(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
SETTING RECORDS: Selkirk QB sets school record for TD passes in game and career as Rangers down Hunters 84-6…
Selkirk QB Jay Link, originally from Chewelah, set two school records last Friday, passing for seven touchdowns in an 84-6 NE 1B North victory over Hunters. Link now holds the record for most career passes (80) and touchdown passes in a game (7).
It’s another game in this strong season by Selkirk, whose leading rusher was a backup sophomore and many young kids stepped in once the game was in hand to help with the victory. Selkirk improved to 4-1 on the year and looks again like a state power, ranked No. 9 by Scorebook Live.
Sophomore Porter Carmen led the Rangers in rushing, carrying the ball eight times for 84 yards.
“He really carried the ball in the second half for us,” Selkirk Coach Jeremy Link said. “Conner Bailey also came off the bench for us and had a big game. He scored a touchdown and two-point conversion and had two sacks for us.”
Link threw for 245 yards on just 11 completed passes, with seven touchdown passes and rushed for an additional 189 yards along with a touchdown run.
“Jay was good at finding the open man and not throwing it in traffic,” Link said. “If it wasn’t there, he would run it and that was really effective.”
Selkirk led 54-6 after the first quarter and would come away with the 84-6 NE 1B North victory. Lost in the stats usually is the defense which makes a lot of plays that lead to points.
“Our defense was smothering in that backfield all game,” Link said. “That led to a lot of stops and scoring opportunities.”
Selkirk as a whole had 588 yards of total offense in the game. The quarterback set two school records, one for touchdowns in a game and one for touchdowns in a career as he currently had 80. In this matchup, Link was 11 for 13, and an average pass for the QB was 22.9 yards.
The leading receiver was Ty Taylor who finished with 114 reception yards on four catches. Zech Curran had three catches for 92 yards.
Link began the game throwing a 50-yard scoring pass to Ty Taylor, a 55-yard TD pass to Zech Curran and then a 10-yard paydirt pass to Curran. Link then scored with his legs notching a 24-yard touchdown run.
The Selkirk QB then threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Luke Couch. Couch then scored Selkirk’s next touchdown, recovering a fumble and running it back 16 yards for a touchdown.
Hunter’s August Wagner returned an 85-yard touchdown for the Lion’s lone score.
“They have a lot of good athletes on that team and August is really impressive,” Link said.
Selkirk rounded out its first quarter scoring with another Link touchdown pass, a 32-yard strike to Curran.
In the second quarter, Link threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Taylor, then Aiden Penney scored on a 16 yard run. The third quarter saw a three-yard scoring run by Connor Bailey and Link finished off the game with a five-yard pass to Curran.
Curran finished the game with three touchdown catches, while Taylor also had three. Couch scored two touchdowns for the Rangers as well. Couch also had five quarterback sacks in the first quarter for the Rangers and finished with eight solo tackles and six sacks in the game. Link, Bailey and Slade Powers each had two sacks in the game and Selkirk as a whole got to the Hunters QB 16 times.
Sophomore Porter Carman had 84 rush yards in the matchup on eight carries while Aiden Penney had 43 yards on three carries.
Selkirk will move into a challenging part of their schedule as they will play at Springdale next week at 7 p.m.
“Our focus is definitely on Springdale this week, they gave Pomeroy a good game and that team is right up there in their league,” Link said.