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.