EVERETT — Bruins running back Davanta Murphy-Mcmillan left his mark all over the Battle of Broadway and Cascade ran away with a 49-14 season-opening, city-rivalry win over the Everett Seagulls late Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The win was Cascade’s third straight victory over Everett, and for the first time the Bruins got to hoist the inaugural Mayor’s Cup, which was presented by Everett mayor Cassie Franklin after the game.
“It feels awesome,” Cascade coach Jordan Sieh said. “It’s such a special game, and for the community. It feels like a playoff game right out the get-go, and we really wanted to win this game.”
Cascade’s Wing-T was in top form, and Murphy-Mcmillan took advantage. The senior back compiled 334 yards and recorded six touchdowns, as he ran through and around Everett’s defense all night.
Murphy-Mcmillan recorded five first-half touchdowns, running at will against Everett’s defense.
Bruins defensive back Yahcub Sylla gave Cascade a big momentum boost early when he picked off a pass from Everett quarterback Casen Taggart and returned it 85 yards for a score that gave the Bruins a 14-0 lead less than five minutes into the game.
Cascade pushed its lead to 28-0 before a 33-yard shovel pass from Taggart to Maliquei Noland gave Everett’s its first score of the game at 6:22 in the second quarter.
Murphy-Mcmillan capped his big first half with two more scores in the half’s final four minutes to give Cascade a 42-14 lead at the break.
Murphy-Mcmillan scored the game’s only second-half touchdown — a 35-yard TD run with 5:07 to play in the third quarter.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Davanta Murphy-Mcmillan, Cascade — The senior back was no match for Everett’s defense. He ripped off one chunk play after another and finished with 334 rush yards and six touchdowns on 20 carries.
“I think in a 10-yard box, he is just as good as anybody in the state. I truly think he is a Division-I caliber player. He’s our guy.” — Cascade coach Jordan Sieh on running back Davanta Murphy-Mcmillan.
452 — total rushing yards for Cascade
PLAY OF THE GAME
Cascade led 7-0 midway through the first quarter and Everett was driving deep into the Bruins’ territory, when Cascade senior Yahcub Sylla jumped an errant pass, intercepted it and returned it 85 yards to give Cascade a 14-0 lead. It was all Bruins from there.
Cascade (1-0) travels to play a nonconference game against Bishop Blanchet at 7 p.m. next Friday, while Everett (0-1) hosts Lynnwood at the same time and date in a Wesco 3A South league matchup.