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Archbishop Murphy avenges last year’s semifinal loss vs. Tumwater


The top-ranked Wildcats beat the No. 2 Thunderbirds 48-10, ending the career of Tumwater’s legendary coach Sid Otton, who retires as the state’s winnginest football coach.

TUMWATER — The Archbishop Thomas Murphy football team has been thinking about its 24-21 loss to Tumwater in last year’s Class 2A state semifinals for the past 51 weeks.

On Saturday at Tumwater High School, the No. 1-ranked Wildcats avenged that loss in emphatic fashion, defeating No. 2 Tumwater 48-10.

“It was definitely motivation,” Archbishop Murphy coach Jerry Jensen said. “That was something that stuck with them through the offseason. To have the challenge of coming to play them here, the boys really rose up today and played well and I’m super-proud of them.”

Senior wide receiver Anfernee Gurley, who caught seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown,…


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