Sultan athletic director Scott Sifferman confirmed Wednesday with The Herald that the Turks football team will play defending Class 2A state champion Archbishop Murphy on Friday night as scheduled.
Sultan was one of five Cascade Conference teams that forfeited to Archbishop Murphy last season, citing player-safety concerns over facing an ultra-talented and physically superior Wildcats team that included four starting linemen who weighed 260 pounds or more.
Sultan will be the first Cascade Conference team other than King’s to play Archbishop Murphy since the 2015 season. King’s was the only Cascade Conference team to play Murphy last year, and the Knights played the Wildcats again two weeks ago.
Sultan is the first of four teams on Archbishop Murphy’s schedule this season that forfeited to the Wildcats last year. Murphy is scheduled to face Granite Falls on Oct. 6, Cedar Park Christian on Oct. 13 and Cedarcrest on Oct. 27.
Each of those four teams confirmed with The Herald prior to the season that they plan to face Murphy this season as scheduled.
Sultan was the second team to forfeit to Archbishop Murphy last season. The first was South Whidbey, which is playing an independent schedule this year while working to build up the program’s participation numbers.
Class 2A top-ranked Archbishop Murphy (3-1 overall, 1-0 Cascade Conference) is coming off a 35-21 non-league loss to 3A sixth-ranked Bellevue. It was the Wildcats’ first loss since the 2015 state semifinals, snapping a 17-game win streak.
Sultan (1-3, 1-0) has scored just 24 points combined through its first four games.
The Turks began the season with back-to-back shutout losses to Washington and Cashmere. Sultan then opened league play with a 19-0 win over Cedar Park Christian before falling to Casacade (Leavenworth) last week in a non-league contest.