The Wildcats have outscored their first two opponents, both playoff teams last year, 136-0 and face a key conference opener next week.

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Anfernee Gurley and Abraham Lucas trotted off the field proclaiming a win after pregame warmups. They actually had to wait until halftime.

Archbishop Murphy forced the running-clock mercy rule, beating Bishop Blanchet 59-0 at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The Wildcats led 52-0 at the break.

“I feel if our team goes in confident, we’ll play confident,” said Gurley of his message to his ATM teammates. “We want to punch the other team in the mouth early so later we can all rest.”

The Wildcats began their scoring with a 32-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Connor Johnson to senior receiver Desi Carey with 8:56 left in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, senior Collin Montez followed up a 20-yard touchdown run with a 33-yard interception return for a score to make the lead 24-0.

Gurley, a senior two-way player, opened the second quarter with a 30-yard touchdown run. Johnson closed the first-half scoring with two touchdown passes. He was 4 of 6 passing for 128 yards and three touchdowns.

ATM’s defense limited Blanchet (0-2) to three first downs.

“If we do our job, good things happen,” said Montez, who had three touchdowns overall.

Archbishop Murphy (2-0) wanted to use the matchup against Blanchet as a primer for its Cascade Conference opener against Class 1A No. 9 King’s next week. But for the second straight year, ATM opened its season with two blowouts.

It defeated Issaquah 73-0 last week. The Eagles advanced to the Class 4A state playoffs last year.

Blanchet lost in the Class 3A state semifinals last season. The Braves lost 17 of their 22 starters on the team that finished 11-2.

“We knew we were going to have a good team, so we scheduled some perennial playoff-contending teams to be tested,” said second-year ATM coach Jerry Jensen. The Wildcats advanced to the 2015 Class 2A state semifinals.

“We didn’t expect to have these two games end up like this,” he continued. “Maybe we should do a better job looking at the roster to see (who’s) coming back. But Blanchet has tradition and you know they’re going to come and play hard.”

Friday’s game was part of the third annual Memorial Football Classic. The two-day event celebrates Seattle-area athletes and raises money for Seattle Public Schools high-school athletics.

The games continue Saturday at noon with Kennewick (0-1) against Cleveland (0-0). Defending Class 3A state champion Eastside Catholic (1-0) and Skyview (1-0) are the nightcap at 8 p.m. The Crusaders are ranked No. 1 in the 3A polls, while the Storm is ranked seventh in Class 4A.

“There’s plenty to correct,” Jensen said of the win. “We’ll use ourselves as our bar that we’re judging against.”