Archbishop Murphy knocks off Cedar Park Christian | Football

Pimentel emerging as key running threat
By David Pan | Oct 20, 2017

Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen is seeing definite signs of improvement from the Wildcats in their last two games.

Archbishop Murphy, which was coming off its first loss in two years to Bellevue three weeks ago, defeated Granite Falls 52-14 on Friday, Oct. 6, and then knocked off Cedar Park Christian – Bothell 40-0 on Friday, Oct. 13, in Cascade Conference football action at Archbishop Murphy High School’s Terry Ennis Stadium.

“We’re getting better,” Jensen said. “There are still lots of areas to improve. Some of the detail things the boys are starting to pick up on. I’m looking forward to continuing to improve.”

Jensen said he wants the offensive line to focus on its pad level and he added that many of the younger players don’t have playoff experience.

“They haven’t necessarily been here before,” he said. “We need them to perform at a high level and gain some confidence for them.”

Senior running back Ray Pimentel has been the running back the Wildcats (4-0 in the league, 6-1 overall) have turned to while some other players have been recovering from injuries.

Pimentel rushed for 216 yards and scored three touchdowns against Cedar Park Christian – Bothell and ran for a school record of 316 yards and three TDs against Granite Falls.

“He is really quick,” Jensen said. “He’s not as fast as he is quick. He bursts through the line. His vision is getting better as we move along.”

Sophomore quarterback Victor Gabalis completed 6 of 11 passes for 131 yards against the Eagles and was 7 of 11 for 177 yards and three TDs against the Tigers.

“He’s getting better every week,” Jensen said. “We want to continue that growth.”

Jensen expects the return of two key players this week in Ben Hines and Kyler Gordon. Hines played defense last week, while Gordon has been out two weeks. The plan is for Hines to play some offense and for Gordon to be on both sides of the ball against Olympic (7:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 at Silverdale Stadium in Bremerton).

“We definitely need to get them (Hines and Gordon) game ready in the next couple of weeks,” Jensen said.

Pimentel gave the Wildcats a 14-0 lead on TD runs of 80 and 4 yards in the first quarter against Cedar Park Christian – Bothell. He added a 31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Gabalis threw TD passes of 38- and 21-yards to Rwehabura Munyagi and Dillon Singh Halpin. Joey Groves scored on a 38-yard run to close out the scoring in the third quarter.

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