Archbishop Murphy rebounds after first loss in two years | Football

Senior running back scores 5 touchdowns in 47-7 victory over Sultan
By David Pan | Oct 06, 2017

Archbishop Murphy rebounded in a big way after suffering its first loss in two years.

The Wildcats scored early and often against Sultan, coasting to a 47-7 victory in a Cascade Conference football game Friday, Sept. 29, at Archbishop Murphy High School’s Terry Ennis Stadium.

The Wildcats were coming off a 35-21 non-conference loss to Bellevue, the team’s first defeat since the 2015 state semifinals.

“I think the boys came out strong,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen said. “We had to get better. They’re going to continue to something to get better on a daily basis.”

Senior running back Ray Pimental carried the ball 11 times for 179 yards and scored five touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Victor Gabalis completed 6 of 11 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown.

“We want to continue to get Victor, our quarterback, some work and see if we can progress him through the remaining portion of the season,” Jensen said. “Ray did a good job of running the ball. Our offensive line also did a good job.”

The Wildcats (2-0 in the league, 4-1 overall) took a 20-0 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs of 60, 21, and 16 yards by Pimental. He added TD runs of 11 and 15 yards in the second quarter and Josiah Santiago scored on a 1-yard run. Gabalis then threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Singh Halpin.

Senior wide receiver Kyler Gordon saw action only on the defensive end as the Wildcats wanted to limit his action due to a leg injury. Senior linebacker/running back Ben Hines did not play due to being banged up from last week’s contest.

Gordon was nominated this week as one of 32 high school football players who are eligible for the final two roster spots for the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game. Fans can vote for Gordon on and the athlete with the most votes in each matchup will move on to the next round. Video highlight reels of each player will help fans determine their choice.

Voting starts this week and continues through Nov. 17. The player that receives the most votes from each side of the bracket will be selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 4 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Archbishop Murphy hosts Granite Falls (2-0. 3-2) at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6.

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