Football: Around the state

October 13, 2012 

Guess who’s back? Back again. Amsel’s back. Tell a friend.

Chelan superstar quarterback Michael Amsel Jr. played his first game of the season Friday, after Washington Interscholastic Activities Assocation director Mike Colbrese ruled him eligible this week.

Amsel Jr. looked like he didn’t miss any time, rushing for 144 yards and four touchdowns, and passing for 127 yards and a touchdown in a 67-6 rout of Omak.

Amsel Jr. led the Goats to the Class 1A state semifinals twice, including a 42-14 loss to Connell in 2011.

According to the Wenatchee World, he moved to California to finish out last school year before moving back to Washington this summer. Chelan started the year 0-4 in league, but still can make the playoffs if it plays well the final two weeks of the regular season.

If you come at the King, you best not miss: Bellevue at Mount Si was considered the game of the week. No. 1 in the state at No. 2.

The game sold out, and the stands were packed an hour before kickoff.

But this is Bellevue, folks.

The Wolverines led 49-0 at halftime and coasted to the 49-10 victory. It certainly looks as though Bellevue is again on a march to the state title.

A long time coming: The last time Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma) and Yelm played was in 1934, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. According to The Olympian, Bellarmine Prep was coached by John Kennedy (not JFK) in the ‘34 game. Prep won 18-0.

Fast forward to 2012 and the Tacoma school again won, this time 56-7.

Have some mercy, coach: The most boring football games to watch, or cover, are ones where the Mercy Rule clock starts in the first half.

For example, some scores from Week 7 that likely had people falling asleep in the stands: Cashmere 83, Brewster 0; Hoquiam 63, Rainier 0; Kelso 68, Fort Vancouver 0; La Center 71, Seton Catholic 0; Taholah 108, King’s Way Christian 42; Imbler, Ore., 74, Joseph 0.

On the other side of the equation was this doozy: Vernonia, Ore., 7, Nestucca 2.

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