Archbishop Murphy -- team no one wanted to play -- wins Washington state title

Archbishop Murphy -- team no one wanted to play -- wins Washington state title

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Archbishop Murphy -- team no one wanted to play -- wins Washington state title

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Archbishop Murphy's Abraham Lucas (72) celebrates with the trophy after his team beat Liberty 56-14 in the Washington Div. 2A high school football championship, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) ORG XMIT: OTK

Archbishop Murphy’s Abraham Lucas (72) celebrates with the trophy after his team beat Liberty 56-14 (Ted S. Warren, Associated Press)

TACOMA — The Archbishop Murphy Wildcats did exactly what many people expected them to do — dominated the game.

The Wildcats from Everett, Wash., beat Liberty (Issaquah) 56-14, claiming the school’s first Class 2A state championship at the Tacoma Dome. Murphy won 1A titles in 2002 and ’03.

But the real story here was how happy and grateful the players, coach and parents were that the Wildcats got this far.

“When things aren’t going your way, you keep plugging away,” said coach Jerry Jensen. “These guys got to experience that today.”

The Wildcats were the team many other schools didn’t want to play this season, racking up five wins when other teams forfeited, citing their size and power. They finish 14-0, with nine games played on the field, outscoring opponents 463-44.

“It was disappointing. I felt bad for the boys,” said Tam Schwartz, whose son is a senior on the team.

“It teachers character,” said Tim Schwartz, Tam’s husband. “Life does not give you fastballs down the middle. It gives you curves. Teaches these kids life is not always fair, but you deal with it.”

Archbishop Murphy QB Connor Johnson threw for 356 yards and five touchdowns in the victory.

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