Football Roundup | Seattle Prep falls in overtime
It was only fitting that Saturday's see-saw affair between Seattle Prep and Port Angeles needed overtime to determine a winner. It was more fitting...
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It was only fitting that Saturday's see-saw affair between Seattle Prep and Port Angeles needed overtime to determine a winner.
It was more fitting that Stefan Walker threw for the winning score — a 2-yard dart to Eric Lane — as he led Port Angeles to a 41-34 victory over the Panthers in a nonleague game at West Seattle Stadium.
"This is a big win. It's a big confidence-booster," said Walker after the Roughriders sealed the victory on Kellan Delano's interception. "The receivers dropped a couple balls but I just told them to keep their head up and we were going to make big plays, and it happened and we came through with a W."
The senior quarterback was responsible for all of those "big plays." He was 36-for-56 passing for 362 yards and five touchdowns, three of them to Lane. Walker accounted for Port Angeles' other touchdown as well, a 63-yard scamper in the second quarter. He ran for 115 yards on 18 carries.
Seattle Prep running back Alex Wheatley did everything in his power to give the Panthers a victory heading into Metro play. The junior shredded the Roughriders' defense for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
"Our blocking was great and we had two basic plays that were really working the whole game," Wheatley said.
Wheatley also caught two balls, one of them for a 4-yard score, and had a 34-yard kickoff return to set up the tying field goal with two minutes left in the game. But 151 of Wheatley's rushing yards came in the first half; Seattle Prep's offense was held to 10 second-half points.
"We just seemed to wear down before they did," Seattle Prep coach Deino Scott said. "It's tough, to say the least. You have two offenses that keep coming at you."
And that's what Walker and Roughriders did in the third quarter to erase a 24-20 halftime deficit when the quarterback hit Zach Hancock for a 3-yard touchdown pass, giving the Roughriders their first lead of the day at 27-24.
But the Panthers answered with a Wheatley 4-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to regain the advantage, 31-27.
Walker came right back again, however, tossing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Levi Fahrenholtz.
Seattle Prep then tied it on Kevin Grady's 35-yard field goal, forcing overtime.
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