Record setting Seiber leads Conquerors to 58-29 rout of Glacier Peak
Snohomish, Wash. – It was an all-out assault on the Glacier Peak defense by the Kentwood Conquerors’ pass game Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Senior quarterback Justin Seiber shattered the school record for passing yards and passing touchdowns, finishing the evening 20-29 with 471 yards and 7 TD’s. The game marked the first time in Michael Bush’s head coaching career that his Conquerors began the season with a win.
How it happened:
On the first offensive drive of the year with the Conks facing a 3rd and 23 at their own 30-yard line, Seiber threw over the middle to senior wide receiver Jake Moore who took it 70 yards to the house giving KW an 8-0 lead following a 2-point conversion pass from Seiber to Cade Harris.
Following an 11-yard Glacier Peak touchdown pass and extra point, the two teams traded offensive series until senior Stephen Watson fell on a bad exchange between the Grizzlies’ quarterback and running back giving the Conks the ball at the Glacier Peak 40-yard line. Three plays later Seiber found senior wide receiver Jacob Cronn for a 35-yard touchdown extending the Conks’ lead to 16-8 following a Ja’Mezz Johnson 2-point conversion rush.
Glacier Peak responded with a 7-play drive culminating with a 33-yard TD pass on 4th down and 15. The score cut the Conqueror lead to 16-14 following an extra point conversion. The Grizzlies kept the momentum, stopping the Conks on 4th down to give themselves the ball back. Unfazed the Kentwood defense, called by new defensive coordinator Dion Alexander, forced a punt after a quick three and out. New offensive coordinator Matt Roth’s offense wasted little time, with Seiber finding Moore for a 56-yard score pushing the lead to 24-14 after a 2-point conversion pass from Seiber to Stephen Watson.
After a 21-yard touchdown pass by Glacier Peak cut the lead to 24-21, the Kentwood offense found themselves with the ball on their own 20-yard line. Using a 22-yard reception by Watson and a 30-yard rumble by senior running back Dyson Johnson, the Conquerors quickly marched into Glacier Peak territory. On 3rd and 14, Seiber evaded a Glacier Peak rush to find Moore who then broke a tackle and raced 32 yards for his 3rd score of the game, pushing the score to 30-21 after a failed 2-point conversion.
Just before halftime the Grizzlies marched down the field and looked like they might once again cut the Conqueror lead. Senior cornerback Alex McGeachy had other plans however, as he intercepted a pass to end Glacier Peak’s scoring threat.
Post halftime, the Conqueror defense really tightened down, immediately forcing a punt after a Glacier Peak 3 and out. For the Conks’ offense, it was more of the same as Seiber found Watson on a corner route for 27 yards one play before finding senior receiver Mason Glover, who broke multiple tackles on a 24-yard catch and run for TD. Junior kicker Nik Diaz connected on his first extra point attempt of the season to put the score at 37-21, Conquerors.
On the following possession, the Glacier Peak offense tried to switch things up a bit, moving from the spread offense, of which they had success with in the first half, to the Wing-T. On 3rd and 7 from the Glacier Peak 42-yard line junior linebacker Luke Klein had a huge sack forcing a 4th down Grizzly punt.
Two plays after a GP punt downed at the Conqueror 46-yard line, Seiber found Watson who raced to the end zone untouched for a 47-yard score extending the lead to 44-21 following a Connor Plett extra point.
The Grizzlies of Glacier Peak still had a lot of fight left in them and tried to mount a comeback, as they moved back to their spread offense and marched down the field. After a 5-yard quarterback scramble for TD the score was cut to 44-29 following a 2-point conversion.
After almost taking an earlier kick-off return to the house, senior Tayvonne Miller bobbed and weaved through traffic, broke multiple tackles and this time hit pay-dirt as his 97-yard kick return for a TD extended the Conqueror lead to 51-29 following a Connor Plett extra point kick.
The Kentwood defense again flexed its muscle, stopping Glacier Peak on fourth down to give the ball back to the offense. On 3rd and 10, Seiber saved his best TD for last, as he evaded a rush, kept his eyes downfield and threw it to a leaping Jake Moore in the back of the end zone, giving the Conks a 58-29 lead after another Connor Plett extra point.
Notable Statistics: Offense –
- QB Justin Seiber 20-29, 471 yds 7TD passing
- WR Jake Moore 7 rec 207 yds 4TD
- WR Stephen Watson 9 rec 180 yds TD
- LB Cade Harris 11 Tackles, 1 TFL
- CB Alex McGeachy 7 Tackles, 1 INT
- LB Stephen Watson 4 Tackles, Forced Fumble, Fumble Recovery
Special Teams –
- RB/LB Tayvonne Miller 3 KO Returns, 155 yds 1 TD (97-yd TD)
Up Next: The Conquerors are at home next Friday as they face the Warriors of Edmonds-Woodway High School (7 p.m. at French Field)