Cavs slash their way to win over Poulsbo

KJH sprints to 55-8 win over Panthers.

“POULSBO – Next year, many of the players who faced each other during Wednesday’s Poulsbo/Kingston football game will be teammates on the North Kitsap High School squad. But on Wednesday, they tried to tackle, run, and score their way past their neighbors to victory. And Kingston came out on top, 55-8. The high-scoring Cavaliers, who have lost only two games this season, started the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run by running back Jeremiah Doehne. Poulsbo drove down the field, then stalled, and Kingston got the ball back. Quarterback Jared Prince found Doehne for a gain, then Prince used his feet, running for a first down. Doehne sprinted up the sideline, Prince passed to Hans Eldridge, and Kingston was poised on the Panthers’ four-yard line. They scored when Stearns broke through the line, untouched, for a touchdown. The kick made it 16-0 (in junior high football, kicks are worth two points). Poulsbo had a few offensive highlights on the next drive, with Dan Peck rolling out and finding Kyle Howe for a 15-yard gain, and Brian Fabrega sprinting for a long run. But again the drive stalled, this time at the Cavaliers’ 4, and Peck was buried on a fourth-down play by several Cavaliers. The next play was the back-breaker. As Kingston started their first play at their own 4-yard-line, Stearns again burst through the line and sprinted downfield. The fans’ heads swiveled as they watched Stearns run almost from one end zone to another. He ran 96 yards for a touchdown, and once Shun Vigar added the extra point, Kingston held a 24-0 lead. Again Poulsbo drove, with Peck tossing to Fabrega for a 20-yard gain. But an interception a few plays later gave the ball back to Kingston, and Ryan Good made good, running for a 40-yard touchdown. Good, the fullback, was the third Cav to score, and the score now stood at 32-0. That was the score at halftime. After Ryan Good jumped on a Panthers fumble to give Kingston yet another scoring opportunity, quarterback Prince converted by running the ball in himself and giving the Cavs’ a 40-0 lead. When the Cavs got the ball back late in the third, it seemed like this time they wouldn’t score: the Panthers jumped all over the Cavs, the Cavs hurt themselves with penalties, and the Kingston squad was left with a fourth and thirty-three deep in their own territory. But the quick-strike offense struck again. Prince dropped back and found a streaking Bryce Darrow, who bolted down the field, unencumbered by defenders, for an 80-yard score. It was now 48-0. In the fourth quarter, Poulsbo finally got on the board when Jared Parmerlee punched the ball in after a drive. Kingston scored one more time, with Andy Sturza running in for a score, and the game ended at 55-8, Kingston. Afterwards, Poulsbo coach Jim Isenhouer was realistic. We got our butts kicked, there’s no two ways about it, Isenhouer said. He added that sometimes he would see good plays from his players, but they weren’t consistent enough with those plays. Sometimes guys would shine, other times I’d wonder what they were doing, he said. Isenhouer was pleased with the job Peck did getting his teammates into position, and thinks Kyle Howe played well. Howe caught several passes across the middle for big gains. The team was banged up and inexperienced, but that’s no excuse for the winless Panthers, Isenhouer said. The first three plays, where the Panthers stifled the Cavs’ offense before Doehne reeled off the long TD run, Isenhourer said, showed how they could have played. Kingston Coach Tony Chisholm thought Poulsbo played well, especially in the first twenty minutes. I thought Poulsbo played a great first half. In that second quarter, they ate up the majority of the clock, he said. After back-to-back losses to Bainbridge and Central Kitsap, Chisholm said his team was ready to play. The guys were eager to get back into the win column, he said, and who else to do it against than Poulsbo, the crosstown rival? “