Here are some extra quotes from Archbishop Murphy coach Dave Ward following Friday’s thrilling 14-7 Cascade Conference win over visiting Cedarcrest. The Red Wolves suffered their first loss of the season after Austin VanderWel’s 16-yard pass to Tani Tupou on fourth-and-goal with 25 seconds left.
(On the decision not to kick a field goal after Cedarcrest took a pair of timeouts):
“We run that (play) every week in case there’s a bad snap or something wrong with the hold. We’ve got to get out and get something out of it. So everybody knew their routes. All I did in the timeout was say ‘run your routes deeper.’ And I told Tani to get into the end zone. Austin did a great job of just hanging it up to him. It wasn’t until the second timeout that we decided we were going to fake it now. Because every time we lined up, they came hard. They were going to block it.”
(On whether the second-year ATM coach ever experienced that type of weather during his tenure at Oak Harbor, where he won a Class 4A state championship in 2006):
“Only in late November. I’ve played on mud in Mount Vernon and played in water in Oak Harbor when it’s been mushy. But (I’ve) never (seen) just a constant deluge with this many puddles. I’ve never seen this much water on a field.”
(On where this win rates in his coaching career, especially with several regulars out with injuries):
“This is special because of the injuries, and the (number of) guys who were playing over their heads. The amount of emotion and intensity and the pride they brought right until the end of the game. There was no quit in them. I’ve had teams like that before. But I didn’t know this team had it in them. They impressed me so much tonight, because this team, a lot of times, is used to getting ahead and coasting home. To win a game like this says these guys have great heart. This feels so much better to snatch a victory when everyone in the stands thought it was over.”