The Return of Wildcat Football  

After a long month without Wildcat football, one team finally stepped up to play Archbishop Murphy. The coaches and players at Olympic High School knew there were no unusual safety concerns in playing AMHS, and wanted to improve by playing good competition. We have the utmost respect for Olympic High School, their football team, their parents, and their fans. 

So on a bright October Saturday afternoon, the two teams took the field at Terry Ennis Stadium at Archbishop Murphy High School in front of hundreds of people and several news crews. The Wildcat student body was in full blackout,  led as always by the senior “Hype Squad”, despite the fact that homecoming was only hours away. There was singing, courtesy of Matthew Pabisz, laughs, and an overall excitement about getting to see our peers, classmates, and friends take the field again. 

Senior kicker Ryan Henderson proved once more that he is easily the best kicker in the state, sending nearly all of his kickoffs out the back of the endzone. He also kicked two field goals for 50 and 54 yards. 

Anfernee Gurley and Collin Montez wowed us all for the fourth time, each with 2 touchdowns and over 100 yards. Connor Johnson threw 2 touchdowns to Gurley and junior Kyler Gordon. Gordon also had a rushing touchdown. 

Defensively, Abe Lucas had (at least) 2 sacks. Ben Hines knocked down an Olympic pass and Montez recovered the ball for a turnover.

It definitely felt amazing to watch an AMHS football game again, and I’m positive the team felt amazing playing. 

The final score of the game was 48-0, bringing the Wildcats to 218-0 this season. Archbishop Murphy has one more week off due to a forfeit before heading into the 2A District tournament. 

We are Archbishop Murphy High School.

To those who read this,

We’d like to introduce ourselves. We are honor students, robotics team members, volleyball players, and singers. We are runners, student council officers, mock trial team members, and regular old teenagers. We come to school every morning, go to our classes, participate in extracurricular activities, and perform community service. We are 505 kids who attend a private Catholic school in Everett, WA.

We attended Middle School Murphy Nights, shadowed upperclassmen, and toured at Open Houses. We had to apply to go to our school, a process most other kids don’t go through until college. Once we were accepted, we talked with our parents and decided that Archbishop Murphy was the right high school for us. This decision wasn’t hasty or uninformed, and was based off of more than one factor.

During the school day, we learn of course, but we also do more than that. We talk with teachers, laugh with our classmates, and interact with people from different backgrounds. We smile at people we don’t know in the hallway, hold open doors for visitors, and help others out when we can. This is why we are so close. This is why we are a family.

As a family we’ve been through a lot together. In 2015, we lost one of our family members in a tragic accident. We’ve lost other family members and friends through the years and have only grown closer because of it. We’ve united around a family member with leukemia. We’ve moved campuses, built new buildings, and had to raise a tremendous amount of funds to do so. Our clubs and activities have had highs and lows; our sports teams have had losing seasons and championship ones. There’s not a lot our family hasn’t been through; we’ve learned to stand tall during all types of adversity.

We are loyal to our family. Each and every one of us is a Wildcat and deep down, we all love each other no matter what. That’s not to say we don’t have the everyday quarrels most high school kids have, but we’ve learned to overlook them when it matters. When we come together during assemblies, games, and even in community service, we do it in immense pride for our school. There isn’t a single one of us who doesn’t feel the excitement when we are all together and full of Wildcat spirit.

We are a deeply interwoven community made up of people from all different life experiences. We are high school kids having typical high school experiences in a unique environment. We are a family, supporting one another and our school.

We are Archbishop Murphy High School. 

Sincerely,

The Students of Archbishop Murphy High School