The Seahawks beat the Roughriders 42-37 for the first football championship in recent memory.
Chief Sealth has been playing football for a long time.
But as far as anyone at the Southwest Athletic Complex on Friday night could remember, this was a first. The Seahawks are football champions.
Chief Sealth defeated Roosevelt 42-37 to complete an undefeated season in Metro League Sound Division play. The Seahawks (6-2, 5-0 Metro) secured the first title in the millennium and enjoyed a sharp turnaround for the senior class, which won two games as freshmen.
“I love my brothers,” senior captain Dontae McMillan said as tears ran down his face.
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The Seahawks built a 42-17 lead after a 69-yard touchdown run by McMillan. The Seahawks were unable to score again, but Roosevelt scored 15 points.
Roughriders senior quarterback Zach Joss’ 12-yard touchdown pass with 7:47 left in the game pulled the Roughriders within five points.
Chief Sealth worked its way to the Roosevelt 6-yard line. The Seahawks went for it on fourth down instead of attempting a field goal with 1:22 on the clock.
It failed as junior Bishop Jackson was tackled for a loss.
Joss moved his team downfield again. But on fourth-and-two at its own 35-yard line with 41 seconds remaining, Joss handed the ball off to senior Charlie Funk. And Jackson came rushing in to stick him at the line of scrimmage.
Roosevelt (4-4, 3-2) turned the ball over on downs, signaling the start of a Seahawks party on the sideline and in the stands.
“I was looking for somebody to block me and nobody was there, so it was an open hole — me versus the running back,” Jackson said. “That play, I knew that was going to be a game-winning play. This is crazy. We haven’t won this in like 46 years. This is amazing. Division champions. This is so crazy right now.”
McMillan, a three-star recruit, opened the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run. He finished with 254 yards on 27 carries. His twin, Jalanie, had two touchdown receptions of 38 and 39 yards in the opening half.
“This was wonderful,” Jalanie said through tears as his brother draped his arm around his shoulders. “I just came out here to do what I do and just wanted to be with (all of) my brothers. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
Chief Sealth heads into a Metro League crossover game next week with a chance to advance to the Class 3A state preliminary round with a win.