RAYMOND — Brandon McMullen battered the Seagulls for 173 yards in Ilwaco’s 25-7 win over Raymond Friday, Oct. 6. In a rainy game played largely in the trenches, Ilwaco (3-3, 1-1 in league) held the Seagulls (2-4, 1-1) to two yards per play most of the way before a late big play. McMullen gained perhaps half of his yardage after contact, pushing piles and taking on a 32-carry workload. Brandon Duke’s blocked punt helped break the game open, setting up McMullen’s second touchdown run of the first quarter. Ethan Personius extended the lead further with a touchdown pass before halftime and a 13-yard scoring run on the other side of the break.
Following McMullen’s first touchdown, the Seagulls quickly faced fourth-and-20. Duke came around the edge immediately and was right there for the block, giving the Fishermen possession at the Raymond 19-yard line. Four McMullen runs later, Ilwaco led 13-0 as the quarter came to an end.
After grinding out tough yards most of the half, McMullen broke loose for a 23-yard run to put Ilwaco at the Raymond 21 with 1:18 to go. With Ilwaco in a hurry, Personius managed the clock. He eluded pressure and dumped off a pass to McMullen, picking up a third down conversion. He then fired a seven-yard touchdown to Alex Kaino 31 seconds before halftime, pushing the lead to 19-0.
A late hit penalty on Raymond early in the third put Ilwaco in scoring position again at the 13-yard line. Personius capitalized with a weaving 13-yard scoring run that made it 25-0.
With the rain letting up and Raymond needing a big comeback, the Seagulls finally turned to the air. Brandt Rockwell found Jack Jordan deep for a 59-yard touchdown early in the fourth. But Tenyson Ramsey and the Ilwaco defense got consistent pressure on Rockwell in the fourth, including a sack by Ramsey and another combined sack. Apart from the big Rockwell-to-Jordan play, the Seagulls had only 97 yards on 48 plays, and 21 of those came on two fourth-quarter fake punts.
McMullen picked up the bulk of Ilwaco’s 250 yards. Personius completed three of five passes and ran for 31 yards, while Duke added 39 rushing yards.