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October 22, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Seattle Prep runs through Eastside Catholic to the playoffs

After a 41-27 win Thursday night, Seattle Prep’s Joey Deritis and Nick Holt were named by Panthers’ coaches as the offensive and defensive players of the game, respectively.

Obvious choices after 48 minutes of football.

On his Senior Night, Deritis ran over the Crusaders defense for 151 yards and touchdowns of 55 and 46 yards on 14 carries. The 6-foot, 195-pound senior, however, was quick to credit some teammates for his success on the ground.

“It definitely started with our offensive line, they really got after it,” Deritis said. “All credit goes to them. Our O-line just took it to them.”

Holt (who had a touchdown run, a touchdown pass, a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception return for a touchdown) credited the Panthers’ defensive gameplan for shutting down E.C.

“We confused them and forced them into bad plays,” Holt said.

Looking at the final score, you never would have guessed how the game started. The Crusaders’ defense forced a three-and-out on the game’s opening possession, blocked the ensuing punt and scored a trick play and scored on their second play from scrimmage.

The rest of the game was riddled with mistakes, as E.C. committed four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions). Despite the disappointing finish, coach Jason Gesser said the season isn’t over.

“We’ve still got two games and we’re not going to quit or give up by any means,” Gesser said. “That’s not what I’m about, that’s not what being a teammate is about and that’s not what the Crusaders are about. We’ve got to finish the season out strong.”

Prep athletic director Ed Paulter told me the football team hasn’t qualified for the round of 32 (or districts or state qualifying round or state preliminary round, whichever you prefer) in 10 years. The Seattle Times prep archives don’t even go back that far.

The Panthers fans cheered wildly after the win and Prep coach D.R. Clawson got an ice-water bath from a Gatorade jug as the final seconds counted down.

“This is huge,” Deritis said.

But Holt had the last word: “We’re not done yet.”

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