – Brandon Byrne 25 pass from Austin VanderWel (kick good)

ATM -Hans VanderWel 32 run (kick good)

MM – Wolf 7 run (no kick attempted)


Rushing – MM – Wolf 9-48, Dan Feeney 9-21, Nikko Asbell 6-12, Jacob Hamlik 1-7; ATM – Galgano 14-110, Alex Kramer 8-108, Hans VanderWel 10-80, Morgan Masanda 3-26, Tevaga 7-42, Austin VanderWel 2-18, Cameron Guy 1-6.

Passing – MM – Pederson 6-14-2-86, Wolf 1-2-0-9; ATM – Austin VanderWel 3-6-1-48.

Receiving – Zack Tackwell 1-38, Asbell 2-26, Wolf 9-13 Keigan Baker 1-9, Feeney 1-9 Dalton Thacker 1-0; ATM – Bryne 2-52, Galgano 1 (-6).

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26 Responses to “Mark Morris Put Up A Fight, But Ultimately #1 Archbishop Murphy Proved Too Much In 48-18 Season Ending Loss”

  1. duckguy on November 30th, 2010 8:56 am

    Congratulations on a season that the Monarchs can be proud of. You did what no one thought you could and overcame many hardships along the way. Hold your heads high and know that the community is proud of you. You won, and lost, with class all year!

    Just think about all that extra experience that the young players in the program have gotten with the last 2 years playoff runs. Hit the weightroom underclassmen and prepare yourselves to go even deeper next year.

  2. Jack Supporter on November 30th, 2010 1:08 pm

    The Lumberjacks are my team, but I must say congrats to the Monarchs on a great season. I hope that both Longview schools hit it hard in the offseason and both are back in the playoffs next year.

  3. SAM on November 30th, 2010 8:41 pm

    a fight isn’t losing by 30 next time choose your words more carefully like they got destroyed sounds better

  4. cdc on November 30th, 2010 10:05 pm

    SAM, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones….in other words…your questioning someone elses wording? You may want to check yourself.

  5. MM fan on December 1st, 2010 8:53 am

    SAM, the text above should read, “42-18”. I don’t know if that’s “getting destroyed”, but the Monarchs, an unranked team, held well against the mighty #1 ranked ATM. Held scoreless after the 1st quarter is historic. Up by only 2 at the half. You gotta believe we had them nervous. In the end, the better team won. I wish ATM all the best and hope they take it all. Like the story says, 3RD IN STATE is pretty darn good!

  6. MM > RAL on December 1st, 2010 9:53 am

    HAHA thats funny, i hope u know MM was the first team all season to score before ATM in a game and also the only team to go ahead by 2 scores…. and idk if its just me but i gotta feeling your from RAL, but i hope not bcuz there is no way anyone from RAL should be saying anything about us losing to ATM when u guys could never compete with top 16 teams in the state let alone the #1 ranked team

  7. MM Power on December 1st, 2010 2:57 pm

    lets not forget that ral lost to them last year 35-10. so that leaves no room for them to say anything. esspecially after mm defeates them for the 5th straight year. haha they just don’t know when to quit talking, how many times can you get proven wrong and still think your right? and the year when it was a double forfeit MM was up by a massive 40+ points. they had around 53 points. next year? who knows whats gonna happen…we’ll let time tell. for now both teams should be putting in hours of lifting and conditioning

  8. Jack Supporter on December 2nd, 2010 8:38 am

    SAM, it doesn’t sound like MM got destroyed by ATM. It sounds like the same thing happened when RAL played them in the playoffs last year. We were only down 7-3 at halftime, just like MM was only down 2 at halftime this year. In the second half, ATM just turned it up a notch and was the better team with WAY more playoff experience. MM should be proud, just like we were proud last year after watching RAL put up a good fight against a GREAT ATM team. Private schools like ATM will always have an advantage and have great programs. MM competed and hung with a great team and was one of the top 4 teams in the state. RAL needs to hit it HARD this offseason and come back next year and battle MM for the league title for the 3rd year in a row and win it next time. Both teams should be proud of their season and for the MM players, playing in the semifinals in the Dome will be something they’ll always remember.

  9. MM > RAL on December 2nd, 2010 11:49 am

    Ya except ATM was a MUCH better team this year
    only difference

  10. Mice Cartel on December 4th, 2010 10:18 pm

    Congrats Mice! Can’t we all just be friends? Mice have been good and Jacks are on the rise. Let’s not forget who the last 2A team to beat Tumwater was……….

  11. Jack Supporter on December 6th, 2010 9:52 am

    That would be RAL. Also RAL beat the Oregon 3A champs Rainier handily earlier this season.

  12. duckguy on December 6th, 2010 10:53 am

    Jack Supporter, don’t get drug into their little game of insults. No one from MMHS calls themselves the Mice, that is a RAL supporter on here like so many others getting their shots in at the Monarchs. Funny how you didn’t see any MM commenters bashing the jacks after any of their wins or losses but you see plenty coming this way.

