The Class 3A Vikings were held to 26 rushing yards by the Panthers, ranked seventh in Class 4A
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Panthers held visiting Rainier Beach to just two first downs in the first half and completely shut down the Vikings in a 34-0 rout at the Apple Bowl on Friday night.
Rainier Beach came into the nonleague matchup, like Wenatchee, unbeaten at 4-0.
But the young Vikings looked jittery against Panthers, ranked seventh in the state in Class 4A.
“We have to learn that you have to come ready to play,” said Rainier Beach coach Mark Haley. “We came over here to play a playoff-caliber club, and we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. We worked on stuff all week, and just didn’t do them.”
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Rainier Beach was held to 26 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Marquis Patu-Jackson went 13-for-24 for 148 yards, but 135 of those came after halftime, when the Vikings trailed 17-0.
Wenatchee running back Jacob Sealby carried 25 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
After taking over with a short field on its opening possession, Wenatchee ran Sealby on six straight plays before settling for a 30-yard field goal.
Rainier Beach’s defense couldn’t get off the field on two third-down opportunities on Wenatchee’s next drive, which lasted over seven minutes at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second.
Blair Dorn finished that long march with a 19-yard reverse to give the Panthers a 10-0 lead, and Sealby reached the end zone again three minutes later to put Beach in a big hole going into the locker room.
The Panthers’ defense intercepted Patu-Jackson twice in the second half on the Vikings’ two best drives of the game, keeping the shutout intact.
“We might have put too much in this week in practice with a young team,” Haley said. “Wenatchee’s everything I thought they would be, and our defense didn’t get off blocks and didn’t make plays. We’ll just try and learn from it and get ready for next week.”