Archbishop Murphy Dominates Throughout Season, Wins 2A State Championship


Saturday Dec 3rd 2016 2A Final Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Archbishop Murphy 21 14 14 7 56
Liberty (Issaquah) 0 7 0 7 14

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See game recap below

Archbishop Murphy Dominates Throughout Season, Wins 2A State Championship
By Colin Caruso

In a year that saw just nine games played for arguably Washington’s best high school football program, the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats put the stamp on the season in cruising to a 56-14 win in the state finals over the Liberty (Issaquah) Patriots.

The story from Archbishop Murphy’s program this year came in the way of forfeits. Five of their 14 total games were decided without either team stepping on the field, with four consecutive forfeit wins in late August and early September. They went game-less for over a month because their opposition refused to play in fear of injury and demolition. But this didn’t slow the Wildcats down.

During the regular season, Archbishop Murphy gave up a total of 6 points. The Patriots put up an astounding 14 in the final. Kudos to Liberty for never giving up for the full 48 minutes, but this game was over after the first quarter.

Quarterback Connor Johnson threw three touchdowns in the first half, and Collin Montez ran for another two, putting the halftime score at 35-7. Connor Johnson would throw for two more touchdowns early in the third, pushing the total to 49-7 heading into the fourth quarter.

For Liberty, an undefeated season ended against a team that five teams refused to play. For Archbishop Murphy, the season ended similarly to the way it started, with a blowout win. Congratulations to both teams, and especially to the Wildcats for capturing their first state title in the 2A classification.

The Final Score:
Archbishop Murphy 56, Liberty (Issaquah) 14.

Top Performer:
Archbishop Murphy
Connor Johnson – 5 passing touchdowns.

2A State Rankings
Football Week #3




2A LIVE 5! Football Week #3
# School League Record
1 Archbishop Murphy Cascade 3-0
2 Tumwater Evergreen 3-0
3 Prosser CWAC 3-0
4 Burlington-Edison Northwest 3-0
5 Ellensburg CWAC 2-1

2A IN THE HUNT Football Week #3
# School League Record
6 Sedro-Woolley Northwest 2-1
7 Lynden Northwest 2-1
8 West Valley-Spokane Great Northern 3-0
9 River Ridge South Puget Sound 3-0
10 Franklin Pierce South Puget Sound 2-1

2A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #3
# School League Record
- Fife South Puget Sound 3-0
- Clarkston Great Northern 2-1
- North Kitsap Olympic 3-0
- WF West Evergreen 3-0
- Liberty KingCo 3-0


Juanita Girls Top Liberty with a Strong Second Half

Juanita Girls Top Liberty with a Strong Second Half
By Colin Caruso 

Thursday- Feb. 7 -2013- KingCo League Tournament
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Liberty-Issaquah 14 10 9 12 45
Mount Si 11 8 17 17 53

The crowd picked up in the 4:45 game at Bellevue College, a girls matchup between Juanita and Liberty – the winner to secure third place in KingCo. Juanita came out in full court defense and maintained it throughout the first quarter, but Liberty continued to beat the press to create good shots in the half court. Five players for Liberty scored in the first, and the Patriots closed the quarter in the lead 14-11. Both teams dropped into a 2-3 zone on defense in the second, slowing the pace of play and forcing more mid-range and three-point shots. Neither side executed particularly well on offense against the zone in the second quarter, with both teams turning the ball over four times. Liberty extended their lead to five at the half in a low scoring quarter, 24-19.

Juanita came out on fire in the second half; almost totaling their first half score with 17 points in the third quarter alone. Winnie Levitt led the way for the Rebels in the third, scoring seven in the quarter and taking the lead by three going into the fourth. Juanita kept up their offensive pressure in the fourth quarter, starting the period on an 8-0 run to go up 11 with 4:41 to play. Liberty fought back with team speed and great ball movement but the 11 point lead was too much to surmount. Juanita secured the win and third place in KingCo, 53-45.

Leading Scorers:
Danielle Demps (12)
Alicia Abraham (7)

Shannon Brink (11)
Winnie Levitt (10)