    The Monarchs will just keep quiet and let their pads do the talking. Hopefully all the bashing justs gets them that much more motivated to hit the weightroom hard and come out firing on all cylinders this spring. There are big holes to fill, but there were even more last year and we see how that went.

  13. MM fan on December 6th, 2010 5:27 pm

    Jack Supporter: When was that win over Tumwater? Good for you guys. Just curious.

  14. the one on December 6th, 2010 6:42 pm

    Mm before you run your mouth. You didnt play anyone good try playing a real first round game like prosser or chehalis. Stop running your mouth.

  15. Mice Cartel on December 6th, 2010 7:10 pm

    No bashing on MM here. Just having some fun. They had an amazing year!

  16. duckguy on December 7th, 2010 9:33 am

    Wow, even more MM bashing by RAL supporters. What a fun rivalry, you should try winning the game against MM some time, it’s so much more fun to run your mouth when you can actually back it up on the field. Don’t forget “the one” that in order to get to that first round game MM had to beat Centralia, which beat your jacks 46-14. There’s only 1 teams supporters on here running their mouths, and it’s not MM’s. The Jacks should all go away quietly, your season ended a long time ago.

  17. MM Power on December 7th, 2010 10:10 am

    I don’t believe this…the RAL supporters are STILL talking ish about MM even AFTER they beat RAL AND went to the Semi’s. THEY still think they’re better, and they played the school of the blind. MM had a much more difficult schedual.

  18. Jack Supporter on December 7th, 2010 2:28 pm

    MM Fan, RAL’s win over Tumwater was in the first round of the playoffs last year, 16-14, which led to our first state playoff appearance ever. Duckguy, if you read some of my other entries, you would read that I have congratulated the Monarchs and said that I hope both teams hit it hard in the offseason and battle for the league title for the 3rd year in a row next year. If I was going to try to stir things up I would say “see what happens in a couple years when the boundary exception restrictions really kick in and enrollment is more even”. Oops, did I say that out loud?

  19. duckguy on December 7th, 2010 4:44 pm

    Well Jack Supporter, now that you have decided to drop down to the level of all the other RAL fans on this site I’ve got a question for you. What is 204-61? That’s the combined scores from the last 5 Civil War games.

    Originally I was giving you credit because you hadn’t stooped like them. Yes, we’ll see what happens in a couple of years when MM has won 7 or 8 straight and we’ll see how much whining the RAL fans are doing. It’s so funny how the culture of the programs are reflected even by the comments of their supporters. I have gone back and looked and can’t find a single comment from an MM fan bashing RAL on any articles following their games this year, but we have quite a little pattern of it not being true the other way. Hopefully MM keeps winning and losing with class and maybe RAL will learn to do the same.

  20. MM fan on December 7th, 2010 6:20 pm

    Thank you Jack Supporter. Wow, great win against Tumwater last year. I see RAL just getting better every year. Losing some good ones though and so are we.

  21. Jack Supporter on December 8th, 2010 11:04 am

    Duckguy, there has been plenty of negativity from MM followers. I’m not going to continue to go back and forth, I have given MM credit where credit is due. Both programs have talent and I will admit that MM has a knack for taking that talent to the next level and has a killer instinct that RAL lacks. Not sure why that is. The last 2 years, the Civil War game has been very competitive and the bottom line is that as long as both teams are finishing 1-2 in league, it’s good for everyone watching to see that Longview football rules the 2A GSHL. I hope that Wolf, Feeney and a few others end up playing at the next level, as well as Graham, Barrera and a couple others from RAL. I actually respect Coach Perkins and the MM program, and at the same time I feel that over the past 5 years they have had a numbers advantage coming from the middle schools. That is just my opinion, and I am curious to see what things look like in a couple years. No slam intended or hostility either.

  22. MM > RAL on December 8th, 2010 12:19 pm

    Jack supporter,
    when u guys beat tumwater it was a crossover game, not first round of the playoffs, u guys haven’t won first round game in a long time

  23. Jack Supporter on December 8th, 2010 12:32 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out. My point was that someone wanted to know when RAL beat Tumwater, so I told them. Yes, it was just a crossover game, but we still beat Tumwater. Just like a Monarch follower to point that out.

  24. MM > RAL on December 8th, 2010 1:53 pm

    No I was juss telling u that so people didn’t get mixed up, u guys didn’t win first round

  25. Jack Supporter on December 8th, 2010 5:35 pm

    You’re right, let’s get technical. They beat Tumwater in a crossover game in 2009 and made the state playoffs for the first time. Happy??

  26. MM Power on April 12th, 2011 10:50 am

    I’d say jack supporter is the most classy fan of RAL of heard. at least this person doesn’t bash MM they at least know when they’re right

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