Seattle Closes Season Rallying For 3-2 Win Over Oakland

marinersSSEATTLE (AP) - Seth Smith hit a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the eighth and the Seattle Mariners rallied for a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in their season finale on Sunday.

Smith's 12th homer of the season came off reliever Ryan Dull (1-2) and just eluded the leap of Sam Fuld in deep center field. Seattle avoided being swept in the final series of the season and finished at 76-86, 11 games worse than last season, when the Mariners were in playoff contention until the final day of the regular season.

Logan Kensing (2-1) pitched 1 2-3 innings for the victory. and Tom Wilhelmsen struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save, a night after blowing a save opportunity.

October 5, 2015

Barrett Scores In Stoppage Time, Sounders Tie Galaxy 1-1

SEATTLE (AP) - Chad Barrett scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of 56,097 fans Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.

Marco Pappa started the play with a corner kick from the attacking right side. Sounders defender Brad Evans flicked it off his head across the goal, and Barrett, who came on in the 85th minute, ran onto the ball and one-timed it into the net from 2 yards away for his fifth of the year.

The Sounders (14-13-5, 47 points) extended their unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

Los Angeles (14-9-9, 51 points) clinched a playoff spot and climbed into a Supporters Shield tie with the New York Red Bulls. New York has four games left, and the Galaxy have two.

In the 36th minute, Robbie Keane converted a Seattle defensive giveaway into a goal. Seattle's Zach Scott, playing on the defensive left side, sent the ball toward Gonzalo Pineda at the top of the box. But he left it short, and Pineda couldn't reach it.

Keane did, running onto the errant pass, taking it to the top of the penalty spot, and firing into the back right center for his 17th of the year.

October 5, 2015

Players Out For Monday Game Seattle Vs. Lions

The Seattle Seahawks have downgraded running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to out for Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions.

Seattle announced the changes in status following the team's walkthrough practice on Sunday. Lynch and Mebane had both been listed as questionable after Saturday's final practice.

Lynch injured his hamstring late in the first half of Seattle's 26-0 win over Chicago last Sunday. Lynch was hurt catching a fourth-down pass just before halftime.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Lynch had an MRI on the injury earlier this week and the scan showed some "findings" but did not elaborate. It will be just the second game Lynch has missed since joining the Seahawks in 2010 and the first since the 2011 season.

Mebane suffered a groin injury against the Bears and did not practice all week.

 Injured linebacker DeAndre Levy will not play for the Detroit Lions on Monday night at Seattle.

The team says Levy and tackle Corey Robinson did not make the trip. Levy was listed as doubtful Saturday with a hip injury, and Robinson was also doubtful with an ankle injury.

Detroit running back Joique Bell (ankle) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (hamstring) are also out.

(AP) - October 5, 2015

High School Football

football highschoolTyler Giraldes scored on a one yard run with 1:04 left to play pulled Shelton to within a point, 24-23. But Wilson got a finger on the PAT to drive it wide right and preserve the one point lead. Shelton recovered the onside kick and drove down to the 13 yard line after a penalty wiped out a Wilson interception. With nine seconds left, Cody Bragg’s field goal hit the right upright and fell no good and the Wilson Rams held on to take the big 3A Narrows League win.

Wilson out gained the Highclimbers 360 yards to 128 yards on offense and they converted 10-of-15 3rd downs with 204 yards on those plays. Elijah Jones ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

But the Rams turned over the ball four times leading to ten Highclimbers points. Two of those turnovers were on special teams with a fumble on a punt and a fumble on a kickoff. They also allowed a 99 yard kickoff return touchdown to Colton Paller, had a punt blocked and couldn’t recover the onside kick with a minute left in the game.

Shelton fell to 1-2 in the 3A Narrows League and 2-3 overall while the Rams improved to 2-1 in league and 2-3 overall.

In other action…
Black Hills 24, WF West 21 | Wolves 5-0 on Furu’s 30 yard touchdown run.
Central Kitsap 31, Capital 20 | Capital fell to 1-4 overall, 1-2 in league.
North Thurston 28, Foss 7 | Sibley and Morgan with two touchdowns apiece.
Olympia 32, Issaquah 14 | Scott Gunther runs for four touchdowns. Bears 5-0.
North Beach 54, Rainier 22 | Rainer led 22-20 at halftime.
River Ridge 40, White River 6 | Hawks 5-0 for the first time.
Rochester 27, Aberdeen 6
Tenino 47, Forks 14 | Beavers move to 4-1 overall.
Bellarmine 33, Timberline 6 | Blazers now 1-4, 1-2 in league.
Tumwater 54, Columbia River 14 | Jarid Barrett runs for four touchdowns.
Stadium 40, Yelm 37 | Brandon Thompson runs for four TDs in loss.

by Brandon Sparks,

No. 24 Cal Sneaks Past WSU

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Jared Goff got off to a shaky start and still threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 24 California to a 34-28 victory over Washington State on Saturday in the Golden Bears' first game as a ranked team in six years.

Goff threw an early interception and was off target on a few throws before finding his groove. He threw two TD passes in a span of less than 2 minutes late in the third quarter surrounding a successful onside kick to erase an eight-point deficit and lead the Bears (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) to their best start since 2007.

Luke Falk threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Cougars (2-2, 0-1), who have lost 28 of their past 28 games against ranked opponents.

Washington State was in position to reverse that trend after Falk threw a 4-yard TD pass to Gabe Marks midway through the third quarter and Kenny Lawler lost a fumble on Cal's ensuing possession.

Stefan McClure then changed the tide on a safety blitz that gave Cal one of its seven sacks on the day. Erik Powell then missed a 40-yard field goal wide right and Goff took over from there.

He drove Cal 77 yards to a score on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Lawler that made it 28-26.

McClure's sack was one of two momentum-changing plays he made in the quarter. Washington State tried a fake punt on the opening drive of the quarter only to have punter Zach Charme fumble. McClure scooped up the ball and ran 45 yards for the touchdown.

Cal needed another big play from its defense after the Bears were stopped on fourth down at the Cougars 38 with 4:38 to go. Damariay Drew delivered with an interception and Goff converted two third downs to run out all but the final 12 seconds of the game.

After winning just six games in coach Sonny Dykes' first two seasons, Cal has matched its best start since 1950 in Dykes' third year. The Bears need just one more win to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 and are in position to contend in the Pac-12 North.

But the schedule gets much tougher from here with road games against No. 10 Utah and No. 7 UCLA, followed by a home game against No. 17 Southern California and a trip to Oregon.

Cal was stopped twice on fourth down in the first half and Goff threw an interception on the third play from scrimmage as Washington State broke out to a 21-7 lead.

Goff then threw his first of two TD passes to Lawler late in the second quarter to start the comeback.

Associated Press – October 3, 2015 via WSU Football